August 2018 Progress Report

IMPACTING People in Crisis

Kingdom Investments is partnering with like-minded ministries to help individuals and families in crisis.

One of the highest callings of the church is to be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. And when difficulty becomes crisis we are humbled to be able to partner with organizations like Street Grace, Human Coalition, and City of Refuge to help save and repair lives of other image-bearers of God. 

 

  • Street Grace is active in the Atlanta area helping to educate both children, parents, and lawmakers to the epidemic of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in our city. 

  • Human Coalition's goal is to end the demand for abortion in America, and Atlanta is one of the key cities where they serve women and families with unplanned pregnancies. In 2017 alone, more than 260 babies were saved through the Atlanta Women's Care Clinic operated by Human Coalition.

  • City of Refuge does so much to serve women and families in transition and crisis in Atlanta! COR is on the front lines helping to rescue women from sex trafficking in Atlanta through both their main campus in West Atlanta and their off-site Safe House.

Click here or on the image below to hear how your ALL IN giving is impacting these ministry partners! 

 



Inviting a Guest to Perimeter?

Start Here

Think back to your first time visiting Perimeter. Finding your way around was probably a pretty big task.

 

Where do I park?
Where do I go in?
Who can answer questions?
Where do my kids go?
Where do I go?


Wouldn't a great big START HERE sign have been really helpful? Well, now we have one!
A key to our ALL IN: Kingdom IMPACT involves being invitational — reaching out to our friends and neighbors to Greet, Befriend, and Invite them to get to know Perimeter and what we're all about. But what happens after that invitation is accepted? What can the church do to make the building itself more user-friendly? 

 

Answering that question was the birth of the START HERE program.

 

Guest Services Director Tricia Stradley started by becoming a newcomer herself. She visited other churches and gauged how easy — or hard — it was to find her way around and get answers when you are literally starting at zero. "It was then that I realized we didn't really have an intentional first-time visitor strategy," said Tricia. "And I wanted to support our desire to be invitational by changing that."

 

START HERE begins before a visitor even enters the building. New visitor parking signs in the parking lots will direct visitors to prime parking set aside just for them — about 65 parking spaces in all. 

 

START HERE information desks are located in the Atrium, visible both from people walking in the front door and out the Sanctuary doors. 

 

Additional START HERE greeters and desks are located in KidsTown and KidsQuest to aid visitors with registering their kids on Sunday morning. 

 

"The website is currently being overhauled as well to make it more user-friendly," said Tricia. "And START HERE will be front-and-center on the website as well."

 

START HERE officially launched on July 15 which was Camp Sunday — when Camp All-American families are invited to a special Camp-themed worship service. So it was a great opportunity to lay out our new Welcome Mat when there are a lot of first-time visitors.

 

"A couple walked in the building for the first time and just walked up to the START HERE desk and said, 'We’re brand new here, and it says start here, so we’re here,'" said Tricia. "That's exactly what we want to happen!"

 

START HERE will grow and morph as time goes on. Tricia said that soon there will be START HERE first-time visitor gift bags, a texting program that will allow visitors to text a special code and get information about the church — including a digital coupon for a free drink from the Atrium Cafe! — and more.

 

"The key to the success of the program is our START HERE volunteers," said Tricia. "This is a group of 65 people who are building community with each other by expanding our church community to include newcomers. They're receiving special training and wearing specially marked clothing. Their presence in our lobbies has really been elevated from a more traditional greeter." 

 

Tricia references a book she's reading called People Are the Mission by Danny Franks. "He says 'Every weekend is somebody's first weekend,' and it's true!" says Tricia. 


What Does Easy-Peasy Look Like to You?

If you have suggestions about how to enhance the guest experience at Perimeter — to make Sunday mornings easy-peasy! — we’d love to hear them.

 

 


ALL IN Financial Update

Can you believe that we are already 25% of the way through our two-year ALL IN: Kingdom IMPACT initiative? And so far, it's going strong! Actual contributions in the second quarter of 2018 were slightly ahead of projections — up 5% over our projections. That puts us 4% ahead of our projected contributions through the first quarter of the initiative.


APRIL - JUNE 2018:
Actual Giving: $4,956,873
Projected Giving: $4,736,180
Giving Above Projections: $220,693

CAMPAIGN TO DATE:
Actual Giving: $10,247,952
Projected Giving: $9,884,340 
Giving Above Projections: $363,612

 


City Ministry Teams Are Launching Soon!

City Ministry Teams are one of key initiatives of our ALL IN effort to invest intentionally in the cities where Perimeter families live. And we are very close to launching our teams in each of these cities: Alpharetta, Berkley Lake, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, South Forsyth, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee. Below is a brief update from Caleb Martin and Dan Case, who have been envisioning and leading this initiative.

 

  • We've selected and envisioned our City Ministry Team leaders who will be developing and facilitating the teams in this initial launch phase. 
  • We’ve had two meetings with our “conveners” who are organizing the 10 city teams. Currently these conveners are working with church ministry leaders in areas such as Community Outreach, Women's Discipleship, Men's Discipleship, Connect Groups, and Education to identify current lay leaders in these areas who live in each of the 10 cities.
  • We will do a gathering with conveners, city leaders, and and ministry leaders in early September. Then we will begin recruiting members who would like to serve as part of one of the 10 City Ministry Teams.

 

More info will be coming in the fall after the official launch, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, if you would like to get involved in city-based ministry, feel free to contact Christi Ambuehl (christia@perimeter.org) about getting involved in a city-based Connect Group! 


MY GIVING STORY

by Steve and the Strohmeier Family

In this series, we want to tell the stories of ALL IN donors who will be the "Next Generation Givers," fueling Perimeter's ministry through the coming decades.
 
Some people are just gifted givers. Steve Strohmeier is one of those people. He's known for a long time that his primary spiritual gift is giving, but it's his response to that knowledge that has really impacted his life.

 

"My attitude towards giving has evolved over the years as I have learned to be content with God's provision," said Steve. "This has enabled me to give generously above the tithe to build His kingdom."

 

Steve also says that he sees times of financial uncertainty as opportunities to stretch his trust and contentment muscles rather than times to be fearful. 

 

"Two times in my career when I faced the loss of employment the first thing I did once I received my severance package was to give a tithe and offering," said Steve. 

 

Steve's desire is to help others learn the skills needed to steward God's provision well and know the joy that comes from using God's provision to serve the kingdom. His role as a Deacon and his leadership of the Stewardship Ministry at Perimeter are ways he can use his gifting to help bring out the joyful giver in others.

 

Steve's best piece of advice to our next generation of givers?


"Invest money and time in eternal things. Test God. See if He will not meet your every need as you faithfully honor Him by giving the tithe."


Greater Love: Going Deeper in Love

Psalms 24: 3-5 "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord."

 

OneRace Stone Mountain is a catalytic event that will bring thousands of believers from across the region together on Saturday, August 25, at Stone Mountain. We will gather together to pray and worship, to renounce the historic divisions of racism, and to ask God for redemptive unity and revival in our nation. 

 

Stone Mountain was chosen because it is a place marked by historic division. To combat that division, believers across denominations and cultures will gather together and unite in prayer and worship to demonstrate our unity in Christ, and seek to transform the culture of the Church.

 

Perimeter Church is part of a network of Unite! churches advocating for this event. This day-long event will have a family-style, park-like atmosphere with prayer and worship bands playing throughout the day. Perimeter's Worship Band will be among many worship teams serving that day. 

 

All Perimeter members and attendees are invited and encouraged to attend. 
 


Have you gone ALL IN to have Kingdom IMPACT?

It's never too late to go ALL IN. Although Pledge Sunday has passed, your opportunity to be a part of it has not. If you'd like to make a two-year pledge to ALL IN: Kingdom IMPACT you still can!
 

 

Pledge via text: Text IMPACT and your total, two-year pledge amount to
678.929.4050.

 

For example, if you want to pledge $5,000 over two years, your pledge would be IMPACT 5000.

Would you like more information?

Please feel free to contact either Gordon or Bob for all information about ALL IN or answers to your questions:

 

Gordon Moore

Chief Financial Officer

Work: 678.405.2245

gordonm@perimeter.org

 

Click below to see past ALL IN status reports.