CCCA Campaign “More Than Enough!”
“More Than Enough!” is an opportunity for you to help ensure that the Christian Church Capital Area will be served in the future by a Regional Minister on a FULL-TIME basis, just as it has been in the past. Our Region consists of 40 congregations, thousands of church members, more than 100 clergy, many persons aspiring to ordination/ under-care status, numerous commissions and committees, and important relationships with the General Church, partner institutions, and ecumenical organizations. This comprehensive, vital ministry requires the oversight of an ordained professional who is devoted full time to the inherent responsibilities of spiritual leadership and management of the organization.
This special campaign is inspired by the message of the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 9:6-8 (Good News Bible):
“Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. Each one should give, then, as he (she) has decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause.”
The goal of “More Than Enough!” is to raise $100,000 in each of the next three years (2022, 2023, 2024), though it may need to be extended for additional years. THE EXCITING NEWS, AS THE GENERAL PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS, IS THAT $50,000 (50% OF GOAL!) HAS ALREADY BEEN PLEDGED BY EARLY DONORS IN THE ADVANCE PHASE!
Join them! Every pledge will help to support a full time Regional Minister. Every Disciple, every church, every friend of CCCA is invited to make a multi-year commitment. Please note: Pledges do not replace annual giving, nor do they replace gifts to special General Church offerings. Together, let us embrace Paul’s position: “(We) will always have …more than enough for every good cause.”
Please give prayerful consideration to your participation in “More Than Enough!”. Then, complete a pledge form that accompanies this announcement, and send it to the Regional office. Now, and in the future, personal checks/pledge payments are to be mailed to the Region office, with the notation that it is for the fulfillment of a pledge to “More Than Enough!”. The campaign’s financial records will be maintained by the Region. CCCA is registered with IRS 501(c)(3) status, so all gifts are tax deductible.
Again, the exciting news, as “More Than Enough!” officially begins: $50,000 OF OUR $100,000 ANNUAL GOAL (50%!) HAS ALREADY BEEN PLEDGED! Individually, and as a congregation, please join the effort!
Please use the pledge form HERE
From Sara: “I encourage people and churches of Capital Area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to support this campaign because we need a full time Regional Minister to serve all of our congregations, which are scattered across four states and the District of Columbia. As I have been active in the CCCA Disciples Women Fellowship, I have met some incredible women who are faithful to its vision and mission. At one time, we had a DW Minister who would give guidance and assistance. But lack of funds meant that position was dropped, and the Regional Minister took a more visible role. For many years, I was at Camp Mary Mac each summer working with Junior Camp, and a couple of years I was at Bethany Beach to help with CYF and to lead a Family Camp. At almost every camp, the serving Regional Minister would visit to see how all was going. We all want a Regional Minister who knows us and supports us, so we must make sure we give the support that is needed for the Regional Minister.”
From Bill: “Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has seen what a difference it makes to benefit from a full time Reginal Minister. Allen Harris was a blessing in so many ways. In particular, he provided invaluable spiritual and organizational guidance as our Church, during a relatively short time period, conducted not one but two searches for new pastors. Please join me and others in participating in ‘More Than Enough!”
From Yvonne: “My acceptance of this opportunity is primarily based on my love of the church and its people, and the strength I have received as part of such a large body of witnesses. It has been a very fulfilling time in my life. Our past leadership has left us with a strong faith and purpose to go forward in the name of Christ. This campaign is a beginning for us to move in that direction. Together we (the community of Christians) can support this effort financially and prepare to engage in raising awareness of the Capital Area Christian Church with full time leadership.”
From Bob: “Growing up in the Christian Church Capital Area region, I have had the opportunity to enjoy the camp and conference programs as a kid and later serving as a counselor/director of many camps. In addition to the camp and conference programs, there are many ways one can help shape the future of our region. Following Lari Grubbs resignation, I was approached to serve on the search committee that ultimately hired Allen Harris as our RM. Following that appointment, I felt fortunate to continue my support of Allen, serving on his Pastoral Relations Committee for four years. It was through that service that I became educated to the financial needs of our region and the many demands placed upon someone in that position. Taking that knowledge, I have since educated my congregation’s Outreach Council and Finance Council at Falls Church, to provide dedicated financial support to the region through our outreach giving and investment income. It would be my hope and prayer that all of the congregations in CCCA contribute financially to support our region, now and in the years ahead. It is my pledge through this campaign to help educate other churches and individuals on the benefits of the region and the need to support it through our time, talent, and treasure.”
From Yakeliin: “’More than enough’ were Paul’s words to the early church in Corinth when he referred to the resources that eventually were going to serve as an offering to the church in Jerusalem. In a different letter Paul refers to the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ’. These were words of affirmation and assurance for the early believers. Two thousand years later, we also receive the apostle’s words in the same way. However, perhaps we should listen to them also as an invitation to exercise Christian stewardship and denominational support. It was more than enough then; it is more than enough now. With this project, we want to put into action a concrete plan that makes us able in a near future, to pay our Regional Minister a full-time salary. We count on every brother, every sister, every sibling, every congregation, but especially we are counting on you and your generosity.”