A simulcast featuring well-known Christian leaders and musical artists raised over $150,000 to help churches in financial need.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Christian organizations PULSE and the AND campaign hosted the “Churches Helping Churches” simulcast on May 15 featuring musical guests Lauren Daigle, Lecrae, TobyMac, For King & Country and more.
Sponsored by RightNow Media, the initiative started “The Churches Helping Churches” challenge in April is assisting small churches who were financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The online effort also established the COVID-19 Relief that awarded $3,000 grants to congregations in need.
In a press release on Monday, The Churches Helping Churches initiative announced that the May 15 simulcast raised $153,187 from 716 donors with 258,000 viewers tuning in.
Furthermore, it was announced that the initiative will shift “from a national campaign to empowering local ministries to support at-risk churches as the ramifications of COVID-19 will be felt for months to come.”
President of the AND Campaign, Justin Giboney, commended the turnout of the simulcast noting that because of viewers' generous support, countless churches will receive financial assistance.
“When we first thought of this initiative, we could’ve never imagined that this much money could be raised to help so many churches,” Giboney said in the press release.
“It’s amazing to watch, and I look forward to seeing this challenge continue with more affluent ministries across the U.S. seeking to serve at-risk churches,” he added.
PULSE founder Nick Hall also expressed gratitude for the turnout of the simulcast.
“We are thrilled that over 250,000 people tuned in for the Together Churches Helping Churches Simulcast with over $150,000 being given!” said Hall.
At the time of this writing, a total of $649,620.42 from 1,371 individuals and ministries has been raised for the Relief Fund. The Relief Fund gives 100 percent of all funds to churches in financial crisis.
While 121 churches have received $3,000 grants from the Relief Fund so far, an additional 95 churches will be awarded grants from the money raised over the month of May.
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