Harvesting God’s Promise

Since its founding more than a decade ago, God has been using BHITC to provide a new and effective leadership voice in urban congregation-based ministry. Those efforts enter an innovative next phase with Harvesting God’s Promise! (HGP), a five-year ministry expansion endeavor that seeks to secure a minimum of $1 million in support so that the following can be achieved:

PLANT

Goal: Seeding the launch of new urban churches and the development of their leaders.
Funding Need: $350,000

What will be achieved?

The launch of at least four new congregations by 2019 that reach 300-500 new people.  Learn more about planting efforts that HGP is already supporting:

Provide formalized, local mentoring for emerging pastors and ministry catalysts in urban and cross-cultural ministry.

 

NOURISH

Goal: Provide urban churches with tools to effectively reach their communities.
Funding Need: $225,000

What will be achieved?

  • 700+ additional urban residents served through expanded tutoring, job readiness, refugee resettlement, financial literacy and recovery programs – a 40% increase in impact.
  • 250+ new volunteers serving at and through area churches.
  • Staffing increases at BHITC to manage increased demand for support of new missions.

 GROW

Goal: Through social enterprise business creation, expand the church’s ministry to include the economic development of its neighbors and neighborhoods.
Funding Need: $250,000

What will be achieved?
Launch HopeWorks, an LLC within BHITC that starts new businesses that provide pathways to employment for people BHITC and its partners serve; yield net profits that expand BHITC’s overall mission.

Business models currently in development:

  • Suburban thrift / vintage store – employing 15-20 people and generating 30-40% annual net profits over time.
  • Temporary staffing agency – creating a pathway to employment and self-sufficiency for 800+ people by marrying Christian mentoring processes with employment opportunities.

 

GATHER

Goal: Create a new citywide hub for urban ministry leadership and training
Funding Need: $175,000

What will be achieved?
Repurpose a 5,000-square-foot, two-story former school building on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Church to serve as a dynamic, 7-day-a-week home base for BHITC that includes:

  • Church planting center – facility space for group planning, coaching and learning for future pastors and faith leaders.
  • Urban mission training center – training for volunteers and local urban churches.
  • Immigrant/refugee help desk – welcoming and assisting future new Americans.

 

Learn more about HGP and how you, your family, group, organization or congregation can get involved!  The Lord is transforming Cleveland from the inside out.  Come and witness everyday miracles taking place in our city!  Call (216) 281-4673 to start the journey with BHITC.