MBC is thrilled to be a part of the emerging growth of God’s redemption and mission for our church.
We pray that you catch this vision with us to bring His light into this dark area. To that end, we invite you to partner with us and prayerfully consider a special year-end gift. Your contribution will enable us to expand our ministry through both Gospel Demonstration and Gospel Proclamation. In the year 2023, we will accomplish our vision of increased cultural engagement by equipping the MBC body of believers, by working with our local and global partners, and by continuing campus upgrades.
Serving Him Together, Pastor Dave and Pastor Bob
Year End Giving
Please ask God to guide your giving and consider making your best possible donation as an investment so we may Plant Deep Roots in the Limitless Love of God. We envision that your generous contributions for the five initiatives we outline below will deepen our congregation’s love for God, widen our love for each other, and live tall so we may be a beacon of hope to the community here where we are planted.
Please take a look below to see what MBC has in store for 2023.
We are filled with joy for an incredible 2021 at MBC!
Currently our financial giving (YTD) is up 20% over the last year! You truly embody the words of the apostle Paul; “For I know your eagerness to help… you were ready to give… For God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:2-7). Our church has been able to expand our reach through many new visitors and large outreach events including a 9/11 Memorial Service that welcomed our Mayor and many first responders, a Big Tent Worship Night featuring several talented acoustic guitarist, and we hosted 3 Underground Sessions. We also held 3 informative seminars; “Suffering” with Dr. Jim Owen, “Parenting-Discipling the Next Generation”, and the online adult education course, Tactics. None of this is possible without your generosity.
Intentional Spiritual Formation
At MBC, we have the heart to help people grow deeper in their discipleship of Christ. In 2022, we want to support individuals and groups toward this end in two intentional ways. First, we want to create and distribute a high-quality discipleship manual, customized just for MBC. This workbook is going to be a practical manual for intentional Spiritual Formation and will cover time-tested principles of spiritual growth. This workbook is designed for individual use but is best processed together in a group study setting. We will enjoy a church-wide campaign to this end in 2022. Second, we want to increase our staff at MBC to work in a focused way in the areas of spiritual formation, groups, and counseling, and oversee this important area of our church in an expanded capacity. This year’s end-of-year offering will help fund these exciting new spiritual formation initiatives.
You went above and beyond!
Because of your generosity, we shared the love of God through large outreach efforts like MBC Unhindered, our local COVID mission work, and community events such as our Hare-Raising Easter Egg Party and Trunk-or-Treat events. We celebrated record breaking attendance at our Easter worship services and Summer Adventure kids program! To the delight of our seniors, we resumed our monthly luncheons. We also launched our new YouTube channel and continue to expand our online presence through our website, social media, and multiple podcasts. Our Stephen Ministry and Care Leadership teams provided round the clock support, prayer and encouragement to those in crisis.
Local Compassion: Feeding Hands
Earlier this year, Hurricane Ida ravaged parts of Central NJ with heavy rainfall and flooding. This event caused serious damage to the facilities of our local partner, Feeding Hands. This ministry provides food and clothing to hundreds of families in Somerset County. Through your generosity, MBC plans to purchase two commercial-grade refrigerators which would replace the ones Feeding Hands lost during the storm.
MBC also has a huge heart for Global Outreach and Jesus’ Great Commission: to see the Gospel go to the ends of the earth. In 2022, MBC will be partnering with Amoon Sharon’s Alpha Ministries International, which has a strategic focus in Pakistan. Amoon and his team have a vision to start a church school for children in 50 villages! This year, MBC plans to help Amoon accomplish this goal by funding 7 new church schools in Pakistan, reaching the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Young Adult Passion Conference.
Our young adults are not the future leaders of the church, they are already the leaders of the church. They need to be empowered to go out with courage and lead with boldness as our church desperately needs to reach our next generation. Our culture actively draws them away from the Gospel so we need to equip our budding leaders to disciple and win people for Christ. With this mission in mind, MBC seeks to play an active role in their spiritual development and provide a way for them to attend the Passion Conference (young adult conference). Let’s support the our young leader’s growth by sending 10 of them to this conference in Atlanta.
Little Footprints Learning Center.
LFLC exists to nurture a love for learning, prepare children for success, and build relationships with families in our community by sharing God’s truth and love. Through your generosity, our scholarships allow families in need to provide their children with the power of a Christ-centered education.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
As we look ahead to 2022, we must recognize that 2020 altered the way we do ministry. In a post-Covid world, digital ministry will remain a crucial component of spiritual formation AND outreach. Barna President, David Kinnaman authored this nomenclature: “Screens disciple.” In other words, we can ignore the digital revolution reality, or we can engage it with wisdom.
Part of our vision for 2022 is to expand our digital ministry footprint. The strategy will include launching an MBC YouTube channel. This platform is currently the largest search engine for Generation Z (those under 25)—if we want to reach the next generation, we need to create content that reaches into their world. While YouTube is a prime platform, creating engaging videos and online events requires updated equipment, staffing, and studio space. We plan to expand our online content offerings that both trains the insider and draws the outsider.
At the end of the book of Acts, the apostle Paul was in Rome preaching the Gospel and encouraging the believers. As the book ends, we read that he was “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (28:31).” The Gospel was unhindered. And Paul went to the people. Where are the people today? Online. If screens can be used to disciple people, as Kinnaman asserts, then we need to get in the game and preach the life-transforming message of the Gospel in a 2022 digital world.
1st Timothy 6:17-19
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”
Fellowship Hall Face-lift & Other Campus Upgrades
MBC will continue to work on key facilities upgrades and additions through your generous contributions. First is a new vision for the Fellowship Hall, second is to upgrade our WiFi infrastructure, and lastly to upgrade our Nursery.
MBC’s desire is to address the evolving needs of our community, and revolutionize the way we utilize Fellowship Hall, from an area used for breakfast treats and coffee, to a space that can be transformed into endless ministry possibilities.
We envision additional office spaces and a multi-purpose room that can be quickly reconfigured into a variety of gatherings such as for prayer and Bible studies, classes, workshops, worship nights, team building events, meals, and plays to meet the varying needs of our ministries.
We also desire to make it easier for folks to engage us digitally as we develop a comprehensive network to support our increased use of technologies both now and in the future.
- Update and modernize the bathroom
- Plush carpeting
- New shelving and furniture
- Inviting, fresh décor
Please ask God to guide your giving and consider making your best possible donation as an investment with us as we Plant Deep Roots in the Limitless Love of God.
Year End Giving 2022