I have great news for all of us who care about Theology Matters. A friend of the ministry has offered a matching grant of $25,000 if we can raise an equal amount in new gifts. The purpose of this money will be to enable Theology Matters later this year to hire, for the first time in its history, a paid full-time executive director/editor. But we need to raise the matching amount in the next few months, by the end of summer. Would you help us meet that goal?
Our friend's act of generosity was as unprecedented as it was unexpected. We on the Theology Matters board received this offer as an answer to prayer, and we are happy to share it with you now. God is indeed providing for our needs. We are excited about the future of Theology Matters as he leads us forward.
In the meantime, we have a big challenge before us. We will need many partners to help us meet the matching grant challenge. Our prayer now is that the same Spirit that moved our friend to make his generous offer will move other friends, like you, to respond with equal generosity according to the means God has given you.
Meeting this challenge would make a big difference for Theology Matters. To this point the ministry has been carried out almost entirely by volunteers donating their time and energy. Above all, the Rev. Sue Cyre devoted 20 years to establishing and maintaining this unique publication. More than 10,000 readers, like you, agreed that we needed a voice that brought top scholars to engage theological issues that were vexing the church, yet in language that was accessible to people in the pews. That's the vital niche that Theology Matters has filled.
There is much more, however, that this ministry can and must do. In late April our board met face-to-face for the first time since Sue's retirement. We sketched out a vision of how the ministry might be improved and expanded: A redesign of the print journal. An overhaul of the website to make it more usable. Cultivating new authors who might add their voices to ours. Reconfiguring these regular emails to offer more content that complements the print journal.
Many of these changes won't require a lot of money. (We've always tried to be frugal at Theology Matters.) But they will require a lot of labor. And we can't expect that labor to all be done by volunteers in their free time. We see the need for a paid full-time executive director/editor.
But how do we get to that point financially? That's where our friend's offer comes in, providentially. If we can gather gifts to match the $25,000 that is on the table, we will have the resources to go out and find the person whom God may be calling to fill the need at Theology Matters.
Would you join us in meeting this challenge? I know many friends made year-end contributions that enabled us to pay printing and postage costs. Would you also consider a mid-year donation to prepare the way for a new director/editor? Your gift now of $50 or $100 or more would double in value as it was matched by our generous friend.
You can give by clicking on the "donate" link below, or by mailing your check to the address below. Please include a notation that your donation is for our "matching fund." You can add this notation in the "note" box provided by Paypal or on the "memo" line of your check.
Thank you so much for your faithful commitment and support that have blessed this ministry.