Looking for an opportunity to support U.S. Mennonite Brethren church planting, national USMB youth activities or leadership development for USMB pastors and potential leaders? The U.S. Conference of MB Churches (USMB) invites you to donate on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, to support one of these three ministries.
“As we look forward to Giving Tuesday Nov. 27, please know that the financial need for USMB is significant, as are the ministries that will be fueled by donations,” says Don Morris, USMB national director. “It makes a difference in the lives of people—it has eternal impact.”
Giving Tuesday funds designated for church planting will benefit four church plants that USMB will be directly subsidizing in 2019: Avenue Church, Aurora, Colo.; City Church, Pueblo, Colo; Pacific Keep Church, Spokane, Wash.; and South Mountain Community Church-Lehi, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2019 national USMB youth conference, YouthCon, will be held April 3-7 in Glorieta, NM. Funds designated for USMB Youth on Giving Tuesday will be used to underwrite YouthCon as well as USMB Youth efforts to connect, develop and resource youth workers through The Network and to encourage students to create local service projects and campaigns that get them invested in their communities, churches and cities through Project:Serve.
Leadership development is the focus of LEAD initiatives, which include LEAD Coaching, LEAD Cohorts and LEAD One events.
“USMB supplies a wide-range of resources to help churches maximize their God-given potential,” says Morris. “The donations given to USMB on Giving Tuesday will be used to enrich learning and training experiences for our local MB pastors and churches. That means being better at disciple-making, evangelism and leadership development—reaching more people with the good news.”
A variety of videos created by USMB pastors and church staff for Giving Tuesday are posted at https://usmb.org/videos/ and illustrate how local congregations are reaching their neighborhoods, church plants are bringing people to Jesus and leaders are benefitting from LEAD Cohorts and LEAD Coaching.
In the four years USMB has been part of Giving Tuesday, donors have contributed more than $132,000, including $14,565 in contributions last year.
“We’ve had wonderful response from givers for past Giving Tuesday campaigns,” Morris says. “It’s made a tremendous difference for USMB to be able to continue providing meaningful leadership education, training and networking. We are extremely grateful for past contributions and seek God for his provision through his people this year.”
For more information on USMB’s Giving Tuesday campaign, visit www.usmb.org/GivingTuesday. USMB invites donors to use the hashtag #MoreTogether.
Began in 2012, the Giving Tuesday movement raised more than $300 million in online gifts last year, fueled primarily through social media and collaboration. As many as 2.5 million gifts were received from people in more than 150 countries on Giving Tuesday. —USMB