A Message From Terry
Encounter Church has experienced a handful of defining moments over the past 100 years and, by God’s grace in and through each of us, we did it again in 2017. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we embarked on a God-sized vision to commit to a two year journey of generosity called Un nished. This vision would allow us to increase our ability in making devoted followers of Jesus Christ in the greater Palmyra area and beyond. We embraced the words of the Apostle Paul when he wrote in Philippians 1:6:
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is nally nished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
We set the goal of raising $3.6 million in generosity commitments, and we prayed to God and with our families for what it would mean for each one of us to take a life-changing step of faith and trust God with 100% of the resources He has given to us. The result was nothing short of God-glorifying. Not only did we witness hundreds of people devoting themselves to a deeper walk with Jesus, but we saw a stunning demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us as nearly $3M in commitments and expected gifts was announced!
We now nd ourselves at the mid-point of this two-year discipleship journey, and God has only begun to show us what He has in store for us. With that, we do not want to become complacent about our progress or stop listening to Him. Therefore, we cannot stop asking God what He has for us next.
Over the next ve weeks we are going to focus on some key steps in our Un nished journey as a church through a teaching series we are calling… Still Un nished. It is my prayer for us as a church family that we would together know the fulness of joy that comes from putting Jesus rst in our lives, and that He will continue to nish the work He has begun in us, and to so many others!
As we Still engage in this season of generosity, there is still much to do in this next year as we look to God for what is ahead.
Our PRIMARY goal:
We are praying that every person who calls Encounter their church home will make a declaration of generosity resulting in 100% PARTICIPATION!
Our Secondary goal:
We are praying for $4.1M in generosity to be celebrated over these two years to further the mission to call all people to be devoted followers of Jesus!
Beyond Ourselves – expanded from $1.3 to $1.6M
We believe God has increased our in uence for the purpose of continuing our mission to call all people to become devoted followers of Jesus. As we continue to grow, we are committed to maintaining that momentum while making sure our existing ministries remain alive and healthy. With the completion of our main auditorium, we are excited to bring on staff a custodian to care for our expanded facility.
Beyond Our Walls
Beyond Our Walls – expanded from $2.1 to $2.28M
We are committed to making more room for the people God is bringing our way. In addition to completing our main auditorium, we are recognizing the need to expand our social media presence, and upgrade our ability to reach people not only on site, but online.
Beyond Our Borders
Beyond Our Borders – expanded from $200 to $220K
We are committed not only to growing our local church, but to growing The Church. This past year, teams from Encounter went to serve in New York City, Guatemala, New Mexico, Malawi, and Palmyra. Through Un nished, we want to fund additional ministry partners outside the walls of Encounter both in North America and around the world.
Beyond Ourselves – $1.3m
This is our general ministry budget, but it is anything but general. These funds are used to further the life-changing ministries of Encounter Church that allow us to engage people on their journey to be devoted followers of Jesus. God has used the people of Encounter to do amazing things for His Kingdom and we know He wants to do more. It is essential that we maintain and grow what God has entrusted us with.
Did you know… During the past 7 years we celebrate:
- BAPTISM – over 100 individuals have been baptized
- VOLUNTEERS – currently over 275 individuals are serving on a team
- GROWTH GROUPS – over 300 individuals have participated in a group
- NEW GUESTS – over 1000 individuals have attended for the first time
Beyond Our Walls – $2.1m
Growth brings growing pains and we feel the squeeze as we meet in our lobby. We want to take the next step and complete our new auditorium, finish our lobby, add additional meeting space, and increase our parking. It is our desire to have this facility seen as a center to serve as both a gift to the community and a great place for weekend and weekday ministry.
Did you know… The final renovations will include:
- 560 seat auditorium
- Finished lobby space
- Additional space for Worship Arts
- Additional space for Prayer / Adult Ministry
- 200+ parking spaces
Beyond Our Borders – $0.2m
We are committed not only to growing our local church, but to growing THE CHURCH. It is evident God is moving, and we are committed to keeping up with the pace of the Spirit. Our vision for Encounter Missions is to see every follower of Jesus sharing the Gospel – every person transformed. We plan on doing this is by continuing to expand our support of current partnerships, and explore new missional partnerships. Our commitment to carrying out this mission of Jesus has already lead us to tithe out of our expanded generosity, and now we are going to take it to the next level.
Do you know… All of our current partnerships
- Everyday Missions – Caring Cupboard, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, North Star Initiative, Bethesda Mission, Paxton Ministries, Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center
- Short-Term Missions – Champions in Action, Youth Works
- Long-Term Missions – Japan, Guam, Spain, Mozambique, London, Ukraine, Pakistan, YWAM
- Future Mission opportunities include Learning Trips to Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Buffalo, NY, and New Mexico!
This type of giving is potentially confusing to people who either don’t have a baseline for their “usual giving” or who aren’t able to really celebrate the total giving they are engaging in at Encounter in one single number. We believe that it is all ONE MISSION that we’re on – the mission to call people into an encounter with Jesus Christ.
The UNFINISHED initiative will last for two years. In those two years, every gift that is given to Encounter Church will go to Unfinished – to help us faithfully trust God beyond our borders, walls and ourselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Pastor’s Prayer
Christ is First
Christ is First
We are Unfinished
Commitment to the Lord
GOD CALLS US TO THINGS WE CANNOT YET SEE.
IN THE HEART.
Commitment Sunday Summery
Take a Step.
As you pray and discern how God would ask you to give during this time, use this gift chart as a discipleship tool. Allow it to be something that inspires and challenges you towards greater generosity for Christ’s Kingdom as we all engage in this Unfinished initiative together.