THE FULL STORY
We are calling for a movement BEYOND.
BEYOND status quo.
BEYOND what's known.
BEYOND what's comfortable.
CLF has a rich history spanning almost 40 years. It started by a move of God’s Spirit.
Our story began with transformation, people living on mission, walking in unison, and giving sacrificially to see a community come to know the love of Jesus - for generations to come. This is who we are.
We are a church on a mission- to love, to reach, and to multiply. We need to prepare our hearts for what the Lord is going to do in and through CLF in this next chapter. It's upon us. The time is now.
To get what we've never had, we've got to do what we've never done.
In Romans 15:20-21, it says,
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see,
and those who have not heard will understand.”
This means that to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to go, build, and plant where we haven't gone, built or planted, so that salvation will come to those who have never heard and disciples will be made throughout the earth.
We have all benefited from the sacrifice and commitment of generations before us. Now it's our turn to prepare for and invest in the generations to come.
In order for us to do this as a church, we are asking 2 things:
We are asking you to go beyond yourself in GOING.
Jesus’ last words on earth to His disciples were to go and make disciples. This is not simply a suggestion, but a command for us as Jesus disciples. What a privilege that God trusts us- His people- to spread the greatest message on earth! That's our mission as a church… to make disciples who make disciple makers. During this initiative,our goal is to go be the church BEYOND, living and sharing Jesus to our family, friends, neighbors, community, and beyond.
2. We are asking you to go beyond yourself through GIVING.
In order for us to more effectively achieve our vision, we are planning a renovation project to “prepare the house” for what the Lord wants to do locally in this next chapter. We have been blessed with a wonderful facility. Throughout the years, many people have experienced the Lord in this place and meaningful ministry has taken place. As we steward this gathering place well, it has become increasingly apparent that the auditorium and lobby are in need of some necessary renovations and long overdue upgrades. The purpose of our building is for gathering, worshipping, teaching, equipping, and activating God’s people for His Kingdom. During this initiative, our goal is to design our gathering place to better accommodate our growing needs and reflect those purposes.The goal is to raise $500,000 to complete this project.
We always want to be about the the mission of God and listen for where God wants us to activate our resources for Kingdom works beyond our local gatherings. Our financial sacrifice will encompass our current context as well as efforts beyond our current reach. During this initiative, there are 3 categories of ministry that we want to invest in. 1)Reaching the unreached, 2) Investing in Equippers, and 3) Restoring Hope. Our dream is to give a lot to a few to impact greatly. Our goal is to raise an additional $250,000.
Here are a few of the ministries that fit the criteria for this initiative:
Life Tribe: Native American Ministry
Cairo Training Center in the 10/40 window
Be Still Retreats
Impact Nations & Wigs of Hope
Community/Local Initiatives: Addiction / Broken families.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
In short, we’re asking you to 1) GO BEYOND YOURSELF by personally engaging with and loving people who don’t know Jesus and 2) GO BEYOND YOUR GIVING by sacrificing for Kingdom purposes.
We believe you’ll be awakened into a new season of God’s purpose for you as you join in and go beyond. God is already doing new works among us and this is only the beginning! What a privilege we have to be a part of this movement. The best is yet to come!