2019 GOAL: $50,000
The Christmas season brings with it a feeling of good cheer, generosity, and opportunities for incredible blessing. It gives us a reason and a way to break out of the materialism that Christmas tends to bring. We can easily get caught up in the season’s consumerism mentality and fall into the trap of spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need, in the name of good cheer. Even though you may be spending a lot of money on travel and presents, you can still be used by God to touch areas of your community and the world that He wants you to be able to influence through your sacrificial giving towards things that really matter and have eternal rewards. We are excited to present to you an opportunity to transform the world with love through our Annual Christmas Offering, where you can give sacrificially to God’s work, see its fruits in the months and years to come, and accelerate your spiritual growth! Now through December 22nd, our goal is to raise $50,000 to apply to the following causes equally:
The TRANSFORMING the WORLD WITH LOVE Special Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $50,000 for three ministry initiatives:
Assist Pastor’s in Crisis: $15,000
God has placed it upon the heart of our Pastor to help Pastors in crisis. There is an epidemic right now with Pastor’s quitting and burning out at record levels. Here are some statistics to consider:
- 75% of pastors report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed”
- 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week
- 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week
- 70% say they’re grossly underpaid
- 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month
- 78% were forced to resign from their church (63% at least twice), most commonly because of church conflict
- 80% will not be in ministry ten years later and only a fraction make it a lifelong career. (On average, seminary trained pastors last only five years in church ministry)
- 100% of 1,050 Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had left the ministry because of burnout, church conflict, or moral failure
- 91% have experienced some form of burnout in ministry and 18% say they are “fried to a crisp right now”
We as a Church have a chance to help Pastors in crisis. When we help Pastors we help their families and their churches.
Update our Video Equipment for Live Streaming: $15,000
As our online presence grows, we need to be changing with the times. We need to update our video equipment to begin live streaming our Sunday services. This will increase the number of people that get to learn about Jesus, introduce people to our church, and reach people who are far from God around the world.
Repair and Reseal our Parking Lot: $20,000
We have spent several years enhancing every environment in our facility. Although we have come a long way, we are not finished. A portion of this offering will go to making the necessary updates to our Parking Lot. Our parking lot is in need of some repairs and it needs to be resealed. This offering will help us to make these updates.
Why a Special Offering?
As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people in His church, He calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time. This Special Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our Church in 2019. This offering is not because we are behind on budget, but rather it is to position us to make a greater impact in our city, in our church, and around the world in 2019.
What’s the Difference Between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering?
The regular TC offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way. This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith. The special offering should be over and above what you regularly give.
How Much Should I Give?
Since the goal is $50,000 this Special Offering will involve everyone. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. The precise amount you give is between you and God. Many in our church can give a $500, $1,000, or even a $5,000 gift. Others will be able to give between $100 and $250. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that will stretch your faith?
Why is the Goal So Large?
Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this Special Offering. We want to continue to see God use TC to impact our world in a big way. We actually hope to exceed the goal this year!
When Should I Give?
You can give your Christmas Offering at any time, however, we are encouraging you to bring your Offering on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
How Do I give?
There are several ways to give.
Online: You can give online at transformationchurch.net/give and then click on the Give Online button. You will then be directed to our Giving page. Please enter the amount and choose the “Christmas Offering” designation.
Text: You can text to give by texting TransformNY to 77977. You can give through our new App TransformNY by going to the Giving section.
Sunday’s: You can give on Sundays by using the offering envelope.
Mail: You can give by mail by using the postage paid offering envelope.
This Christmas, we encourage you to give over and above your tithes and offerings, and consider giving your best Christmas Offering so that we can continue to fulfill our mission and help people far from God become fully transformed followers of Jesus.