Merry Christmas we’ve hit $14k left!
That means we have one week to crush this. $100, $50, $5000 – whatever, let’s do it.
We’ve hit 23 x $100 donations. That’s $2300. We still believe we can hit $10k with a little help.
Three ways to give:
We’ve hit 17 x $100 donations (that I know of!). That’s awesome. Let’s keep it moving.
Impact Temple also has a PayPal address which can be used to send money if that’s more convenient (it is for us!).
For quick deciders, our church family, Impact Temple is raising funds to pay off their building by Dec. 31. My wife, Caroline and I are doing our part. We are asking our 1160 unique Facebook friends to contribute $100. If only 100 of our friends contribute a tax-deductible $100 over the next 5 weeks (100 FOR $100 IN 5), we’ll be able to give $10,000 toward the $58,000 needed to reach our church’s goal, putting a significant dent in the money owed.
The church owes $116,000 and all incoming donations received before Dec. 31 will be matched to pay off the building in order to avoid renegotiating the lease on January 1, 2018. Presently, the outcome of those negotiations is unknown.
Ready to give? Click below or mail a check to me. And thank you!
1106 Dakota Drive
Temple, TX 76504
Need more info? Keep reading.
For friends who don’t know our backstory, in late 2016, our family decided on a significant change. I resigned my position at Chesapeake Church as Executive Pastor and my wife resigned as Staff Childcare Leader.
We packed our house and headed southwest to Temple, TX to be closer to my family.
The journey has been difficult. But with the support of friends from Maryland (some of whom moved with us!), our Texas family, and new Texas friends from several local church communities, we are discovering our new normal.
One such church family is Impact Temple. I heard the name and mission of the church in a conversation, and desiring a smaller church family, we ventured to Impact one Sunday last May.
When we arrived we were greeted by a man named Tim who informed us we might have a hard time understanding what he was saying because, as a vet, he had “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” In the service, this same gentleman served us communion as we sat quietly, taking in the humbleness of the people and simplicity of the service.
My wife and I both had difficultly holding back tears as he served Caroline, me, and our two kids crackers and grape juice and prayed over us. This moment posed a significant step in our healing process of leaving our previous community.
God knew what we needed in that moment, and He came through – as always.
While I’d love to share more of our story, this request isn’t about me, so allow me to share more about Impact.
Impact is a different church community, at least in regard to our experience.
Impact is not a destination. It’s a community centered around the gospel. There is certainly nothing “snazzy” about where we meet. The building is an old print shop, long abandoned. Residuals of the print shop are everywhere – florescent shop lights (most not working) light up the rooms in yellowish hue along with the familiar hum. The walls of the “auditorium” (which is a humorous description) are exposed insulation. The floors are mostly unfinished concrete or layers of industrial carpet and cracked 70’s-era avocado tile with as much history as the grocery-cart-pushing homeless that walk across them week to week. Disconnected outlets hang from the ceiling like ornaments.
While the building isn’t in the best shape, there are ongoing efforts to improve it’s usability including men’s and women’s bathrooms (with plans for showers in case of shelter emergencies), a commercial-style kitchen, and better classrooms for kids and weekly Bible studies.
Caroline and I believe the Bible puts little emphasis on a church body’s building – we’re taught Christ abolished the need for a high priest and that God’s temple is us, the Holy Spirit dwells in us, not a building.
Our experience in Impact’s humble meeting place has shown that our new church family is of similar belief.
Then why are we raising funds to pay off the church building?
Good question. And one we’ve wrestled with. There are 3 important reasons that have led us to believe in the importance of making this happen:
It’s just a building.
Someday it will fall apart. Someday it may be a business – again, or a parking lot. God only knows. For now, here’s how I see it: we have a chance to put a pin on the map for the Kingdom of Christ.
$58,000 does it.
We have a chance to burn bright in darkness. We have a chance to fearlessly demonstrate the gospel through feeding the poor, discipling one another, worshipping without barriers, and unifying the church in a way that has escaped us for some time.
We have a chance to make a significant “impact” right before our eyes.
It’s only $100.
In a month, it’ll be just a memory. It’s one date night; one home project; one trip to Walmart (right!?); one Amazon order; one of your kid’s Christmas presents. But in a month, should Impact have the capacity to pay off this old print shop, the church will have $2000 every month to turn into real ministry. Imagine the effects over the course of 2018, 19, 20 and beyond.
Will you join Caroline and me in being the hands and feet of the body? Please consider joining us today for a tax-deductible $100, $200, or more before December 31, 2017 to match the funds provided by the church.
If you have questions about this, feel free to email me or call my cell, 410-507-9424.
Thank you. Grace and peace to all of you!