"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…"
Dear Partners in Mission,
Greetings in the Name of Christ.
John Wesley is known for saying, "if your heart is as my heart, take my hand."
We believe that we have the same heart as you; a heart for people, a heart for mission, and a heart for our congregations to be effective and fruitful. Red Bird Missionary Conference pastors and churches are devoted to that purpose. And with your help, when you take our hand, we are making strides in making disciples and transforming lives.
We believe that as we make disciples those lives become transformed; and, as lives are being transformed, churches also are transformed. When our churches become transformed, communities are transformed as well. We are seeing this happen within the Red Bird Missionary Conference.
Let us take a moment to Thank You. It has been through your faithful support, prayers and giving that has made a difference in our ministries.
Through your support, lives are being transformed. Kennedy is one of those lives being transformed and she is becoming a faithful disciple.
A Life that is transforming before us:
This Spring Kennedy, who attends Bowen's Creek UMC, made a personal decision to follow Jesus more closely in her life. She was saved and then baptized in the Red Bird River.
Knowing that following Jesus means more than merely being saved and attending church, she began to inquire about how she could serve Jesus through serving others. We're proud to say that Kennedy connected with a Mission Team and spent 10 days in Jamaica teaching Vacation Bible School. After returning, we've seen the affect this has had in her life. Kennedy is now a Student at Eastern Kentucky University; has joined a Life Ministries Bible Study in her apartment complex and attends the Wesleyan Foundation on Campus.
This is, in no small part, because of your faithful giving and support for the Mission and Ministries of the Red Bird Missionary Conference. As you give, we're able to do more ministry, reach more people, and serve more people.
As followers of Christ, we seek to be the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood, the body of God's reconciling love, at all times and in all places, and with all people.
Throughout Scripture, God speaks of our purpose to rebuild, restore and renew all that is broken (Is. 61). When you partner with Red Bird Missionary Conference, we partner together in God's work to remove the barriers that impede the flourishing God intends for all people; Spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Your faithful giving helps support Clergy Salary Grants:
One example of how your giving helps the churches in the Red Bird Missionary Conference is through Clergy Salary Grants. Our churches are small rural churches, country churches and small-town churches. You know that our churches are serving in areas of high poverty rates, high unemployment, and with a high addiction/opioid rate. Most of the churches are not able to sustain ministries and Clergy salaries at the same time. Therefore, the Clergy Salary Grants were introduced.
These grants are applied for by each church annually. The grants are a way for the churches to afford, in many cases full time pastors, and in some part time pastors. Of course, most of the churches share clergy appointments and ministries, but the grants ensure that we can provide for our clergy. And, it helps churches to apply most of their monies back into ministry and community outreach while affording to pay their pastors livable salaries.
It is our goal to have effective churches, led by effective leaders and clergy who are making disciples for the transformation of the communities we serve. Clergy Salary Grants are one of those ways we can ensure this effectiveness in each church but comes with a cost to the Conference of $170,000 annually. Your gifts will support these Grants.
In the Gospels, Jesus was compassionate to all people, especially the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the hungry, the poor and the infirmed - the most vulnerable in society. Jesus loves all people - rich and poor - and actively cared for people in need. He urged his disciples to do the same (Mt. 25:31-46). We too are commissioned to do the same today.
There are many ministries throughout the Conference in our 21 churches that are making disciples and transforming lives. And this is because you are a partner in ministry with us.
We want to say thank you for your Faithful support, prayers and donations. We cannot do our part without you our Partners in Mission.
We need your help to reach more people, more families who are in need and who need the church. With your contributions, the churches of the Red Bird Missionary Conference are doing more than they can on their own to make disciples and transform lives.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today to Red Bird Missionary Conference a 501(c)3 organization of the United Methodist Church. Your support will help those who need it the most. You can make your contribution by Clicking Here, or using the "Donate Button" on the first page of the website; or, you may send a donation to the Red Bird Missionary Conference, 54 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913.
Thank You and May God Bless You,
Rev. Karen Stigall, RBMC Superintendent
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