One of the recent suggestions for a topic on the Network was Ministry Shares. The person suggested that more information was needed by the churches as to what is funded with Ministry Shares. A team of gifted communication leaders has just put together a mailing to more effectively communicate Ministry Shares for six dollars a week. Did your church receive your Council member packets this week? Did you check out the new Ministry Shares website yet? What did you think?
The communications team has a cool video for presentation during the offering, as well as "You Add, God Multiplies" flyers and posters, and “Wheels” of ministry that better communicate the impact of the various ministries supported by Ministry Shares. The Ministry Shares website has information on how to determine the requested Ministry Shares for your church, as well as the allocation of where the money goes. The intention is that Council members spend a few minutes talking about Ministry Shares at their next meeting and together renew their focus on the important way we “do more” together as the Christian Reformed Church.
I think it will help the leadership of our churches get more excited about giving to Ministry Shares. Sometimes we need to take a minute to reflect on the ministry we do together as a larger church family, that we are reaching people in 200 countries and 10 major languages, supporting 200 missionaries in more than 20 countries and equipping our churches to provide more impacting ministry in a multitude of areas.
If you are a leader in your church, are you willing to continue to pull your weight in the vision of “Together Doing More?” I pray that you find these materials helpful in casting the vision for the support of Ministry Shares by your church. Remember, for six dollars a week from each active member, Ministry Shares funds life-changing ministries at home and around the world.
What else would be helpful to your church in casting that vision? The “Church at Work” section of The Banner tells many stories and testimonials of God’s work. Missionary, church planter, chaplain, or other ministry people sharing their stories at your church can also promote the vision. We need to think of ways to keep the Ministry Shares vision fresh to each CRC member.