Giving Tuesday - CG's Legacy Campaign
In preparation for Giving Tuesday and our Legacy campaign, I wanted to provide our Bottom of the Ninth readers and website browsers with a more complete view of all we have done and hope to do within Complete Game Ministries.
The vision for Complete Game Ministries was born during a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2010. It was a blessing for me to watch Justin Dillard gimp around the beach recovering from knee surgery as the Lord worked out His plan for Justin to be the first in the organization to bring home “The Gospel of Jesus in the Language of Baseball.” Through the years, I got to watch Justin do Baseball Chapels, organize trips back to the D.R., and take a CG high school team across the country one summer. Little did I know that the Lord was working on my heart also.
When I moved back to Colorado in February of this year, I was in search of what the Lord would have me do. We had published Well Coached the year before and I chose to engage with CG upon return. I rewrote the website and we launched it in the late winter. I attended the ABCA and Colorado Dugout Club clinic where we got to spread the word on the book and the ministry. We filmed and created a video series to go with the book, and engaged in a baseball coaches Bible study during the spring season. We experienced some real momentum and were all very encouraged. Then, during a board meeting in the spring, one of the board members said that CG needed a leader and he thought I should take on the role as Executive Director of CG. After a week or so of prayer and discussion, I accepted the role and began to refine my administrative and leadership gifts.
The first thing we did as a board was to spend time creating our Ministry Plan. This exercise allowed us to articulate and commit to what we feel the Lord is calling us to do within CG as a ministry. I hope that you’ll click the link above to learn more about our plan to reach people in the game of baseball for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, we believe that the Lord is calling us to unite, encourage, and resource the baseball community while together serving in the ministry of Jesus Christ. We want people who love the game to experience the Lord through the game, and we want more people to experience and find the Lord through the game.
Since the spring of this year, we’ve experienced a considerable increase in the consumption of Complete Game content. Our Bottom of the Ninth subscriber list has increased by 15% and reaches well over 300 readers nationwide every Friday. Our CG app has been downloaded almost 200 times this year and over 1,000 times since it launched in 2015. Launches and impressions inside the app have increased by 30% in 2017. Well Coached continues to be purchased and downloaded at an ever-increasing pace, and the book has opened doors to schools for speaking, leadership coaching, and coaching workshop opportunities.
As a ministry, we have chosen to go at the pace of generosity. We have raised about $20,000 of our $50,000 operating budget through the generous donations of a dozen people who give monthly or through one-time gifts. As we approach Giving Tuesday next week, we are opening our Complete Game Legacy campaign through Christmas to expand and diversify the ministry’s financial support system and fully fund our ministry. We have switched our giving platform to integrate with the app and website to make giving simple. Complete Game Ministries is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit, our EIN # is 27-5161057, and all donations are tax deductible.
We know and have experienced God’s Word to be true for our ministry within this game - “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) We want to continue to feed the workers in the mission field of baseball by uniting, encouraging, and resourcing those with the courage to spread the Gospel at every level of the game.
Below is a list of opportunities for you to leave a legacy through Complete Game Ministries with a financial gift and how different levels of funding will impact the ministry along with goals for the reach of CG content. We appreciate our entire audience and look for to it continuing to grow in the coming years.
$5,000 or $400 per month - Supports publication of Well Played, sequel to Well Coached
$2,500 or $200 per month - Supports technology to deliver CG content (app and website)
$1,000 or $100 per month - Supports travel and events to increase ministry visibility
$20-$50 one time or monthly - Supports social media promotions to increase ministry visibility
App Downloads - 2,000 total downloads by the end of 2018 (currently 1,087)
Active App Users - 1,000 active users by the end of 2018 (currently 324)
Well Coached - 1,500 readers by the end of 2018 (currently around 500)
Bottom of the Ninth Subscribers - 500 subscribers (currently 324)
Around the Mound Programs - 50 programs (currently 10-12)
Complete Game Ministries is a registered 501 (c)(3).
EIN #- 27-5161057