Hello Church Family,
Thanks for taking the time to read this month’s newsletter. I hope that today and the new year have been good to you and your family. This is an important year for us here at the Bridge Church Spanish Springs. This newsletter is longer than normal because I will be talking about the budget for 2021.
Our mission in Spanish Springs is to build bridges for people to come to Jesus. “Build Bridges” has been at the heart of our mission since the first day we opened in Spanish Springs. Building bridges, in a nutshell, is building relationships with other people. Building relationships with our neighbors, co-workers, etc. The idea is to get to know people so that they can see how Jesus is not only part of our daily life, but how He has changed our lives. When we add to that our vision which is to be highly valued by the unchurched for our commitment to our neighborhood, community, and of course, the entire world, we have a big job. And up to this point you all have done very well.
Our church has been able to work with local schools on little and big projects. Everything from schools supplies to remodeling the teacher’s lounge at one of our local schools. With that, we have shown the love of Jesus to those folks who have benefitted from those things we have done or helped with. And let me say, THANK YOU!! Without your support both physically and financially, none of these things would be possible. We have also been able to support the Reed High Band program by helping them with transportation to competitions in California, as well as doing work at the school with some cleanup.
You see, all these things, they add up and over time, the folks in our community know that The Bridge Church is a group of people they can count on. I know this because now when needs arise, they call on us. That is really good news!
We are a church where people can come to learn about Jesus, ask questions and come to know Him better. Time and time again, I have talked with people who comment on how comfortable our little church is. And once again, that is all thanks to you!!
2021 is an important year for us because as we go through the year, we will no longer use the funds from the property sale to operate. In 2020 despite the lockdowns and virus, you all still gave $95,000! Thanks so much for your support. Along with that, at the beginning of 2020 we started our 2020 Growth Campaign. We raised money to remodel and paint the church, buy new chairs, and hire a part time worship leader. Even though we had to stop the fundraiser because the COVID-19 restrictions started, we still raised $10,000! With that we were able to do everything we wanted to do, and the church looks great! Our total income last year was $105,000! Even in the face of the most challenging of circumstances, your faithfulness, generosity, and perseverance pushed us through a very tough year.
In 2020 our budget was $181,000. We have been able to operate because of the funds we have from the sale of the Emmanuel First Baptist property sale. And I feel good in knowing that the legacy of Emmanuel continues in Spanish Springs. This year our budget is going to be different in a few ways:
- 1. Instead of an annual budget, we will operate with a quarterly budget.
- 2. As of the 2nd quarter, April 1, 2021, we will no longer use the funds from the EFBC property Myself, Pastor Bill, and many others feel like the time is right to do this under our own giving, and I am excited to see how God is going to continue His ministry and continue to use us to make our community better. In order to do this, we will need to make some significant changes to our budget. We have set up different budget scenarios depending on income and location.
Our monthly lease is currently $3500 per month. Since COVID-19 started, more than half of our people are joining us online. Add that to our small building size; we can only have 29 people in the building. That includes me and all the volunteers. We have decided to begin looking for a different meeting place to help reduce our overhead.
The Campus Pastor’s salary is another area that could be impacted. That is roughly $3100 per month. I will continue to serve this church as pastor regardless of receiving a salary or not. But the reality is that at our current giving level, changes need to be made. Becki and I have been in ministry a long time and understand that from time-to-time, things like this happen.
Since October, I have been meeting with our finance committee. They include John Arobio, Sara Grunstead, Christine Roberto, and Paul and Paulette Adamson. Together we talked and prayed about how best to proceed and we came up with a few different scenarios that will be based on income, our meeting location, and my salary.
Scenario 1 excludes my salary, housing, medical, and retirement.
This gives us an operating budget of $89,575.
Scenario 2 excludes our lease and part of my salary.
This gives us an operating budget of $100,325.
Scenario 3 excludes my salary and other budget items such as office supplies, advertising, and other admin stuff.
This would give us an operating budget of $94,950.
Along with all this, we will operate on a “zero budget.” That means that we don’t spend money; for example, instead of buying toilet paper I’d ask someone to bring some in. The same goes for printing paper, (which we use very little), and other daily office and church needs. Before you donate anything please check with me to make sure we need it. To save money on expenses in general, I am working from home a few days a week. We have cut everything that can be cut, and we will cut more as needed.
This year our annual meeting, where we vote on the budget and new trustees will be this Sunday at 5:00pm via Zoom. https://thebridgereno.com/annualmeeting
Follow this link if you wish to join us. Let me know asap if you have any issue with this link
I have been thinking and praying about this year for many months now. One thing continued to ring clear, money is a not a good reason to close a good ministry. It is time for us as a church to take the next step in our growth and become self-supported this year, and I am 100% certain we will. When God calls us to action, that does not mean it’s going to be easy. I know that you all are currently not only giving faithfully, but you also participate. Either on Sunday morning, or in a small group, the prayer team, when we are called to help, each time you all show up and help. This year I’m going to be asking a lot of each of you and that’s because God is asking a lot of us. We have a community of about 35,000 people, of which most have not ever heard the Gospel of Jesus. Our job here is big and important, and I know I can count on each of you for your support in all aspects of ministry.
I am so very proud to call this my church home and I am so very proud to call you all my friends and family. I am looking forward to seeing how God is going to continue to use us in the coming years.
I know this is a lot to think about and thank you for reading this. I know it is quite long. If you have any questions regarding the budget, or anything for that matter, and if you would like to see the budget spreadsheet, please feel free to contact me anytime @ 775 830 8455. You may also contact anyone on the finance committee to talk about the 2021 budget.
Thanks so much for your time today, but above that thank you so much for your commitment to God’s work in Spanish Springs. There is not another group of people on this earth I’d rather do this with than you. One of the things I love most about our church is that I can call any of you, anytime, for anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s for the church or for me personally. Pastors often feel alone, I do not. Never have I been more cared for.
I’d like to leave with some words from the great Apostle Paul.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Thanks, have a great day!!
In Christ Alone,
The Bridge Church Spanish Springs