With just over a month and a half left in 2016, CrossTraining Ministries disclosed its financial need for 2016. Founder and Executive Director, Rev. Brad Kenney shared what the final push will look like over the next 45 days,
We’ve got a big task ahead of us – we need to raise nearly $25,000 in November and December to finish out the year at 100%. What’s exciting, though, is to see the amazing way that God has continued to bless and even open new doors to minister and serve the different communities and teams – whether in the pro soccer side or through our Timothy Projects.
CrossTraining maintains a budget policy that requires the organization to not take on debt and to operate with at least one quarter of operating costs on hand. The costs of ministry include a full-time salary and stipends to the chaplains and counselors in addition to covering the ministry expenditures for four different organizations and teams. CrossTraining also earmarks a percentage of funds raised to give back through the Timothy Project.
Director Kenney spoke to the deficit for 2016,
Well this was our first year operating at a budget that was 2-3 times larger than years past. In some categories we’ve been spot on and in some categories we’ve had additional costs. We are still learning how much it takes to get a chaplain and counseling team off the ground and our local church partnerships have been slow to develop. Plus, each of our teams/communities were in their respective playoffs which carries additional costs. Through it all, though, it makes me even more thankful for the faithful donors that have supported the ministry – we’ve done a whole lot with what the Lord has blessed us with.
In spite of the remaining financial need for 2016, Director Kenney shared that he will be proposing an increased budget for 2017 along with the possibility of adding an additional team and city into the development phase and growing the chaplain teams in Colorado Springs and Charlotte.
We’ve identified our need for a Spanish-speaking chaplain in Charlotte and we are looking at potentially developing another USL team in 2017, so we need to grow out our budget a bit to do that. My hope is that we will also start to get some church partnerships that will recognize the missional nature of our work and support us financially.
Donations to CrossTraining are tax-deductible and giving is available through PayPal or by sending a check to the organization’s mailing address: CrossTraining Ministries, PO Box 102081, Denver, CO 80250.