If you’re like us, the Missio Alliance Board of Trustees, you often wonder to yourself about the organizations you affiliate with and support,
I wonder what’s really going on behind the scenes?
If you’ve ever asked yourself that question about Missio Alliance, allow us to pull back the curtain and let you in!
Have you ever wondered what, really, is Missio Alliance all about?
We’ve come to describe ourselves as
A convictional fellowship of Christian institutions, churches, and leaders committed to exploring and engaging faithfulness in God’s mission after Christendom.
But what does that really mean?
It means we’re trying to create ways for these groups to come alongside one another as they find themselves bumping up against similar issues and asking similar questions in relationship to ministry in the world we find ourselves in. It’s about discerning a faithful witness in our day. Over the last 5 years we have experimented with a variety of ways to do this. Most of them, we are happy to report, seem to have been incredibly effective based on stories and feedback we’re receiving.
There is a real sense in which the vision and mission God has set before us is actually taking shape – A Church Reimagined for a World Recreated.
Have you ever wondered how Missio Alliance is funded?
Primarily, our funding comes from our 16 Alliance Partners. This has been an intentional and strategic decision as we believe partnerships among a diverse ecology of ministries is essential to the faithful witness of the Church in our time.
Our partners are denominational bodies, church and ministry networks, seminaries and universities, etc. who resonate with our convictions and focus. In 2017, a number of local churches and scores of individual leaders joined our Alliance partners in also supporting the ministry of Missio Alliance.
Altogether these represent Christian communities who want to lock arms with us and one another around the vision and mission God has set before us – A Church Reimagined for a World Recreated.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to do all that Missio Alliance does?
Over the last few years, our budget has averaged around $200,000. The contributions of our Alliance Partners cover a healthy percentage of that, revenue from our events helps to close the gap, and the remainder comes from a handful of other small gifts and contributions.
But this is really only half of the story.
To be transparent, if you accounted for the unpaid hours that our staff and volunteers put in (did you know that we operate with the equivalent of 2 full-time people?!), consider that none of the incredible members of our Writing Team receive any compensation for their writing ministry, and factored in how many of our friends graciously forego or accept significantly reduced honorariums for their speaking (often even covering their own travel expenses), there is easily another 100,000 of “cost” behind Missio Alliance producing all it does each year.
All of this effort and all of these funds are carefully stewarded toward the vision and mission God has set before us – A Church Reimagined for a World Recreated.
Will You Join Us?
By design, Missio Alliance is a very “lean” organization. Our Alliance Partners play an important role in sustaining our efforts, but it has become clear in 2017 that for our efforts to continue to be sustained (and hopefully increased), it is imperative that we invite a wider community of people to join in supporting our efforts. In other words, our appeal to you, dear friend, is to know that YOU are essential to the future of Missio Alliance!
So, now that you’ve had a bit of a peek behind our curtain, allow us to ask…
Have you benefited from the articles we publish, the podcasts we host, or the conversations and voices we bring together and offer a platform to?
Do you believe in the importance of the “space” of theological identity that Missio Alliance is seeking to create?
Are you excited for the vision and mission God has set before Missio Alliance – A Church Reimagined for a World Recreated – to be advanced in new ways and among new groups?
If so, then we appeal to you, please join us in this work by financially supporting the ministry of Missio Alliance.
In order to meet our financial needs and take advantage of the opportunities before us in 2018, we are praying for…
- 100 people to give a gift of $25
- 75 people to give a gift of $50
- 50 people to give a gift of $100
- 25 people to give a gift of $200
- 10 people to give a gift of $500
This amounts to 260 people giving just over 20,000. While it’s very likely that there are friends and churches in our community who might be compelled to give in even more generous capacities, even year-end giving in this amount would have a major impact on the strength and reach of our ministry!
We’re also excited that one of our partners, InterVarsityPress, has graciously offered to partner with us in this year-end effort.
The first 50 people to donate $50 or more will receive their choice of any book from the Missio Alliance Series of books for free! Plus, all donations of $25 or more will receive a code for 50% off any of the titles in the Series. And to cap it all off, IVP is offering free shipping through the entire month of December!
With Gratitude, the Missio Alliance Board.
David Bailey, Executive Director, Making a Melody
Leroy Barber (Board Chair), Executive Director, The Voices Project
Jim Baucom, Senior Pastor, Columbia Baptist Church
Lesa Engelthaler, Senior Associate for Victory Search Group
David Fitch, Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary
Deb Hirsch, Speaker, Author, and Church Leader
Frank James, President and Professor of Historical Theology, Biblical Seminary
Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
Lisa-Rodriguez-Watson (Board Vice-Chair), Leadership Development and Training Director, Christian Community Development Association
Charlie Self, Director of City Expansion, Made To Flourish and Professor of Church History, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
JR Woodward, National Director, V3 Church Planting Movement
Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director, Evangelicals for Social Action
Wayne Faison, Senior Pastor, East End Baptist Church
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