Once a year, during the month of December, we bring a special offering—one that requires sacrifice and one that builds a legacy for future generations. This offering enables us to take a giant leap forward in fulfilling the big opportunities God has placed before us.
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
AREAS OF FOCUS
The thrust of our Legacy Offering focuses on areas that impact local, national and international missions.
1. Local Missions and Benevolence:
We believe that first and foremost, God has called us to our city. So often, churches are guilty of reaching for their world but ignoring their own backyard. That’s why Heartland is committed to making a difference in our city by doing everything that we can to impact those around us.
All throughout the Scripture, there is a Biblical mandate that exists to pray for and bless the nation of Israel. We see in the Bible that God instructs us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6) and “give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:7).
As a church, we have committed to sow a “tithe of the tithe” — the first 1% of all tithe — into building life-giving churches for the advancement of the gospel in the nation of Israel. In 2018, HC has committed to sow a minimum of $11,000 into the nation of Israel. Through our partnerships there, we believe that God is moving in that region.
3. International Missions:
Through our strategic partnerships, we have the opportunity to help build the cause of Christ, raise up more leaders and plant more churches in the most critical places on earth. Including nations like India, Uganda, Israel and Mexico, our investment touches the heart of our loving God (John 3:16) and responds to the cry of Jesus to “go into all the world” (Matthew 28:19).
4. Church Planting:
We believe that God has called us to extend the gospel not only to our city, but to our nation as well.
As a result, Heartland has formed a strategic relationship and is a member of ARC — The Association of Related Churches. ARC is not a denominational affiliation, but instead, a church-planting network that strategically vets and plants churches around the nation. Instead of giving directly into church plants, HC sows into ARC, which vets, trains, and strategically sows money into ARC plants who then pay back the interest-free loan over a period of years so that other churches can be planted.
Through our partnership with ARC, we’ve seen dozens of churches start with ministry friends in states like Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, New York and Texas.
5. Church Planting:
When tragedy strikes, we believe that the church should be the first to respond. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, fire or flood, HC has partnered with Convoy of Hope and is training and has trained an emergency response team at HC ready in a moment’s notice when disaster strikes. Each year, HC is committed to sowing into Convoy as well as sending HC partners through trainings that prepare us.
6. Heartland Church:
This offering accelerates vision that we share here at Heartland—to start new future campuses and see more people come into a saving relationship with Jesus.