ALMOST FOUR YEARS AGO,

God gave Engedi the gift of a free building. At that time hundreds of people sacrificed to make possible the necessary renovations to our new church home. Their giving resulted in immeasurable life change and kingdom impact. Over the last four years, 734 people have put their trust in Christ, our student ministry has exploded in growth, we’ve launched the most vibrant young adult ministry in our region, and many people of all ages have experienced greater freedom and life in Christ. What a miracle!

Recently, however, Engedi’s growth has highlighted several areas in our church that would benefit from investment. We believe this is a time God is calling Engedi to move from strength to strength by investing in initiatives that will help Engedi continue to THRIVE.

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ENGEDI KIDS

THE NEED

Our rapidly growing kids ministry is running into space constraints.

THE SOLUTION

Increasing the amount of kid’s space will help Engedi Kids accommodate exponential growth.

STUDENTS & YOUNG ADULTS

THE NEED

Our thriving student and young adult ministries are desperate for more small group meeting areas.

THE SOLUTION

Transitioning the former skate park into a café-style space will provide more room for small group Bible study and accountability.

SEMINAR ROOM

THE NEED

Limited adult classroom availability is hindering Journey and other large-group gatherings.

THE SOLUTION

Adding a 155-seat seminar room will assist us in connecting more people into Journey and CABLE groups and will facilitate larger classes and seminars.

NORTH CAMPUS SUPPORT

THE NEED

Our North Campus children’s ministry has insufficient equipment and support.

THE SOLUTION

Enhancing the children’s ministry experience through better equipment and visual aids will strengthen the North Campus’ impact.

OFFICE SPACE

THE NEED

Our growing staff team is in need of more office space.

THE SOLUTION

Adding more workspace will support our growing staff.

NEW PARKING LOT

THE NEED

Our parking lot is badly in need of replacement and would benefit from beautification.

THE SOLUTION

Replacing our parking lot and adding landscaping will offer a safer and more welcoming experience.

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LIVESTREAMING EQUIPMENT

THE NEED

An inability to livestream Sunday morning services is preventing many from joining us in worship when they can’t be physically present.

THE SOLUTION

Livestreaming Sunday services will enable those who are hospitalized, traveling, or on the mission field to connect with Engedi’s worship and teaching from anywhere in the world. It will also give the unchurched in our community the opportunity to check out Engedi before they visit.

Growing stronger in these ways will require
$1.1 million.

We believe that by locking arms and investing by faith, we’ll prepare the way for the next great move of God in our church and in our lives. Will you prayerfully consider a commitment to THRIVE? Our plan is to take a one-time offering on May 21 that will help with much of this need. However, you also have the opportunity to make a commitment that can be fulfilled over the next 12 months. Our hope is to finish most of the construction over the summer months.

God’s desire for each one of us and for our church is to move from strength to strength. Might we use this giving opportunity to see God’s kingdom continue to thrive through Engedi Church!

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8.9

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3.9–10

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Proverbs 11.25

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6.31–33

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9.6–8

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9.11

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4.12

Q & A

Should I re-direct my normal giving (tithes/offerings) to THRIVE?

No, your tithes and offerings are depended on for two very important purposes. First, 25% of Engedi’s budgeted income is allocated towards supporting the missional work Engedi does in Holland and internationally. Second, 75% of Engedi’s general giving is used to support Engedi’s operating budget. In other words, general giving keeps the missionaries in the field and the lights on at home.

Should I make a commitment to THRIVE if I am trying to aggressively pay off debt?

Great question. First, aggressively paying off debt is an important and significant spiritual commitment. In fact, many have found that paying off debt has allowed them to give money away at levels they previously were unable to do. That said, while paying off debt is a great thing, that money is still being entirely directed toward purchases you made. In other words, debt repayment is driven by spending on yourself while sacrificial giving asks what you can give up for God’s use. Clearly there is no easy answer here. Our best advice is to seek the Lord for wisdom and then follow what He says by faith.

How do I let Engedi know of my commitment?

Fill out a commitment card and turn it in at the worship gathering on Sunday, May 21. Commitment cards are available at the Info Desk.

Can I give to THRIVE electronically?

Yes, there are several online options available.

Can I change my commitment at a later date?

Yes, you may increase or decrease your commitment at any time.

HOW DOES THRIVE AFFECT ENGEDI’S BUILDING DEBT?

 Currently Engedi has $680,000 of building debt. By all accounts this is a very manageable debt load for a church of our size and income. Our plan is to be debt-free in four years. Because no long-term debt will be used for THRIVE, it will not impede our ability to pay down debt at all. In fact, by creating greater capacity at both campuses it may even generate more resources for paying off debt!

 DO WE ALREADY HAVE MONEY ON HAND FOR THRIVE?

 Yes, over the last two years we have saved $200,000 for replacing the parking lot. That effectively brings the THRIVE goal down from $1.1 million to $900,000.

 HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE SAVED BY DOING THESE PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME?

 We will reduce the $1.1 million budget by as much as $50,000 by doing these projects at one time.

What if THRIVE doesn’t reach its financial goal?

It has been Engedi’s experience over the years that whenever God calls us to step out by faith, he has provided what we need to do so. However, should we not reach our financial goal, we will evaluate the amount of the shortage and assess its impact on our plans.

 If I have a question about THRIVE, who do I ask?

Please email your question and the appropriate person will  get in touch with you.

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Help Engedi thrive by making a financial commitment today.

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