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Dear Church Family, Long Hollow’s heart beats for people… those across the street and those in other parts of the world. Long Hollow’s heartbeat is being felt in neighboring communities and distant places such as New York City, Haiti, and Uganda, to name a few. These are truly amazing days at Long Hollow! Life change is happening all around us. Your gifts to the ministries at Long Hollow are making a difference today that will pay eternal dividends! Here are a few stories you might not have heard: • In 2007, Jeff and Nancy adopted Eliza from Vietnam. They never imagined how God would work through that experience to call them to move to Vietnam and begin ministering to the deaf community there. Within the next few months, they will relocate to Vietnam because God’s love is compelling them to step outside their comfort zone. • The stories of life change within Matthew’s small group are amazing. One couple made a profession of faith and asked Christ to become Lord of their lives. Another member, who was saved several years ago, decided to make her decision public through baptism. Another member, who grew up in another denomination, found her church home at Long Hollow and found community in the small group. Matthew had the privilege of baptizing all four of these people at this year’s Thanksgiving service. • J.D. wrote to tell us about his struggle with addiction that eventually led him to attempt suicide: “My testimony is simple! Jesus Christ is Lord of my life. He rescued me and carried me out of the pits of depression, loneliness, selfishness and addiction. He saved me from a suicide attempt. Today, I am His disciple eager for knowledge and the truth.” • Tony was new to middle Tennessee. He didn’t attend church regularly and didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One day he just “decided” to attend one of the nine weekend services at Long Hollow’s three campuses. He heard the testimony of a guest speaker and the truth of God’s love for him penetrated his heart. Tony accepted Jesus that day, and he’ll never be the same.

What do these stories have in common? You. Your gifts help Jeff and Nancy pursue God’s calling to Vietnam. You make it possible for people to experience authentic community through small groups. Because of you, J.D. heard the gospel and was saved from a self-destructive lifestyle. Through your faithful giving, people like Tony are given the opportunity to discover new life in Christ. These are just a few of the stories we hear almost every day. They are representative of the hundreds of people… • Who have been baptized throughout the year… • Who have gone on mission trips, including to our orphanage in Haiti… • Who have begun to volunteer and attend small groups… • Who have found help, forgiveness, and healing in Christ at Long Hollow in recent days! God is up to something in our midst. We sense that God wants to take us to another level of commitment individually and as a church. God desires relationship with us and demands radical commitment from us. His heart beats for peopleall people. His desire is for His church to be about adjusting our lives and aligning our priorities to bring God glory. To this end, Long Hollow is designing next year’s budget with this in mind. I am asking that you would prayerfully consider approving this budget and partnering together to make this happen. Please pray that Long Hollow will continue to have a heart for the nations. I love you folks! Stay fired up!

In Christ,

Our Crazy LoVE Journey Through your faithful generosity, more than $2.5 million has been given through the Crazy Love Campaign for Kingdom-building initiatives like: ·       Constructing an orphan village in Jeremie, Haiti ·       Rebuilding a church & orphanage in Port-au-Prince ·       Building and expanding two orphanages in Uganda ·       Providing inoculations for orphans entering our care ·       Providing camp scholarships for 100’s of students ·       Establishing a Long Hollow Adoption Fund ·       Building a student facility at our Hendersonville campus ·       Setting aside funds for satellite campus development ·       Provide live translation equipment for our services ·       Funding national and international missionaries ·       Supporting local faith-based ministries

One more offering...  Our goal for the fifth and final Crazy Love Offering is $1,000,000 and will go toward the following: 1.     Care for our orphans in Haiti and Uganda: $125,000      2.     Complete the orphan village in Uganda: $100,000 3.     Begin the process of planting a church in NYC: $25,000 4.     Expand our campuses to reach more people: $700,000 5.     Fund key partnerships: $50,000

Let’s finish what we started with the fifth offering on February 14, 2011!

2010 GIVING (PROJECTED) 1. General budget giving: 2. Crazy Love giving:

$8,700,000 $1,800,000

Total giving: $10,500,000

Crazy Love changed everything. How? Instead of giving to Crazy Love in addition to our general budget, we are proposing a combined ministry budget that includes all the initiatives we are compelled to accomplish in 2011.

2011 compelled ministry plan 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Go global with the gospel: Help the hurting: Impact the next generation: Gather for worship: Do life together: Increase our ministry capacity:

$1,327,000 $1.351,000 $2,850,000 $2,400,000 $1,360,000 $1,662,000

Total budget: $10,950,000

Not a day has gone by since I’ve been back that God has not reminded me of what I experienced and it has changed me. -Haiti trip participant

Long Hollow is compelled to...

GO GLOBAL WITH THE GOSPEL For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died (2 Cor. 5:14).

YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENABLES LONG HOLLOW TO… • Extend our reach through missions trips. • Begin the process of planting a new church in New York City. • Fund the establishment of a pastor-training university in Jeremie, Haiti. • Establish new satellite campuses. • Contribute to the cooperative ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention, TN Baptist Convention and the Bledsoe Baptist Association. • Support missionaries around the world. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities and other administrative expenses. Ministry investment for this area:


HAITI In 2011, we will have about 400 orphaned children in residential care and about 750 in our two orphan villages in Haiti, including a daily feeding program. Over 200 people from Long Hollow have been to Jeremie. There are already 16 mission trips planned to Haiti for 2011.

NICARAGUA Partnering with Extreme Missionary Adventures, Long Hollow is able to bring the gospel to remote and unreached villages throughout the jungles of Nicaragua. Many of these people have never heard the name of Jesus. These trips are designed for men only, and the primary focus is evangelism. Most trips, men will backpack to villages in Nicaragua that are isolated by rugged mountainous and jungle terrain.



Room In the Inn



Church Under the Bridge

Cumberland, KY


Samaritan Center



Salvus Center



Who U With

American Samoa

O’Fallon, MO

Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home


Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center


Jonah’s Journey

















Long Hollow senses God’s call to start a church (maybe two) in New York City over the next five years. It is a crucial city in the eyes of the United States, as well as the world. It is strategically located and heavily populated.

Like in Haiti, we are privileged to be a part of building facilities and caring for orphaned children at two locations; Kyotera and Mbira. When complete, there will be about 250 kids in our care and about 500 in our schools there, which include a feeding program.

Lives are being restored by God’s truth. People now have hope! -JDG


Through Crazy Love, Long Hollow already has built an orphan village in Jeremie, Haiti that includes homes, a church, a clinic, a school, and a guest house. Additional work is taking place in Port-Au-Prince where we are helping reconstruct a church, provide homes for almost 100 additional children, and build a school for 250. Through our work in Uganda, we are caring for more children who have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic in that country. In 2011, Long Hollow will care for approximately 600 orphans! Your faithfulness is making an eternal difference in the lives of children around the world. In addition to meeting their physical needs, these children are learning about God’s love for them and are being given the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Their stories are inspiring as many are experiencing love for the very first time.

Long Hollow is compelled to...

Help the hurting

Ministry investment for this area:


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress… (James 1:27).

YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENABLES LONG HOLLOW TO… • Care for orphans in Haiti and Uganda. • Assist Long Hollow families in the adoption process. • Provide disaster relief. • Establish a counseling center. • Help people deal with their hurts, habits, and hang-ups through Celebrate Recovery. • Partner locally with the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center, the Salvus Center, and the Samaritan’s Center. • Provide benevolence to meet the needs of people in crisis. • Minister to marriages. • Meet the needs of single moms. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities and other administrative expenses.


God is doing a great thing here at Long Hollow, particularly in the area of creating a safe place for people to honestly bring themselves before Christ and others for His forgiveness and healing. We are seeing miracles happen weekly in seeing lives, marriages and families restored. Celebrate Recovery continues to offer biblical truth in a safe environment for people whose lives and Kingdom usefulness have been hindered by a hurt, habit or hangup. God is also continuing to use Celebration Station (our “pre-covery” ministry for children whose parents are in recovery) and Life Hurts, God Heals to bring health and healing to our children and students!


The Long Hollow Adoption Ministry is here to assist you in your Pre and Post-Adoption needs. Our volunteers are here to guide you and help answer questions as you start your journey toward adopting or fostering your new child. • There are an estimated 143 million orphans in the world. • More than 500,000 children are in the U.S. Foster Care System. • Between 118,000 and 127,000 children have been adopted in the U.S. since 1987. • More than 33% of Americans have seriously considered adopting, but no more than 2% have actually adopted.

God is amazing!  I can’t wait to see all He has planned to do through Long Hollow and through small groups like ours! -Long Hollow Group Attendee

I can no longer take God for granted! I am awed by His love for me! -Long Hollow Member

Long Hollow is compelled to...

Long Hollow is compelled to...

Gather for worship

DO Life TOgether


All the believers were together and had everything in common (Acts 2:42).

• Provide God-centered worship. • Communicate and provide information. • Provide resources for Resonate (LH’s vocal ensemble and choir). • Celebrate the Lord’s Supper and baptism. • Have great guest speakers. • Host special services. • Accomplish planning and production. • Provide sound, lights, and video on 3 campuses. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities and other administrative expenses. Ministry investment for this area:


All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name (Psalm 86:9). We gather together for worship to exalt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as one body, one heart, and one mind. Each of us having many different gifts, coming together to worship and serve the Lord for one common goal. Romans 12:4-5: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

Life Change // Ricky is 45 years old and hadn’t been to church since he was 13. Recently, his sister invited him to attend a Long Hollow worship service. Ricky realized that he needed the Lord in a big way that day. He turned in a Guest Card which read, “Salvation for me and my family.” After a visit with a staff pastor, Ricky prayed to receive Christ and we look forward to seeing him baptized in the next several weeks.

YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENABLES LONG HOLLOW TO… • Provide biblically-sound curriculum for oncampus and off-campus small groups. • Provide ministry to men, women, singles, median and senior adults. • Operate an online learning community. • Provide leadership training throughout the year. • Help people find their place at Long Hollow through the NEXT process. • Communicate through online tools such as the website. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities and other administrative expenses. Ministry investment for this area:



By doing life together, we build relationships with people who share our love for God and our desire to make a difference here and around the world. The early church was established by people who did life together. They were there for each other. They encouraged one another. They prayed together. Long Hollow invests in small groups because we know that God is working through groups to change people and change the world. Life Change // One of our small groups has adopted a family whose father is in prison. They found the mom and children a place to live, repaired their cars, visited the dad in prison, and are helping with Christmas for this family. Also, as a group, they are helping a missionary in Kentucky with Christmas gifts and are continuing to go on weekends to help a family in Portland who suffered significant property damage in the flood.

It blesses us far more than we bless them. We love the way they respond to each new bit of information about the Bible. -LH Preschool Teacher

Long Hollow is compelled to...

Long Hollow is compelled to...

impact the next generation

Increase our ministry capacity

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it (Prov. 22:6).

To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Eph. 3:21)

YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENABLES LONG HOLLOW TO… • Minister to hundreds of preschoolers and their families. • Provide a Christ-centered environment for children to learn about God’s love for them. • Reach into our middle schools and high schools with life-changing relationships. • Send children & students to summer camp. • Give students first missions experiences. • Provide TreeHollow, TreeHouse, The Current, and RIver’s Edge worship services. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities & other administrative expenses. Ministry investment for this area:



Within the Student Ministry, God is on the move and is changing lives. We are seeing students saved, baptized and plugged into small groups weekly through our Student Ministry. We are seeing our Student Ministry impact our community like never before.


Our Children’s Ministry serves to create an environment that allows children and families to love God more. We’re expecting and hoping for more: more kids coming to Christ, more attention to the most important things, more excellence in presentation, more sacrifice for the greater purposes, more outreach through creative ministry, more love for the Bible and its truth in our kids.

YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENABLES LONG HOLLOW TO… • Reduce our debt by $1,000,000. • Place $230,000 in cash reserve. • Provide opportunities for volunteers to serve throughout our ministries, in part to move money from maintenance to ministry. • Provide the necessary resources in this area including program budgets, respective staffs, facilities and other administrative expenses.


Long Hollow has all the indicators of strength and vigor in its investment in the youngest generation as evidenced by the quality of the volunteers and programming and number of kids impacted.

Ministry investment for this area:

DOING MORE MINISTRY It takes literally hundreds of volunteers to make things happen every week at Long Hollow. Volunteers greet, provide childcare, serve in Student Ministry, host Small Groups, lead worship, and even serve coffee. Volunteers are critical to every area of ministry at Long Hollow. This year, LH is committed to focusing on increasing volunteer participation in areas that are currently budget items, such as cleaning, mowing, and maintenance in an effort to free up more ministry resources and provide greater opportunities for people to serve.


A combined budget Means combined giving 1 2 3

We are encouraging Long Hollow families to take the next step in their financial giving. This chart represents the number of Long Hollow families who give consistently (by range).



It will take all of our combined gifts to meet a $10.95 million goal.


Consider your gifts to Crazy Love and general budget in 2010 and combine that as a starting point.











Families $.01 -$20.00 per month ($240 yr.)

$20.01 $40.00 per month ($241-$480 Annual)

$40.01 $80.00 per month ($481-$960 Annual)

$80.01 $120.00 per week ($961$1,440 Annual)

$120.01 $200.00 per month ($1,441$2,400 Annual)

$200.01 $280.00 per month ($2,401$3,360)

$280.01 $440.00 per month ($3,361$5,280 Annual)

$440.01 $600.00 per month ($5,281$7,200 Annual)

$600.01 $840.00 per month ($7,201$10,080 Annual)

Would you consider taking the 1% challenge? Find where YOU are on the chart (your annual income and current giving).

Personal Plan fortoStewardship Growth Move to the right determine how much you are willing to grow in your monthly giving. Annual Income
















$20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $80,000 $90,000 $100,000 $125,000 $150,000

$17 25 33 42 50 58 67 75 83 104 125

$33 50 67 83 100 117 133 150 167 208 250

$50 75 100 125 150 175 200 225 250 313 375

$67 100 133 167 200 233 267 300 333 417 500

$83 125 167 208 250 292 333 375 417 521 625

$100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 625 750

$117 175 233 292 350 408 467 525 583 729 875

$133 200 267 333 400 467 533 600 667 833 1,000

$150 225 300 375 450 525 600 675 750 938 1,125

$167 250 333 417 500 583 667 750 833 1,042 1,250

$183 275 367 458 550 642 733 825 917 1,146 1,375

$200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 1,250 1,500

$217 325 433 542 650 758 867 975 1,083 1,354 1,625

$233 350 467 583 700 817 933 1,050 1,167 1,458 1,750

$250 375 500 625 750 875 1,000 1,125 1,250 1,563 1,875




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$840.01 -$1080.00 over per month ($10,081$12,960 Annual)

Over $1,080 per month (Over $12,960 annual)