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A Note From Pastor Derek
Almost 9 years ago the Lord called my family and I to Living Hope. 3 more children and over 300 baptisms later a lot has changed! We averaged 120 in worship back in those days and now we have over 600. Countless lives have been changed, marriages restored, needy people ministered to, chains of sin broken, dozens sent all around the world on mission trips; the list goes on and on because of the power of the gospel and the serving, sharing, and giving of Living Hope faithful.
However, the Lord is just getting started! As we celebrate the past, it’s time now to look toward the future. I believe the greatest days for Living Hope are in front of us! The Spirit of God is calling us to give HOPE to a hopeless world. I’m inviting us to start a movement; a movement to give HOPE to our NEIGHBORS by sharing the gospel. It’s a movement of giving HOPE by serving our city. It’s a movement multiplying HOPE by starting other campuses in underserved parts of town. It’s a movement giving HOPE by building community centers for these campuses providing daycare for children, and family ministry, services, and support. It’s a movement taking HOPE to the nations by sharing Christ, serving the world, and starting churches. It’s a new day, a new season, a new journey of HOPE, and the Lord is calling us to lead the way.
So, will you join us? I’m asking you to join us in serving others, sharing Christ, and giving financially like we never have before. The only hope for the world is found in the Lord Jesus Christ! Join us in choosing to live every day as an agent of HOPE!
My family and I love you, and we love Clarksville! I can’t wait to see years from now the enduring legacy of HOPE that Living Hope leaves in this city, this country, and this world for Jesus!
Until HOPE prevails,
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
NOW IS THE TIME
HOPE LEAVES LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH EACH WEEK AFTER EVERY SERVICE. IT MOVES IN OUR STREETS AND NEIGHBORHOODS INTRODUCING MORE PEOPLE TO CHRIST. NOW IS THE TIME TO UNLEASH THE HOPE FOUND IN THE LOVE OF GOD BEYOND OUR WALLS IN NEW WAYS.
Living Hope Baptist Church is all about loving God and loving our neighbors – extending the love of Christ in Clarksville and beyond. Each week people are finding their way to Living Hope and discovering a growing, vibrant church and becoming a part of a revolution of HOPE. But we have a challenge. In order to reach more for Christ, we need to take bold steps of faith to reach those beyond our walls in an ever changing world.
in Clarksville AND BEYOND
8 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY
LOVE MOVES IN OUR REGION EXTENDING HOPE THROUGH SERVICE, ACTS OF KINDNESS, AND LIVING LIKE CHRIST.
So many lives have been transformed at Living Hope Baptist Church and we see a powerful work of God happening among us. But as we look out over the region, we see that there are still so many more who need to know the love of Christ. Our work is not finished.
So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it’ now you do it.” Romans 15:7
How do we show hope?
- Share Christ with our Neighbors & the Nations
We must INVEST in relationships, then INVITE our neighbors to CHRIST and to CHURCH.
- Serve Our City
We must give HOPE to the broken and the hurting through SERVING and SHARING.
- Build New Churches
We must take HOPE to where it’s NEEDED MOST.
- Launch Churches & Childcare Centers
We must SHOW our COMMUNITY we CARE.
We are ordinary people, but he is an extraordinary God!
NOW IS THE TIME to take hold of His extraordinary lead for Living Hope Baptist Church to make an eternal difference. We are asking you to commit to these extraordinary elements of the HOPE campaign over the next 3 years:
1. INVEST AND INVITE
Join us in investing in our neighbors for the purpose of inviting them to Christ and to church.
2. SERVE OUR CITY
Join us in serving our city with your Lifegroup meeting needs in the name of Jesus.
3. PRAY, GIVE, AND GO TO THE NATIONS
Join us in praying, giving, and going with our mission partners around the world so more disciples of Christ will be made for the glory of God.
4. SUPPORT THE LAUNCH OF NEW CAMPUSES
Join us in supporting the launch of new campuses through praying, giving, worshipping, serving, and giving in them and to them.
5. GIVE A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL GIFT
Join us in giving generous financial gifts over and above the tithe for the next 3 years to missions, campuses, and community centers.
We Need Leaders
WE NEED LEADERS and partners to step forward to continue the task of turning ordinary people into extraordinary followers of Christ. The HOPE Campaign is a movement that God has birthed within our church. It involves being a part of changed lives. This project will require all who call Living Hope Baptist Church their church family to reach out together as we put “others first”, recognizing that our generosity and sacrifice are simply a response to Jesus’ transforming love at work in our own lives.
“…I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.”
Excel in this grace of Giving
Everyone who calls Living Hope Baptist Church his or her spiritual home has unique gifts, talents, abilities, and resources to contribute. As we are called to live generously, God is asking each one of us to give proportionally to the vision of HOPE. Please prayerfully consider what God is asking of you.
HOPE moves through YOU!
Living Hope Baptist Church has seen an amazing movement of God over the past few years! We have been a church that’s committed to going beyond Sunday morning and reaching people for Christ. We have made a tremendous impact on our community providing a welcoming atmosphere for worship, fellowship, and life-changing Bible teaching that builds strong families, mends marriages, and brings hope to the hurting for eternity. While our history is encouraging, our future is exciting. NOW IS THE TIME to prayerfully commit to the future of Living Hope Baptist Church and our mission to reach the world with Christ’s love. We are asking each person who calls Living Hope Baptist Church his or her home to pray this prayer…
God, please give me your heart for people who don’t know you yet. Open my heart to courageously do whatever it takes to help Living Hope Baptist Church reach those beyond our walls with HOPE through your transforming love. Open my hands to a lifestyle of giving that reflects your heart and brings HOPE to the world.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why another Special Offering?
We believe that God has called us to start new churches that reach lost people where they live. God’s timing and the opening of doors necessary to start new churches take priority. As we’ve walked this faith journey, God has honored our efforts to take the Gospel to the Oakland community. He has blessed two, successful Easter outreaches at Oakland Elementary school and our second annual Fit Kids camp. These seed sowing efforts have built good will with Oakland Elementary School and the community that is growing along Tylertown Road. We also believe that God has clarified his vision for reaching the Tylertown community through the establishment of a Christian daycare. This daycare will meet a tangible need among the young families that we will serve and serve as a base for Gospel ministry on a weekly basis.
What’s the Difference Between the Regular Offering and this Special Offering?
The regular Living Hope offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way. This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith. The special offering should be over and above what you regularly give.
How Much Should I Give?
Since the goal is $1,200,000, this Special Offering will involve everyone. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. The precise amount you give is between you and God. Some in our church can give a $25,000, $50,000 or even a $100,000 gift. Others will be able to give between $100 and $500. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that will stretch your faith?
Why is the Goal So Large?
We are a church that dreams big dreams for God. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG – supporting global and U.S. missions, starting new churches, launching a brand new campus in the Oakland community, and supporting local organizations that assist the poor and needy. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this Special Offering.
When Should I Give?
The best time to give will be Sunday, October 7th. Please pray about making your best gift on that day.
Can I Give Online or Via Bank Check?
Yes. When you give at LivingHopeClarksville.org/HOPE via online giving, simply select “HOPE” Special Offering under the “Fund” drop-down menu. Likewise, you can use your bank online payment option to send a check directly to the church office. Again, simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the “HOPE” Special Offering.
Can I Give In-Kind Gifts of Stocks or Bonds?
Of course! Since Living Hope is a 501c3 organization there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts. For information on this type of giving, simply call 931.358.9870 x302 and speak with Melanie or e-mail MWesterman@LivingHopeClarksville.org
Are My Gifts Tax-Deductible?
All gifts to Living Hope, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax- deductible. Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2018 will be deductible on your 2018 taxes). Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a receipt can be sent to you for your tax preparations. You are not required to utilize a tax-deduction for your gift, but it is available for all gifts.
How Did We Arrive at a $1,200,000 Goal?
The $1,200,000 goal was prayerfully set by The Living Hope Pastors. It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Living Hope attenders and members. Since we are expecting God to bless this Special Offering, it has been determined that any amount over and above our goal will be divided equally between Missions and Ministry Advancement.
How Will I Know if We Reach Our Goal?
Please pray for God’s guidance as we all give sacrificially. You will be updated on our giving progress through email and during Sunday worship. Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.