HEART FOR THE KINGDOM (H4TK)
For years, our church has invested no less than 10 percent of our annual budget to Missions and Outreach. As a church eldership, we believe the Lord is now calling us to stretch our faith and increase our generosity and activity to get the message of the gospel into our community.
That is why we are launching the Heart for the Kingdom ministry. Each year, we will diligently and prayerfully seek the Lord as a church leadership team for strategic vision – specific ways that our church family can make an increased impact in our community, nation, and world.
While many churches have a Missions or Building Fund in addition to their General Fund, we are establishing the “Heart for the Kingdom Fund.” 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 require us to be united as a people who are Faithful, Generous, and Strategic in both our giving and our service.
- Faithful: To honor the Lord by faithfully bringing our tithes to support the ongoing ministries of the church. To faithfully serve as part of an area of ministry in the church.
- Generous: To give an offering to HFTK above our tithes every time we give. To look for ways to be generous with our time to serve in community outreach or missions at some point throughout the year.
- Strategic: To actively seek God for bold faith and abundant provision that allows us to sow strategically and generously during our Heart for the Kingdom vision season. To also begin to strategically consider H4TK as part our financial planning and family legacy planning considerations. To begin to pursue strategic ways the Lord would call us to build the Kingdom through an area of personal passion or gifting.
If we will unify around this vision, and support it faithfully, generously, and strategically with our giving and our service, we believe that it will be truly amazing to look back and see the ways that the Lord uses us to advance the Kingdom, reach people with the Gospel, and bless our community in the name of Jesus.
Heart for the Kingdom 2021 Initiatives
Legacy Building Renovation – The total cost to professionally plan, renovate and furnish our entire facility, exponentially improve and expand our Audio/Video capabilities, and refinish our parking lot and grounds was $2.4 million dollars. Through the generosity of our church during the vision phase, we were able to pay over $700,000 in cash towards the Legacy project. Now that the vision has become a reality, thank you for prayerfully seeking the Lord for the faith and provision to bring an extravagant offering during the Legacy Building Dedication season starting November 15th.
Middle East Church Plant – Through H4TK, you will have a part in supporting a family from our church that moved to the Middle East to launch and pastor a Christian church in one of the most spiritually dark places in the entire world.
Ministry to Children in Kenya – Through H4TK, you will support Brooklyn Cole, who has established a home for children once living on the streets after being orphaned or abandoned.
Bible Translation – There is a place so remote in southern Mexico that it has it’s own distinct language. The people there have never had access to the Bible in their language. H4TK will support church member Rachael Costello, who has moved to live among the people, learn the language, and is actively helping to translate the Bible for these precious people.
Christian Leadership School in Solomon Islands – H4TK will help us 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 and launched a Christian Leadership Training School, training up hundreds of students who are now bringing transformation to the island chain once known for its pagan cannibalism.
Insight Women’s Center (Lawrence, KS) – The H4TK fund will help us increase our support and partnership with Insight, offering Godly counseling and medical resources to women facing unexpected or at-risk pregnancies, helping them to choose “life,” and assisting them to succeed through pregnancy and motherhood. Through H4TK, Rev City desires to help Insight to open up a new examination room, allowing them to expand the number of mothers and families they are able to serve.
Widows, Single Moms, Emergency Help – H4TK giving will help fund the Rev City Mercy Ministry fund, from which we offer emergency assistance to church members who experience financial needs arising from medical issues, lost jobs, or unforeseen financial emergencies.
Blessing Israel – Through our partnership with the Gateway Center for Israel, you will be part of reaching the Jewish people with the message of Jesus as the promised Messiah.
International Connections – Through H4TK, we will continue to support this ministry that is focused on 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 going back to their home nations to preach the good news of Jesus or launch church gatherings in their home nation.
Thanksgiving Outreach – The H4TK fund will help us purchase Thanksgiving turkeys, that when partnered with groceries donated by our church family, allows us to deliver a complete Thanksgiving meal to nearly 300 families in need in our community each year.
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 food, clothing, school supplies, counseling, addiction and recovery ministries, and practical life-skills training and discipleship to those most in need in our community.
Jail and Prison Ministry – We are prayerfully and actively seeking for the opportunity to live-stream our worship services into the Douglas County Jail and the Kansas Department of Corrections, while also providing bibles, pastoral care, discipleship materials and classes to the jail and prison systems. As the doors begin to open, H4TK will help us acquire the resources or equipment necessary to provide a dynamic worship service experience for men and women who need to hear the message of forgiveness, hope, and restoration through Christ.
Rev City Center for Foster Care and Adoption – While many Rev City families are already actively involved in foster care or seeking to adopt, we have a vision for a future center/home that would activate our church to serve children in need of a temporary home, while helping 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 plant and establish additional Rev City Church locations throughout our region, to help us to reach, pastor, and equip more people and families to live out an active faith in Christ.