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1 Congregational Meeting August 18, 2013

2 Prayer And some technicalities Election of Elders Financial Update MY2014 Budget MY2014 Ministry Opportunities

3 Jonathan Griffith rotating off of diaconate How do you become an officer? Nominations open until end of August


5 Budgeted General Fund offering: $822,025 Actual General Fund offering: $798,826 Difference of: $23,199 or 2.8% Projected Budgeted Expenses of $868,228 Actual expenses of: $775,999 Adjusted Difference of: $92,229 or 10.6% Income minus expenses: $22,827 Main reason: Deferred Loan Conversion

6 General Fund Giving: $798,822 O/A Mission’s Giving: $76,377 Total Mission’s: $212,671 Arise 414 Giving: $350,747 Total Given in MY2013: $1,225,946

7 309 Communing members 39 new members, 44 move away. 5 join by Reaffirmation of Faith 13 join by Profession of Faith 7 Adult Baptisms!!! 448 Total members

8 At this time, in this place, for redemption of His people and restoration of this community. Beware of the Catch 22. Planned to operate on a GF shortfall!

9 Build the building Two years of additional staffing Projection in sanctuary

10 Financial goal: $1.5 million Pledged: $1.33 million Over $1 million received to date!!!

11 Aware of the fiscal uncertainty of region. We are trusting God to provide for His church. Currently evaluating impact of latest government fiscal gyrations. – Budget assumed 13 week sequester.

12 MY2014 expenditures: 0.74% Decrease. Challenges: rising health insurance costs and increased building expenses (e.g. utilities). No consideration for staffing change reflected.

13 Budgeted Expenditures of $858,127. This does not reflect recent staffing changes. Projected Income of $790,000.

14 Accounting budget available Fully burdened budget

15 To glorify and enjoy God by growing a loving body of faithful disciples that is reaching Southern Maryland and the world for Christ. How do we accomplish this?

16 “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.” — John Piper


18 Slight decrease (-$625) Your financial gifts help us to glorify God and be strengthened by Him on a weekly basis.

19 “The church, however, as the community of Christ’s kingdom, can show the world an ethical integrity it must respect. When Peter describes the impact of Christian righteous deeds in a pagan world, he is thinking not of isolated saints, but of the people of God, called out of darkness into God’s light. Christian witness that is limited to private religious experience cannot challenge secularism…

20 “Christians in community must again show the world, not merely family values, but the bond of the love of Christ. Increasingly the ordered fellowship of the church becomes the sign of grace for the warring factions of a disordered world. Only as the church binds together those whom selfishness and hate have cut apart will its message be heard and its ministry of hope to the friendless be received.” — E. Clowney

21 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35


23 Increase of $2,700 Fellowship Ministry Team Shepherding Counseling Visitor Assimilation Your financial gifts help us live and grow as an authentic community of Christians

24 “There is a gap between an intellectual recognition of who Jesus is and a commitment to Him. Logically, it would seem that anyone who admits that Jesus is the Son of God should be willing to follow Him and obey Him. It is a truth which ought to transform their lives…

25 “But in fact there are many people who will give at least verbal assent to the proposition “Jesus is God,” but who do not seem to care very much about Jesus, or even pay Him much attention. It is clear then that what is necessary to become a Christian is not merely acceptance of a proposition on the basis of evidence, but a change in a person’s whole orientation to life.” — C. Stephan Evans


27 Overall a slight decrease. Increased Beth’s hours from 12 to 18. Christian Education Small Groups Studies Men’s & Women’s Discipleship Youth Ministry Children’s Ministry Your financial gifts facilitate the work of making disciples of this generation and the next.

28 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8 “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20


30 Decrease of $28,837. Reduced GA support by 50% ($14,985). Deferred support of GDCNCN ($13,500) Slight decrease for Jonah. Started LAMP Funding Slight increase for Cesar & Carol

31 HS/MS Youth Ministry Teams Allies for “Faith & Finance” Meet Paul Kwak Fighter Verses (Starting September 29) LAMP Seminary HERE! “A Praying Life” Seminar (February)

32 What are you calling us to do? How are you calling me to be a part of it?

33 Multiply efforts of officers and staff. Rule of thumb: 120/1 FT ministry staff Cornerstone: 224/1 FT ministry staff Raise up elders and deacons: 2 elders moved this year. 5 Ruling Elders on Session (w/one leaving) 90 members/elder HS bring about conversions and MM&E Disciples!

34 Provide for Ministry through Cornerstone Tithes and offerings Make a pledge to Arise 4.14 Propel the ministry of Cornerstone You are a part of the body! The body needs your service and you need to serve the body! Opportunities

35 “85% of seminary graduates entering ministry leave within 5 years.” “90% of all pastors will not stay in ministry until retirement.” -2007 study from Duke Divinity School Pray for us! Questions at the end


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