When you donate to the Neighborhood, you become a partner with us in kingdom advancement. What does that actually mean though? In keeping with our value of simplicity, we currently only have four categories of spending for all funds. Any future changes to these categories will be reflected on this page.
Our first spending priority. We are currently allocating at least 45% of all donations to loving our communities and seeking their renewal. This category empowers us to love our communities in powerfully tangible ways. As followers of Jesus, we are to care for the poor, the sick, the widow and orphan, the exploited and the marginalized. It's great to be able to pray for someone who lost their job in the middle of January, it's better if they can get a heating bill paid and avoid eviction. We are called to be people of great hospitality who guests well, using food and celebrations as ways of displaying a foretaste of the kingdom of heaven. This category also covers partnerships we form with specialized relief agencies that align with our vision and values.
Another top priority is the quality training and equipping of lay leaders to continue expanding new communities. We are currently allocating at least 35% of our funding to training and equipping of disciples and leaders. We live by the motto of training the called over calling the trained.
The worship & liturgy category supports the time we spend together celebrating who God is and what he has done for us. This category includes bibles and hymnals, as well as bread and wine for celebrating the Eucharist, and hospitality spending. The category is up to 10% of our budget.
The most boring category of keeping the lights on. Fortunately, we keep the number of lights to the absolute bare minimum. Currently, 10% of our funds are allocated towards "operations", which includes this website, filing fees, a PO Box, and online giving.