Special MATCH EDITION
Dear Ministry Partner,
This is not a typical letter because these are not typical times. This letter is NOT simply a report on God’s amazing blessing in 2017, but God’s clear and bold direction for 2018.
This letter is not simply about the Year-End Match as in years past, it is about taking an extraordinary step of faith to respond to two extraordinary opportunities that address the deepest needs of our country and the most strategic need in the world.
America is intellectually, spiritually and morally imploding. The foundation of truth, common sense, civility and concern for the greater good of all is crumbling before our eyes as division, racism, hate, violence and political correctness is taken to new extremes.
The solution is NOT political or social...it’s SPIRITUAL!
The only hope for America is a robust and energized Church that is not only committed to the Truth regardless of the cost, but also committed to acts of Compassion like we’ve never seen before.
The Church must return to God Himself and be AWAKENED to who He is, who we are, and what we must do... Make Disciples! (Matthew 28:19-20)
Years ago, God gave me a life assignment that began with, “Chip, I want you to be a catalyst to transform how America thinks about God, how pastors think about preaching, and how everyday believers live out their faith at home and at work.”
He has never spoken to me as clearly since and never in such a dramatic fashion. I honestly thought the assignment was ridiculously impossible, but have followed the path it has dictated despite my fears, insecurities and often little faith.
Nevertheless, today, millions listen, watch or read about who God Really is through the ministry of Living on the Edge. My faith may have been small, but I serve a great God who accomplishes extraordinary things through ordinary people.
And now, 18 years after receiving that assignment, God has given us an unprecedented open door and opportunity to impact His Church like never before.
- AWAKEN THE CHURCH IN USA - $600,000
- We will equip 20,000 churches in America with the opportunity, tools and training to teach The Real God to every age group of their congregations in conjunction with our partner, RightNow Media. This is a massive undertaking with exponential potential.
- We will create and develop curriculum for pastors, children, youth, small groups and families based on the Why I Believe book to roll out in the fall of 2018.
- Research tells us this is the number one need of American Christians.
They do not stand for their faith because they do not know what they believe in a way that is practical, understandable and defensible in a hostile environment. (1 Peter 3:15)
- We will leverage innovative technology to reach a completely new audience of 18 to 35 year olds who aren’t likely to read Christian books or listen to Christian radio/podcasts.
2. EQUIP THE CHURCH IN CHINA - $1.2 Million
- This year, we have been permitted to print and distribute 200,000 copies of The Real God book and curriculum in Mandarin Chinese. We hope to distribute a total of 1 million copies within the next 18 months and train pastors in China, who will then train others - all with government approval through our partnership with the Three Self Church.
In early November, I went to China and we were able to distribute 100,000 copies of these books and train hundreds of pastors. The cost for books and training is approximately $3 each; the impact is infinitely more valuable. In this Year End Match, we seek to fund 400,000 copies toward our goal of 1 million books.
- The window of opportunity is absolutely unprecedented. China is one of the most influential countries in the world. It is home to the largest Church in the world with over 100 million believers, and is characterized by uncanny zeal but few discipleship resources.
- Our ministry partner in China has invested over 25 years building relationships, networks and distribution to support the Church in China. We are told a typical printing is 5,000 to 10,000 copies of a book. The opportunity provided by our partnerships is unparalleled.
God is up to something BIG that requires a BIG step of Faith
As a result, I’ve wrestled deeply with trusting God to provide the needed resources. It seems so beyond anything we’ve ever seen or experienced with regard to opportunity, and yet so in line with what God has prepared us to do at this crucial time in history.
In 1 Chronicles 29, David had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the financial need to build the temple. He actually stepped out and told all the leaders what he would be giving out of his personal treasury, and the leaders responded in kind. The people gave so generously that they had to tell them to stop giving.
As Theresa and I talked about America, China, and the critical ongoing ministry of Living on the Edge to millions of people weekly, we are led by God to give $100,000 to help build this Match. I share that not in any way to impress anyone -- this is a really big step of faith for us -- but to model the faith and commitment required for this unique opportunity. I cannot ask others to do what we are not willing to do.
In like manner, a small group of ministry partners have “stepped out” with us and given extraordinarily generous gifts to create our largest Match ever. We have purposed to walk through this unprecedented “open door” in America and China and will match dollar for dollar every gift given through midnight December 31.
Our goal is to double $2 Million dollars through our Year End Match.
Last December our Match grew to just under $1.4 Million and listeners and small group participants responded by giving over $1.6 Million. We’ve seen God do this, but it takes everyone doing their part.
Of the millions who listen, a very small percentage (less than 1%) support the ministry financially. Those who do, are standing with us in a way that literally makes the ministry possible. If that is you, thank you!
If you have been positively impacted by this ministry, but you’ve never seriously prayed about giving to Living on the Edge, would you make today that day? Every gift matters! It takes thousands of God-directed small, medium and large gifts by people from all walks of life. As each one of us prayerfully discerns God’s leading for us, He supernaturally meets all our needs to do all He desires.
Will you consider joining the other individuals who give to make all we currently do possible, and help us expand into these two incredible opportunities to help Christians live like Christians?
To be clear, I am not discouraged with the Church or the world situation. “When sin abounds (like in our day) God’s Grace SUPER-abounds!” Scripture and Church history are filled with critical, difficult times like we see today, followed by God raising up unlikely people who accomplish extraordinary things in such a way that He gets all the credit.
I want to be one of those unlikely people, and I believe with all my heart God has given us one of those rare moments in history to “step up” and to “step in” to His purposes for His people and this world He died to save.
Double My Gift
Will you join me? Will you pray and ask God what He would have you give during this unprecedented Match opportunity? Every gift you give will be doubled until December 31st at midnight!
Thank you in advance for doing whatever God leads you to do,
President and Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
P.S. I’ve included an outline of what the money will be used for and where it will go; but I want to ask you to PRAY FERVENTLY and to seek God to step out beyond whatever is normal for you with regard to your giving to Living on the Edge.