MISSION NEW YORK: Hamilton Heights House Church Goals and Financial Target

IMG_1697The easiest part of sharing this dream is over.  Casting a vision and making plans come naturally to us.  We could talk a long time about we hope to accomplish, but it’s time to talk about the more uncomfortable part of making our dream into reality:  finances.

Below, you’ll find a three-tiered budget plan and a link to FAQs.  We’re on unchartered territory for us and we want make sure we are completely transparent about how and where we will spend your donations.  Remember three covenants as you consider giving:

  1. We will never know how much you give.  We know who gives so we can write you thank you notes.
  2. We will give away anything above our most basic needs and ministry investment, estimated at $50,000, to organizations fighting against human trafficking
  3. If and when Beverly finds full-time employment, we will need much less for ministry expenses only. (At the time of writing, she’s been called back for two more interviews, one at Macy’s Flagship store, (SO FUN!), and one at a Christian college in Manhattan.)

HAMILTON HEIGHT HOUSE CHURCH GOALS and FINANCIAL TARGET
LAUNCH DATE: March 27, 2016

EASTER SUNDAY ATTENDANCE GOAL: 25 (not including our family)

FINANCIAL GOAL: We estimate we can do the bare minimum of this missional work for $2500/month. $3000/month ensures Beverly is able to give 100% of her time to relational, church planting and missional efforts. $4000/mo would be even better.

  1. 17% — Relational Activities (meals, events)
  2. 7% — marketing
  3. 76% — personnel (housing)

In the interest of accountability, HHHC will provide:
Monthly E-Newsletter to Include relational activities and financial statement

HHHC operates as a ministry of Mission New York, a 501C3 non-profit established as a ministry of the Metro New York District Church of the Nazarene. Mission NY and HHHC rely solely donations to fund ministry in Manhattan. All funds are contributed through this account. It is managed by a treasurer.

  • READY TO JOIN US?  GREAT!  Donate on-line here: HHHC DONATION
  • GOT A FEW MORE QUESTIONS?  So did we: FAQs

I cannot promise this is the last post about Mission NY and the Hamilton Heights House Church.  I can promise to keep you updated as we progress.  If you know me well, you know I live transparently and I don’t compartmentalize my life.  I don’t have a “work life” and a “family life” and a “spiritual life”  Life is just life and so my cell phone falling into the subway…..

FAQs — Hamilton Heights House Church

Need to know more?  We’ve compiled a list of questions we’ve asked ourselves.  If you still have questions or need to talk this through, please email beverlyrcook@gmail.com or FB messenger us.  We promise to answer quickly and set up a time to talk by phone if you’d like.

WHY DO YOU NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT? Excellent question. We need financial support because this is a missional effort and missionaries often raise their own funds. The HHHC is much like an assignment for InterVarsity or YWAM or WYCLIFFE. Those missionaries raise their funds and so are we.

COULDN’T YOU BE BI-VOCATIONAL? – YES! And, we are! David is teaching at a public school in The Bronx and Beverly is actively looking for employment. However, every interview ends with, “Clearly you are a gifted minister and I know God is going to open doors for you.”

WILL YOU NEED SUPPORT IF BEVERLY GETS A JOB? Yes, but not nearly as much. We promise to keep you posted and Beverly will keep looking for employment that allows enough flexibility to build relationships and care for our family.

WHAT WILL YOU USE THE FUNDS FOR? Everything! If this church plant was sponsored by another church, we would have a full salary to support us. Since it is not, we must raise those funds. See PART 3 for more information on our financial target.

SHOULD YOU HAVE WAITED FOR A FINANCIALLY SPONSORING CHURCH? No. God sent us here. It’s time to get started. We are hopeful that 4-5 churches will join our efforts and pledge a large portion of monthly support. The Lamb’s Manhattan Church of the Nazarene is the only Nazarene church in Manhattan with a building.  It’s a FANTASTIC church, but there is room for more and a need for more.  That’s why Bruce and Amy Barnard moved to NYC over two years to begin this house church movement.  Building the Kingdom in New York City will take partnering churches and people from all over the country, maybe from all over the world.

WHAT IS THE HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT AGAIN?  It’s a vision of Bruce and Amy’s to plant a house church in every neighborhood in Manhattan.  (NYC consists of five boroughs.  Manhattan in one of those.)  See this post for more information on our calling to Hamilton Heights.  (Manhattan has 39 distinct neighborhoods – follow #imagine39 on FB and twitter to see the vision going forward.)

WILL YOU KNOW WHO GIVES MONEY? – We will know who gives, but not how much. We receive monthly reports from Mission New York and they are required to file quarterly reports to the Metro NY District. As such, we get a listing of who gives so we can thank you, and you will receive an end of year donation report. Mission New York is incorporated under the State of New York, and is an Integrated Auxiliary of the Metro NY District; as such, your donations to this 501c3 are tax deductible.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? In this first year of operation, we will give away all funds beyond our most basic needs and ministry investment, which we estimate to be $50,000. We will donate additional funds to organizations fighting against human trafficking. We also pledge to tithe on what’s given just like we would any other salary. And as an “Organic New Start Church” in the Church of the Nazarene, we intend to fully support our obligations to the district, educational college, pensions & benefits, and World Missions for the International Church.

WHO ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE TO? God, each other, Mission NY, The Metro NY District Church of the Nazarene, The International Church of the Nazarene, and our supporters both financially and spiritually.

MISSION NEW YORK, PART TWO: INTO ACTION WE GO

If you’re going to join a mission, you want to know where the mission is headed.

Always point up
Always point up

 Here’s the PLAN OF ACTION from now until the official launch date of our house church.

HAMILTON HEIGHT HOUSE CHURCH
PLAN OF ACTION LEADING TO LAUNCH DATE — EASTER 2016

FALL 2015
HOST:
5th Floor Fall Party in our Apartment
Coordinate dinner with family across the hall
College Game Day Party
Pasta Party for Kori’s Soccer Team
Invite 2-3 Families from Matthew’s School over for dinner

CONNECT:
Walk with ladies in our building
Coffee/Tea with moms from Matthew’s School
PLNU & SNU Alumni in New York
Kori’s Soccer team
Matthew Soccer team

PRAY:
For receptivity in friendship
Open doors of conversations that become about God and faith in Christ

CHRISTMAS 2015
HOST:
Holiday Christmas Party for New Friends
Tree Decorating Party for the Building

CONNECT:
Make & Deliver Christmas Cookies to entire Building

PRAY:
Become the Team Mom for Kori’s Soccer team?
For receptivity in friendship
Open doors of conversations that become about God and faith in Christ

JANUARY –MARCH 2016
HOST:
Weekly Soup Nights – begin asking for prayer needs, writing follow-up notes for prayer

CONNECT
Continued coffee/tea with moms from Elementary School

PRAY:
Constant Prayer for EASTER 2016
LAUNCH DATE: Sunday, 3/27 – EASTER BRUNCH OR POTLUCK?
Celebrity Chef to come cook for us?

BEYOND EASTER 2016
Beyond Easter, we plan to become a weekly church gathering.  We will need to evaluate our efforts constantly.
We will tweak and plan, and look for more avenues of connection points, perhaps college ministries at Columbia, CityCollege, and NYU.
We will constantly hope to continue serving as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

UPDATE:  In less than 7 hours from the original post, a graphic designer, a technical expert, and several prayer partners joined the team.  Please email beverlyrcook@gmail.com or message me through FB to join the prayer partners or to commit to one of the many volunteer teams we need.  And, don’t forget, you can support this mission financially, too.  More about that in Part Three.