A Financial Update

From Ryan Phipps, Lead Pastor, Forefront Manhattan

Hello everyone.

I wanted to bring some important information to your attention as you go about your week.

Our community has, since the new year been struggling to meet its needs financially. As of today, we are running at about a 2,000 dollar-per-week deficit. I have been analyzing this trend to see if it's just an aberration or if I need to say something to our congregation about it.

I've spent this first quarter of 2017 diligently gathering data from other pastor-friends of mine here in New York and around the country, and they are also seeing the same trend in their own congregations.

Something is going on in the hearts and minds of those of us here in the U.S. that is causing us to withhold our gifts from our churches. Perhaps it's all that's going on in the government. Perhaps it's something going on in our families. Perhaps it's just a broader sense of unrest, or the feeling of a lack of safety in our lives. 

These things are all certainly understandable. I feel them in my own life and family, too.

I am writing you today to ask you to consider one very important question.

With all that’s going on in our world and in our lives at this time in history, do we want churches like ours to be less available and less able to carry out our mission, or more available and more able?

How would you answer that question in the privacy of your own heart?

We have been seeing so many new faces over the past quarter. This is a wonderful sign. Our church feels renewed, as if there is a new breath of life carrying it to exciting places-- but we need resources to be able to follow along responsibly. As our weekend attendance continues to grow, we need to be careful not to assume that someone else is doing the giving.

If Forefront is a place that has made your life more meaningful and whole, I'd like you to consider giving to it financially on a regular basis at an amount that you are led. Just to give you some simple math, if everyone that attended our church on a weekend only gave 20 dollars per week, we would easily exceed our financial needs.

It’s not about everyone giving equal gifts, but it is about all of us contributing what we can so that our community can flourish.

If that's something you are committed to doing, the very best way you can begin is by going to our giving page and setting up a recurring gift. You can set the amount and have it auto debited at whatever frequency you choose.

In closing, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this message. It is the joy of my life to be serving you as your pastor, and I know that I also speak for all the staff and leaders, too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I'll be happy to respond. 

See you soon.

Love you all so much. 

Ryan Phipps, Lead Pastor, Forefront Manhattan