Deep and Wide
Deep & Wide is eight priorities identified by Hillcrest pastors and leaders of boards and committees presented in the spring of 2021. It is not a capital campaign. We can think of Deep & Wide as a two-year plan with specific goals that help us to stay focused and keep us moving forward toward our vision of “providing Hope to the nations through authentic life change in Christ.”
- Send out at least one new missionary
- Transition Family Ministry
- Establish Young Adult Ministry
- Establish Senior Adult Ministry
- Double Growth Groups & Restart Sunday classes
- Establish Hillcrest Online Campus
- Auditorium & Facility Updates
- Counseling/Recovery Ministry/Partnership
Frequently Asked Questions:
HOW LONG WILL DEEP & WIDE LAST?
Deep & Wide was presented as a two-year plan, so the initiative will conclude June 30, 2023 at the close of the next fiscal year.
HOW ARE DEEP & WIDE PROJECTS BEING FUNDED?
Deep & Wide is being funded through special gifts that are designated for the Initiative, Harvest Dinner offerings in 2021 and 2022, and grants. As of Feb. 20, $44,800 has been received; $23,900 has been spent leaving an available balance of $20,900.
IS DEEP & WIDE ONLY ABOUT US AT HILLCREST?
The first priority of Deep & Wide was “Sending out at least one new missionary” with 10% of all Deep & Wide giving to be set aside for this goal. Brian and Rachel Lusky, Converge missionaries to Japan, were identified by the Missions Committee and have received over $4000 in support through this initiative.
WHAT PRIORITIES HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED?
Send out at least one new missionary (Brian & Rachel Lusky) Transition Family Ministry (Hire Ben for Youth/Young Adults, Develop Teams) Establish Young Adult Ministry (Unify launched) Establish Senior Adult Ministry (SALT launched) Double Growth Groups & Restart Sunday classes (18 classes groups now, instead of 9)
WHAT IS NEXT?
Progress on two of the remaining priorities is currently moving ahead:
- Updates to the auditorium and other areas of the building: With funds provided by the 2021 Harvest Offering ($20,900 available) and an anticipated $4000 grant from CRCF, we’re moving forward with auditorium lighting and electrical upgrades. Estimates are still needed for paint, carpet, and seating. Also identified under this item is the replacement of at least nine windows in the east wing of the building at a total estimated cost of $20-25K.
- Develop counseling/recovery ministry and partnerships: Many prayerful brainstorming discussions have occurred on this priority. This goal is to not only address the spiritual and emotional needs in the Hillcrest family, but to provide a path to hope and meaningful life change for those in our community as well. Leaders will set specific goals at the March ’22 Leadership Retreat.
The final remaining priority is establishing a Hillcrest online campus. While the deacons and other leaders have had and continue some discussions on this item, we are currently focused on completing the two priorities listed above.