I believe, as I trust you do, that the ministries of our church are a blessing to both our church body and families outside our congregation. God continues to bless us as our congregation grows. Yet with this blessing comes a new challenge. Our current monthly income is vital for our operating and ministry budget. But, a significant portion of it, is being used to cover our debt. While we are able to do that, there is so much more in the name of Jesus we could do for ministry and missions, if we all joined in and helped to alleviate this debt. God has been so good to us, we have a great facility, we have a great congregation, we have a great team and we have a great mission. And now it is time to tackle the only thing keeping us from the next level of service and ministry at Ridgecrest for God… our debt.
That is why I am excited about our Freedom Campaign. It is the name chosen for our debt free stewardship campaign. We believe that with God’s guidance, this ministry will fulfill the financial needs of our church. As part of our Freedom program, every household is asked to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial commitment—over and above your ongoing tithes and offerings—to be given over the next three years. By doing so, we hope to raise the necessary funds to move forward in our ministry. As you can see, Freedom is an important step to our future, and your involvement impacts its success.
As a result, let me invite you to join us on Sunday, March 24th. During our AM services you will learn more about our Freedom campaign and our debt retirement strategy. We will discuss the importance of church-wide prayer during this crucial time, and we will share information about our church and its ministry.
These are exciting days of direction in our church. As I said above, I say again, this is the next leg of God’s journey for our church. Let’s get Free so that we can “Go, Grow and Sow” like never before. Galatians 5:1 says, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Let us commit to seek and act in God’s will. To the glory of God, we will move ahead with faith. And remember God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!