Huguenot Road Baptist Church will engage in a budget discussion on 11/3/13. The following is an outline of the budget prepared by the Stewardship Team.
Our mission is to glorify God by being a loving Christian community that reaches out to all people through worship, spiritual growth, proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and ministry to the needs in our world. Your church leaders have constructed a bold plan of ministry for 2014 to help us achieve this mission. We celebrate a wonderful past year, but commit ourselves to impacting even more lives in the new one. Join us in the journey of being God's people in Midlothian and beyond.
Our Plan of Ministry
A. To provide a meaningful, life-changing worship every week of every year.
In the past year we experienced meaningful worship services where, on average, 363 people gathered to praise God and hear His word. 19 people made a profession of faith and 36 people made a decision to formally join with this congregation. More than 900 people attended our Christmas program, "Angel's Among Us," including a large number of people from our community who do not regularly attend HRBC. This December we eagerly look forward to another opportunity to reach out to our community by hosting a Christmas program with the Annie Moses Band, a nationally recognized music group.
Our congregation is blessed with many musical talents, and we are thankful that our members share those talents in our worship services. A portion of our budget will be used to purchase instruments for the orchestra and new music for each of our choirs from King's Kids to United Praise and As One. Budget monies also go to recording these services so that our homebound members and others can stay connected and share in our worship experience.
Worship Budget Total - $257,758 (24%)
B. To nurture persons in their spiritual growth.
We seek to provide a loving environment to support each believer’s spiritual growth throughout all stages of his or her life (whether three years old or ninety-three). As important as making a profession of faith is, it is only one step in our eternal relationship with Christ which we must cultivate each and every day.
Over the past year we have served an average of 325 persons in our Sunday School classes. We will continue to provide Sunday School literature for each of our classes and purchase new materials for our church library. On Wednesday evenings, we have offered a variety of programs to serve children, youth and adults. In 2014, we will continue to offer the Wednesday night pastor's bible study and small groups that allow us to engage in more focused studies.
Our renovated space, which will be complete in 2014, will add over 12,000 square feet and offer updated facilities that will provide space for us to grow our Sunday School communities.
Our children through older adults have opportunities for retreats each year. Next year, these groups will participate in PassportKids!, Alpine Adventures, 50+ Retreat, Fall retreats, and more.
We also value the need to continue to nurture our fellowship within our walls. We have begun a regular first Wednesday dinner that will continue into 2014. Aside from this monthly event, we also host fellowship opportunities like Back to Church Night, Thanksgiving dinner, end-of-the-year celebrations and more.
Discipleship Budget Total - $382,527 (35%)
C. To proclaim the Good News in Midlothian and beyond.
As members are equipped to become the hands and feet of Christ within the walls of HRBC, we offer a multitude of opportunities for them to go out into the community to share the Good News of Christ in Midlothian, the state of Virginia and beyond. In 2014, we will continue to provide ongoing ministry to our local community by hosting The Clinic, Vacation Bible School, an Easter Celebration and providing temporary housing, meals and fellowship for CARITAS guests.
Our continued relationship with the Richmond Baptist Centers and a growing relationship with Reams Road Elementary school through our mentoring program will allow members to step out into the community. This past summer, three groups of varying ages participated in a new study, the Kingdom Way of Life. This study culminated in each group designing its own mission project to reach out to our local community.
In 2014, we look forward to finding new ways to strengthen the ties between the congregation and our preschool, The Child Development Center (CDC). This year, CDC will serve 48 students, 95% of whose families do not attend HRBC on a regular basis. CDC also celebrates its 40th year of ministry this year.
Beyond our immediately surrounding community, we will continue to participate in our Bland County ministry, preparation of Camp Alkulana for summer campers (Millboro Springs, VA), and in our partnerships with Hyaets (Charlotte, NC) and our mission partners in Owsley County, KY. In 2013, our Bland County missions team provided free dental services with a value of more than $19,000 to 49 people and showed God's love through a variety of other projects designed to reach out to the community. Our members who traveled this summer to the poorest county in America, Owsley County, took our vacation bible school curriculum and shared it with 40 children and 11 adults. They also participated in light construction and other projects to meet the individual needs in the community. Four families who were previously not attending church were so touched by our ministry that they are now regularly attending LeRose Baptist Church.
We are blessed to have numerous opportunities to share the musical talents that are cultivated at HRBC. We affirm all of these gifts God uses to serve in various locations. The church van and bus make it possible to transport our missionary teams to where they feel called to serve.
In 2012, we established a new ministry relationship with CBF Missionaries, Jon and Tanya Parks, who are serving the Roma people in Slovakia. This past summer we sent a five-person exploratory team to Slovakia to determine how we may assist with the Parks’ ministry. We will deepen this relationship in 2014 with another planned trip to Slovakia.
We will also continue to provide support to the Richmond Baptist Association and the Cooperative Program, which allow us to join with others in a multitude of projects that touch lives and share the Good News.
Missions Budget Total - $444,293 (41%)
Total needed to fulfill our mission: $1,084,577
The 2014 Budget represents a 0.7% increase from this year’s budget.
In addition to the budget that we are asking you to adopt this November, we have proposed a challenge budget of an additional $58,531. This represents necessary repairs and maintenance to our existing facilities as identified by the Properties Team (paving and resealing of the parking lot, painting the exterior of the church and upgrades to gym lighting). The Stewardship Team hopes to amend the budget at a later date for these items based on pledges and actual offerings.
The 2014 Budget does not include funds for additional equipment and furnishing that will be needed to complete our new space during the first quarter of 2014. The Facilities Development Team is currently working on identifying the cost and source of funding for these items. More information will be provided on this at the October quarterly congregational meeting.
The Stewardship Team and I look forward to working with you to live out HRBC's mission and write the next chapter in our church's story, a story that celebrates its 50th year in 2014. Please prayerfully consider how you will support the 2014 Budget and submit a completed a pledge card in the worship service on November 17. Our goal is to obtain pledge cards from 100% of the congregation. A detailed line-item budget is available in the church office or narthex for any who wish to review it.
Stewardship Team Leader