I think my church supports CEP. Why do you need to ask individuals for financial support? First, please check with your church treasurer to make sure. CEP estimates that if every church gave $7 per communicant member per year, then the ministry assigned to CEP by the General Assembly would be fully funded. Since over one-half of all PCA churches are not able to give at this level (many never have and others have had to recently cut benevolent budgets), CEP needs individuals who are able to give gifts to make up for this shortfall.
I recently paid to attend a CEP training event. Doesn’t that support the CEP ministry? All CEP training events are budgeted to break-even in that fees charged cover only the out-of-pocket expenses associated with the event (travel, printing, food functions, etc.) Sometimes the Lord blesses and attendance exceeds expectations and certain overhead costs are offset. However, more often they are not.
Can we designate our gift to a particular ministry? Yes. Gifts may be designated to particular ministries or projects which are under the purview of CEP.
If I send a gift, how will I be informed about the progress of CEP and its ministry? All donors are provided a two-year subscription to Equip to Disciple, a quarterly resource publication. We also invite you to visit our website regularly for even more timely updates.
We buy books from the Bookstore. Doesn’t that help CEP? Yes it does! Sales (of books and materials) primarily cover the cost of operation of the Bookstore but also help offset some of the general overhead expenses of CEP. Since our merchandise is discounted, the margins are very thin but each sale is a benefit to our ministry.
Our church buys Great Commission Publications Sunday school curriculum. Doesn’t that financially benefit CEP? No. CEP does not receive a financial benefit from the sales of the curriculum. All proceeds have been used to fund the continued development of curriculum by GCP.
Is a gift to CEP tax deductible? Yes. CEP, as a committee of the Presbyterian Church in America is designated by the I.R.S. as 501(c)(3) organization. You will receive a receipt by U.S. mail acknowledging your gift. If any merchandise is given in response to a donation, the value of that item is to be subtracted.
How can we contact you to learn more about CEP’s ministry and particular needs? We welcome the opportunity to speak further with you so please call our toll free number 1-800-283-1357 and press 7 to speak to one our staff. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or correspond in writing to CEP, 1700 North Brown Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
How can I give to CEP’s ministry?Thank you for your consideration of supporting CEP. You may send a check to the office (CEP, 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 102, Lawrenceville, GA 30043). Or, click here to give using our secure website.