Acts 1:8 Fund
YEAR-ROUND MISSIONS GIVING ABOVE AND BEYOND YOUR TITHE
At Calvary, we want to strengthen the focus of our mission emphasis and be faithful to the calling of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and the great challenge of Acts 1:8 in both finances and people utilization. We feel like these goals can be accomplished with a year-round giving fund. We believe the Acts 1:8 Fund will allow us to dramatically increase our financial gifts to missions as well as increase personal participation! This fund will allow us to be selective in our mission endeavors with a greater impact for the kingdom of God and plan long-term for our investment in missions.
Click on the 2020 Budget below to see how every dollar given to the Acts 1:8 Fund is used for missions.
How Do I Serve with the Acts 1:8 Fund Ministry Partners?
One of the primary criterion for becoming an Acts 1:8 Fund Ministry Partner is the ability to offer widespread engagement of the Calvary family in the ministry.
It is our hope that our Acts 1:8 Fund Ministry Partners serve as a vehicle for our Calvary family to find their place in the story of God through service to others in our community, our state, our nation, and our world.
To find our how you can get involved in serving with our Acts 1:8 Partners, check out our 2019 Serve:Link.
How Do I Give to the Acts 1:8 Fund?
2020 Total Goal: $110,000
To give to our Acts 1:8 Fund online, click the link below and be sure to select Acts 1:8 by your gift.
You can also use the Acts 1:8 envelope located in the pews, the envelope that comes with your weekly giving envelopes in the mail, or simply write Acts 1:8 on your check or giving envelope.
Where are the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, SBC Cooperative Program, and Associational Missions donations?
These donations will continue to be made from the Unified Budget.
Why are we separating missions giving from the budget?
The Finance Committee, Budget Planning Committee, Missions Council, and the Pastor and staff believe this separation will allow Calvary to dramatically increase our financial gifts to missions as well as increase personal participation.
Who made decisions about the Acts 1:8 Fund?
The Missions Council spends hours yearly in meetings, decision making, and prayer to develop this fund and choose its beneficiaries. First, in consultation with our pastor and administrator, they established basic but fundamental criteria to review our current mission endeavors:
- Align mission endeavors with Calvary Tuscaloosa’s Mission Statement
- Increase service opportunities for Calvary members
- Increase number of participants in missions by focusing efforts on select events
- Consistently maintain local, national, and international mission activities
Additionally, once this was established, the Missions Council closely reviewed all Mission Support activities in the Unified Budget, sought new recommendations from Church members and staff for additions to our mission endeavors, and held thorough and candid discussions of each mission endeavor to insure those mission endeavors met the criteria presented to the Church for inclusion. The Council has spent numerous hours in joint meetings along with personal time and reflection in completing this work. At each meeting, the Council prayed for wisdom and guidance in their work.
Can I still give to organizations not listed for Acts 1:8 Fund?
The Council closely reviewed several other mission activities and endeavors that have been previously funded through the Mission Support Budget. Without question, these activities are worthwhile and provide meaningful service to people. However, in most cases these simply did not fit our criteria for selection due to involvement of only a very few Calvary members. While the Council does not recommend these activities be funded from the year round Acts 1:8 Fund, an account is established in order that those wishing to donate specifically to these charities may do so through Calvary. These mission activities are as follows: Rio Medical Center, Christian Ministry Center, FCA, Russian Mission Trip (Trinity Missions), and Hospice.