The FORWARD Campaign - E-Free's Vision for the Future
In 2017, E-Free Church celebrated God's 50 years of ministry in the local community and around the world! We are looking ahead with excitement to E-Free's future for the next 50 years and beyond, as we remain committed to pursuing our core values of serving, reaching, and growing people in Jesus Christ!
FORWARD is a two-year stewardship campaign with a target amount of $400,000. Funds raised will support four strategic goals: Serve People in Need, Reach the Next Generation, Pay Down Debt, and Update our Building.
Serve people in need
Funds raised through the FORWARD Campaign will help E-Free send out more serving teams to help people in need. From local schools and charities, to E-Free's global strategic partners, to areas in the U.S. impacted by natural disasters such as hurricane Harvey, the opportunities to help people in crisis are numerous. For decades, E-Free has been known for our strong presence in serving and missions. Your support of the FORWARD Campaign will enable teams from E-Free to be the hands and feet of Jesus and show Christ's love through action. In addition, if the full $400,000 is raised, the church will commit to pay a greater portion of the trip costs than ever before, so that more members from the congregation can participate.
Reach the next generation
The next generation is the future of the church, but more and more young adults are leaving traditional church and not returning. E-Free has been blessed by the faithfulness and wisdom of our older generation, and FORWARD funding will enable us to continue to value our senior saints while seeking to increase the number of young adults in our congregation.
Pay down debt
FORWARD funding will enable E-Free to maintain the financial stability that has always been a backbone of our church. Currently, 9 years remain on the mortgage loan from when the church building was expanded in 2007, and FORWARD funds will be used to pay down that amount. No new debt will be incurred while pursuing the 4 initiatives of the FORWARD Campaign.
Update our building
First impressions are important! Our main hallway is nearly 20 years old. FORWARD funds will allow us to renovate our Welcome Center and Kids' Check-in Area. The new check-in area will be specifically designed to appeal to kids, while also ensuring a smooth, welcoming check-in process. In addition, if the full $400,000 amount is raised, other updates include the main hallway, restrooms, cafe, nursery, children's hallway, and children's volunteer zone.