2021-2022 Vision and Budget
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Over the past year we learned that even when the kingdoms of men are in chaos, the Kingdom of God stands firm. During a time of tremendous uncertainty we prioritized spiritual health AND physical health working to keep the church as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. We added staff and an additional service and through the faithful and generous giving of God’s people we turned down the Payroll Protection Loan Program and still exceeded our budget goals!
As we look into the future we expect a higher than usual degree of uncertainty with some remaining restrictions which affect our planning. We are leaning forward with larger plans than last year, though some ministries, such as short-term missions are still scaled back. Here are some highlights of where we believe God is leading this year:
- Our greatest priority is finding safe ways to help people reconnect - with God and each other - so we’re putting a heavy emphasis on fellowship events and discipleship tools. We plan to leverage the use of media, like our new app, to enable worship and personal growth – expect to see a new website and stand-alone podcast to support our Turn Aside studies and a website where you can find recommended resources on a variety of issues.
- We are hopeful that many home groups can resume in-person in the fall and new groups will be added as we transition to a model that revisits and expands upon the material covered in Sunday’s sermon. New classes and groups will also be available on campus Sunday mornings including a 13-week overview of the entire Bible in the fall.
- We continue to invest in our staff, building, and grounds as they enable numerous internal ministries as well as ministry partners including other churches, homeschool groups, and Community Bible Study.
- We look forward to adding our first new elder/pastor since the church was re-formed in 2015 by ordaining Trip Gracey and then identifying additional men to serve as lay-elders.
- This summer we will undertake a major construction project as we relocate the stormwater basin and strategically reforest portions of our property balancing erosion protection, natural beauty, and open space, especially at the corner of Pickett and Main Street, giving us visibility to the community.
- We propose support for Assist Crisis Pregnancy Center and The Enduring Word (David Guzik’s commentaries on Blue Letter Bible), increasing our support of local and online ministries.
- After six years of serving together we’ve identified some areas for improvement. We look forward to strengthening our membership pathways and suggesting minor revisions to our bylaws pending congregational approval.
The proposed budget meets all of these goals and more. It represents a slight increase over last year, and yet, if giving levels remains the same, it will still be easily met. Isn’t God good?
Please take the time to consider this vision and review the budget. Then click this link to vote. Voting will close on Sunday, June 27th at 9PM.
For the elders,
Jeff Schlenz – Jeff@TheCityGatesGatesChurch.org
Matt Pottenger – Matt@TheCityGatesGatesChurch.org
Stephen Simons – Stephen@TheCityGatesGatesChurch.org
Vic Ransom – VicRRansom@Gmail.com
Jesse Wallace – WallaceJD@Gmail.com
Jim Greening – JamesGreening16@Yahoo.com