Thursday, April 7, 2016

Be an Extremist: Support GPTS / Financial Report

According to a new survey by the Christian polling organization, the Barna Group, almost 20 per cent of Americans believe you are a religious extremist if you financially support your church or religious institutions like Greenville Seminary.

An overwhelming 60 per cent believe you are an extremist if you try to convert others to your faith. Furthermore, more than half of all Americans surveyed believe you are a religious fanatic if you hold to biblical views of sexuality (as examined during the recent GPTS theology conference), if you pray for a stranger in public, and if you protest government policies that conflict with your Christian faith. Nearly half think you are a religious nut if you quit a good job to become a foreign missionary.

See more details here.

May we be so bold as to encourage you to be an "extremist" by continuing or beginning to financially support the work of Greenville Seminary, which extols the divinely ordained ordinary means of grace as the primary instruments by which God is extending His Kingdom. Knowing that our commitments are increasingly becoming "contra mundum," we press on to the high calling which God has given to us. Our oft-used slogan "An Uncommon School for Uncommon Times" reminds us that we have a unique mission in this increasingly hostile world. We are grateful to those who stand with us in our drive to serve Christ, by serving His church through the education of bold proclaimers of the Eternal Truth.

Financial Report for March 2016


The tables below indicate our general operating fund financial situation as of the end of March 2016 and for the third quarter of our 2015-16 fiscal year. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches and individuals during March totaled $50,861, which was $17,097 below the $67,958 budgeted for such income. Total income for March was $77,342, including $16,667 from a reserve stemming from an unbudgeted bequest. Expenses of $102,263 were $777 above the $101,486 budgeted for expenses. For the fiscal year to date, net income remains on the positive side at $60,964, for which we are grateful.

GENERAL OPERATING FUND – MARCH 2016
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
$50,861
Other Income*
$26,481
Total Income
$77,342
Expenses
$102,263
Net Income
($24,921)

GENERAL OPERATING FUND – FISCAL YEAR 2015-16
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
$566,471
Other Income*
$408,712
Total
$975183
Expenses
$914,219
Net Income
$60,964

*Includes $16,667 monthly draft from 2015 bequest reserve (see graph below).


 CAPITAL FUND
 Capital Campaign Goal
$3,500,000 
 Received
$3,450,559 
 Long-term Pledges Outstanding
$239,556 
 Total Received and Pledged
$3,690,125 
 Outstanding Obligations
$0 
 Monthly Payment (Interest Only)
$2,826 
 Remaining Mortgage
$570,817 


Donate to GPTS through the PayPal Giving Fund. Giving through this Fund means 100% of your gift will reach GPTS, without the usual processing fees deducted. You can also support the seminary by buying and selling through the eBay for Charity system.

Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.

And don't forget to do your online shopping at AmazonSmile. Log on to smile.amazon.com and select Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as your charity. Or click on the AmazonSmile banner at the very bottom of this e-newsletter. 
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Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable clients: Click here for Donor-Advised Fund direct deposit. Wells Fargo employees: check with your company about matching gifts to GPTS.
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Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.

Whether or not you can contribute financially, here is another way you can help the seminary: Spread the Word! Do you know someone that would be interested in learning more about our organization or supporting us? If so, share a link to this newsletter. (Click the tiny "M" e-mail icon at the bottom of this post.) Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary