What does it take to fund a church like Faith?
Faith Lutheran’s proposed budget for 2012 is $737,750, a figure that is so far beyond our personal financial reality that it is hard to fathom. It will require an average weekly offering of $14,000 in 2012 — which is still several months’ income for most of us.
When that amount is spread across all the households of Faith, however, it can be reached and even exceeded. The amazing response to the 3-PEAT challenge at the end of 2011 proved that.
Faithful giving throughout the year — in proportion to how God provides for us — will allow all of Faith’s ministries to continue, without facing a major shortfall at the end of the year. Because God keeps His promise to provide our daily bread so generously, this is a goal we can reach together for Jesus’ sake.
How is it going so far?
Preliminary figures suggest that the momentum of the 3-PEAT championship has carried over into 2012! It appears that generous offerings will allow the church to meet all January expenses with no new deficit opening up. That is a welcome contrast to recent years, when January often put us right back into a deficit, even after a big year-end offering had closed the gap for the last year.
The purpose of Give-12 is to provide encouragement, information and Biblical insights about giving, so that this momentum can continue and the ministry of our church can be put on an ever-more solid and predictable footing. Look for more Give-12 reports all through the year as we joyfully pursue this ministry God has entrusted to us.