The Story begins in December 1999, there was a simple idea to see 3 small church youth groups, all come together for a weekend spiritual retreat. Individually, each group had around 10 youth. So, doing something on their own may have been a bit more difficult. However, collectively, they could come together for a great weekend experience. That’s exactly what happened. 35 youth and adults gathered in a small cabin at a camp near Lenoir, North Carolina, for what was the birth of Tsunami Ministries, and the annual Fall Experience Weekend.
Since that weekend, God has continued to lead Tsunami Ministries, and it’s gathering of faithful board members and staffers, all of which have been volunteers, over a 20 year adventure that now sees this ministry gather hundreds youth and adult leaders, from a multitude of denominations, from around the southeast, each November for the annual Fall Experience (FX) Weekend, as well as a summer middle school mission weekend, an annual Africa Mission Experience to Kenya where teams, for 6 years, have aided in providing clean-water solutions and education, building churches, and so much more. Tsunami has also provided leadership for spiritual experience weekends across the country, and is continuing to prayerfully, faithfully, and boldly chase after God’s calling for this ministries to see people of all ages encounter and embrace the love of God, moving them towards living a life that impacts the world with God’s love and grace.
The Calling is an exciting one that has led the board of directors of this 501(c)(3) non-profit to understand that fulfilling this God-given vision and mission will be highly unlikely without a full time executive director. A person that will make it their life’s work to not only continue to see the current ministry opportunities of Tsunami thrive, reaching their fullest potential, but to also finally be able to embrace God’s call on Tsunami Ministries to expand into exciting, new areas of focus. These new areas include:
Coaching, Consulting and Speaking:
This arena enables Tsunami to become a viable resource that will walk alongside youth workers, and other ministry professionals, as they navigate the exciting, yet demanding, waters of ministry in their churches, organizations and communities. Tsunami will offer its services in assisting churches and organizations as they search for quality and capable leadership, as well as helping to give a fresh perspective in how their current ministry areas could be enhanced, and more impactful for those they serve, and the mission they have. On top of that, Tsunami leadership has many years of serving a event planners, and speakers at events around the world. This will become another resource Tsunami will offer the public.
With the years of experience in the mission field, domestically and internationally, Tsunami Ministries has the proven track record to enable groups of people, of all ages, to experience and embrace God’s call to serve as God’s hands and feet in this world. Tsunami will provide short-term mission trip planning and leadership for these groups GO and love their neighbor.
These experiences would include an expansion of the middle school mission weekend, and the Africa Mission Experience, both of which take place each summer, to other exciting international and domestic destinations throughout the year.
Tsunami grow it’s signature Fall Experience event through exposure to new markets, building deeper relationships with current and new churches, youth pastors, and other organizations. Tsunami will once again have the opportunity to add a variety of new and exciting events that will reach more people, enabling them to be a part of events that will encourage, equip and inspire them to live fully into the lives God has created them to have.
These are all areas of ministry where Tsunami Ministries feels we can generate revenue that will continue to expand the ministry, as God calls us towards in the future.
The Need is a lofty goal. In conjunction with this fundraising effort, Tsunami Ministries will work to cultivate current ministry revenue streams, and identify new ones. However, at the beginning of this journey, the fact is that Tsunami will need the partnership of those willing to join us on this adventure. The fact of the matter is that this pursuit is simply not possible without the generosity of those who will prayerfully and financially support Tsunami in the bold step to higher a full time executive director.
The vision for this growth is to secure commitments for an annual budget of $100,000 annually, with a commitment to a 3-year support window. This is how those funds are to be put to use each year.
Executive Director Salary: $55,000
Benefits: $15,000 (Medical & Retirement Supplement)
Ministry expenses: $18,000 (Travel, Marketing, Hospitality)
Administrative expenses: $12,000 (Space, Materials, Admin Support)
Please know that 100% of the funds raised for this endeavor will be dedicated to this position, and expenses associated with it. Your gifts to this opportunity will be solely used for this opportunity, and all financial partners will receive a quarterly report as to how and where the contributions are being utilized.
How Can You Join Tsunami on this Journey? Below you will find a variety of different partnership levels. We know that it is an important decision when it comes to where you align your financial support. Any level of commitment over the next 3 years would be greatly appreciate, and will be put to use in wonderful ways. Tsunami Ministries thanks you in advance for your willingness to even consider being a part of this journey with us.
Foundation Partnership: An annual gift of $10,000
Builder Partnership: An annual gift of $5,000
Investor Partnership: A monthly gift of $100
All financial gifts can be given as a 1 time gift, offered through a check made payable to Tsunami Ministries, Inc, or through the secure, online support link, found on the Tsunami Ministries website at the link below. We would also encourage you to please consider setting up recurring giving through that same link, if possible.
Tsunami Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all partners will receive a monthly receipt of their generous gift to Tsunami Ministries, as well as a year-end report for tax purposes.