We live in a culture that is addicted to instant results and gratification. We want it yesterday. We know that to build and sustain anything meaningful it takes consistent effort and investment over time. Yet, we have seen that reality at New City Church as God has continued to expand and increase our ministry over the past eight years. That is why for this year’s Flourish Campaign our theme is “investing in the future.” The church has always been called to be faithful to a God who will use our efforts today for a kingdom impact that we may never see. At New City, we remain committed to that call.
FLOURISH CAMPAIGN Q&A
Q: What is the fundraising goal this year?
Our goal is to raise $300,000 this year. This goal is extraordinarily reachable if everyone gives as the Lord leads. Some in our body are able to give thousands and some tens, but if each of us gives, we will exceed this goal.
Q: What will the Flourish Campaign money be spent on this year?
We have pinpointed the following areas for our Flourish funds in 2018:
Local Missions ($75,000): Our first responsibility for “missions” work is to the people and neighborhoods that surround us. This has always been the heart of New City, and with the expansion of our Justice and Care ministry, our vision has been sharpened to five key initiatives: At-Risk Families, the Under-resourced/Homeless, Children & Youth, Empowerment, and Evangelism. This vision comes to life through numerous partnerships:
- Hustle Phoenix, as a part of the Empowerment Initiative, helps bring renewal to the most neglected parts of Phoenix by providing job training and business development.
- At Kenilworth Elementary, as part of the Children & Youth Initiative, we aim to provide teacher and parent support, student enrichment through after-school activities and future school service projects.
- Safe Families/Christian Family Care, as part of the At-Risk Families Initiative, serves families and children in the foster care system.
- As a part of the Under-resourced/Homeless Initi
ative, we will work with numerous local organizations to provide resources for the working poor and homeless in our community.
International Missions ($75,000): Over the past several years we have partnered with Good News India, an organization that provides year-round housing and education for over 3,500 orphans in India. With a country that is estimated to have over 20 MILLION orphans, the need is expansive, but we can help by building an orphanage, as well as sponsoring all the children for that orphanage. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this orphanage will serve 100-150 girls rescued from sex trade. The vision is to buy the land this year with the goal to have the orphanage complete in 2-3 years. With a total construction cost of approximately $230K, this is just the beginning of our commitment. Once completed, we will aim to take teams there every year or two to visit and serve these girls.
Church Planting – Domestic and International ($50,000): Each year we invest in church planting through our partnership with the Orchard Group, an organization committed to planting churches in hard to reach urban areas around the world. Orchard helped us start New City, and now we invest in other church planters who will take the message of the Gospel into places that few other organizations are able to reach. We have committed $100,000 over 5 years time to our church partnership in Paris. This city is less than 1% Christian with as few as one gospel-teaching church per 150,000 people. We would like to finish that commitment this year, so we can invest in other church start-ups in places like Istanbul, Turkey, Lagos, Nigeria, or here domestically.
New City Facilities ($100,000): When we purchased our building in 2014, we knew that God had provided us with both the perfect location and a tremendous asset. We have been able to reach thousands with the gospel in our weekend services and throughout the week. While the value of our land continues to appreciate, we would like to accelerate the rate at which we pay the debt. If we pay an additional $100,000 on January 1st every year, we would make 124 less payments, thus taking 10 years off of the life of the loan, equaling a savings of $1,603,219.62 in interest over the life of the loan! Enough said.
Q: When does the Flourish Campaign start and end?
October 28 marks the beginning of our campaign this year, and we encourage all Flourish giving to be completed by December 31. However, you can give to the Flourish Campaign at any time throughout the year.
Q: How do I give?
You can give in multiple ways:
Give Online. If you have previously donated online, simply log-in, click Give Now or Schedule Giving, and select “Flourish Campaign” from the drop-down box. If you have not previously made an online donation, you will need to go through a quick registration process before you enter your contribution.
Give on Sunday. Place your cash or check donation in the offering boxes.
Give via Text. Text 602.833.1446 the amount and the word Flourish (example: $100 Flourish).
Give by Mail. Send a check with “Flourish” in the memo line to New City Church, PO BOX 2293, Phoenix, AZ 85002.
Q: Is my Flourish Campaign giving a part of my normal tithe giving or an offering above and beyond that?
Giving to the Flourish Campaign is considered an offering that would be in addition to normal giving. Of course, all donations given to New City Church are tax deductible.