This past Sunday, I shared some incredible news with Restoration City about God’s financial provision for our church throughout the past fiscal year. I know talking publicly about money can be awkward and I even debated how specific to be in this post. Ultimately, I decided to be as specific here as I was on Sunday because it’s not a story about our church. Although this story is best told with numbers, it really is a story about the faithfulness of God and the generosity of His people.
At the start of the fiscal year that ran from September 2015 – August 2016, we felt God leading us to adopt a $482,445 budget. To be honest, that seemed crazy to me for a church plant that was only 11 months old! I remember asking Dan Iten, our Operations Director, how much of that money we had to spend and how much we could pull back if giving didn’t meet our expectations. Well, giving didn’t meet our expectations; it exceeded them! Through your generosity, the Lord provided $511,714.43! At the same time, we were able to hold expenses to $456,395.32, meaning we finished the year with a $56,000 surplus. That’s incredible for a 2 year old church plant! So many of you have sacrificed so much to make that happen and I can never thank you enough.
In addition to strengthening our operating reserves and saving for some long term needs, our elders felt compelled to give $6,000 of this surplus beyond Restoration City. We were thrilled to make an additional $1,500 gift to four of our external ministry partners, which continues a pattern of giving that is essential to us at Restoration City. As part of our budgeted expenses for the past fiscal year, we had already given $52,186.42 to other ministries, including church plants, international missions, and local ministry partners.
More than a few friends have joked with me in the last couple of days that announcing a surplus is a pretty amazing way to get people to stop giving to the church! To be honest, I hope it has the opposite effect. Personally, I love knowing that over 10% of everything I give to Restoration City goes beyond our church to other gospel partners! It makes me want to be more generous, not less. I’m praying you’ll feel the same way – inspired to continue giving, to increase your giving or to start giving to the vision of Restoration City. We’ve significantly increased our budget for this year to just over $700,000, so we need your ongoing support. But I’m not just asking on behalf of our church. I’m asking on behalf of those beyond the walls of our church who are touched by your generosity. By God’s grace, we’ll exceed the $58,000 we were able to give this year and be able to do even more in the year to come.
Ultimately, our generosity is motivated by Jesus who “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9). A generous church makes the gospel visible to the world around us in a way that’s utterly captivating. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be know for our generosity as a church?
If you would like to set up a recurring donation to Restoration City or make a one time gift, you can do so at RestorationCity.Church/Give. I would love to have you participate in the culture of generosity God is creating at Restoration City!