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In a world of dwindling resources and socio-economic uncertainties, the bar...

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Chamber Meetings

THE NETWORK EXCHANGE: PASTORS/BUSINESS CAFE

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2016 EVENTS AND CALENDARS

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September 2016 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Developing Christian Based Social Enterprise
One of the best of the options in preaching the good news while offering...

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October 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

THE ROAD AHEAD, NEW YORK CLERGY ECONOMIC SUMMIT
Equipping pastors, ministers and missions with information with hands...

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November 2016 10:00 Am - 12:30 PM

Reinventing
The mega trend speaks of the great changes that have swept...

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January 2016 10:00 Am - 12:30 PM

The Church in the Strategic Planning
As ministry evolves and grows, so also are its challenges...

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February 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Structure & Governance
Organizing your members into units of ministry force,...

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March 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Succession Ministry
By reason of man's life span, we are not endowed to continue forever...

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April 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Diversification
Tithe and offering will continue as God's given financial...

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May 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Taxes & Records
Many pastors, Churches and missions have become...

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June 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Membership Development, System Design Software and Impact Strategies
As long as the Lord Jesus tarries, church membership...

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July 2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Clergy Compensation, Life Insurance Retirement Benefit
How to balance what comes in weekly as church...

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August 2016 10:00 Am - 12:30 PM

Avoiding Foreclosures: Keeping God's Houses of Worship Open
There is nothing but the strategy of Satan to close...

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Events and Conferences

2016 Economic Summit Marketing
2016 New York City Clergy Economic Journal AD
Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast

THE ROAD AHEAD

A MOVEMENT IN CHURCH
FINANCIAL INDEPENDECE

THE NEED FOR THE SUMMIT
CLERGY are concerned about
CONGREGATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT, 65% parishioners( great voting bloc) are unemployed;
CONGREGATIONAL IMMIGRATION UPSET, almost 90% of parishioners in most African and Hispanic congregation, are immigrant or foreign born and are being marginalized;
CONGREGATIONAL FORECLOSURES, about 65 of 100 foreclosures that occurs (city wide) are among people of faith;
CONGREGATIONAL FRUSTRATION IN PROJECT FINANCE, almost 90% of minority owned churches cannot get finance for projects;
CONGREGATIONAL FRUSTRATION IN FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY, the clergy are being stereotyped as fiscally irresponsible;

FOR LONG, IT SEEMS, BISHOPS, PASTORS AND MINISTERS ARE WINNING ON THE SPIRITUAL FRONT BUT IT SEEMS THEY ARE LOOSING ON THE FINANCIAL FRONT. WHAT ADVANTAGE DO WE HAVE WHEN WE HAVE TREASURES IN HEAVEN AND ARE BEGGARS ON EARTH? THE WISDOM OF FINANCE, ECONOMIC POWER, FINANCIAL SUCCESS AND VISION ACCOMPLISHMENT BELONGS TO GOD; WITHOUT A VIBRANT AND STRONG CHURCH IN OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR PEOPLE WILL REMAIN IMPOVERISHED, PASTORS WILL CONSTANTLY HAVE STRUGGLING MINISTRIES, UNABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS, BE IN DEBT AND FORECLOSED ON. THIS SUMMIT IS A HANDS-ON WORKING FORUM TO HELP NAVIGATE BISHOPS, PASTORS AND MINISTERS ON HOW TO TAP INTO THE WORLD OF FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROJECTS THROUGH SYSTEMATIC PROJECT PLAN AND DESIGN, IDENTIFY RESOURCES THAT WILL ENABLE THEM SUSTAIN THEIR CONGREGATION AND MINISTRY, ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE FOR DAILY PROJECT DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION.

POST SUMMIT

Dear Friend,

On the behalf of the New York Clergy Economic Council and the United States Elect Chambers of Commerce, we would like to take this opportunity to express our profound thanks and appreciation for taking out time from your busy schedule to attend the first New York Clergy Economic Summit. WITHOUT YOU, THIS CLERGY ECONOMIC SUMMIT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. THIS CLERGY ECONOMIC SUMMIT HELD ON JUNE 5, 2012, WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY.

The road churches have been commuting in the last decade have been laden with land mines and bobby traps with untold hardships and difficulties: many churches have been closed or lost to foreclosures, pastors death or illnesses caused by stress, others are straddled on the fence due to fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement, and others don’t just know where to go financially.

WITH NO ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT GRANTS OR MONEY AND WITH NO ACCESS TO BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTION OR FOUNDATION MONIES, WHERE DO CHURCHES TURN FOR HELP?

The 2012 Clergy Economic Summit was the beginning of a journey to crafting a sustainable economic future for churches and ministries in New York and across the country and eventually the world.
Christianity is the most popular religion in the United States, with around 77% of polled Americans identifying themselves as Christians in 2009 (Source–From Wikipedia). About 62% of those polled claim to be members of church congregation. In the mid 1990′s the United States had the largest Christian population on earth, with 224 million Christians. Income generated from these Churches numbers in the billions impacting on the gross domestic product.

THE ISSUE AT STAKE DOES NOT AFFECT ONLY SMALLER CHURCHES OR CONGREGATIONS, BUT MEDIUM AND LARGE AS WELL.

The pain of churches inability to obtain project financing, tap into government grants, establish income generating social enterprise, have/maintain life insurance, fight foreclosures, pay bills and balance the budget is the multiplier effect of congregational unemployment, foreclosures, predatory lending, lack of affordable housing and small business fatigue. THIS IS NOT A GOOD POLITICAL NEWS.

BUT CHURCHES CANNOT SIT BY AND REMAIN IDLE WHEN IT’S LIFE AND SURVIVAL IS AT STAKE.

THE TIME HAS COME WHEN, THE CLERGY AND THE CHURCHES VOICE MUST BE HEARD.
THE TIME HAS COME WHEN THE CLERGY’S MUST SET ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES AND UNITE
THE TIME HAS COME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT ON HOW CHURCHES THINKS AND DOES BUSINESS
THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW SCHOOL OF THOUGHT IN CHURCH ECONOMICS

My friend, your help in crafting a better future for churches through support, counsel and partnership cannot be overemphasized. We look forward to a dialogue with you; we look forward to you helping us build a resource access network or base; we look forward to you helping conduct capacity building training for pastors and their leadership.

THE ROAD AHEAD MAY BE A LONG, HARD AND DIFFICULT JOURNEY,
BUT LIKE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, IT IS NOT WITHOUT PRICE
WE WILL OVERCOME.

CALL TO PARTNERSHIP

The past few months following the summit was a refocus period for other battle items for those us who had other tasks but gave our time to the summit planning and execution. Now that most are off the chart, THE NEW PAGE HAS TURNED FOR ANOTHER BATTLE PLAN FOR THE CHURCHES OF JESUS CHRIST to gain FINANCIAL FREEDOM AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE.

THE WILL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, is to have a vibrant church that is healthy and strong, AND IN FINANCIAL CONTROL.

HOW THIS CAN HAPPEN, HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US BY THE ALMIGHTY, and that is why you are a PARTNER FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCHES IN THE CITY, NATION AND THE WORLD.

THE ROAD AHEAD
SUMMIT 2016

Mission: To strengthen Churches & Ministry Finance–capacity building, leadership, structure and systems, so as to enable them to be fiscally sound, economically viable, to compete favorably and do what is best, meeting the community’s needs spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

A MOVEMENT IN CHURCH
FINANCIAL INDEPENDECE

Mission: To strengthen Churches & Ministry Finance–capacity building, leadership, structure and systems, so as to enable them to be fiscally sound, economically viable, to compete favorably and do what is best, meeting the community’s needs spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

2016 Seminars & Events
THE NETWORK EXCHANGE: PASTORS/BUSINESS CAFE

A monthly gathering of pastors, ministers and businesses to interface and share information and resources. In a fast changing world, it is impossible to have one church, ministry or organization that knows it all and can do it all. Let’s glen and learn from each other, invigorate and empower one another. Call for venue of this meetings in your area.

This will address
Congregational Unemployment
Increasing Church Plate Income
Church Project Financing
Fiscal Responsibilities
Predatory Lending & Foreclosure
ALL FOR MORE INFORMATION:
BISHOP DR. JONATHAN E. OWHE
Phone: 516-330-4714 ext 1
Fax: 718-348-7415
www.christtherockworld.org
www.rockgatecdc.org
www.rockgateseniors.com
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