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:: About Focus on Jesus Ministries ::

April 25, 2003, Focus on Jesus Ministries was born! Founded by co-founder Joshua Dressel and co-founder Kyle Lawrence, this ministry started with the intention of serving God. That was it! Neither of the two knew exactly who to target, how to do it, or even what they wanted to do. But, after a few months, God had revealed to Focus on Jesus Ministries what He wants the ministry to do. Focus on Jesus Ministries has one purpose, to serve God. The question is how we serve Him. We will do whatever it takes to reach people for the Lord.

1 - Youth Ministry - We hold youth events and do whatever it takes to draw youth in so that they can hear the Word of God. The youth of this nation are the future of this nation. We're involved in leading and supporting after-school Bible studies being held in the local schools, youth camps and weekend retreats, and other youth outreach programs. We also strive to help teens (middle school and high school) grow in their relationship with Christ and rise up to be the strong Christian leaders, evangelists and missionaries which this world needs.

2 - Missions - If you're a Christian, then God has called you to missions. That doesn't always mean you have to get up and leave everything you know, move to a third-world country, learn a new language and fit into a new culture though. Some of us are called to be missionaries to our neighbors, friends and family. While others are called to be missionaries in other cities, other states, and other countries. We can be on mission wherever we are and the mission should start in our hometown and move outward and God provides the resources needed. Focus on Jesus Ministries has recently partnered with a church in British Columbia, Canada and seeks to provide missionary support in many forms.

3 - Video Production - Focus on Jesus Ministries has also been called to create videos which will draw in the world and present the Gospel to them in a way that isn't preachy or in your face, but clearly exposes God in a Biblical, relative, and practical manner. Whether that's through television production or feature films, Focus on Jesus Ministries seeks to produce high quality, entertaining, family-friendly, and viewer-worthy productions.

Mission Statement: Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." --Matthew 28:18-20

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Focus on Jesus Ministries is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization as recognized by the State of Missouri. Focus on Jesus Ministries consists of a board of three members who regularly discuss the direction of the organization and who work together to seek God's guidance and will for the ministry. The board members DO NOT receive a salary from Focus on Jesus Ministries.

ABOUT OUR FINANCES

Many people have questions about the money side of a ministry. We believe that we are to be good stewards of God's money and we also believe that we are to be as upfront and honest as possible. Additionally, we believe that $500,000 salaries and purchasing million dollar vacation homes out of the ministry budget is NOT good stewardship of God's money.

So here's our "financial report" in a nutshell.

DONATIONS TO DATE
As of November 1, 2007 - Focus on Jesus Ministries has a received a total of less than $65,000 in donations to date. Divided by the amount of time Focus on Jesus Ministries has been in operation, we've averaged a little over $16,000 per year in donations and gifts.

SALARIES/EMPLOYEMENT
Everyone currently working with Focus on Jesus Ministries in some way or another is completely volunteer. In fact, the president of Focus on Jesus Ministries doesn't even receive a salary. As the need arises to hire full-time, paid employees, you can trust that we will appropriately use God's money in proper manner as to make sure that no employee is over-paid and to make sure that we have enough money to take care of ministry as well.

ANNUAL BUDGET
Our annual budget is pretty quick and simple. Obviously, it changes with the year depending on the events and projects taking place. However, here's our 2007 budget so that you can see what expenses we would normally have. Please note that the production of a feature film will drastically change the budget for that year.

Annual Amount
Description
$456
Telephone Service
$8,280
Missionary Support to The Connection church (British Columbia)
$130
Web Hosting and Domain Names
$2,150
Completing Kaden Series Finale Production Expenses
$2,350
Other costs involved in Completing Kaden
$13,366
Total Expenses for 2007

 


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