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Our Story Continues

Did you know?

  • Calvary Baptist Church started "officially" in 1942 with 12 people.
  • This year we have averaged over 600 people on Sunday mornings.
  • There are 108,000 people within 15 miles of our current location.
  • We moved to this site in 2008. We raised $1,000,000 cash and borrowed approximately an additional $1,000,000 to buy this land and build this facility. Our current debt is about $550,000.
  • We have 80 adults assisting 160 children/teens on Wednesday nights to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We support 14 active missionaries, 6 national church planters in Laos and 8 local agencies for the promotion and proclamation of the gospel.

With all the growth we are experiencing, we have been praying for the Lord's direction in how best to proceed to minister to those already at Calvary as well as to continue proclaim the gospel to the greater Greenville community and receive them into the church. We ask that you pray about possible expansion and provide input to the board as the Lord leads.

The church voted on February 5, 2017 (95% in favor) to start a fundraising process with a vision to remodel and expand our current building. For the next three months (March, April and May) we'll be praying about what we should do, explaining the process and inviting you to join us.

Calendar of Events

Prayer Sunday | March 26

We will continue this journey in prayer asking God to work in our hearts. It is a journey of faith; He will show us what to do.

Advance Challenge Meeting | March 26 @ 6:00pm

In 1 Chronicles 29, we read how David gathered leaders and how they gave generously to the building of the temple. On Sunday, March 26, the leaders of this church will gather to be spiritually challenged to pray about how God would have them participate in "our story." Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

Day of Prayer | March 31 from 9am - 5pm

Please join us to pray. We will culminate a week of prayer by praying from 9am - 5pm asking God how we can join Him in His work in this community.

Presentations | April 23, 25, 26 and May 3

Attend a Creative Giving Seminar

We'll discover creative ways to give "Gifts of Income."

  • April 23 @ 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall
  • April 25 @ 7pm in Room 114
  • April 26 @ 7pm in Room 114
  • May 3 @ 7pm in Room 114
Attend a Tax-Wise Seminar

We'll look at how to use "Gifts of Assets" such as personal property, land, stocks, or other non-cash gifts in strategic ways.

  • April 23 @ 11am in Room 114

Challenge Sunday | April 30

If you think it's all about money and filling out pledge cards, you will be pleasantly surprised. The "challenge" of Challenge Sunday will be this:

Be still. Listen expectantly. Ask boldly. Obey humbly.

We will not talk about equal giving but rather, equal commitment.

Commitment Sunday | May 7

On this day we will turn in our sealed Commitment Cards. This will be a time of commitment to sacrifice and faith. We will have the opporunity to invest in something larger than ourselves - something that will outlast our lives on this earth.

Celebration Sunday | May 21

We all have 10,000 reasons to praise the Lord for His goodness. On Celebration Sunday we will announce the total amount committed in faith toward this project. Our goal is $1,500,000. We believe we can reach this amount with God's help. Whatever the result, we want to give God all the praise and glory.

 

What is a "Campaign" and why are we doing this?

By definition a campaign is "a series of operations intended to achieve a particular objective."

We voted on February 5th (95% in favor) to start a fundraising process with a vision to remodel and expand our current building. For the next three months we'll be praying about what we should do, explaining the process and inviting you to join us.

What is the Our Story Continues all about anyway?

  • It's not about guilt, pressure, manipulation, hidden agendas, or campaign gimmicks.
  • It is about building. Building devoted, mature Christians.
  • Building active stewardship into our lives. Building ministry and outreach. And yes, building a center for ministry.
  • It is an opportunity for the formation of the heart!
  • It is about changed lives.
  • It is about obedience, our "Yes" in response to God's challenge.
  • It is committing ourselves to the vision God has set before us.
  • It is about building stewardship into every area of our life.
  • It is grappling with the fact that I own nothing, but am to manage everything.
  • It is about knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known.

How is Our Story Continues set in motion?

By the people on these teams:

The Spiritual Life & Prayer Team provides essential prayer support to make sure that the campaign is a spiritual endeavor.

The Communications builds awareness and informs. This is the "no surprises" team, because they do their best to make sure everyone knows what's going on.

The Hospitality Team is responsible to plan facility use and food for various meetings and events during the campaign.

The Creative Gifts Team provides confidential counsel to those requesting information on various charitable giving options. This team also sponsors Creative Giving Seminars.

The Reminder Team provides gentle encouragement to attend various functions sponsored by the campaign team.

The Presentations Team will meet with the congregation in small group settings. A presenter will share the vision, explore financial details of the campaign, and explain answers to questions that you may have. No one will be asking you to respond with any commitment at these small group meetings.

Values

God's Word

  • Everything we do will be consistent with Biblical teaching.

Individual Prayer

  • Individuals will only be asked to respond after time has been spent in deliberate personal prayer.
  • No one will ever be asked to respond in any way with a commitment "on the spot."

Openness and Transparency

  • The purpose of all campaign meetings will be clearly and openly communicated in advance.
  • There will be no surprises.

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • Individual campaign commitments will be kept totally private and confidential.
  • At no point will anyone be asked to publically declare their commitment.
  • Two people will count personal campaign commitments for the purposes of tabulation only.

Counsel of the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit and sound financial principles should be the guiding factors in suggesting the amount an individual should contribute to the campaign.
  • At no time will anyone suggest amounts that an individual should contribute to the campaign.

Freedom of Participation

  • This campaign will be conducted in a pressure-free manner.
  • We ask only that individuals walk with God, pray deliberately, and give to the campaign in accordance with the prompting of the Spirit.