HEART FOR THE KINGDOM (H4TK)
Perhaps more than ever our city, our nation, and our world needs the hope and healing of Jesus Christ. This is what the Heart for the Kingdom Missions and Outreach fund is all about.
Throughout the New Testament, the Kingdom of God was the primary message and motivation of Jesus. That message is this: Jesus came to forgive us, set us free, and rescue us back to His Kingdom family. He came to restore us back to a relationship with the Father that transcends religion, reconnects us to our true identity,
and empowers us to discover and fulfill our purpose in God.
The message and mission of the Kingdom calls us beyond the walls of the church. It breaks down the barrier between the “sacred” and the “secular.” It brings a focus on what matters to God – reaching His precious people wherever they are, with whatever is needed to “reveal” the love of Jesus in a way that causes hearts and homes to be “revived” to life in Christ. That is the mission of Rev City. That is the “Heart” of the Kingdom. For many years, our church has invested no less than 10 percent of our annual budget to Missions and Outreach. While this has been a blessing, our church eldership believes the Lord is calling us to a renewed vision. We believe this vision will bring about a dynamic increase in the Kingdom impact that we make together in the world around us. Because as Rev City, the church is who we are, but building and expanding the Kingdom of God is what we are called and blessed to do.
Each year, our church leadership team will sincerely, diligently, and prayerfully seek the Lord for strategic vision – specific ways that our church family can unify to make an increased difference in our community, nation, and world. In the H4TK vision below, you will discover just a few of the exciting first initiatives we believe the Lord is placing on our hearts – ways that we can “be a church that builds God’s Kingdom”. This vision is exciting, as it will activate our faith and call us to greater levels of purpose together. But for the vision to come to pass, it will require us to be a people of priority and purpose – unifying to live out Matthew 6:33 – “seeking first the Kingdom of God.” While many churches have a missions or building fund in addition to their general or operating fund, we are establishing the “Heart for the Kingdom” fund. More than a ministry or a fund, we seek to build and resource a culture in our church that is set on “building the Kingdom” and “making a difference.” Our eldership is sincerely asking every person and family to both prayerfully and whole-heartedly embrace the vision behind Heart for the Kingdom. For H4TK to advance dynamically, it will call us to be united as a people who are faithful, generous, and strategic – in both our giving and our service – generously giving of our time, our talent, and our treasure.
The Heart for the Kingdom Culture – We will be faithful, generous, and strategic with our giving and our service!
We faithfully and joyfully tithe to honor the Lord and support the existing and ongoing ministries of the local church. We will faithfully serve in the house of God, helping many people to be
reached and welcomed to the family of God.
Above our tithes, we will give offerings to help build the Kingdom through the Heart for the Kingdom Mission & Outreach Fund and the Legacy Building Fund. We will also look for ways to serve in the community through Heart for the Kingdom Outreaches, Missions, or supported Ministries.
We will intentionally seek God for bold faith and abundant provision that allows us to strategically give toward H4TK vision initiatives. We will consider Heart for the Kingdom as part of our financial budgeting, planning and family/estate/legacy planning. We believe the Lord will call and empower many church members to start ministries, establish or advance missions, and launch or lead Kingdom-centered businesses and civic or social initiatives. Just imagine what is possible when every believer embraces their own personal calling, gifting, and purpose to “build the Kingdom” in the church, the workplace, and the community!
If we will unify around this vision and support it faithfully, generously, and strategically with our giving and our service, we believe it will be truly amazing to look back and see all of the ways that the Lord uses us together to advance the Kingdom, reach people with the Gospel, and bless the people of our community in the name of Jesus! Click the tabs below to view current and future H4TK Initiatives.
Heart for the Kingdom 2021 Initiatives
NEW H4TK MINISTRIES
—Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex — Topeka, Kansas
WThis exciting opportunity represents one of the first strategic community outreach projects that will be facilitated by your giving to H4TK. The Lord has opened up the doors for us to begin to live-stream our services and youth meetings into the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. Through your generous Heart for the Kingdom giving, we will be providing new network, audio/visual, and technical equipment for this facility. This investment will allow hundreds of young adults the opportunity to hear the message of God’s love, forgiveness and hope for their future. The equipment we provide will facilitate additional discipleship programs, and will improve the facility’s capacity to present educational and spiritual content. Once the pandemic-related restrictions on visitation are lifted, we intend to send teams into the facility to provide relational connection, ministry and prayer support to the young people. Through the H4TK fund, we will
hire a part-time staff minister to be the point person for this life-changing ministry. Just imagine the lives that will be changed, and the destinies that will be affected as we do our part to share the love and hope of Jesus with the young adults in the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex.
— Ruler of Hope — Support for Medically Fragile Children
With your support of H4TK, Ruler of Hope is empowered to carry out their mission to provide support and research for medically fragile children. Founded by Joshua and Kristen Eargle, Ruler of Hope is inspired by their very own daughter Landrey’s battle with a rare genetic mutation. Our heart is to bless families whose children are enduring severe medical journeys and the financial hardship that can bring. “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” – Jeremiah 31:3. Visit www.rulerofhope.org for more information.
— Student Mobilization (STUMO) —University of Kansas Evangelism
Through the ministry of Haley Ryan, H4TK supports focused evangelism on the University of Kansas campus. Haley serves with a ministry called Student Mobilization. She is actively involved in furthering the gospel through relational connection with future leaders. Many young people are putting their faith in Jesus through Haley’s influence and ministry. Visit www.stumo.org for more information.
— Advancing the Kingdom (ATK) — Schools & Churches in Uganda
ATK has established very impactful Christian schools and churches in Uganda, reaching and improving the lives of thousands of children and families in remote and rural areas where educational opportunities are poor. Julie Pash and ATK also provide jobs skills and opportunities to help bring prosperity to more people in underdeveloped areas of Uganda. Visit www.atkinternational.com for more information.
LOCAL H4TK MINISTRIES
— Local Church Support —
Through H4TK, Rev City will look to be a strategic blessing to other Christian congregations in our city and region. Through your support of H4TK, we recently sowed a four-figure gift towards the building project of another local congregation. Helping churches with needed equipment or resources, emergency financial support, pastoral appreciation and support, and support for their facility projects or needs are just a few examples of ways we will look to be a blessing to the broader Christian church in our community.
— Rev City Annual Thanksgiving Outreach —
Through H4TK support, you will help us to deliver a complete Thanksgiving meal to over 300 families in need in our community this year. This outreach is also a great opportunity to be generous with our time, by participating in the teams that prepare or deliver the meals to the precious people in our community.
— Insight Women’s Center —
Through H4TK, you will support this amazing ministry that brings practical help, counseling, and medical resources to women facing unexpected or at-risk pregnancies. This ministry helps these precious women discover hope, helping them to choose “life” and assisting them to succeed through pregnancy and early motherhood. Through H4TK, Rev City has recently helped Insight to furnish a new examination room, allowing them to expand the number of mothers and families they are able to serve.
— International Connection —
Through H4TK, we will continue to support this ministry that is relationally presenting the gospel to visiting scholars and international university students. Because of the impact of this ministry, hundreds of students have heard and responded to the gospel, with many returning to their home nations to preach and live out the good news of Jesus. Some have even
launched church gatherings in their home nation.
— Nick Willems Scholarship Fund —
Named after our first official Lead Pastor, this fund helps individuals who feel called to vocational ministry with scholarships towards ministry training and theological education.
— Civic Engagement —
Rev City believes that the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders are worthy of our gratitude and appreciation for the ways they serve and protect our community. Through H4TK, we will look for opportunities to support or resource these departments, and express appreciation to the men, women and families who serve. When other needs arise in our city, H4TK will seek to be a source of practical blessing to our community when possible.
— Schools & Teachers —
Rev City appreciates our teachers and administrators who serve to educate the children of our community. H4TK will look to meet strategic needs in our school system, and seek for ways to express appreciation and support.
— Widows | Single Moms | Emergency Help —
Through H4TK, you will be a blessing to single moms, widows and church members that experience unforeseen financial needs arising from medical issues, lost jobs, or unforeseen financial emergencies.
NATIONAL & GLOBAL H4TK MINISTRIES
— Blessing the Nation of Israel —
Through H4TK, you will be part of reaching the Jewish people with the message of Jesus as the promised Messiah. Our support of the Gateway Center for Israel is helping bring the good news of Jesus to Jewish people, while helping to train Jewish pastors and support “Messianic” Jewish congregations who have placed their faith in Jesus.
— Christian Leadership School – Solomon Islands
Through H4TK, you will support the ministry of Alphaeus Zobule, a young man from the Solomon Islands who once arrived in Lawrence as a student and attended our church. He went back to the Solomon Islands on fire for Jesus and launched a Christian Leadership Training School. He now trains up hundreds of Christian students and leaders who are now bringing Kingdom transformation to the island chain that was once known for its pagan cannibalism.
— Ministry to Children & Teens in Kenya —
Through H4TK, you will support Brooklyn Cole, who just a few years ago was a Rev City youth student. She has moved to Kenya to establish a home for orphaned or abandoned children who found themselves living on the streets. Through H4TK, we will help her further the plans for a much needed permanent facility for this ministry that is changing lives and helping young people discover their future in God.
— Church in the Middle East —
Through H4TK, you will have a part in supporting a family from our own church that has moved to the Middle East to launch and pastor a Christian church in one of the most spiritually dark places in the entire world. (For security purposes, the name and specific location of this ministry are requested to be withheld from printed materials and internet postings.)
— Wycliffe Bible Translators —
There are more than 7000 languages spoken in the world, but only 717 complete Bible translations. That leaves more than 1.5 billion people who do not have the whole Bible in their first language! Through H4TK, you will support Rachael Costello, who grew up in our church and is now serving as a Bible Translation Consultant in Mexico, helping to produce clear and accurate translations of the Bible for people who speak the indigenous languages of Mexico and Latin America.
— Youth With A Mission (YWAM) —
Through a YWAM Discipleship Training School, H4TK will support church member Claire Kueffer, as she helps to lead teams conducting evangelism and discipleship efforts in Europe and North Africa.
— Kingdom Global Ministries —
Through the ministry of Larry and Devi Titus, KGM relationally and strategically resources an extensive network of ministries, missionaries and churches that are making an impact across the globe.
— Marriage & Family Ministry —
Through H4TK, we will support the ministry of Marriage Today. Through Marriage Today, and through the power of their own testimony, Jimmy and Karen Evans are helping to strengthen, save, and restore marriages all around the world.
Future H4TK Vision & Ideas
Below are examples of future H4TK projects that are being prayerfully planned and pursued.
— Rev City Dream Center —
We are prayerfully and actively searching for a property to establish a center that will allow our church to offer ongoing food and clothing assistance, school supplies, counseling, addiction and recovery ministries, and practical life-skills training and discipleship to those most in need in our community.
— Rev City Center for Foster Care & Adoption —
While many Rev City families are already actively involved in foster care or seeking to adopt, we have a vision to develop a ministry and possibly establish a future center or home that would activate our church to serve foster children in our community, and help to connect adoption-eligible children with a faith-filled “forever” home.
— Additional Rev City Church Campuses —
In the Lord’s timing, we have a heart to equip leaders to plant and establish additional Rev City Church locations throughout our region, nation, and world to help us to reach, pastor, and equip more people and families to know and live out an active life of faith in Christ.
— Jail & Prison Ministry —
Once we initiate the outreach to the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, we will prayerfully and practically seek for the opportunity to live-stream our worship services into the Douglas County Jail and to additional facilities within the Kansas Department of Corrections. Through H4TK, we will also continue to provide Bibles, pastoral care and discipleship materials to the men and women in the county jail. Lord willing, as the doors begin to open, H4TK will help us acquire the equipment and discipleship resources needed to provide a life-giving worship experience for men and women who need the message of forgiveness, hope, and restoration through Christ.