Welcome to Our Forward Initiative!
God has been doing a great work through our church. We averaged almost 100 first time visitors, saw significant growth in Worship attendance, and had the honor of baptizing 23 new Christ followers just over the last 4 months. And in 2017, we were able to send 189 Heights people on short-term mission trips.
In order to be faithful to our calling and to maximize the opportunities that God has opened to us, we as a church are launching a new initiative that we are calling Forward. The goal is to provide the necessary resources to reach children and students, our community, and the nations for Christ. This involves some exciting mission opportunities and improved ministry spaces.
You will be hearing more about all of this in the next few weeks. Begin praying with me now about how God wants you and your family to participate.
Note from Co-Chair
CO-CHAIR, FORWARD INITIATIVE
When you’re born a preacher’s kid you quickly learn that you go to church every time the doors are open. Period. Sunday morning. Sunday night. Wednesday night. And all the Specials in between. Thankfully, when the church is The Heights, and your parents are amazing examples of God’s grace, and your wife senses God’s will to join the church you grew up in, and your faith grows into adulthood… then you begin to see how God has always planned this for you. Add three children to the mix and witness their growth into Christ-following adults due to the impact of The Heights. Suddenly, you’re in awe of three generations of a family blessed by one church and one gracious Savior.
I say all of that to reflect on two things. First – Gratitude. I am deeply thankful for God’s life-long blessing through The Heights. The blessing is rich and perfect – far beyond what I can ever give back. God’s love, my family, and our church are woven together like a quilt that tells the story of my life.
Second – Opportunity. 2018 is the greatest time in history to be at The Heights. Our community is redefining itself at an incredible pace. But there’s never been more distraction and greater competition for a family’s time. I believe the Forward Initiative is God’s challenge to show our busy community that we are a compelling place of rest and worship. He is calling us to be relevant and build relationships and bring revival. He’s calling us to show families that The Heights is a place for generations to come. ~ David
CHILDREN/PRESCHOOL/WEST WING UPGRADE ($2,400,000)
STUDENT MINISTRY UPGRADE ($500,000)
Jr High Meeting Space
WORSHIP CENTER UPGRADE ($600,000)
Next Step Room
Cameras and AVL
CHAPEL UPGRADE ($400,000)
Audio and Lighting
OTHER IMPROVEMENTS ($450,000)
Covered Walkway to Gym
Signage (External and Internal)
Handicap access improvements (Ramp, Doors, Parking)
FORWARD GOAL = $5,500,000
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the money be used?
The first $500,000 will go to fund Mission Opportunities. Other monies will be used to create Compelling Environments.
What are the compelling environment projects?
They consist of Children/Preschool and West Wing as the top priority. Next in line would be Student Ministry updates and then Worship Center, Chapel and other upgrades as funds allow.
What will be the financial goal of the Forward Initiative?
$5,500,000 to be given in total over a 3-year period.
Will these projects put the church back into long term debt?
No, the church will not spend more than is committed during the initiative. A short-term line of credit will be used if needed during the 3-year period.
What is the timeframe of the Forward Initiative?
Roll out to church and pledges from February to May of 2018. Commitment Day is Sunday, April 29th. Pledges to be paid out over 3 years beginning in June of 2018.
When is the earliest that work would commence?
Summer of 2018
We are praying and asking each Heights member to seek the Lord about what your part of the FORWARD Initiative is over the next 3 years.
On Sunday, April 29 – Commitment Day – we are asking each member to bring a one-time gift to FORWARD and also bring a pledge of what God has told you to give over the next 3 years.
We are simply asking you to do what God tells you to do.
If you would like to give to the Forward Initiative, you can do so through our secure service with Pushpay.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR OTHER QUESTIONS:
Contact Bill Ferrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-238-7243