In November 2021, our First Church family began a two-year journey of courageous Kingdom expansion, which was driven by our sincere desire to impact the 918 and beyond with the life-changing message of Jesus. We chose to call this two-year journey "Unstoppable" because of Jesus' promise in Matthew 16:18: "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (ESV). For the past 2,000 years, Satan has tried to use persecution, pressure, politics and even pandemics to stop the mission of God's church. But all the powers of Hell have not been able to stop the mission of Jesus.
First Church, God is calling us to build upon the Kingdom "momentum" that's brought us to this moment in history. Now isn't the time for us to become complacent. That's why for the midpoint of Unstoppable, we're launching a new teaching series called, MOMENTum. We believe God has placed us here for "such a time as this" (Esther 4:14) to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom. We don't want to slip into the realm of the ordinary. When the world is at its worst, it needs the church at its best.
In the months leading up to the start of Unstoppable, we gathered to better understand God's vision for His church and to dream about the future. We worshiped together and drew inspiration from the early church in the book of Acts. When the lives and comforts of the earliest Christians were threatened, they responded by saying: "We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20 | NASB). The early church didn't just have a mission; the mission had them. God used their faith to turn their culture upside down, and our church family prayed that God would empower us to do the same today.
The response to our Unstoppable challenge was truly amazing and humbling to experience. Our church family committed to more than doubling the budget for two years, enabling us to expand day-to-day ministries, expand our local and global outreach partnerships, and expand our physical footprint. Since that time, God's gracious hand has been upon us, allowing us to keep experiencing unprecedented ministry growth while successfully reaching Unstoppable's first-year goals! Construction is underway to expand the First Years space and build our new First Kids building. We can't wait to see how God uses these future ministry resources to reach the next generation!
Let's not waste the MOMENTum that has brought us here, but let's keep it going! I am beyond excited to be part of how God is carrying out His Unstoppable mission at First Church. Thank you for taking this journey with us as we live out our calling in this present generation.
- Chad Broaddus
UNSTOPPABLE MINISTRY - $4.7M
UNSTOPPABLE REACH - $600K
UNSTOPPABLE MOVEMENT - $6M
UNSTOPPABLE TOTAL TWO-YEAR GOAL:
$11.3M ($5.6M ANNUALLY)
Instead of slowing down or cutting back during this season, we believe God has positioned us to advance His kingdom in even greater ways. That starts within our current ministry context. What is currently happening at First Church on a daily basis changes lives, restores marriages, heals families, builds community, cultivates spiritual growth, helps those in need, provides for the less fortunate, and the list goes on and on. God has allowed us to carry out our current ministry through our annual operating budget or general fund, which is anything but general. During Unstoppable, we believe God wants us to keep using our operating budget ($2.3M annually) to carry out the mission He's given us.
We are committed to unleashing God's love on those in the most difficult of situations. First Church has and always will be a missionally-minded church. God is calling us to reach those outside our walls, both locally and globally. During Unstoppable, we're asking God to extend our missional reach so that we are able to give one of our largest financial gifts ever to mission/outreach work. In addition to our operating budget, we're asking our church to give an additional $300K annually to our global and domestic mission partners.
LOCAL OUTREACH PARTNERS
- Pregnancy Resource Center
- Neighbors in Need (food pantry)
- Owasso Community Resource Center
- John 3:16 Mission
- Mission on Main
GLOBAL OUTREACH PARTNERS
- Carbonilla Family- Philippines
- Riley Family- Honduras
- S & C- Pioneer Bible Translators
- Mac & Olivia Johnson- Proem Ministries
- Kinzer Lambert - FCA Honolulu, HI
- Kuhlman Family- STUMO
- Moore Family- CMFI
- Morse Family- North Burma Christian Mission
- Pennington Family- OMF
- Nick & Sarah Vacca- Blackbox International
- Wilmeth Family- Christian Campus House Fayetteville, AR
- Zlomke Family- Thailand
- Cookson Hills
- Mid-India Christian Mission
- CrossRoads Missions- Piedras Negras, Mexico
- F.O.C.U.S.- Stillwater, OK
- Sam & Annie - Pioneer Bible Translators
- Casa por Cristo
When the world is at its worst, it needs the church at its best. We're convinced First Church is here at this point in history to be an unstoppable movement for God. Our children and students are both the present and the future of the church, and if we're going to change the future direction of our community, our state, our nation… it starts by introducing the next generation to the hope of Jesus. Currently, our First Kids (elementary) ministry is booming! We believe our next ministry step is to build a new and permanent home for elementary students. This facility will be a God-given tool and resource to help us navigate the next generation to God, and it will include a new area for special needs students, an expanded church entryway, and open up our current facility for new ministry opportunities. During Unstoppable, we're challenging our church family to extend their giving by $6M ($3M annually) to accomplish this exciting and bold step of faith.
ONE FUND EXPLANATION
WHY A "ONE FUND" INITIATIVE?
You may have been a part of church campaigns in the past during which you were asked to give a second gift "above and beyond" your usual gifts to make new buildings and new ministries possible.
In the past, we asked our First Church family to give second gifts to the 'Building Fund' as well as to continue giving offerings to the 'General Fund.' We've realized this type of giving is potentially confusing to those who don't have a baseline for their "normal giving." It also divides what we believe God is leading us to do into categories (which some people are tempted to prioritize). But we don't believe our "next ministry" step is any more important than the ministry God is currently empowering us to do as a church. So, we want to celebrate the total giving of First Church in one single number. We believe that it's is all ONE MISSION that we're on - the mission to love Jesus and love like Jesus.
So, during Unstoppable initiative, we're not asking anyone to give to a new "building fund." We're simply asking anyone who calls First Church home to expand their current giving and be part of our UNSTOPPABLE Initiative. For some, expanding their giving may be taking a step of faith to give more generously than they have in the past. For others, it may be giving to First Church for the first time, in such a way that reflects that God and His Kingdom mission are first in their hearts. But whatever your gift looks like, everyone gets to be part of the UNSTOPPABLE mission Jesus has given us.
From December 2021 - December 2023, every gift that is given to First Church goes to our one "UNSTOPPABLE" fund, which will be used to resource the three key components of our next season of ministry - our current operating/ministry budget, our continued missional investment in reaching those far from Jesus in the 918 and beyond, and our bold investment in the next generation by building a new First Kids facility. These areas are explained in detail in the pages of this booklet.
We've included a sample commitment card so you can begin to pray about your commitment and what that will mean for your journey with God. Please take time to think and pray through this, and then we will provide you with a new hard copy on Commitment Sunday, October 23.