Even in trying times, generosity can flourish! Remember to thank your congregation for their faithfulness in giving to Kingdom initiatives.
Living Word Church, in Wildwood, MO engaged us for help with their annual stewardship initiative this fall. Here is news of their results, as shared by pastor Michael McIntyre:
Last week in worship, Mick Rembold, the Executive Director of “Will You Grow?” shared with us the incredible results of this campaign. So far this year we have received 274 pledge cards. Last year at this same time we had received 253 pledge cards. This represents an increase of 8% in pledges – which is VERY good. However, it gets much better! The 274 pledges we received represent an increase of $497,550 over last year – that is a 34% increase! This is nothing short of spectacular!
I really want to impress upon you how staggering these numbers truly are! Rusty shared with me that Generis considers a 15% increase to be very successful when the economy is strong. But you, the good people of Living Word, more than doubled what Generis considers to be successful; and you did it in a time when our economy is in the tank! In the words of our Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23) We challenged you, and asked you, “Will You Grow?” and you answered with a thunderous YES!
There can be no doubt that 2009 is going to challenge us financially, but with your faithful response to God’s call, I have no doubt that we will meet any challenge that comes our way. I am so very proud of all of you. Thank you for your commitment to Jesus.