2016 Armistice Appeal
Christian soldiers are often torn between three dangerously simplifying stories that alienate them from Christian fellowship;
- The story of heroes returned from war deserving only praise and honor
- The story of damaged goods shuffling home, victims in need of our pity
- The story of silent communities and the terrible burden of moral isolation
We are appealing to all parties for a stop, an armistice to these harmfully reductive narratives. For nearly a decade, Centurions Guild has helped American Christians more fully appreciate the complex value that soldiers bring to congregational life, and you can help us bring alienating stories about soldiers to an end.
Between the attention we received from a June article in Christianity Today, and the blog series we are curating with them through the end of the year, 2015 provided an unanticipated springboard for good, and we now have a wider impact than we ever could have expected.
Today we are launching an Armistice Appeal, our very first fundraising campaign, to raise support for programs that help put an end to these alienating stories by training ministers and lay leaders to engage more meaningfully with soldiers and veterans in their congregations. Your gift will ensure we can sustain our programs for the first year while we file for tax exempt status and build a strong foundation for the future.
This campaign will raise $45,000 for calendar year 2016. Less than half of that will go toward hiring a part time administrator who can manage events, balance our budget, and engage with constituents on social media.
With your support, we will provide programs such as Combat Theology free of charge to at least 12 churches next year. The average weekly church participation is about 130 people, and military and veteran families make up about a third of the total population. That means you can support over 500 soldiers, veterans, and their dependents by training ministers and lay leaders to engage with them through Scripture, Worship, and Theology.
Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and equip ministers and lay leaders to better serve Christian soldiers?