Endowment Creates Outreach Possibilities

      In 2006, the minister and lay leaders from First Christian Church of Burkburnett, Texas, met the Rev. Bobby Hawley from the Christian Church Foundation at an Area leadership training event. Shortly after, Rev. Hawley was invited to visit the church where he spoke in worship and at a potluck dinner about the Christian Church Foundation’s ministry and ways in which the Foundation and FCC could work together to establish and grow the congregation’s endowment funds. 
      The progress of establishing and growing an endowment fund was slow but steady thanks in large part to dedicated lay leaders who were persistent and faithful even during clergy transitions in the congregation. The giving heart of FCC Burkburnett became particularly apparent in the designation of their first endowment fund given for the Disciples Personal Care Pantry. The Disciples Personal Care Pantry is a vital outreach ministry to the community. Over the last two years alone, the Pantry distributed personal care items such as toiletries and cleaning supplies to over 300 local families. Through this process, the church has engaged new and permanent volunteers, and expanded to cover the entire local school district. After the church received this generous gift, the Christian Church Foundation continued to work with FCC to manage this fund so that it can continue to energize the Disciples Personal Care Pantry for years to come. 
      The members of FCC are working hard to grow the fund so they can continue to live into God’s call to serve their community!