Often, people think that the summer is the slow season at the church, but that certainly hasn’t been the case at Christ Church! Our youth served others on multiple mission trips, our children learned about God through Vacation Bible School and camps, and adults deepened their faith through a variety of classes and studies. In addition, this summer brought the merger with Glenwood and the addition of Rev. Carter Ellis to our pastoral staff. A number of people have already gotten deeply involved at the new Glenwood campus as we prepare for the launch of new ministries there this fall.
We finished strong in the Second Quarter in 2018, with giving exceeding projections and spending remaining in budget. In terms of the Boundless Initiative, we continued to fund our ministry and mission budget, while the Trustees worked on plans around Facilities Improvements. They have upgraded our security capabilities to better ensure the safety of the 1000+ children, youth, and adults that use our campus each week, while also working to freshen the appearance of some of our common areas and, in particular, our children’s ministry areas. We are excited for you to see the results by Start Up Sunday on September 9! The Trustees have also created a Renovations Committee to work with an architect on some of the larger facilities improvement goals, which will include a master plan for our Holden Road campus that will help us make smart, strategic decisions for years to come. We look forward to sharing updates with you later this Fall on this process!
Finally, the Missional Engagement Leadership Team has been working diligently and prayerfully to discern how Christ Church can grow as a missional leader that impacts our community and our world in significant, sustainable ways. The Boundless Initiative dramatically increased our budget resources for missional engagement, and this team has developed comprehensive strategies to use those funds for maximum impact. As the Missions Café is installed in early September, it will become a hub for learning more about that impact and finding ways to get involved in serving others.
For more information on all of this, check out the Second Quarter Generosity Report, available at christgreensboro.org/generosityQ22018 and in the Information Walls at Christ Church. Paper copies will also be mailed out with quarterly giving statements over the next couple of weeks.