Kingdom Vision for God’s Glory

 
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Kingdom Vision for God’s Glory

Through this time in our church life, we hope that God will expand the hearts of his people to have a greater vision for generosity, a greater vision for the unchurched, and a greater vision for the communion of the saints. As we consider this together, my prayer for you is that “you will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”  2 Corinthians 9:11 

Sr. Pastor Matt Giesman

Kingdom Vision for God's Glory at Forestgate

Consistent with our mission statement; Forestgate exists to glorify God and make disciples of Christ in northern El Paso County, this campaign seeks to increase our zeal for God, His Kingdom work, and to help us grow in our generosity. We do not want simply to raise funds for various projects and initiatives, but to further transform our hearts. This campaign will be a stretching time of growth requiring much faith and regular, fervent prayer as we seek to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.

Greater Kingdom Vision for the Unchurched Opening of our Hearts for the unchurched through Church Planting.

Greater Kingdom Vision for Fellowship Expansion of our Hearts for relationships within our Forestgate church family.

Greater Kingdom Vision for Generosity Transformation of our hearts for increased generosity “over and above” regular operating fund contributions.   

Sr. Pastor Matt Giesman

Sr. Pastor Matt Giesman

 

Growth at Forestgate

In response to the growth the Lord is causing at Forestgate we have prayerfully developed two main goals related to kingdom expansion.

Reproduce a like-minded church through church planting.

Strengthen our ministry at Forestgate, through staff and building expansion.

We've taken demonstrable steps on both fronts.

First of all through the establishment of a Church Planting Fund and the approval of Assistant Pastor Steve Stanton to transition into a church planting residency beginning October 1, 2019.

Secondly we have added Church Administrator Carl Bobb and Youth Director Curt Straeter to our ministry staff in 2019 and we have made several recent investments to improve our facilities which will enhance ministry at Forestgate.

Our monetary goal for this campaign is to raise $500k above our operating budget.

The purpose of this capital campaign is to raise funds in preparation for church planting and to replenish funds spent on building improvements.

$200k will be designated for church planting. The church planting funds will be used to support Steve's church planting residency and to provide seed capital when the church is launched in the fall of 2021.

$300k to offset what we've spent to date on building improvements. Through the Lord's provision and Forestgate’s prior generosity we have spent a total $401k on building related plans and improvements.

To date, the facilities improvements include architecture and engineering related to these additions and future building expansion, an expanded lobby and enhanced access to the sanctuary, parking lot and front entrance modifications to improve safety, enhancements to our east patio and playground, a new west patio, and replacement of our 20 year old boiler that has been upgraded to handle possible future expansion.

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Pledge Cards

The idea of a pledge card comes from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, where he wrote about a generous church that had planned to help, but the time had not quite come.

We do not want you to feel under any compulsion but to freely give what God is calling you to give, over and above your regular giving. Pledge cards serve as a reminder for each person to pray that God would prosper them so that they may plan to give a gift in the future. We understand that life situations may change and that the ability to fulfill a pledge may not be possible.

This is not an oath and if circumstances in your life change you are not bound to give what you had planned. Please take 30 minutes to study 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 for Paul’s instructions to the Corinthian church on this topic.

Prayer is not an afterthought

An effective campaign will focus on the centrality of Christ and the principles of spiritual power found in His word. My opinion of one key to success will be God’s people coming boldly into the presence of our almighty God in corporate prayer. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (all scripture quotes English Standard Version) We enjoy His mercy and Grace and we need His help.

Willingness to pray should be strongly encouraged while being careful not to place spiritually abusive guilt upon people, even though it seems highly beneficial. Jean Calvin suggests that, “the only persons who duly and properly gird themselves to pray are those who are so moved by God’s majesty that, freed from earthly cares and affections, they come to it.” 1 Our theme verse support’s Calvins idea of God’s majesty and the freedom we can enjoy, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36 ESV

My sincere concern is that corporate prayer has gone out of fashion, because people do not pray privately, therefore, corporate prayer is an embarrassment to them. D.A. Carson says, “Public prayer ought to be the overflow of one’s private praying.” 2

I have often wondered why it is such hard work to pray? It is my contention, that Satan knows prayer informed by God’s word is a powerful weapon, therefore the world, our flesh and the devil conspire to keep us from this important work.

The post Pentecost church met daily for prayer. The church prayed as if their lives depended on it and often it did. The early church saw God work in ways that astounded and blessed the body of Christ and glorified God. We see the dedication to corporate prayer of the saints accomplished much (Acts 1:14, 2:42, 4:31, 12:5, 13:3 and 16:16).

My great hope is that God would call more men & women to wield the sword of the Spirit in prayer, igniting a greater zeal in our hearts and expecting God to open closed doors and go ahead of us for His glory. (2 Chronicles 6:32-35, Songs of Solomon 3:7-8, Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Timothy 6:11-16 & 2 Timothy 2:15) The opinion of Charles Spurgeon was, “I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.” 3

Joyfully yours in Christ,

Carl Bobb


 1 The Institutes of Christian Religion book III page 854 Westminster John Knox Press, December 31, 1961

2 D. A. Carson, Praying with Paul, 2nd ed. Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 1992, 2014 

3  Spurgeon's Sermons, Volume 19: 1873, Baker Book House 1987

FAQ - Kingdom Vision for God’s Glory

1) How much are we trying to raise? And Why? And by when?

  • Step 1 – For right now (September 2019 - August 2020), we would like to raise $500,000, for church planting and replenishing some of the funds spent on existing building projects. Any excess amount we raise will go towards 

  • Step 2 – Eventually, we hope to launch a campaign to raise another $1.55 million for future building expansion.

2) What do Step 1 and Step 2 involve? Objective: Two Step Financial Campaign over four years / Total campaign goal $2.1 million

Step #1 – August 2019 - September 2020

  • Replenish reserves that were used to build space for expanding relational contact within the Forestgate community which includes work in that is completed or in process such as architectural & engineering costs, current East play area and Gazebo, Lobby Expansion & parking lot (2A) West Patio/Gazebo/Storage Shed, Lobby Expansion, Parking lot, West Patio, Gazebo, Storage Shed & East Building Expansion (2A & 2B)

  • Ensure Steve’s Church Plant is off to a good start.

  • Prepare financial foundation for East Building Expansion (2B).


Step #2 September 2020 - September 2023 ONLY IF GROWTH INDICATES NEED

  • Phase 2B: Relational addition (east) for classrooms, fellowship space, office remodel (west). East patio, plus interior lighting, signage, welcome desk upgrades if money available.

  • Church Planting Fund For next Church Planting resident.


3) Why are we trying to replenish funds?

  • We undertook some modest building projects that we believed would give us some much-needed fellowship space for our growing church. We had money on hand to undertake these projects, thanks to wise and careful spending by our leadership and thanks to your generous contributions. However, before we launch into any further projects, we thought it was best to replenish some of those funds. We have spent approximately $400,000 on existing projects, but we are only trying to replenish $300,000. Also, our church is in very healthy place financially, and we are currently debt-free and have been for a long time.


4) What about building expansion? Why aren’t we talking more about building expansion in Step 1 on this program?

  • There are several reasons:

  • If we had all the money we needed to build a proposed East Expansion right now, we would still need more time to complete existing projects and make preparations before we break ground.

  • We have already made some building improvements, thanks to your generosity.

  • We think it’s time to start church planting.


5) Why the emphasis on church planting?

  • This has been a goal of Forestgate’s for a long time. That’s why we started a Church Planting Fund and joined the Western Church Planting Network in 2018. For more information (and more FAQs) about these efforts, please see our Church Planting page on our website: https://forestgate.org/church-planting.


6) Who will know how much I give?

  • Our church treasurer who produces end-of-year giving reports. Our pledge cards will be anonymous.


7) Then how are you going to track what is given? 

  • We plan to ask our treasurer for regular reports on how much has been given and how much has been pledged. We hope this will provide progress reports while maintaining confidentiality for individual givers.

8) How much should I give?

  • “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

  • We hope that you will give to this campaign, over and above what you’re already giving to the church, after prayerful consideration. We don’t want you to give to this campaign and stop/reduce your regular giving to the church, because that would be problematic. If you think that you’re giving as much as you can already, then simply remember Paul’s words above: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly, or under compulsion…”


9) What if I pledge, but can’t fulfill my pledge?

  • We do not want you to feel under any compulsion but to freely give what God is calling you to give, over and above your regular giving. Pledge cards serve as a reminder for each person to pray that God would prosper them so that they may plan to give a gift in the future. We understand that life situations may change and that the ability to fulfill a pledge may not be possible.


10) What if I don’t want to fill out a pledge card but still want to give?

  • Pledge cards will help us plan and track our progress, but no one is required to fill out a pledge card, which, again, is anonymous. We welcome any and all gifts to the Kingdom Vision Fund (see #10), regardless of whether you fill out a pledge card.


11) Should I write something different on my capital campaign check than what I write on my regular tithe check?

  • Check written to Forestgate for the capital campaign should indicate in the check memo or on the cash giving envelope “Kingdom Vision Fund.”


12) When should I plan to give?

  • As soon as you’re ready, but we will be formally asking for pledges and gifts on Sunday, October 13 & 20 that will be received until end of August 2020.

Campaign Manager Carl Bobb

Campaign Manager Carl Bobb