Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Hello, Church Family,
So much of the Christian life involves embracing tension. For example, on one hand we’re told very clearly to prepare for the future: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,” the Sage says, “but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” (Pr. 21:5).
On the other hand, Jesus’ brother, James, admonishes those who trust in their own machinations: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15).
Taken together these passages beg an important question: should we plan for the future or simply rest in God’s sovereignty? The answer, of course, is ‘yes.’ As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to organize, anticipate, plan, and pray, but we do all this while trusting in God’s power and providence for the accomplishment of anything meaningful.
In preparation for this next ministry year, we have devised strategies to bring the gospel to the lost, beaten down, weary, and abused. We want to continue to see men, women and children transformed, destinies changed, marriages restored, people baptized, and the broken made whole. In short, we want to make disciples who make disciples for God’s glory and the joy of all peoples. And this 2019-20 Spending Plan, which you are about to peruse, provides a comprehensive description of the various ways the monies you give will be used toward that end.
Nevertheless, we know that while our wisdom is finite, God’s wisdom is infinite. Our knowledge is short-sighted and faulty; His knowledge is exhaustive. Thus, even as we plan, we gladly defer to God’s sovereign will, and seek his face in all we do. And we will give him the glory for all the work of his hands. He alone is worthy.
On behalf of the staff, let me say that we deeply appreciate your investment and prayers. Your participation in the grace of giving reveals your love for God and confidence in his gospel. May God surprise us by doing more than we ever hope or think as we look to Him for all things.
For His Glory,