Hello lovely Garden Church supporters!
Yes, the Garden Church has a board of directors! And we wanted to tell you from our perspective where we are and where we are going.
First off, as board members, we would be remiss if we did not ask you to donate money to this amazing upstart church plant. We are not hiding the ball here—we will ask you for money! But first, we want to let you know how generous people have been, and how abundantly blessed we have felt, due to your past and present support. Then we will tell you what the gap is, and then we will ask you to help us fill that gap.
1. Abundant Blessings
We are going to throw some numbers at you. Ready? OK—go!
The Garden Church has raised 80% of its very ambitious Year 1 budget to date. 80%!
We also have the following astounding numbers to report:
8… Ultra amazing board members on this start-up team
4… Super duper angel donors jump-started our capacity
9… Cultivation team churches & sister churches cheer us on in solidarity
3… Denominational grants give us resources, validation, and credibility
OK, now for the really impressive numbers because these are about you all:
32… Cultivation team pledges give us faith and remind us of abundant possibility
97… Cultivation team donors make us feel loved, blessed, and abundantly grateful
2. The Gap
This is partly because we have not yet been able to hire someone to pursue support from foundations, which we had planned on doing. But it is also because we are ambitious and we set tough goals for ourselves because we want this Garden Church plant to succeed. And in order to succeed, we do need some money.
So, we still need to raise about $25,000 to make our budget. Will you help?
3. The Ask
Please consider upping your monthly donation, or giving another “one-time” donation, keeping in mind that we will ask you again until you tell us to stop!
If you or someone you know is a great, successful, experienced grant-writer and wants to dedicate 5-10 hours a week to helping us pursue grant opportunities, please let us know! We need you! This is a significant volunteer job, we realize. But we have to ask or we won’t know what we missed out on!
We love you all. And we couldn’t make this Garden Church happen without your help and God’s continued blessings. So please, be God’s shepherd and help us take it to the next level.
With love and gratitude,
The Garden Church Board of Directors
Amy Gall Ritchie
Give monthly: https://www.razoo.com/story/The-Garden-Church-Fund
Or one time: https://www.razoo.com/story/Pop-Up-The-Garden-Church