2017 Special Projects
As the EPC continues to grow as a denomination, we have seen God tremendously bless our early efforts on the four “Transfer to Transformation” strategic initiatives that help determine our ministry priorities:
- Promote and resource church planting
- Promote and resource church revitalization
- Create a structure suitable for a global movement
- Create a leadership development culture
These 2017 Special Projects were approved by the 36th General Assembly and are a tangible way that we can focus on these areas. They 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 these four areas of emphasis.
Each of the projects has a challenging—but reachable—financial goal. If every EPC church invested just $6.83 per member, all of these projects will be fully funded. Please prayerfully consider how you can support financially these causes that represent and promote the vision and values of the EPC.
Per Member Asking (PMA)
Church Planting and Revitalization
Student and College Ministries
How to Give
PMA—$23 per member—is the primary means of funding the Assembly’s Administration budget. It supports the personnel and operation of the Office of the Stated Clerk, World Outreach, Women's Ministries, Student and College Ministries, Finance, Communications, and Information Technology.
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The EPC Foundation assembles training, tools, and processes to help EPC churches support their vision and that of the EPC. The Foundation primarily does this by expanding access to difficult-to-harvest resources like non-cash items and assets. The Foundation also seeks to enable generous givers to simplify and multiply their impact through their church, the EPC, or favorite ministries and charitable organizations.
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ENGAGE 2025: CHURCH PLANTING TEAMS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
Project ID: WO-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.
MUSLIM DIASPORA MINISTRIES IN THE UNITED STATES
Project ID: WO-450
Muslim refugees, immigrants, and international students (some representing unreached people groups that our Engage 2025 initiatives are focused on) are now our neighbors. This fund will be used to train and support EPC congregations reaching their Muslim neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ.
SIERRA LEONE—SCHOOLS AND PRESBYTERY
Project ID: WO-489
An initiative of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies to this poverty-stricken West African nation has launched schools, which have birthed churches, which have planted more churches. These funds will be used to support the ministry of the schools, as well as to assist national church planters.
LEBANON—PHILEMON PRESCHOOL PROJECT
Project ID: WO-458
Many of the 200,000 women who travel to Lebanon from countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal, Sir Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Philippines in the hope of working and remitting money to their families find near-slavery working conditions instead. Funds for this project (under the direction of WO global worker, Rev. Dr. Robert Hamd) will provide operating costs for a preschool for the children of these women, and fund expansion into new areas.
SE ASIA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CHURCH PLANT
Project ID: WO-461
Our church-planting team, sent out by the Presbytery of the West, has launched a mariculture project in Southeast Asia. This project is based around building and running a large-scale marine hatchery, and provides a clear identity for church planters on the team, abundant natural contact with locals, and economic development for the local community.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AS MISSION
Project ID: WO-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.
PRESBYTERY OF THE BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: WO-462
These funds will be used to further development of a new presbytery in the Bahamas in partnership between EPC World Outreach, the Presbytery of Florida, and churches in the Bahamas.
MISSIONARY MEMBER CARE
Project ID: WO-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.
ITEN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Project ID: WO-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.
ETHIOPIA—YOUTH CENTER PROJECT
Project ID: WO-491
The youth center acclaimed as “most successful in the country” operates under the direction of WO global worker John Nykamp, and provides daily Christian mentorship for hundreds of Ethiopian youth. These funds will be used for operating costs.
Project ID: WO-492
Project Mercy is a humanitarian ministry demonstrating God’s love in rural Ethiopia, Africa. In collaboration with local elders, Project Mercy works in Jesus' name to address community identified needs in areas of health care, education, food security, care for vulnerable children, and skills training for adults in order to improve the quality of life among the poor and needy. Skills development training enables residents to build their own businesses in the community. Each of these areas of ministry touches the others for an intentionally highly integrated approach.
WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER RECRUITMENT
Project ID: WO-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 “where the church isn’t."
WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER SUPPORT
Global Worker Support enables our growing number of World Outreach global workers to fulfill Christ’s mandate to make disciples of all nations. For information about specific workers, contact EPC World Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org; 407-930-4239; or EPC World Outreach, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 510, Orlando FL 32822.
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Project ID: FR-426
We have enjoyed a close relationship with St. Andrews Presbytery of Argentina since 1988. Gifts to this fund will help St. Andrews with a church plant in Almago, Buenos Aires, and “Learning to Learn,” an outeach project in Storni, an impoverished area near Padua Church in Buenos Aires.
KAZAKHSTAN—ERCK PRESBYTERY DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: WO-453
Gifts to this fund will help leaders of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Kazakhstan, which EPC WO missionaries planted, build stronger churches that in turn will plant more churches in Kazakhstan.
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CHURCH PLANTING AND REVITALIZATION
CHURCH PLANTING INITIATIVES
Project ID: CPR-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.
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STUDENT AND COLLEGE MINISTRIES
STUDENT AND COLLEGE MINISTRIES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: SCM-022
EPC Student and College Ministries exists to serve those who are called by God to reach and disciple students through the local church, presbyteries, and beyond. This fund serves leaders by responding to their ideas and needs to EQUIP leaders with development, training, and coaching; PROVIDE ministry resources and opportunities; and CONNECT ministry leaders to one another (full and part-time staff, volunteers, and parents).
COLLEGE CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
Project ID: SCM-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.
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CARE OF PASTORS AND SPOUSES
Project ID: MV-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.
CHAPLAINS WORK AND CARE
Project ID: MV-477
EPC Chaplains minister on the battlefield, at military bases, and in hospitals, prisons, law enforcement agencies, and corporate settings. The EPC’s Chaplains Work and Care Committee and Chaplain Endorser oversee the endorsement process and oversee the pastoral care of EPC Chaplains. Gifts provide the Chaplains Work and Care Committee the resources it needs to carry out its full responsibility as an endorsing agency, and assist chaplains in their ongoing training.
SMALL CHURCH NETWORK
Project ID: MV-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.”
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THE WELL: WOMEN'S MINISTRY RESOURCES
WOMEN'S MINISTRY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: WIM-031
The Women’s Resource Council oversees the ministry of The Well: Women’s Ministry Resources. The Council is composed of representatives from each Presbytery and serves local churches. The goals are to:
- Assess written and digital resources that deepen a relationship with Christ and others and encourage obedience to Christ’s commands and the Great Commission. Resources include Bible studies and guidance in spiritual formation, healing, and evangelism.
- Encourage the formation of communication networks within and across presbyteries wherein women share expertise, concerns, and testimonies in print, face-to-face exchanges, and digital communications such as social media.
- Offer training and resources on leadership development and mentor relationships in collaboration with the EPC Leadership Institute.
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The 2017 Thanksgiving Offering will help support a World Outreach project to be determined by early 2017.
The EPC’s annual Christmas offering supports the Gratitude Gift Fund, which helps retired EPC ministers and missionaries in need. Promotional materials are available from the Office of the General Assembly for churches that desire to participate.
Emergency Relief offerings are published at www.epc.org/emergencyrelief as needs arise.
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You can give online by clicking the button, or to give by check make payable to the EPC with an indication of the fund(s) you wish to support, and mail to:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 510
Orlando, FL 32822
By credit card or automatic bank withdrawal: Go to www.epc.org/donate and follow the instructions.
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