The following is an excerpt from the Missions Ministry report to the congregation at the first quarter 2023 Business Meeting …
After significant discussion and discernment, the Missions Ministry made a recommendation to the Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) regarding how the congregation should tithe the recent large gift from David Wise. (The tithe amount is approximately $21,000.) The Missions Ministry felt that to maximize the tithe’s impact it should be directed towards a single focus or organization, and be used as “seed money” to propel our congregation toward greater service.
Specifically, we recommended that FBC partner with AMOS Health and Hope in their mission to “reduce health inequities in Nicaragua by empowering local leadership to prevent disease and save lives.” Our vision is that the tithe would be a first step in a long-term covenant relationship with AMOS. To that end we recommended forming a standing “AMOS Apprenticeship Team” (a placeholder name for now) whose initial tasks would include:
- Determining the best approach to distributing the tithe amount,
- Exploring with AMOS how FBC can establish a covenant relationship with AMOS for the long-term,
- Working with the AMOS Delegations Team to plan the logistics of an FBC short term mission trip to Nicaragua in 2025 (and perhaps every 3 years thereafter), and
- Identifying, arranging, and participating in local and regional mission opportunities centered around healthcare.
The SLT was supportive of the recommendation and provided valuable counsel back to the Ministry. We are currently in the process of identifying leadership to the “AMOS Apprenticeship Team” as well as planning an “interest meeting” in the near future.