What is FUEL?
This two-year, faith-raising initiative will allow us to make major capital improvements in new and existing communities to see lives transformed by Jesus. We want to invest in improved kids’ space at each of our campuses, create funds for a permanent Bainbridge location and a campus launch north of Binghamton, upgrade technology for our online campus, fund our ongoing mission, and pay down our existing mortgage debt.
And God Is Still Moving
In Berean’s 50 years we have grown from a Bible study with a couple dozen people to a movement of hundreds of people. In the last decade our church family has tripled in size, baptized nearly 400 people, launched over two dozen connect groups, and started two new campuses in Cincinnatus & Bainbridge. Greene and beyond is being transformed one community, one family, and one person at a time. We believe that God has placed us here, right now, for this purpose. We don’t want to become complacent and let this fire die out. Instead, we want to pour fuel on this burning hot fire and energize the transformation that God is bringing to our region.
One of our fastest-growing populations at Berean is kids. This exciting growth is highlighting the need to invest in our current and future facilities. Our desire is to create space that is attractive, safe, and capable of supporting even more growth.
As our region grows more and more thirsty for transformation, we want to be positioned to make inroads into communities to meet this need. Strategically placing campuses that serve as mission and community centers will allow us to reach more people with the gospel than ever before.
As we continue to adapt our methods, one thing remains the same: our mission. Berean Bible Church exists to make more and better Jesus followers. We want to place ourselves in the best possible position to embrace whatever challenges lie ahead and carry out this mission with excellence.
This is a vision only God can turn into reality.
But we trust a God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. We’re asking every Berean to engage in a spiritual decision-making process that will lead to a financial commitment above and beyond your regular giving.
Biblical generosity isn’t about equal giving, it’s about equal sacrifice in proportion to the resources God has given you. It’s a journey that starts by asking “What can I afford to give?” but grows your faith by asking “What does God want to give through me?”
The Giving Ladder is a tool designed to help you assess your next step in this journey. It’s not focused on amounts or percentages. Rather, it’s focused on the attitudes of our hearts – because generosity says more about your heart than your wallet. And because everyone’s journey as a follower of Jesus is unique, everyone’s journey as a giver is unique. But no matter what your journey looks like, it’s ultimately a process of trusting God. Our prayer is that God will meet you on this journey and grow your faith in new and exciting ways.
As we enter this exciting new season at Berean, we want you to prayerfully consider your next step in your financial generosity. For some, that might mean giving for the first time. For others, that might mean giving a larger gift than you’ve given before
or stepping out in faith to give sacrificially. Our hope in this season is not simply to see funds raised to fuel ministry, but to see the faith of Bereans grow and be rewarded in new and exciting ways.
Next Step Choose to make your first gift to Berean.
Next Step Include a giving category in your budget. Set up automated giving at bbctransform.org/give.
Next Step Identify areas where you can sacrifice to increase generosity.
Next Steps Choose to cap spending and saving in order to allocate more funds for giving.
Next Steps Be strategic with finances, retirement, estate planning, etc. Share your giving journey with others to encourage them.