Planting Churches...for this Generation and the Next: The 2020 Offering for Church Extension
The General Church Extension Department is excited to announce the 2020 Church Extension Offering. Churches across the denomination will begin receiving this offering to launch new churches, support the training of church planters, assist church plants with start up costs, and enable new churches to launch effectively.
One of the most important ministries we do as a denomination involves the establishment of new churches. Through our efforts in launching new churches, we together reach new communities for Christ. Since evangelism is the life-line of new congregations, many unchurched people come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. You are a very important part of all we are able to do in planting new churches. Without your prayers and financial support, it would be impossible to start new churches. There is nothing more exciting or rewarding than seeing a new baby church come alive.
Elim Evangelical Christian Union Church is one of our newest congregations. Below you will find a testimonial from Rev. Bowles Taitt outlining his participation and the efforts moving forward with launching this new work in New Jersey.
Over the next few weeks our churches will be taking our annual Church Extension offering. Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of our May offering, this is the only special offering taken for Church Extension this year! Therefore, it is extremely important that your church participate in this offering. Our ability to assist in establishing new churches greatly depends on your generosity and concern for launching new churches. If every church gave $10 per member, we would have the adequate funds to support our new churches. Please do your best and challenge your congregation to get involved with starting new churches and seeing people come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
We are excited about what God is doing through our denomination regarding the establishment of new churches. I’m sure in some way you would like to share in this ministry. Only heaven knows what a new church will ultimately mean for kingdom ministry and eternity. Let’s recommit ourselves to be filled with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit with a new and fresh passion for reaching the lost and building the church of Jesus Christ until His return.
Elim Evangelical Christian Union Church
Elim Evangelical Christian Union Church is to be a racially and ethnically diverse fellowship in the Garden State of New Jersey. Currently, The Churches of Christ in Christian Union does not have a presence in the state of New Jersey. There are currently six families from the Brooklyn church (Miller Evangelical CCCU) now living in and around Middlesex County, New Jersey. This is a racially and ethnically diverse community and it provides a unique opportunity of ministry for our denomination. The Elim church plant will provide an exciting opportunity for persons of all ages and races to learn, grow, and serve together as a part of the CCCU “Great Commission Movement.” I am often asked the question: “Why Elim and why now?”
After God had Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, the first place they set up camp, after having stopped at Marah where the water was bitter, was at Elim. This is recorded in Exodus 15:27 – “Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.” Elim became a place of rest, provision, and preparation for the weary Israelites. Elim provided rest from their hurried escape out of Egypt and their miraculous journey through the Red Sea into the wilderness of Shur. Elim offered provision for their starved and emotionally drained bodies and preparation for their journey to the Promised Land of Canaan.
With the racial, social, and spiritual challenges presently facing our country, this church plant provides an awesome opportunity to reach people with the life-transforming gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Could it be that God would have you relocate to New Jersey and help in planting a CCCU church in this area of God’s harvest? It very well could be that like Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai, God is calling you to serve in a new and exciting church plant at a time such as this. If so, I would love to hear from you. (Call or text me – Bowles Taitt 347-576-9070).