Please take a moment and find out how you can assist in a special offering for Emmanuel College. Read this post from Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham:
Taking unprecedented action, the IPHC Council of Bishops is declaring a day of prayer, fasting and offering for the financial stability of Emmanuel College. The COB is requesting every IPHC congregation to prayerfully consider receiving an offering during June or July 2014.
Last fall, in the midst of rapid growth and expansion, the college administration discovered serious financial shortages. The college administration and the Board of Regents have worked diligently since November to correct the situation. In a recent letter to alumni and friends, the college indicated their need of $700,000 in June and $800,000 in July to meet current financial obligations. Your special offering will go toward these pressing deadlines.
Founded in 1919 by Reverend G.F. Taylor, Emmanuel is the oldest IPHC College. Located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, with nearly 800 students, the college is fully accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Following President Michael Stewart’s resignation in May, the Board of Regents engaged Dr. Mark Rutland, former Oral Roberts University President, as a consultant. Because Bishop McGhee serves as the IPHC representative to Church Institutions, the Regents have asked that he serve as the interim Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has approved this request. Bishop McGhee will serve in this capacity, as well as his denominational role as Executive Director of IPHC Discipleship Ministries. The Board of Regents will expedite the interview process for an interim president.
Emmanuel College, like our other schools, is an IPHC institution that serves this denomination well. They have a tremendous reputation for developing strong Christian leaders. It is our responsibility to support our Church Institutions both spiritually and financially. Many have given generously toward this need, including the denomination, IPHC conferences, local congregations, alumni and friends, and members of the Board of Regents of Southwestern Christian University. We have received a generous contribution from the IPHC Christian Hope Church in Kiev, Ukraine.
Individuals may give online at www.ec.edu. Congregations are asked to send their offering directly to Emmanuel College, P.O. Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. It is imperative that the funds arrive before July 31, 2014. With over 2,000 U.S. congregations and nearly five times that many outside the USA, we can turn this crisis into a time of thanksgiving to God before the students enroll in August.
Thank you for your prayers and support for Emmanuel College during this financial crisis.