We are Growing!
With one “Listening Session” to go (September 18 at 7:00 p.m.), I want to say thank you to all who have participated. One item of feedback we received from several of our long term sages was to communicate about our finances more. This couples well with our time of the year, so I figured this week’s article I would focus on our financial goals of the church.
Where are we fiscally? We are coming out of summer and the budget is in need of your help. While our summer shortfalls are less than in previous years, we need your help to ensure our fall programming stays on track. This is an expected cycle in the life of the church and this serves as an equally expected “we need your help” notification.
What is out of the norm? We are growing! As of June 30, 2017, Wesley averaged 304 persons in worship each week. We now average 352 souls in the building and 376 including our YouTube viewers. That equates to 15.8% growth “in house” and 23.7% “all known worshipers” growth. We have gone from 4-6 children up front on Sundays to as many as 45. Yeah, God, and yeah, Wesley!!! All this growth requires additional funds for programming. We have an amazing staff. They are working extra hours right now to ensure our ministries remain the best. The SPRC and Board recognize Wesley’s need to compensate our great people for their extra efforts in the 2019 budget year. Your generosity now gives the SPRC and Board the confidence needed to do what is right by our people in the upcoming year. We want to recruit, retain, and reward the best.
As your pastor I teach tithing. A tithe is the Biblical principle set forth by God as the guide to the question “how much should I give?” Everything in this world as well as every fruit of our labors begins and ends with God. God has asked us to faithfully commit 10% of our labor’s fruit to the God’s work in the church. As for me and my household, we serve the Lord with our tithes. For many new people, moving from giving a random $100/year to heart strings charity to percentage giving to the Kingdom of God takes time. I teach new people to pick a starting spot of 1% and as they are able to move to 3%, 5% and so on and grow in giving to the tithe. This is not an overnight faith development for most people. This is not a legalistic act, it is a faithful response. Every person has their own time table on maturing. On average, in my experience, it can take 3-5 years before a person is able to mature in their fiscal support of Christ’s work here. That means those of us who call Wesley “home” are paying forward (literally and metaphorically) the needed financial support of ministry here.
Thank you for your generosity!
Chris Yost [email protected]