Individuals and churches will have opportunity to support USMB on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to generosity that falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
All donated funds will be used to support USMB mission and ministry and may be designated to fund three specific ministry options: church multiplication and evangelism, leadership development or ethnic integrated ministries.
- Donations given for church planting and evangelism will be used to provide church planter gatherings and training and support services as part of the new strategy for planting Mennonite Brethren churches in this next decade. Local churches, district conferences and the national conference will be working together in new ways to establish new churches.
- Funds given to leadership development will support activities in 2020 that will include the second group of LEAD One events focused on helping pastors and lay leaders become “Gospel fluent.” USMB will also continue to offer LEAD Cohorts and LEAD Coaching.
- Donations designated for ethnic integrated ministries will help to translate pastoral resource materials into Spanish, Russian and Amharic and to fund ongoing efforts to better serve the growing number of Hispanic, Ethiopian, Congolese and other ethnic churches who are joining USMB.
“We’re still in the game for church planting,” says USMB national director Don Morris, adding that LEAD initiatives are ongoing and more gatherings for USMB’s growing ethnic congregations are anticipated.
In the five years USMB has been part of Giving Tuesday, donors have contributed more than $148,000, including $15,851 last year.
“I want to express my great appreciation for those who have donated for past Giving Tuesday campaigns,” Morris says. “The funds have been crucial for us as we seek to serve our MB pastors and churches. Without these funds, USMB would not be able to provide these services. So, I’m unabashedly asking for past and new donors to help us raise significant funds for mission and ministry for this next season. Please give generously—all funds will go to ministry, not to overhead costs.”
For more information about USMB’s Giving Tuesday campaign, visit www.usmb.org/GivingTuesday. USMB invites donors to use the hashtag #increasingkingdomimpact.
Began in 2012, the Giving Tuesday movement raised more than $400 million in online gifts last year, fueled primarily through social media and collaboration. As many as 3.6 million gifts were received from people in more than 150 countries on Giving Tuesday.