2017-18 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:
1. Promote and resource church planting.
2. Promote and resource church revitalization.
3. Create a structure suitable for a global movement.
4. Create a leadership development culture.
These Special Projects were approved by the 37th 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. Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support these efforts that represent and promote the vision and values of the EPC, but that are not funded in the EPC operating budget. Thank you!
PER MEMBER ASKING
Per Member Asking (PMA) is the primary means of funding the EPC’s mission and vision. PMA for 2017-18 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 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.
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. Click here for more information about Transformational Giving.
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 outreach 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 global workers planted) build stronger churches, including the development of house churches, that in turn will plant more churches in Kazakhstan.
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.”
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES
Project ID: NGM-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 Refomed 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.
STUDENT AND COLLEGE MINISTRIES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Project ID: SCM-022
EPC Student and College Ministries, soon to be part of Next Generation 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.
THE WELL: WOMEN’S MINISTRY RESOURCES
WOMEN’S MINISTRY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (PER-WOMAN ASKING)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Project ID: WO-454
This fund will be used to promote and resource medical ministries from our churches and presbyteries to assist the ministry of EPC global workers and partner agencies. Medical teams have often opened communities to be receptive to the gospel. Some of our churches already have significant experience in executing successful medical ministry teams. Many of our churches have gifted and experienced medical personnel among their membership who have time available for short-term overseas involvement.
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 the Caribbean, and churches in the Bahamas.
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 N, and provides daily Christian mentorship for hundreds of Ethiopian youth. These funds will be used for operating costs.
FRANCE—LIFE SCHOOL PROJECT
Project ID: WO-494
Our World Outreach global workers are part of a team that has started a Christian K-12 school in France as part of their church-planting strategy. These funds will be used to renovate the school building.
LEBANON—PHILEMON PRESCHOOL PROJECT
Project ID: WO-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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in the Hard Places.
WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER SUPPORT
The 2017 Thanksgiving Offering was designated to help support the World Outreach 2018 Family Gathering. Once every four years, all World Outreach global workers gather in a beautiful location for six days of fellowship, worship, and renewal. These rare “family gatherings” are a delightful respite for many who are lonely or weary. Contributions will augment the WO Family Gathering budget and help pay for Family Gathering expenses such as travel, lodging, and food at the next Family Gathering in Greece in July 2018.
The EPC’s annual Christmas offering supports the Gratitude Gift Fund, which helps retired EPC ministers and missionaries in need. Promotional materials are available for download for churches that desire to participate.
Emergency Relief offerings are published at www.epc.org/emergencyrelief as needs arise.
HOW TO GIVE
You can give online by clicking the Click to Support the EPC button above, 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
To set recurring monthly contributions by electronic transfer from your checking or savings account, contact the EPC Finance Office at 407-930-4239 or email Patrick Coelho, Director of Finance and Administration. He is happy to answer any questions you have about supporting the EPC financially.