Bridge of Hope Update: December 2020
We have amazing news! As of 31 December, 2020, the church has raised $88 million toward its $120 million Bridge of Hope goal — an increase of $12 million since June 30. Thank you to those in all fields of the church around the world who are working so diligently to meet this important goal. The next update will be provided in September, 2021.
As a reminder, funding the retirement responsibility is the first priority for Bridge of Hope. Growing endowments is the second.
2020 Worldwide Mission Tithes Gifts Within Goal Range
Community of Christ members and friends demonstrate resilient generosity!
The church gave more than $12 million in Worldwide Mission Tithes in 2020 landing within the goal range. Thank you to all those who through a year like no other, supported Christ’s mission in amazing and even sometimes surprising ways.
As we all look forward with hope in 2021, the Worldwide Mission Tithes goal range is $11.7-$12.2 million. If this past year is any indication, we can do this!
2020 Worldwide Mission Tithes Update Through November
Total contributions through November 30 equal $9.95 million. That means to meet the $12 million dollar goal for Worldwide Mission Tithes in 2020, December contributions need to total $2.05 million.
You can still help. If you are able, consider an extra contribution to support mission tithes. If you give weekly, give an extra week’s contribution before the end of the year. If you give monthly, consider adding a contribution. Every extra gift makes a difference and provides hope to many at a time when it is needed most.
See just a few of the things your mission tithes support in Generosity at a Glance.
2020 Worldwide Mission Tithes Update Through October
As we move through the Generosity Cycle, we give thanks to the generous disciples who continue to support local and worldwide mission through Mission Tithes.
With a strong November and December, together we can reach the 2020 Worldwide Mission Tithes goal range.
Remember to participate in Giving Tuesday on 1 December. The first $200,000 contributed will be matched.
2020 Worldwide Mission Tithes Update Through September
Community of Christ members and friends are proving the resilience of generosity: They gave $8.25 million to Worldwide Mission Tithes through September.
Let’s sustain this generous response and meet the $12-$12.9 million goal for 2020.
Mark your calendars now for Giving Tuesday on December 1!
Many Thanks to Community of Christ's Contributors
Your generosity is making a difference!
Stassi Cramm, Community of Christ presiding bishop, recently recorded a message thanking all for their continued support despite the ongoing unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cramm tells viewers: "Whereas many nonprofits and religious organizations are tending toward 60 percent or less of planned 2020 income, Community of Christ is trending toward 80 percent or more!"
After you watch the video, read the most recent Generosity Report for examples of accomplishments in the first months of 2020.
Worldwide Mission Tithes Update Through July 2020
A heartfelt thank you to those who continue to support both local and worldwide mission through generosity of time, talent, treasure, and testimony.
The church is blessed by those who are signing up for and continuing to give through eTithing and other methods. Together we’re making a difference!
Bridge of Hope Now Totals $76 Million
Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many, as of June 30, 2020, the church is $76 million toward the $120 million dollar retirement responsibility goal. That leaves $44 million left to go by January 1, 2024. Church leaders are grateful for the dedicated efforts of all those who are committed to helping meet this goal.
Financial Support for Mission During the Pandemic
Many thanks to those who have been able to continue supporting mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. World church leaders are grateful to those using eTithing or mailing their mission tithes to congregational financial officers or International Headquarters.
Traditionally, almost 80 percent of mission tithes come through the offering plate. However, because the church is not physically gathering to worship, and because some members and friends face financial hardship during this emergency, local and worldwide mission tithes have substantially declined. While it is difficult to project or accurately report what is happening, the Presiding Bishopric monitors funds received on a weekly basis and is adjusting plans as needed.
One bright spot is increased use of eTithing: In March and April to date, 363 individuals/families have signed up for this online method of giving. Thank you to those who are trying this method of giving!
As you are able, church leaders ask you continue to contribute and even consider increasing your giving to local and worldwide mission tithes. ETithing is the easiest way. Or, send a check to your congregational financial officer or to International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, Missouri, 64050, USA.
If you are struggling financially, reach out to your congregation or mission center financial officer for Oblation aid.