Extravagant Goals Require Extravagant Faith
We have been prayerfully seeking God as to what role this church is to play in having a heaven-impact here on earth. The Bible shows us that Jesus gave all He had to reach the lost, and that there is no greater love than this. He asks us not to hold back in our own sacrifice, as we leave a legacy for the next generation.
View the full report of what we’ve accomplished together in the last two years and where God is leading us!
The Legacy vision enables us to take a giant leap forward in fulfilling the big opportunities God has placed before us as a church. Together, we get to be a part of something greater than ourselves – investing into generations – so that many more people may experience the life-changing hope of Jesus.
“Because I have set my heart on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house…Who among you is ready and willing to join in the giving?”
– 1 Chronicles 29:3-6
Legacy Giving Opportunities
“I was hungry and you fed Me, I was in prison and you came to Me….. whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was Me—you did it to Me.”
– Matthew 25 (Jesus speaking)
Partner with God Behind Bars to provide a spiritually dynamic weekly
service at two Correctional Institutions: Hardee and Dixon. In 2019, we
desire to begin Life Groups, an exit ministry for inmates, and provide
ongoing curriculum so they may grow deeper in their relationship with
Project list – $75,000
“When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes!”
– Proverbs 11:11
Care for the homeless and under-resourced
Partner with local ministries to share hope and help in Jesus’ name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness.
Partner with local food banks in Winnebago County, IL and Lee County, FL in order to help feed the hungry and provide nourishment to those in need.
Invest in the Next Generation
Continue to maintain and establish ongoing relationships with Rockford 205 District and Lee County school districts so that we may be a present support in both practical and spiritual ways. This happens through providing consistent mentorship, youth programs, backpack giveaways, Christmas initiatives for under-resourced students, and much more.
City First Church will continue to be a light in our communities! We will serve our cities through community events, city enhancement projects, and more. We are called to love where we live!
Project list – $125,000
“Go out into the world and share the Good News with all of creation.”
– Mark 16:15
As an organization, ZOE International seeks to bring life to others by offering them the hope of Jesus Christ and providing children who have been victimized by human trafficking true healing and restoration in the name of Jesus.
Convoy of Hope, Europe
Convoy of Hope has reached over 100 million individuals, caring for both their practical and spiritual needs. The European branch continually provides resources in Europe and worldwide through feeding programs, community building, and disaster relief for the socially weak and underprivileged, all in the name of Jesus.
City First Missionary Housing
We want to provide a furnished home for missionary families to live in while raising funding and developing ministry partners for their missionary call. Beyond the cost of providing housing for these heroes, we would like to provide some updates to this space in order to maintain a quality place for them to live.
Anti-human trafficking efforts
Partner with world-renowned organizations: She Rescue Home and SakSaum ministries who care for children and teens who have been rescued from human trafficking, and show them the life-changing love of Jesus.
Missions efforts around the world
We support multiple missionaries and organizations who are spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ all around the globe. In addition to providing financial backing for missions efforts, we continue to provide opportunities for our City First Church family to participate in short terms missions trips.
Partner with Mercy Multiplied, an
organization dedicated to helping young women break free from life-controlling behaviors and severe situations. Mercy helps women experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power, with no cost to those being helped.
In 2012, City First Church opened a home devoted to empowering single moms. Its residents are provided housing, free of charge, and are on a development path towards holistic success. Not only is this opportunity designed to meet their spiritual needs – but also to empower them in their practical and physical needs. We partner together to journey towards health and independence in all the major areas of life: finances, family, health, and employment. We are seeing God do amazing things through this ministry!
Project list – $150,000
City First Church Enhancement
“God is building a home. He’s using us all in what He is building. He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the Cornerstone”
– Ephesians 2:19-20
City First Kids Spaces
Our heart has always been to point the lost to Jesus, and provide a church home that builds strength for future generations.
In line with this desire, our spaces see a lot of “wear and tear” in the best way possible! Our kids space is in need of refurbishing so we can create a safe and fun environment where kids can be introduced to Jesus, and learn how to follow Him (while having a blast)!
Project list – $175,000
Growth and Expansion
“Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family.”
– Isaiah 54:2-3
It takes ongoing funds to continue our expansion efforts – expansion is not limited to the brick and mortar of a building – but also the tech,
infrastructure, communications, and equipment to run all of the logistics that make ministry happen!
In 2019, we will be launching a new location at Hononegah High School and expanding our Church Online presence so more people can be a part of City First Church from anywhere in the world. Also, we will be prayerfully open to what God wants to do next so more people may spend eternity in heaven with their Creator!
Project list – $225,000
Legacy 2019 Goal
$750,000 by November 30, 2019
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
Join us in reaching the world with the love of Jesus!
Your generosity each month makes a big difference!
We ask that you prayerfully consider making a monthly commitment to the Legacy vision!
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Pray & Invite
The Legacy vision is about seeing lives changed for eternity.
In addition to giving toward the Legacy vision, we’re calling our church to commit to prayer and being “bringers.”
As a church, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting between January 13 – February 2. More details coming soon.
One way you can partner with the vision is to invite family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones to experience the life-changing power of Jesus. Your invitation may be all they need to say “yes” to Jesus!