Boynton UMC in Ringgold recently celebrated the results of its “Sowing Seeds Together All for God’s Glory” capital campaign directed by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Sixty individuals and families pledged $304,000 toward the renovation of its 25-year-old sanctuary and the construction of a new multi-purpose building. Additionally, another member paid off the $36,000 debt on the parsonage.
“As a result of our church’s generosity, more people will find Christ; more souls will be saved; more lives will be transformed; more children will be fed; and our community and world will be more blessed,” said Rev. Brett DeHart, pastor of Boynton UMC. “We praise God and celebrate all that He has done. This campaign has energized our congregation and built a strong leadership core as Boynton UMC boldly moves forward into the future following God’s vision for us.”
Boynton UMC is located in the heart of Catoosa County. This area is projected to experience significant population growth in the next 20 years. The funds raised will empower the church to grow in size, vitality and mission.
Foundation Director of Fundraising Services, Nancy Young, developed a customized plan that included a feasibility study, campaign timeline, and volunteer structure.
“The biggest impact for us in working with the Foundation has been the campaign process and spiritual growth of our leadership team,” Brett said. “People had to take responsibility, stay engaged, and step outside of their comfort zones. Without Nancy’s help, we would never have come anywhere close to meeting our goals.”
“The Methodist Foundation’s way of raising money was very effective and methodical,” adds Harvey Williams, capital campaign chairman.
The campaign produced much spiritual fruit. “It’s not about the building; it’s about the spirit in the building and what this campaign has done for the people in our church,” Harvey said. “We’re all beginning to reach out, foster disciples and be better missionaries for the world.”
2015 will be a year of change. New flooring, fresh paint and other updates will enhance the sanctuary. The new 6,000 square-foot facility will offer extra seating for the contemporary worship service, open up congregational-wide dining opportunities, and create space for Sunday School classes and outreach programs like BLESS, which provides over 100 sacks of food weekly for children at Boynton Elementary.
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation helps United Methodist churches, ministries and individuals in Georgia sow seeds of faith for future generations by providing planned giving, investment, lending, fundraising and endowment services. The Foundation also gives grants and scholarships. For more information, call 770-449-6726 or 877-220-5664, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit gumf.org or gumfplannedgiving.org.