"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." —Hebrews 12:1


Most of you know the dynamic and blessed 35-year history of Christ UMC. That history includes thousands of new Christians and thousands finding their way back to a closer walk with Jesus! The history and present-day reality includes a ministry to the neediest within our community (Lifegate), weekday and recreation ministries that reach 1,500 children and their families, counseling and recovery ministries that reach hundreds. Thousands are reached in a variety of worship experiences including a radio outreach ministry (Perceptions) that reaches 200,000 every week and numerous other ministries that meet needs and impact our community for Christ.

We have been used by God and blessed by God! But God always brings us to one place in order to take us to the next level. God is always calling us FORWARD, stretching us and growing us in order to accomplish more of His mission. Our greatest days for God are not behind us. They are ahead of us! We want to reach more people, develop multi-sites and new worship venues, new outreach ministries, eliminate old debt and go to the people and places God calls us to reach.

FORWARD is a two-year financial initiative that aggressively reduces our debt as a part of our 7 Year Plan and underwrites our ministry budget in one giving pathway. Jim and I, our staff and lay leadership are asking you to be a committed participant in this two-year FORWARD initiative. We’re making significant progress in our debt reduction (from a high mark of $15,000,000 to now just under $10,000,000) and upcoming property sale will reduce the debt even more significantly! We’re on target with our 7 Year Plan.

A successful FORWARD initiative will allow our day-to-day ministries to continue to flourish and grow. We are very excited about what God is going to do through all of us and in all of us during the next four weeks.