Church Announces at Kick-Off Event Fiesta: Raised Almost Three Times More than Previous Campaign Effort


For Immediate Release
May 8, 2019

Gilbert, AZ – Beneath the setting desert sun on May 5, 2019, over 700 people turned out to “Celebrate the Journey” at an outdoor Kick-Off Fiesta for the “Live the Journey Generosity Campaign” at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church & School (CGLCS). The evening reached its sizzling peak with the announcement that $2,129,394 has already been pledged during the Advance Phase from only 10% of its membership – nearly three times more than its previous Capital Campaign.

Live the Journey will support Senior Pastor Tim Ahlman’s 3E Journey Projects: mission expansion, leadership empowerment and experience enhancements. As the fiesta wound down Pastor Tim stated, “The tent and lights set such a spectacular scene for God to work! It was a good old tent revival! I heard from my kids how much fun they had. Others felt the same! The CGLCS vision is HUGE! Now the fun begins. Move, please, King Jesus!” Additional goals of “Live the Journey” include a multi-use gymnasium and additional classrooms for the school, a Unite Leadership Center and Hospitality Center, debt reduction, and multi-site worship expansion. A familiar refrain from members was, “we love how the plans for growth are so family-oriented.”

Pastor Jake expressed, “Jesus came near to us through this wonderful experience, providing fruitful conversation between church family members through the eating, drinking, worshiping and accepting the call to give towards our future expansion efforts. This time under the tent will go down as a turning point in the history of the church all for the sake of lost people meeting and following Jesus.” Many attendees stated, “We’ve got to do this again next year!”

James D Klote & Associates Campaign Director Glendon Smith remarked, “All of the speeches were very inspirational. I feel very honored to be shepherding this effort.”

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