Keynote Speaker Randy Frye
Randy is the lead pastor of First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport Tn. He has served as a pastor at Fountain City in Knoxville, First Pulaski UMC, as a district superintendent in the Johnson City area as well as other appointments. Randy has been a leader in missions in Holston Conference for many years, starting Faith Promise giving at Fountain City, serving with the formation and sustaining work with the Baltic Methodist Seminary in Estonia, as well as initiating partnerships in India and the Czech Republic. Fun fact - Randy married Kate and Scott Layer 25 years ago in Kingsport. His personable, down home style laced with humor has made him a person able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively.
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing - Because of COVID, we have had to move our meal packing event of 40,000 meals to two events. The first will be Saturday, Nov. 14 beginning at 9am where we hope to package 15,000 meals. Precautions will be taken including more spaced out, packing as family units, and in shifts of 9-11 and 11-1 to limit people in the building. More information will be coming. You can sign up here.
Faith Promise Giving For Missions
At Central UMC, we recognize and accept our role in spreading the gospel and love of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world. Over the last 30 years, many congregations have moved to Faith Promise Giving for Missions. In other words, they have taken their giving for missions out of their operating budgets. Why? Three reasons:
Often when times were tough financially in the life of the church, often mission line items were reduced.
Churches wanted their mission efforts to be more relational than simply a line item in the budget.
Many attendees wanted to give to missions above their current level of giving.
The Faith Promise Missions Budget is funded by money given through the Faith Promise gifts made each year during our annual Missions Celebration. Many congregations have found that more laity have enjoyed increased excitement and involvement in missions through Faith Promise Giving.
What is Faith Promise Giving?
A Faith Promise is simply a covenant between God and you. “I promise to trust God to give me ‘extra money’ that I can direct to missionary causes.” In a sense, you are simply making yourself a channel through which God can send money to missions. You dare to let God use your faith and your life to bless others on the mission field.
Faith Promises do not tie to the church budget. This is entirely “extra” giving. “I have made a pledge to our church which I intend to keep, but this is over and above that. I am not taking money away from the church budget to give to missions. I am trusting God for extra money for missions.
Faith Promise is very personal. It is not a pledge. There will be no names on either sections of the card. You will never be asked for your Faith Promise gift. If you make a gift by check or offering envelope and mark it Faith Promise of course you will see that amount show up on your giving statement as Faith Promise for Missions.
Faith Promise is a means of growing in faith. When you see how God works in this venture of faith, you learn to trust Him even more in ALL areas of your life.
“...and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth” - Acts 1.8