Astounding Year One for The Sending Project
It's hard to believe that just a little more than one year ago The Sending Project (TSP) did not exist. Up until about 12 months ago it was only an idea...a calling...a tug on the heart...a vision. And now, by God's grace and for His glory, TSP is nearing its toddler phase. A BIG THANKS goes out to all of you who have prayed, served, and/or given financially. God has worked through you to make it happen! Celebrate with me as you read through a few highlights of TSP's first year:
- The board of directors was established in late 2009: Schaun Colin, Rex Bonar, Kirk Kaiser, and Eric Rochester.
- TSP Dinner and Prayer gatherings were held several times in 2010. These were rich times of food, fellowship, and prayer. We've already seen direct answers to some of the prayers we've prayed during these special gatherings.
- Early in TSP's existence, we were blessed to have John Garrison join our team as our accountant.
- The IRS determined that The Sending Project organization is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 Internal Revenue Code, and that contributions to The Sending Project are exempt under section 170 of the Code. Further, The Sending Project is classified as a public charity. This status was achieved on April 28, 2010, but applies retroactively beginning from December 16, 2009.
- As 2010 went along, a team of TSP Advocates developed: Al Hedrick, Andrew Dean, Beth Plummer, Joey Knight, Mike Meyers, and Sam McCord. The role of the TSP Advocate is to focus on sharing the TSP vision with pastors and church mission leaders in the KC area.
- In the late Spring of 2010, Eric Rochester became the first TSP missionary, with his role as Executive Director, raising missionary financial support. In the Fall of 2010, Beth Plummer became a TSP missionary to urban Kansas City, Missouri. And in late 2010, Megan Spencer was confirmed as TSP's first intermediate-term missionary (1 month-1 year), headed to Guatemala for 10 months in 2011.
- In a sense though, TSP has missionaries in many other places, because whenever a church joins the TSP Alliance, their missionaries and mission projects are a part of TSP. TSP is highlighting a mission project of each alliance church that chooses to put one into the mix. TSP mission project locations include: China, Hungary, Israel, Panama, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan. Check out this video to get a better idea of which churches are facilitating projects in which locations.
- The Church of KC is beginning to work together in connection with God's global mission. Building unity among the Church for the purpose of mission just takes time. But that's what TSP is committed to: bringing KC church mission leaders together so the Church of KC can discover what God has in store for it as it unites to eliminate physical and spiritual poverty in the world. Already, there is an openness and intentionality among churches to allow their mission ministries to serve each other's congregations!
- During the first part of 2010, five churches initially formed the TSP Alliance: Cedar Ridge Christian, Heartland Community, Indian Creek Community, Olathe Bible, and Westside Family.
- Later during the year, five more churches joined the TSP Alliance: Christ Church Anglican, Covenant Chapel, Grace Church, Kansas City Baptist Temple, and Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation.
- TSP presented its first ever conference called "Exploring the World of Islam." About 100 people were in attendance at Indian Creek Community Church for an excellent time of teaching by a stellar line-up of speakers. A fantastic event team was formed and did an excellent job of planning and presenting this conference.
- During the summer of 2009, an additional role within TSP's infrastructure was added: the TSP Liaison. This is a person who is responsible for bolstering the communication between TSP and the local church. Currently, nine of the 10 TSP Alliance churches have a Liaison: Al Hedrick (Covenant Chapel), David Smale (Cedar Ridge), Dean Callison (Grace Church), Glenn Balmer (Or HaOlam), Jay Grimwood (KCBT), Kristen Levitt (Indian Creek), Michael Viser (Westside Family), Mike Rich (Olathe Bible), Phil Matthews (Heartland).
- In early December of 2009, TSP held its first gathering of TSP Liaisons. It was an enlightening meeting, with some great sharing of information and community building. It also helped shape future planning for these types of gatherings. For example: future potential missionary possibilities will be offered to the TSP Alliance to see if there are any possibilities for the missionary to connect and serve with and through one of the alliance churches. If not, then TSP (as a 501c3 organization) may be the sending agency for the missionary.
- In the Fall of 2010, the new and improved TSP website was launched. Better design, and easier to reflect the actual work of TSP.
- TSP's Operations Team includes Stephanie Gesink (administration), Kerry Stalder (website manager), and John Garrision (accountant).
- Coming soon, on March 3rd, 2011 TSP will hold its first "KC Church Mission Leaders Gathering." This is an expanded gathering of mission leaders, but the TSP Liaisons will still be the core group of this gathering.
- Upcoming mission project opportunities are numerous. Check out the TSP website for more info!
Posted on Wed, December 22, 2010
by Eric Rochester filed under