During this past academic year, God has done great things here at GPTS, not the least of which were the addition of two brilliant new faculty members, one of the best theology conferences we have ever hosted, expanding interest in our media programs, advancements in our international extensions and outreach, more personal contact with our supporters, a deeper commitment to piety and revival through fasting and prayer, and much more.
Yet, the value of what we do here at GPTS is best measured in the progress of our students, who often could not answer their calls to the ministry through an education at GPTS without the investment our donors make in this low-tuition institution. We recently received a large donation from an elder in Charleston, S.C., saying, "I have served on the Examinations Committee at Presbytery in the past. GPTS students stand head and shoulders above other candidates entering the gospel ministry. Thank you for all you do for Christ’s Kingdom."
Here, in the words of some of our current students, are testimonials about what your gifts are accomplishing:
|Zack and Jocelyn Groff|
|Curt and Precious Straeter|
|Michael and Melissa Spangler|
"My professors at GPTS show me every day more and more of the glory of Christ in his Word, and make me more and more eager to preach his glorious gospel!" — Michael Spangler
FINANCIAL REPORT FOR APRIL 2016
Our total-income budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, is $1.23 million. As things stand, we will need some $133,000 during May and June to meet our budgeted obligations for the rest of FY2015-16. Although God has graciously provided in such a way that we have never ended a fiscal year in the red, each year sees financial valleys during many months. We have been able this year to tap a reserve made possible through a bequest received during the previous year, but we will need an additional $200,000 above budget to replenish that crucial reserve for the new fiscal and academic year.
GENERAL OPERATING FUND – APRIL 2016
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
GENERAL OPERATING FUND – FISCAL YEAR 2015-16
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
*Includes a $16,667 monthly draft from a 2015 bequest reserve (see graph below).
Capital Campaign Goal
Long-term Pledges Outstanding
Total Received and Pledged
Monthly Payment (Interest Only)
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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.
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