An update from Pastor Dave Swaim
| August 19, 2023
I have some unwelcome news. For those of you who prefer to cut to the chase, the bottom line is that although…
Attendance has increased significantly in all our congregations and ministries,
Giving has decreased significantly this summer and after three consecutive years of not quite making budget, our savings are depleted.
So effective immediately we are implementing:
All these steps will not get us to sustainability, but they will avoid a liquidity crisis to give us time to discern what further cuts will be required.
I am sad, but not afraid.
Our ministries are thriving and producing fruit to a degree we have never seen before — including among teens who are living out their faith and leading younger children, and among spiritually hungry not-yet-Christians who are meeting Jesus for the very first time. Meanwhile, A spiritual community is being built that defies the dividing lines plaguing our nation. There is too much holy and beautiful for God to let this fail! God may prune us, but I believe it will be so that we can be even more fruitful in the future!
What will that fruit look like? Perhaps God will use this season in which we are unable to simply pay for ministry to invite more Highrock members to actively participate in ministry by doing things staff can no longer do on their own. Perhaps by joining the welcome team, worship team, Kidsrock team, youth leader team, small group leader team, or serving in some other way.
Or perhaps the Spirit will use this season of pruning to invite us to pray more fervently — not only sharing our needs with our Father who loves us, but seeking His wisdom and directions so that we can follow Him in every part of our lives.
That said, pruning is still painful. The people most affected by these cuts are not simply faithful employees, they are close friends and spiritual family. I grieve the steps we have to take, but in the words of 1 Thes. 4:13, I “do not grieve like people who have no hope.” Instead, the Gospel enables us to hold our grief and hope together.
Thank you for your partnership in this ministry.
Pastor – Highrock Church