ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD
First Baptist Church–Warrensburg exists to empower people in the community to connect faith and reality.
Target Market and Geographic Area Served:
First Baptist Church is located in the community of Warrensburg 30 miles Southeast of the Kansas City metropolitan area. There are 2.5 million people in the area, 102 languages spoken, 81 colleges and universities with an approximate enrollment of 270,000 students. It has been projected that 20% of future leaders of developing countries are studying at one of the colleges or universities in Kansas City.
The town of Warrensburg is the largest town in Johnson county. It is the "hub" of the Metro West Region because it is midway between Jefferson City, the State Capital of Missouri, and Kansas City, the leading metropolitan area in Midwest. There are numerous employers but five primary industries in the area: medical, rental, educational, office, and bio technical. There are 120,197 persons within a five mile radius of our designated meeting area–which is a 6.6% increase since 1980. The population is projected to increase by 6.6% between 2002 and 2006.
The racial make-up is______. The median age is 36.7 years of age. The area is quite diverse–of the 50 U.S. Lifestyle segments, 29 of them are represented in this area. The largest group is the Educated New Starters representing. Over 14% of the population are considered East Coast immigrants. Growth projections for the ethnic groups are extremely high. The education level in the area is extremely high, since 88.3% of the population aged 25 and over have graduated from high school. College graduated account for 39.5% of those over 25.
First Baptist Church is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit religious community organized in the State of Missouri in 1938. It is governed by a Board of Elders consisting of seven families (See Page 5).
Rev. Wayne Ervin Vickers, Senior Pastor (660) 747.6390, voice
First Baptist Church (660) 111-2222, cell
P.O. Box 1225 E-mail: wevickers@FBCwarrensburg.org
Warrensburg, MO 64093 Website: FBCwarrensburg.org
Financial Request and Purpose:
The needs of an organization like ours are substantial as we reach out to this community and meet the needs. Our current and immediate needs are such that we are asking you for a grant of $ 15,000 (or any portion thereof). See Budget on Page 6. TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED: $ 15,000.
Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of FBC is seen in the progress and reporting of the families that we serve. In addition, the broader assessments of other organizations with which we cooperate will begin to reflect an increase in the progress of the men, their families, and the effectiveness of our programming. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure that you request.
First Baptist Church
The town of Warrensburg is the largest town in the county and the area is booming with industry and jobs. This ethnically diverse area is expecting steady growth into the next millennium. These people are well educated, career oriented, recreation lovers who make between $50,000 -$75,000 a year.
Unfortunately, 90% of the population do not attend church regularly. They are more focused on their hopes and dreams than they are on their spiritual lives. Even if they were looking for spiritual maturity, they would not look for it at church. Most of them find the church boring, out of touch, and having nothing of value for their everyday lives. Consider the top eight reasons that people in Metrowest Kansas City do not attend church regularly:
1. Too busy: 38%
2. Bored by the religious tradition: 31%
3. Don't need it/has no value: 31%
4. Don't understand church/disillusioned: 19%
5. It's not socially acceptable: 16%
6. Formal/strict/legalistic: 16%
7. Laziness: 9%
8. Don't believe: 9%
(from a 2003 survey of Warrensburg, MA area conducted by First Community Church)
The Midwest is the place where revival broke out in America during the "Great Awakening." Today, it is known not for its churches, but for its secular thinking (academia). The greatest contribution to the world may be its greatest weakness. Beautiful churches dot the landscape, but have little impact on the daily lives of most Midwesterners. Suburban Kansas Citians feel that the church is out of touch with reality, and consequently want nothing to do with it. What are the people looking for?
1. Comfortable atmosphere: 22%
2. Social action: 19%
3. Peace: 16%
4. Informal, non-legalistic: 13%
5. Flexible, open, friendly: 13%
6. In touch, relevant sermons: 13%
7. Reflection & community: 9%
Over 80% of respondents say they believe in God, but 42% of the people are not involved with a faith community. Over sixteen percent of them said that they would never look for a church. Their image of church is negative, so our goal is to introduce them to a positive image of the church.
Our challenge is to raise enough money to connect with a large number of people at the very beginning of our church plant. Statistics says that in Midwest 8 out of every 10 church plants fail within the first few years. Sometimes this is due to a lack of vision, but many times it is due to a lack of funding. It is also noted that churches that do not reach 200 attenders within the first couple of years, will probably never break that 200 barrier.
With so many unchurched in Midwest, why can't we do a better job of funding churches so that they can make a significant impact right away? We believe it can be done! A marketing plan for this area must be intentional and exceptional in order for it to catch people's attention. We know up front that they will not respond well to door to door visits from us. They prefer to be contacted through telephone, direct mail, newspaper, and then radio. Our strategy and budget reflect these findings.
The project's mission is to reach as many people as possible with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and setup a time line and template that daughter churches can follow in the coming years. The mission includes:
• Gathering 25 mature Christians through radio spots, bridge events, and networking.
• Reaching out to 25 seekers through bridge events and networking.
• Raise $50,000 for launch to connect with at least, 300 people on our first service Easter Sunday.
• Preparing for Fall "Open House" that capitalizes on the momentum of the Easter "Grand Opening."
Highlights of Media Campaign
An outreach plan for this area must be intentional and exceptional in order for it to catch people's attention. We know up front that they will not respond well to door to door visits from us. They prefer to be contacted through direct mail, newspaper, and then radio. Our strategy and budget reflect these findings. The media campaign is the main thrust for helping us connect with 300 people on Easter.
Direct Mail (rated #1 media venue in Metrowest area)
Direct mail postcards to 34,000 houses in the town.
Designed to attract the unchurched with an invite to "Grand Opening."
Mail four postcards per house mailed during the weeks prior to launch.
Cost for postcards: $23,760
Cost for postage: $9,520
Cost for mail service: $2,720
Direct Mail $36,000
This statement emphasizes the five purposes of the local church: worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry.
1. Worship weaving a constant thread of praise to God. Exalting Christ through contemporary worship and promoting personal worship.
2. Evangelism leading individuals to the knowledge of and ultimately into a relationship with Jesus by: constantly planting seeds in our sphere of influence, praying for seeds planted, supporting missionaries and church planting.
3. Discipleship leading individuals through graduated discipleship from foundations of the faith into an intimate relationship with Christ utilizing one on one, cell groups, specialized classes, and in depth Bible teaching.
4. Community bonding believers to the family of God through: celebration baptism for new believers, Lord's supper, and individual cell groups.
5. Service discovering personal spiritual gifts, developing them through prayer, study, implementation, and an entrepreneurial atmosphere, surveying the needs of people in our church and community to see how we can effectively meet the needs that exist. Offering people hope through Jesus Christ, building them up in Christ likeness, equipping them for service, and encouraging them to exalt the name of Jesus.
Our vision of what could happen if this project were funded:It's a vision of acceptance where people of all ethnic backgrounds, social classes, and stages of life feel welcomed. A place where hurting people can find sanctuary and rejuvenation. A place where community leaders can see their hopes and dreams fulfilled. A place where one is judged based on their God given value not their financial portfolio or outward appearance. A place where people help people to please God not to make themselves look good. A hospital for those in need rather than a museum for those who feel they have no needs.
It's a vision of a church that boldly proclaims the "Good News" of Jesus Christ. A safe place where people who are unsure about their spiritual life can come and ask the hard questions. A safe place for those who are unsure about Christianity and what it has to offer them. A place where we use state of the art media outlets to get the message out. A place that utilizes the arts to their fullest: drama, music, poetry, dance, etc. A place that is always looking to multiply by helping struggling congregations and starting new ones.
It is a vision of active members experiencing the joy of the Christian life living in harmony and unity with one another. A place where we share our lives with one another and encourage one another. A place where families can find healing from abuse and trauma and help for their materialistic and greedy ways. It is a vision to build people up through relevant Bible teaching on subjects that pertain to daily life.
It is a vision to help people identify how they have been gifted by God. To help them learn how to effectively use these gifts and talents to help other people within and without the walls of our parish. A ministry training center that applies practical experience with seminary education and always seeks to implement cutting edge methodology with conservative theology to touch the lives of as many as possible. A vision of people radically devoted to God expressing that through contemporary praise and worship.
PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE US:
1. COMPASSION: Welcomes people regardless of age, social status, or racial background.
~Matt. 9:36, John 13:34-35, 1 Corinth. 13
2. OUTREACH: Meets needs within the community and region.
~Matt. 18:14, Luke 5:30-36, Luke 15, James 1:27
3. RELATIONSHIPS: Express love and facilitate life change and community.
~Matt. 4:19, John 13:34, Acts 2:44-47
4. NETWORKS: Help people find their giftedness and a place to fulfill their hopes & dreams.
~Nehemiah 1 & 2, Psalm 133:1, Romans 12, 1 Corinth. 12&14, Acts 6:2-5
5. EXCELLENCE: Honors God and inspires people.
~Proverbs 27:17, Malachi 1:6-14, 1 Corinth. 3:13, Gal. 6:4, Col. 3:17
6. RELEVANCE: Connects faith and everyday life through resources, venues, art forms and media outlets.
~1 Corinth. 9:19-23, 1 Corinth. 14:6-19, Acts 17:16-33
7. SINCERITY: Calls people to authenticity, accountability, truth telling, and character.
~John 7:18, Rom. 12:10, 2 Corinth. 1:12 Corinth. 13:5
8. TRUTH: Reveals itself in scripture which is our guidebook for life and ministry.
~2 Timothy 3:16&17, James 1:23, 2 Peter 1:20-21
9. OBEDIENCE: To God's direction radically changes us to be more like Jesus Christ.
~1 Samuel 15:22, 1 Kings 11:4, Philippians 2:5-11
10. NEWNESS: Finds fresh, bold, and innovative ways to be the church in the 21st century.
~Psalm 33:3, Psalm 71:18, Proverbs 18:15, Matt. 9:14-17, Acts 6
11. EXCITEMENT: Onlookers see God displaying His power and glory through us.
~Ezra 3:12-13, Luke 15:10, Luke 19:6, Luke 24:52, John 14:12, Acts 2:46-47