jeremy allen


vintage21 support letter
May 11, 2006, 6:19 am
Filed under: vintage21

Dear Friends & Family,

Greetings from the Triangle! As some of you may know, I am graduating in May from Campbell University with a major in Theatre Arts and a minor in Music. You may be asking, “What is next?” After spending much time in thought and prayer, I feel that God has a special mission for me here in North Carolina: to serve Him in reaching young people for Christ.

I have been attending Vintage21, an awesome church in downtown Raleigh, for approximately one year. It is a non-denominational church that is affiliated with Acts 29, an international church-planting network (www.a29.org). This church is dedicated to reaching young people in their twenties and thirties that do not know Christ. Vintage21 has totally impacted my life through the teaching and realness of church. After several months, I volunteered to run the sound system for the services. With a steady growth of attendance, ministries and events, more technical assistance is necessary. Matt Stevens, the Worship Pastor, believes I have the leadership qualities and ability to be the Technical Director. This is a new position, which seeks to bring excellence to the service and events, as well as establish Vintage21 as a venue for local bands. My life has been much more focused since I have accepted this calling. God has given me real peace about this decision.

As Technical Director, I will be booking bands and creating a concert series, a new service offered by Vintage21. I am really excited about this opportunity for the simple fact that I have a real passion for the young people that generally come out to shows. These young people in the rock culture are often misunderstood and very skeptical of any organization telling them how to live their lives. My hope is that through the concerts, we will be able to introduce them to church; or if an established church is too much for them, I pray that they will leave with a greater understanding of Jesus Christ. This position will not only give me experience right out of college, but it will also be an opportunity to use my God-given gifts and talents to serve my church, the local community, and to make a difference in the lives of these young people.

God has planted our church in a strategic place to reach young people in the Triangle like no other church. We are involved in our community; ministries that help those in need, community cookouts and art shows are regular events on the V21 calendar. We love unconditionally; around 30% of congregants on Sundays do not know Christ. Also, we make the word of God accessible; our pastor speaks straight through books of the Bible, verse by verse, and the worship music is a mixture of hymns, contemporary songs, and original music. With such a church, I have been given a chance to boldly affect the Triangle, and so I take my running stance at the starting line and pray that God will use me greatly. But in doing so, it will be a huge step of faith that God will provide. The average age of our congregation is 26 years old. Many of these young people do not know Christ, and therefore do not tithe; young followers of Christ are not yet mature in their tithing. So we rely on the gifts and faithfulness of others to continue God’s work. Everyone on staff fundraises almost 100% of their salary each year. To build this ministry and take this position, I need your support; not only monetarily, but also through prayer. Please consider supporting Vintage21 and my position as Technical Director. Feel free to explore vintage21.com, and if you have any questions about the church or my new position, don’t hesitate to call or email. I look forward to speaking with you in July, when I begin my position at Vintage21.Thanks again for your friendship, prayers, financial gifts, and for your love.

Sincerely,

Jeremy S. Allen

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