Tuesday May 28th, 2019
Let me begin this letter by saying how incredible it has been to be your pastor these first three-and-a-half months. Jenna and I have had a blast getting to know many of you and hearing your stories. Every single day, my excitement about what God is doing among us grows, and I can’t wait to share with you the things He has been stirring in the hearts of our leadership teams for the future.
The purpose of this letter is to be transparent with you about one of the big challenges we are currently facing as a local church. God has clearly blessed us with an amazing facility to do ministry in every single week. We love not only the space itself, but the location at which He has placed us in Jacksonville. He is stirring a passion in us to reach the people of Bartram Park, and we have a prime location to do so.
The challenge that comes along with our fantastic facility is the cost of our lease agreement. We are currently having to pay just under $20,000 per month to be where we are. Initially that may seem abnormally high, but the elders have done extensive market research to find that we are actually getting this space at several thousand dollars per month under the current market value for our area. It’s no surprise that with the number of members we have at MissionWay, that is a huge financial burden for our church.
Due to building and administrative costs every month, we are currently having to be incredibly lean with our spending on ministry opportunities. I’m sure that you would agree with me that the Church should never spend more on building costs than outreach and discipleship. On top of that, we are currently having to pull anywhere from $3,000 - $10,000 every month out of our reserve account just to make bill payments on time. We will not be able to sustain that pace for many more months.
That’s why we are reaching out to you. First off, we believe that we need to be transparent with those who call MissionWay home. You need to know that this is currently the biggest challenge we are facing as a church in relation to reaching more people and making a greater impact for the sake of the Gospel. We wanted to not only let you know it is happening, but also ask you to pray about how God is leading you to help.
As I look at the average giving of the families at MissionWay, my heart explodes with gratitude for how generous you all are. We truly have an incredibly giving church! I believe the long-term solution to this challenge is to reach more people in our community, so that our church will grow and giving will increase.
In the meantime, however, we are asking you to prayerfully consider how God would lead you to help us overcome this obstacle. If several families who are led and able would increase their giving over the next six months, I truly believe that would go incredibly far in helping us move past this tough season.
With all of that being said, we are also entering into the summer time. Giving always drastically decreases over the summer months as people travel and are not here. Would you consider setting up an automatic giving transaction through Breeze over the summer, so you don’t miss the opportunity to give? Or maybe you feel led to commit to increasing your giving over the summer time to help fill the gap during these hard months.
At the end of the day, we are confident God will supply what we need according to His will. We simply wanted to inform you and give you the opportunity to be part of what God is doing in this way. Our desire is to reach more people and grow His Kingdom. As more people walk through our doors, we hope to see our resources increase so that we may be a church that gives far more money to missions than bill collectors. Please prayerfully consider how God is leading you.
If you have any further questions about any of this or want more information on our finances, I would be happy to sit down with you and try my best to help you get a clearer picture. In the meantime, thank you for your faithfulness in giving and your desire to glorify God by reaching people and making disciples.