Our REACH Prayer: "Jesus, please give me your heart for people who don't know you yet. Help me to courageously do whatever it takes to reach them with your transforming love."
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Our mission to help one another experience Christ’s transforming love is now exponentially expanding. As a church, we are called to REACH our neighbors and impact nations. We do not have to choose between the two, because we are called to REACH both with Christ’s transforming love.
Just as the men who carried their lame friend to the feet of Jesus, our pastors, elders, leaders and church family are courageously and sacrificially setting our hearts to do whatever it takes to REACH others for Christ. Together, we will see the Lord continue to fulfill the original vision He gave us in a fresh way.
As I’ve asked the Lord, “How should we together target our faith in this new season?”
He has expanded our vision to help lead our church family to become a multicultural, multigenerational, multisite church that REACHes exponentially more people with the transforming love of Christ. To state it simply, our 2020 Vision (the vision we hope to accomplish by the year 2020) is: 3 // 300 // 3,000.
• 3 ministry campuses
• 300 community groups
• 3,000 people being REACHed each weekend
As we begin this 36 month “REACH Project,” I’m challenging you to ask the Lord, “What is my part in REACHing this vital mission?”
Twenty-five years ago, the Holy Spirit gave a burden and vision to our founding pastor, Michael Cavanaugh, to establish a thriving local church that would REACH Livingston, Monroe and Ontario counties with the transforming love of Christ. In this strategic season, that very same vision has been entrusted to my care and I have the privilege of leading us towards that same vision. The Lord spoke very clearly to my heart when I agreed to serve as EGCs lead pastor that He would not only give me the wisdom to preserve this vision but also to pioneer new territory in it. We not only have a rich history to protect; together we have a radical destiny to pursue. Thank you so much for the value you already add to these communities. Anna and I believe that it is our honor and privilege to serve alongside you in this great adventure the Father has given us.
Every week new guests come through our doors and new families move into our regional “circle of responsibility.” While we currently have room in our Lima campus to accommodate these guests, several families drive great distances to worship with us each weekend. These families are willing to make this sacrifice because of their love for our church, but those who live near them—their friends, family members and neighbors—whom they would love to invite, should not be expected to make that same sacrifice out of the gate.
Becoming a church that meets in multiple locations will help us to bring Christ’s transforming love closer to these spiritually searching individuals. Jesus tells His followers that the “harvest” is ready, and we believe Him!
Our goal for this project is to take what Jesus is doing in our church family and in the Lima area and REACH out with two additional campuses:
This REACH Project will require all of our leaders and all who call EGC their church family to REACH out together. This mission is all about courageously choosing to put “others first”, recognizing that our generosity and sacrifice are simply a response to Jesus’ transforming love at work in our own lives.
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Interested in helping us build?
Your gift is faith in action. Backing the REACH Project financially demonstrates abnormal vision and generosity. People are raising the bar.
Your story is as important as your gift. Don’t skip this step during the pledge process. It will inspire others. Who’s already in?
We are a 501(c)(3). 100% of your gift is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.
We’re asking everyone who believes in this vision, “Can you help?”
How much can you contribute above your normal giving? Become a partner
in what God is doing here through the REACH Project!
You don’t have to commit to a pledge to help us build. Make a donation and keep
momentum going! Your continued financial support and prayers are what keeps
driving this movement towards its ultimate goal: to bring glory to God.
Many companies have a matching gift program; you give an amount, they
donate the same. All you have to do is ask and your workplace could double
or triple your impact! This chain reaction of growth and progress takes the
limits off what we can do together!
Join us in building the vision that God has given our church. You can become a part of something much larger than all of us.
Make sure you take a moment to tell your story and how your involvement in this project has affected you and those around you! We want
to hear from you now!
Let us know what's on your heart
With a vision as large as the one we have the Reach Project, it’s understandable that people will have some questions about the project. We’ve prayed, met and thought through as many of these questions as we thought might come up.
We also thought that it might be helpful if Pastor Josh Finley walked you through some of these FAQs. Hear his heart (and our own) as he explains some of the changes coming to Elim Gospel Church.
What process did our leaders go through to develop this vision?
What happens if we don’t raise all of the money that we need?
1. Lima campus sanctuary upgrades necessary to move to a multisite model.
2. Henrietta campus renovations, lease and launch.
3. Further repairs and needed upgrades to our Lima campus (specifically our parking lot and children’s ministry upgrades).
4. Paying down our current Lima campus mortgage so that EGC would no longer be carrying a building mortgage by 2020.
5. Southwest campus renovations, lease and launch.
How long will EGC be paying on our current Lima campus mortgage?
What happens if more than our immediate need amount is raised?
How can I pray for Elim Gospel Church and its future?
1. Pray this prayer every day: “Jesus, please give me your heart for people who don’t know you yet. Help me to courageously do whatever it takes to REACH them with your transforming love.”
2. Pray for our church: Pray that everyone at EGC will seek God and what it means for them and their families to commit to participate in this vision.
3. Pray for the leaders of EGC: Pray for our pastors, elders and leaders to be models of an “others first” lifestyle. Pray that they will clearly communicate the vision and obediently follow where God is leading
What’s the vision for EGC in one sentence?
Ok, so take that a little bit further… Our vision is to partner with God in becoming one church meeting in many locations. We believe God is calling us to become a multicultural, multigenerational, multisite church that brings the transforming love of Christ to thousands of people both locally and globally by establishing 3 thriving ministry campuses and 300 reproducing community groups that will better enable us to REACH 3,000 people each weekend. We feel our primary “circle of responsibility” is the people living in Livingston, Monroe and Ontario counties.
“My wife and I have found it so exciting to see our church branch out into a second campus. It’s an awesome risk, and I love being part of the challenge. [...]Read More
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