Crossover Easter Offering 2014
This years Crossover Easter Offering video features people from across our movement of churches engaged in various forms of evangelistic ministry – who have all been invested in thanks to the generosity of people and churches in the annual Easter Offering. These people represent a sample of the tangible outcomes of how Crossover invests funds donated each year.
A hard copy of this DVD and a pack of Easter Offering 2014 Brochures is on its way to Baptist churches across the nation. You can choose to play the DVD in your services or download the a High Definition version of the video here (right click and save-as, NB: 180mb), or play it directly from our video site here.
Easter Offering FAQ
1. We don’t want to show the DVD/video because we “don’t want to show the fish how we intend to catch them”.
You can opt not to take up this offering over your Easter services, you can do it before or after.
For those that do intend to take up an offering over Easter, lots of churches have people attending their Easter services who do not usually identify with the church or the Christian faith. Don’t worry, the video does not ‘show the fish how we intend to catch them’. This years video simply features how the Easter Offering has resulted in investment in people across our movement of churches.
Anyone outside of the faith would have a basic expectation that churches are trying to reach out. It would come across as rather strange if a non-believer walked into a church that DID NOT want to reach out.
This video features genuine people who engage sensitively and passionately with those who don’t know Jesus and provides a rich and diverse contrast of life in our movement of churches. It has no cringe factor and its fast moving and engaging. At the heart of our gospel is the crucifixion of Jesus; what better time to invite people to invest in spreading the news of the cross!
2. We don’t want to take up an offering when there are lots of non-believers there.
As above, people outside of the church have an expectation that churches DO take up offerings, and that this is how churches are funded. The issue is with ostentatious money driven churches – which yours isn’t, so don’t worry. If you do it sensitively people actually appreciate it and it helps correct wrong perceptions. Crossover respects and honours the decision of a local church (and its leadership team) with respect to when (or even if!) an Easter Offering is collected. You are the one’s God has planted in your community, you know your people and what is most appropriate. Crossover stands behind whatever decision you come to.
Inviting people to be generous in the cause of furthering the gospel is an appropriate element of Christian worship whenever the church gathers together.
Bottom line: Crossover happily leaves the decision about whether or not to hold an offering at Easter in your capable hands. We reckon the Apostle Paul got it right when he said (2 Corinthians 9:7) “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
To download a Treasurer’s submission form in PDF format click on the link below: