SPEAKING TO THIS FIRST
Why do I not like to speak on this topic? Because it is a sensitive topic to so many people in the church. Throughout the years, the church has gotten a bad rap on just wanting peoples money. From this Pastor's heart to his people... I think I have proven myself not to make my ministry and ministry plea about money. I will deal with the subject when it comes up in scripture and when the church needs to be reminded... encouraged... challenged... or a few other reasons. Today I have a reason.
This season of transition has put a greater burden on the church in all areas of ministry. Our numbers have decreased by about 1/3, due to the shift from Friday to Saturday. Our ministries have taken a hit due to not having a place we can call our own and schedule our ministries freely and without additional expense. Our giving has dropped due to the number decrease and cost for some to even travel the extra distance just to continue worship with their church.
I want to encourage you to pray about this and seek God in how He wants you to be instrumental in keeping EBCI fiscally strong. God works through His people to keep His church financially strong. Let me thank you in advance for all you have done and all you will do. Remember, summer is coming quickly and due to the holiday structure, numbers will dip for a few months. Please do not forget your church when you are on holiday.
Please note... We are not in a crisis financially but to be fiscally wise, we must be transparent and you must be aware that your church needs you to be a strong and cheerful financial supporter of your church (EBCI).
HUGE CHALLENGE... I know you have heard about the upcoming FREIND DAY (May 26). We have set a goal of 400 persons to be in that weekend service. I want to set a goal of AED 100,000 in giving for that day. Don't hold back... make this day a day you can give normally --- give ahead of your travel --- give cheerfully --- give supportively of the work EBCI is doing for God's kingdom. Be faithful till then. Be extra generous then and be faithful in the days after.
EXPECT A MIRACLE...-----
UNDERSTANDING THE PRIORITIES
Being the church rightly leads us to do church correctly.
Do we understand what it means to BE the church? Let me take a few lines to present a simple and biblical principle that undergirds the fact that we are called to BE the church.
Matthew 5:13a, 14a
You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world.
When we gather this weekend at DECC, we will be worshipping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope you can join us and experience God with us as we do church. My challenge to each of us is that we make this weekend gathering better for us individually and for us corporately. Let us all find time to go before God and surrender our doing to Him. Asking God to help us make our life about being a follower of Christ and not just a doer for Christ.
Next installment of this theme - Doers vs. Hearers (James 1)
RIDGECREST BAPTIST CHURCH, DALLAS, TX
As stated in an earlier blog, we love this church. We have a lot of great history at this church and it will forever be a highlight of our life and ministry. After a short time here, God moved us to western PA. To Johnstown, PA... Westmont Baptist Church.
Yet, I have decided that if I ever do write a book, the name of the book will be "Confusion by Jon L. Estes" with the sub-title... For God is not of confusion - 1 Cor. 14:33a.
Until then. I will keep posting this stuff to my blog with the hopes that some will find encouragement and blessing along the way.