A Value of Transparency
God has been moving in lots of ways in the life of All Saints Dallas over the past six months. The Crossroads Campaign for our new downtown building was very successful. Your response to that initiative continues to be encouraging, generous, and impressive. We have had a variety of staff developments with the transitions of Rev. Gavin Pate and Rev. Ken Dean off staff and Rev. Mark Walz moving in as our church planting resident for a future north Dallas plant. A Crossroads building committee and design team have been established, and an architectural firm and owner’s agent have been hired. Our ongoing Alpha evangelism ministry and pastorates had record attendance in the fall and spring, and children’s and youth ministries continue to grow and expand.
As we near the end of our fiscal year, June 30th, and as we prepare a budget for fiscal year 2017 – 2018, we have had a chance to review our budget numbers. As transparency is one of our ASD values, let me share with you where we are as we approach the last two weeks of this fiscal year.
- Total operating income is up by 5% over the prior year
- The number of family units giving has increased by 11% over the prior year
- $5.4MM pledged to the Crossroads fund ($2.6MM has been received in cash donations)
- Expenses are at budget
- Projected budget gap of $160k at the end of our fiscal year (June 2017).
Understandably, the giving to the operating fund for ASD has been impacted by contributions to the Crossroads Campaign. We all remember that in asking for sacrificial giving to the Crossroads Campaign, we asked that your contributions be “over and above” regular giving to the Lord through ASD. While the shortfall is understandable, we want to be faithful stewards of our budget this year and going into the next fiscal year. Obviously, when we made our 2016–2017 budget, we did not know there would be a Crossroads Campaign that potentially could affect the operating budget for ASD. God knew and has called on us to rise to this occasion.
Therefore, we ask that you prayerfully consider your stewardship and generosity over the next couple of weeks in order to help us meet this budget gap. At ASD we talk about giving as an overflow of discipleship; you are giving back to God a portion of what He has given you. It’s all His anyway. When we respond in this way, God is glorified, we are blessed, and ASD is free to move forward with more worship, mission, and outreach. Together let us rise to the opportunities offered us in continued stewardship and discipleship.
If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact Mike Blanchat (email@example.com) or me. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. I hope this transparency has been helpful.