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Empowered by one God, one Lord, one Holy Spirit − We the church, the body of Christ.  1 CORINTHIANS 12

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God’s power has been at work in and through our congregation for over 180 years. Standing on the shoulders of God’s faithfulness, together we embark on the next adventure — TEN. TEN is our vision to reach 10% of our community for Jesus Christ over the next 10 years.


Together we are “empowered” by God to impact our community by . . .


God generously gave his one and only Son that whoever places their faith in him may have new life in him.1 We have a responsibility to mirror God’s generosity. Thus, God’s vision for our church to impact our community includes our generosity.

Scripture calls us to give the first 10% of our resources back to God.2 Therefore, we are giving the first 10% of all funds received through EMPOWER to our community through other ministries and endeavors not directly connected to First Christian Church.

Prayerfully consider how we can empower our community for Jesus Christ. Email your idea to empower@firstdecatur.org. The elders and pastors will prayerfully discern where God is calling us to give away the first 10%.

1 John 3:16, 10:10
2 Deuteronomy 26:9-10, Malachi 3:10


We are confident God has great plans to work in us and through us for our community and world. The second 10% we receive will further our global and local missions in Kenya, Cuba, Adopt a Block, Club 305, Community Missions, Chaplaincy, and NEW outreachministries yet to be announced.

The next 80% will go toward ministry facilities. This will fund the current children’s ministry expansion and make future funds available for a new auditorium.

We are excited that while funds are committed to a 10/10/80 percentage breakdown, 100% is for missions. As Pastor Wayne said in his 2015 State of the Church Sermon, “It’s about the faces in future baptism videos!”


The greatest resource God wants toempower is YOU. God calls each of us to go where financial resources cannot go. We live and share our faith, inviting others to discover the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Coming sermons and other ministries of First Christian Church will equip you to better understand and share your faith. We will follow scripture’s call to be “wise toward those who are not yet believers.”3

Specific sermon series and initiatives are also coming – designed specifically for guests. Opportunities include topics on Marriage & Family, Doubt, Tough Questions from Non-Christians on Christianity, and God’s Grace.

3 Colossians 4:5




  • Prayerfully consider how we can empower others and let us know at empower@firstdecatur.org.
  • Prayerfully consider increasing your generosity to empower others and our ministry impact.
  • Prayerfully consider one person or family God is empowering you to reach this year.
  • Pray for God’s vision for our church and community.



Questions? Contact Pastor Brian Talty at btalty@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.