A Word From Steve Jones
April 15th, 2019
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… I recently studied the giving patterns of our local churches toward Fellowship National ministries and our Fellowship Regions.
There was good news and bad news. I thought you might be interested in learning about some of the data regarding relevancy and added value.
Some of you may be saying, “We don’t partner because we see no relevancy or added value inherent in our relationship with our Regional or National ministries.” I beg to differ. Our Regional and National ministries’ sole existence is to support our local churches to mission effectiveness. I am more convinced of this than any time in my life. I encourage you to take another look.
The proof is in the growing spirit of interdependence in our Fellowship at large. Our Regions are experiencing this. One of the fruit of this reality is the remarkable number of churches being planted in shared partnership in our Regions. Our National ministry has seen record numbers of missionaries and chaplains being appointed. It has been very gratifying to see our local churches coming to their Region and National ministries looking for partnership, support, and help. We exist for our local churches. We love the church.
Where Your Heart is, Your Wallet Will be Also?
Our Fellowship Association of churches is currently about 510 churches. The chart below is the giving results of 500 of our churches based on what churches gave to their Region and National ministries in 2017:
A Few Observations from 2017
A Humble Suggestion for Next Step(s)
I thought long and hard before writing this “Word from Steve”. Whenever you talk about money you’re sure to be misunderstood. However, I thought it important you know the results of this recent study. We generally support what we value. Now, back to you…
Have a blessed week,