I am borrowing the following from Pastor Gerald Martin, founding pastor of the Association of Cornerstone Networks International, of which Landstown Community Church is a member through Restoration Network International:
“September is missions month. While we focus on missions all year long, we designate one month out of the year for a special emphasis when we give everyone a new opportunity to personally participate. On the last Sunday of the month, September 28, we will receive our annual faith promise missions offering.
“Unlike most offerings the faith promise offering does not involve giving money, but rather a faith promise. A faith promise offering is an amount that God places on your heart to give over the next year, October 2014 through September 2015 by faith. It is not a pledge that will be recorded and asked for by the church. It is an agreement between you and God. We will encourage everyone to pray and ask God what He would have you to do. The goal is for everyone in the church to write the amount the Lord gives on a faith promise card and turn it in by September 28. If you will not be attending that Sunday, we encourage you to turn your card in earlier so it can be counted in the total.
“The total of all the cards that are turned in by Sunday, September 28, becomes our missions giving goal for the coming year. Our total at (Landstown) is added in with the total of all the other churches in our network, resulting in a grand total that becomes the amount of our network missions budget for the coming year. All the faith promise missions giving from all the churches are sent directly to the (Restoration Network) which is then distributed to the various missionaries that we support. By joining together with the other churches, we have been part of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to extend the Kingdom of God around the world.
“So I encourage you to begin thinking and praying about participating. For those of you who have participated in past years, you may be led to simply renew what you have been doing or to consider increasing the amount. If God has honored your faith by releasing the funds you had faith for last year, you may have faith to believe for more this year. If you have never made a faith promise before, I encourage you to make this the year to join and start sharing in the blessing of giving to missions. It doesn’t have to be a large amount. More important than the size of the amount is your participation.
“In the past, faith promises have ranged from .10 or less to $1,000 or more per month. Making a faith promise is something everyone can do from the young to the old, including children, youth, and adults. Don’t miss this opportunity to exercise your faith and watch it grow.”
Thank you, Pastor Gerald, for your very clear explanation of Faith Promise! May the Lord pour out on all of us a spirit of generosity!