In September, we kicked off a two-year Uncharted initiative knowing unchartered territory and uncomfortable situations is where God does His best work and where we have the possibility for the most growth.
We challenged everyone who calls Redemption home to begin to give in a way they had never given before, trusting God in the uncharted areas of finances and generosity.
We had two main goals with Uncharted: 1.) To motivate 100% of people who have partnered with Redemption to be gospel-driven in generosity and, 2.) to finance the mission of Redemption (including paying down our debt) via our goal of $7 to $9 million over the next two years via a “one-fund” approach.
Commitment Sunday was October 15. On that day and the two following Sundays, we collected commitment cards from those willing to write down their two-year commitments, either anonymously or with a name attached.
While we did not meet our financial goals of $7 to $9 million over two years, we did get commitments of just more than $4 million over the course of two years. While, obviously, we had hoped for a number closer to our goals, we believe the initiative has been a seed-planting process in the hearts and minds of many who call Redemption home, and believe the Holy Spirit will continue to grow what has been planted. We believe discipleship is a long-term, lifetime process and generosity is often among the final pieces of a discipleship puzzle.
The $4 million in commitments will help guide our budgeting in a realistic manner over the next two years (including what we can give to support Drew and Bre Thurman’s church planting efforts in Boston). While we believe more will be given than was committed (for example, in 2016, we had more than 600 giving “units” at Redemption and we had just fewer than 300 commitments to the Uncharted initiative), it is extremely helpful for us to see where we are, presently, and what we can expect, in faith, in 2018 and going forward.
We will continue to do everything in our power to live the mission of loving God, loving people, and seeing Him change the world through the ministry of Redemption Christian Church. We also believe God has great things in store for Redemption and our work in southern Indiana that are still to come. However, we have been provided with resources and we must steward those well by giving, saving, and paying down our debt obligations.
1.) If, for some reason, you missed the opportunity to commit, you can contact TRACY AUSTIN and let her know what you would like to commit for the next two years.
2.) The two-year Uncharted commitments begin with your first gift in November 2017 and will continue until your last gift of November 2019.
We pray you will continue to follow God into the uncharted waters of generosity in giving of your time, talents, and treasure for the mission of God’s kingdom in this time and this place.