You can join the FOR THE CITY initiative at any time. For those that are new to this site, scroll down for an overview the initiative.
Click GIVE above to find out how to engage financially.
To date, $2,312,356.40 has been pledged.
338 households have already begun participating.
$779,808 has already been given.
9988 hours have been given to the city in volunteer service.
SERVE 30K Hours
As a church we are learning to live FOR THE CITY. Focusing outward, we serve, pray, bless and give to help connect people to the love of Jesus. Help us donate 30,000 volunteer hours to serve the city.
Done: We’ve created a leadership team to figure out the operational side of the Care Center.
Next step: Accepting donations of NEW clothing from Nov 27th to Dec 24th to build our store inventory. NO GENTLY USED clothing accepted until the store opens.
Next step: We’ll begin recruiting volunteers in the spring
Next step: Construction should be done by Sept, 2017
Next step: The store is projected to open at then of November, 2017
Done: We’ve developed a plan for how the new campus will operate in relation to the current campus.
Done: We’ve thought through the needs of the campus in terms of church services, children’s ministry, etc.
Next step: Continue the process of identifying the best location.
Hard to visualize how many people that is? Picture a Nebraska Football Stadium full of people. Now picture 8 stadiums side by side.
The magnitude of this breaks the heart of God and calls us to action – to love, serve and reach our city. Over 40 times in the gospels, it says that Jesus was “sent” by the Father. In John 20:21, Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Therefore, we live as “sent” people – a “sent” church. Like Jesus, we want to move toward the brokenness of this world, reconnecting them to the love of God.
“For the City” is all about following Jesus into the needs of the city. God’s compassion compels us to focus outward and to work for the good of our neighbor. We want to take the transforming gospel to all people groups. We want to understand their needs. We want to serve them, even if they aren’t interested in following Jesus. Doing so sets on display the goodness of God.
It’s apparent in Scripture that God cares about cities because they are where great numbers of people live. In Luke 19:41, Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem because they were not turning to him for their hope.
In Jeremiah 29:7, God speaks to his people who are living in a foreign city far from their homeland. He instructs them to engage with the unbelieving city around them rather than to live in isolation. He tells them to serve, love and pray for the city so that it would prosper even though the people of the city were unbelievers.
We cannot shake the reality that 675,000 people have not yet found the hope that comes through following Jesus. So that leads us to a bold initiative with three projects outlined in the following pages.
In addition, we want to be a people that bless, pray, serve and give for the city. So we have events and challenges for each of these.
This is a God moment for us a church. He is calling us to take a step of faith forward. In light of the needs of the city. How could we do anything less?
Note to Brookside
Father, show me what step of faith I can take as we live ‘For the City’
Brookside, our mission is to help people FIND and FOLLOW Jesus. And, I am excited about where God is taking us in furthering this mission. Over the last two year years, we’ve been praying a lot about the future and we really sense God is leading us in bold new work. We are calling this initiative “For The City” because it is all about becoming a church that is focused outward – that takes steps to engage, restore, bless, serve and reach Omaha.
This initiative has several components:
1) Opening a clothing center for kids in need
2) Launching a second campus
3) Improving our Millard campus
We are thankful that so many of you have already engaged in the initiative and we are making great progress. It’s exciting to think that a year from now, our Care Center will open! If you haven’t already participated, consider joining us. You can give at any time, online or by check. Simply write “For the City” in the memo line. By participating in this initiative, you can help Brookside lean into the mission God has given us and be a part of something that will make a difference for generations.
As we seek God, join us in praying, “Father show me what step of faith I can take as we live For The City”.