Update & BIG News

On Thursday, December 18th we had an incredible Interest Gathering at Knightdale Rec Center. It was there that I shared some critical updates as we press on toward our launch Sunday.

Some of the updates I shared are:

  • The securing of Knightdale High School is all but done. The only thing we’re waiting on is a final approval of our revised contract with the school. After that, and once we write our first rent’s check, we’re locked in!
  • We wrote our first large check to Portable Church Industries (PCI) to get the process started on their end. Now, the equipment is in the manufacturing and design stages. They’re top-notch and provide some fantastic equipment. (Here are some pictures).
  • Being inspired by another planting pastor, together we prayed a very specific prayer – that God would send a person to give who’s never given before to The Edge Church. That same day, we had someone give a sacrificial donation! I called my pastor friend back and said, “let’s pray that same prayer again!”. The next day we had a church in Leesburg send us a check for $2,000!
  • Financial update: we still have roughly $50,000 due to PCI, $15,000 due for used PCI equipment, $14,000 for a projector, speakers and other critical supplies, $18,000 for marketing, website design and other upcoming expenses

I shared that for us to reach the goal of launching strong, it’s going to take several things. It’s going to take the continued generosity of outside givers and churches. (If you’re reading this and that’s one of you, thank you so much for helping us reach people in Wake County.) It’s also going to take the generosity of our launch team – people who understand the concept of giving God a portion back of what He gives to us financially. Tithing (10% of what we earn) and giving an offering (anything above the 10%) is going to help enable The Edge Church do what God has called her to do.

One of our core values is that we want to restore hope in the local church – and part of doing that is by sharing openly what’s going on. Transparency is critical. So I have to be open and honest about The Edge’s financial needs.

I’ll be honest again: it’s going to take a number of miracles for us to raise those funds. We’re looking at some significant numbers – figures that are impossible without God.

It’s a good thing God doesn’t have the same ledger book that I have! He isn’t short financially and He isn’t incapable of doing above and beyond what we could think or imagine. Furthermore, God’s will is for The Edge Church to launch strong and reach many for the sake of Christ! We’re actually fulfilling God’s will and vision for Wake County as we plant this church.

A day after our Interest Gathering, our generous sending church wrote us a check. Rather than trying to describe it to you, I’ll let you simply view the video they created when they wrote not one, but TWO checks to their new daughter churches.

Isn’t God good?

#GodsGotThis

Our Sending Church

The heritage of something is always important. Whether it’s a person’s heritage, a business’s heritage or especially a church’s heritage; it matters. If you were investing in a business, wouldn’t it matter if the CEO was personally mentored by Warren Buffett or the President of the United States?

If you were going to entrust your kids to another adult for childcare, wouldn’t it matter what sort of upbringing and family that person came from? I wouldn’t trust someone to watch my kids when they had a criminal record for abusing children, would you?

The Community Church in Ashburn, Virginia is a large part of our spiritual heritage at The Edge. There were churches, training and education prior to Community Church that helped breath life and vitality into the vision that ultimately evolved into planting The Edge Church, but Community has a special place in our heritage.

Community Church is our spiritual heritage. Under the leadership of Pastor Charlie Whitlow, this church has equipped us and spiritually invested in us – blood, sweat and finances!

They’re cheering us on and celebrating with us all that The Edge has and will do. Take a look at their update video for 2014:

#bestyearyet