2020-21 SPECIAL PROJECTS
These Special Projects were approved by the 40th General Assembly and range from local to international, from an individual or two to an entire people group or region. They all represent a ministry opportunity that fits within one or more of our strategic initiatives—church planting, church revitalization, global movement, and effective biblical leadership—but are not funded in the EPC operating budget.
Each of the projects has a challenging—but reachable—financial goal. The entire slate of special projects would be fully funded if each EPC church contributed an additional $6.02 per member above the PMA target of $23 per member.
You can donate to any of these Special Projects by using our secure online form or by text-to-give by using the appropriate “Click to Donate” button. You also can give by check made payable to the EPC with an indication of the fund(s) you wish to support, and mail to:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
ATTN: FINANCE OFFICE
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Thank you for your generous support of these Special Projects that fall outside the EPC’s operating budget. Use these quick links to navigate to the appropriate section:
PER MEMBER ASKING
Per Member Asking (PMA) is the primary means of funding the EPC’s mission and vision. PMA for 2020-21 is $23 per member, per year, and these contributions are put to work through collaborative ministries, connectional support, and custodial operations.
• Collaborative Ministries serve and support local church and presbytery initiatives to achieve our mission and vision better together than alone.
• Connectional Support ensures that EPC constitutional mandates unite and align churches, sessions, presbyteries, and committees with the General Assembly.
• Custodial Operations ensures prudent stewardship, protection, and management of EPC assets, integrity, finances, information, and employees.
CHURCH PLANTING INITIATIVES
Project ID: 008
Planting new EPC churches in North America is one of the primary means of accomplishing transformational growth. Gifts to this fund will help coordinate, encourage, and provide resources for church planting, evangelism, and church development/revitalization efforts of presbyteries and churches. Gifts to this fund also help provide oversight of church planter assessing, equipping, and the church planter application process.
CHURCH PLANTS COVID-19 RELIEF
Project ID: 054
Gifts to this fund will assist EPC church plants that were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting nationwide shutdown. This is the designated fund for the 2020 denominational EPC Thanksgiving Offering.
EPC GENEROSITY RESOURCES
Project ID: 060
EPC Generosity Resources assembles training, tools, and processes to help EPC churches support their vision and that of the EPC. Generosity Resources primarily does this by expanding access to difficult-to-harvest resources like non-cash items and assets, and also seeks to enable generous givers to simplify and multiply their impact through their church, the EPC, or favorite ministries and charitable organizations. Click here for more information about Transformational Giving.
CARE OF CHAPLAINS
Project ID: 477
EPC Chaplains minister on the battlefield, at military bases, and in hospitals, hospice, prisons, law enforcement/first responder agencies, as well as various other institutional settings. The EPC’s Chaplains Work and Care Committee and Chaplain Endorser manage the endorsement process and provide direct, consistent care for all EPC Chaplains. Gifts to this fund help chaplains attend training and spiritual renewal opportunities. Gifts also help the Chaplains Work and Care Committee fulfill its responsibilities as an endorsing agency and its care of EPC Chaplains.
CARE OF PASTORS AND SPOUSES
Project ID: 475
Under the direction of the Ministerial Vocation Committee, this fund is a resource for the spiritual and emotional wellness and healing of our pastoral leaders and spouses. Gifts to this fund support existing approved programs and agencies, design new programs and systems, and help those with financial need to attend conferences, retreats, and specialized programs for pastoral health.
SMALLER CHURCH NETWORK
Project ID: 479
This fund provides resources to develop programs, purchase leadership training materials, and assist leaders of small churches with financial need to attend regional conferences and gatherings that will “affirm the small church in its missional purpose and practice.”
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES
Project ID: 062
The Next Generation Ministries purpose is to equip, encourage, and shepherd church leadership to evangelize and disciple the Next Generation from birth through young adulthood. To that end, this fund serves to support a variety of leadership development opportunities for ministry leaders and college students. It also supports the Next Generation strategy to connect and network ministry leaders throughout the denomination and with our ministry partners, such as the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) and Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM). The ministry leaders who are affected by this support are usually the non-pastoral staff of a church, such as the Children’s Ministry Director, the Student Ministry Director, or their volunteers and interns.
COLLEGE CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
Project ID: 025
This fund will provide scholarships to encourage high school seniors and college students who are connected to EPC churches to attend Christian conferences that will help them discern God’s will for their lives, and to further develop them as leaders who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. Examples of such conferences would be Urbana and Jubilee.
WORLDWIDE—ENGAGE 2025 CHURCH PLANTING TEAMS
Project ID: 434
The goal of Engage 2025 is for each EPC presbytery to engage with a Muslim people group that currently has no churches, and send a team of disciple-makers to them by the year 2025. Finances from this project will be used for the development of these teams within presbyteries; research; and training, coaching, and care for team members.
WORLDWIDE—INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AS MISSION
Project ID: 459
Committed Jesus-followers who start profit-making businesses (which provide employment and services to their communities) and who make disciples are powerful agents for gospel transformation where the church does not exist. As World Outreach’s new IBAM Coordinator begins his work, funds from this account will be used to develop IBAM services for WO IBAM practitioners.
WORLDWIDE—ITEN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Project ID: 490
EPC World Outreach’s ITEN (International Theological Education Network) trains leaders globally to help them train and send their own missionaries to unreached people groups, especially among Muslims. These funds will be used primarily to teach and train national partners (with a smaller portion being used to train stateside teachers how to become effective trainers of nationals). ITEN’s careful support of influential teacher-leaders, along with our supply of effective materials in native languages, makes a huge positive impact without corrupting motives, creating dependency, or diminishing self-support.
KAZAKHSTAN—ERCK PRESBYTERY DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: 453
Gifts to this fund will help leaders of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Kazakhstan (which EPC WO global workers planted) build stronger churches, including the development of house churches, that in turn will plant more churches in Kazakhstan.
LEBANON—PHILEMON PRESCHOOL PROJECT
Project ID: 458
The Philemon Project provides the very best Christian-led, early childhood development for at-risk, economically disadvantaged Lebanese, Syrian refugee, and migrant children. Working in conjunction with the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, and focusing on children ages 1-4, project staff also mentor parents to help at-risk families develop healthy relationships.
MIDDLE EAST—AFGHAN PASHTO BIBLE TRANSLATION
Project ID: 496
Donations to this fund will help translate the Bible into the Pashto language, which is spoken by roughly 50 million people—most of whom are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is written from right to left with the Pashto alphabet (a modified form of the Arabic alphabet).
MIDDLE EAST—SYRIAN REFUGEE RELIEF
Project ID: 503
Donations to this fund will help with the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. The EPC is joining church partners in Lebanon, Turkey, and Germany to not only assist refugees with physical needs, but also to share the gospel to meet their spiritual needs.
Project ID: 495
The purchase of land and construction of a building will provide headquarters for Serve Pakistan Cricket, a network of cricket clubs led by EPC World Outreach workers. The building will be used for the spiritual training of cricket team members and to launch additional community development projects. A farming services business also will be housed on the property to assist local farmers and provide income for training center operating expenses.
WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER RECRUITMENT
Project ID: 484
This fund will cover promotion, travel, and other expenses needed to connect World Outreach mobilization team staff with individuals in EPC churches whom God is calling to plant churches in the Hard Places.
WORLD OUTREACH MISSIONARY MEMBER CARE
Project ID: 483
Missionary Member Care provides quality care for the EPC World Outreach community. These funds will be used to enhance the caring skills of the WO Member Care staff, EPC presbyteries, and local church mission committees. In addition, funds will enable international travel by WO Member Care staff providing intentional pastoral ministry to our overseas global worker families in need. Watch the video at www.YouTube.com/EPChurch80.