Greetings Central Family,
I hope this finds you all healthy and well! I write on behalf of the Board of Stewards with an important update.
Central Baptist is living through a challenging season to be sure. As we have indicated in our communications to you since last November, we have struggled to meet our financial needs for the current fiscal year. The Board has been working diligently to address these budget shortfalls, including a freeze on all spending except for essential ministry, and the elimination of two staff positions. I want to be candid and tell you Central continues to struggle financially, even before we were hit by a global pandemic, and that giving in March has been down significantly. As your Board, we face some very difficult decisions in the days ahead.
We want to encourage and remind you to continue giving as you are able to support Central Baptist Church, especially in these unprecedented days of separation. Without your continued tithes and offerings, our ministry on the corner of Shields and Roy simply isn’t possible. There are multiple ways you can give, including mailing your check to the church, giving online at this Link, and on Sunday we’ll have a curbside offering at church between 12:00-1:00pm so you can drive by and drop off your offering in person. If you’re unable to give by mail, online, or in person, please call the church office and leave a message, and we’ll arrange for someone to stop by and pick up your offering.
Central Baptist Church was founded in 1893; the same year a major economic collapse occurred in the U.S., and the national unemployment rate soared to 25%. In the 127 years that have followed, our church has endured many seasons of joy and flourishing, as well as years of challenge and hardship. Central has survived world wars, economic hardships and depressions, and global pandemics. In those same 127 years, we have had more than 15 Senior Pastors and countless Board members who have faithfully led, served, and loved the church. What has remained constant over the years is our unwavering faith and trust in the Lord, and the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ.
I have faith that God will see us through this season, and that He has plans for our future. Please pray for our church, our Staff, and for the Board, and know that we are all praying for you as well. Lean into Jesus dear friends - He is faithful!
Yours in Christ,
Chair, Board of Stewards