God’s blessings on Congregation Mission Offerings
Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) for 2015 were $21.5 million, an increase of 1.1 percent over the prior year and an all-time record high. Actual offerings were 2.9 percent higher than what congregations had indicated in their subscriptions. This marks the fourth year in a row that actual offerings were more than congregational subscriptions. We thank God for these blessings.
CMO subscriptions for 2016 show a decrease of 1.8 percent from 2015 actual receipts. No reductions in ministry are necessary, however, because of the higher than anticipated offerings in 2015.
The “One in Christ” debt retirement effort continues to be blessed. Gifts toward debt retirement have now surpassed $1.6 million. Many congregations are still in the process of gathering the offering, and the Ministry of Christian Giving will continue to communicate the importance of the offering until it comes to a close in June 2016. We continue to be optimistic that the offering, coupled with our ongoing payments from the budget, will completely eliminate the $4.7 million debt. Individuals and congregations that have not yet participated are encouraged to do so in the coming weeks and months. Additional envelopes and information are available from the Ministry of Christian Giving.
Serving in Christ,
President Mark Schroeder
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