Special Christmas Offering 2020
The Christmas season is just around the corner and we wanted to present to you with an opportunity to transform the world with love through our annual Christmas Offering. Our Christmas Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and prepare us for what God wants to do through our Church in 2021.
Last year, we as a church were able to raise $28,000. Although we didn’t achieve our goal of $50,000, we were still able to accomplish much. Through our 2019 Christmas offering, we were able to purchase all the equipment to livestream our services, repair, reseal and stripe our parking lot and bless several pastors from other churches.
As we head into the New Year, I am excited to share with you information regarding this year’s Transforming the World with Love CHRISTMAS OFFERING that begins now through December 20, 2020. With this Special Offering, we have the opportunity to deepen our impact in this city, enlarge our ministry to our regular attenders and encourage pastors who are struggling.
This year we have set a goal of $50,000. Listed below are several ways for you to partner with the Transformation Church as we look to show up with the love of Christ to help meet these many needs in our world today.
The offering will be designated for
• Minister’s Health ($10,000)
• Local Outreach and Missions ($15,000)
• Building Improvements ($25,000)
I know that this is an aggressive goal, however, We believe in YOU and we have faith that GOD will not only meet but exceed our expectations.
Will you begin praying now about what God would have you give, over and above your tithe to this Special Christmas Offering and give it by Sunday, December 20th?
Below you will find additional information that will give you an overview of the Special Offering and answer many common questions. However, if you still have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 845-692-2848 x104 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The TRANSFORMING the WORLD WITH LOVE Special Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $50,000 for three ministry initiatives:
MINISTER’S HEALTH: $10,000
The health of a pastor will often have a direct impact on the healthiness of a church. God has given Pastor Joe a passion to care for hurting leaders who, with the proper resources, can be nurtured to a place of health and restoration. The greater the level of resources we can offer to pastors to stay spiritually healthy, the more effective pastors will be at serving their congregations and communities with the message of hope, grace and love. Transformation Church will be partnering with Shepherd’s Heart to extend help to pastors who are in need. Did you know?
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.
LOCAL OUTREACH AND MISSIONS: $15,000
In addition to supporting over 25 missionaries and missions organizations around the world, we want to invest more in local outreach in our community. God is giving us a vision that 2021 will be the year of greater impact through meeting physical needs.
BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS: $25,000
Each year we pick a maintenance project which will help us continue to keep God’s house beautiful and well maintained. This year our focus is on a new cafe floor. Our cafe’ floor is over 15 years old and needs to be updated. First impressions are so important. Let’s continue to make God’s house the most beautiful building in the community.
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 2021. 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 2021.
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 beginning now through Sunday, December 20, 2020.
How Do I give?
There are several ways to give. You can give online by clicking the button below. You can bring your offering to church on a Sunday. You can give by texting TransformNY to 77977. You can also give through our new App by clicking on the GIVE button. Last but not least, you can give by mail by using designated Christmas Offering envelope which you can get at the church or you can call to have one mailed to you.
Pastors Joe and Ruth Nieves