2017 Annual Report
 
 

SURRENDER / OBEDIENCE

Mary Brunner

 
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How did you hear about Lifepoint? 

I heard about Lifepoint through a friend. I had seen her sharing various posts on Facebook about the church, and at that time we were looking for a church.

When did you start attending Lifepoint? 

We first came to the Easter service in 2015. I just remember it being different than anything I had experienced before. Even just first walking in through the door, the people, the friendly faces, everybody was so welcoming and so helpful. It was a different feeling. You could feel the Holy Spirit in the room. You knew God was present in this place and in the Word. 

How has learning to be obedient with your finances impacted your life?

I’ve been in church my whole life. I knew  [tithing] meant 10 percent, but I still felt like it was somewhat open to interpretation. Since attending Lifepoint, I feel like I have a better understanding of the difference between what is the tithe and what is offering. [Tithing] is giving back to God what doesn’t belong to you to begin with. 

When I got a better understanding, it just hit me in a different way and I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing. It’s an act of surrender and obedience. And if you trust Him, then you need to trust Him with everything, including your finances. 

I’ve heard people make the comment that they can’t afford to tithe. And in that situation, I feel like you can’t afford not to. That’s when I feel like you really need to trust in Him. If you want blessings from the Lord, you’ve got to first be obedient to what He’s asked. If you trust in Him, He is trustworthy, and you will see the blessings in your life. I feel like the biggest thing I’ve tried to do is just surrender to Him. When you prioritize your finances, it changes the way you prioritize everything else in your life. If you are putting Him first in your finances, He becomes first everywhere else, and that will change your life! 

 
 

If you are putting Him first in your finances, He becomes first everywhere else, and that will change your life!

 
 
 
 

 

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Al & Val Cooper

 
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"When you experience how good God is, you just want to do everything you can so that other people can experience that too."

How did you hear about Lifepoint? 

We had some friends that attended and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why they would want to travel 45 minutes to go to church. Then we attended for the first time and were like, oh, now it makes sense.

How has Lifepoint changed your life?

How has it not changed our life? It’s changed pretty much everything that we’ve previously perceived about church. We didn’t feel like we had to fit in or change to be able to come. We like that [growing] is step by step, the process of becoming fully alive: know God, find freedom, discover your purpose, and make a difference. The freedom step has been huge for us! When you experience how good God is, you just want to do everything you can so that other people can experience Him too. I think we went from just being alive and surviving, to truly being fully alive.  

How has learning to be obedient with your finances impacted your life? 

Well, that’s been kind of an added benefit, I guess you’d say. We’ve learned that God can do more with our money than we could ever do on our own. Like Pastor Daniel says, He can do more with the 90 percent than we can with the 100 percent. We’ve made a lot of mistakes, financially. We still make a lot of mistakes. But we’ve learned that by giving back to Him we have the ability to impact other campuses, the region, and the world for His good. And in doing that we are able to play a small part in what Lifepoint is doing. It really has been a game changer. Once you realize that it’s not yours to begin with, why would you not give it back? 

This past year and a half has been really interesting for us. When it was time for the Heart for the House pledge in 2016, we made our pledge and then a week after that I was diagnosed with long-term heart failure. We made the decision that we were still going to be faithful to God and He has abundantly blessed us, even in the hardships. We thought that 2017 was going to bring job promotions and new levels of earnings so we could have new levels of giving. Instead, I’m (Val) on long-term disability and [Al] had to take a demotion. Despite all of that, we still had finances coming in and we didn’t even know how. God spoke over us a long time ago that He was going to provide for us and that He would never leave us. Because of that, I’m grateful and expectant when I return our tithes and give our offerings. When the promo video rolled out for Richmond, I had tears streaming down my face because I knew we had been part of making that happen. I just wish everybody understood that. It’s a gift to be part of this.

 

 
 
 

WHAT WAS GIVEN TO THE MINISTRY

 
 

 
 

expansion giving

2016 — $2,044,410.06
2017 — $249,386.78

general giving

2016 — $8,047,548.43
2017 — $9,592,654.63

total giving

2016 — $10,091,958.49
2017 — $9,842,041.41   

 

 

HOW THE MONEY WAS SPENT

 
 

*churches of comparable size avg. 49% (leadnet.org)

 
 

operational

$1,925,479

giving

$1,056,319

personnel

$3,264,236

facilities

$1,243,751

reserve & expansion

$2,235,334