Dear Central, 

In 1904, Central’s founding was a step out in faith. A response to the need to for a community church on the west side of Athens, Central was a prayer for the future. The men and women who made our church possible were committed to moving FORWARD. 

Today we step out again, prayerfully moving into the next season of our life together. The FORWARD initiative represents God’s hope for our church, community, & world. We’re asking God to provide $680,000 through the glad and generous giving of our Central Community in order to:

  • Transform facilities to better serve our community, particularly our children;

  • Reach into our community with resources freed up by reducing or eliminating debt;

  • Teach the next generation of church leaders; and

  • Plant a new local church, much like Central was planted more than 100 years ago.

Why commit to these goals? Because we’re serious about advancing the Kingdom of God into this world. We’re willing to walk by faith, take risks, and sacrifice ourselves to be a vital and transforming presence for Jesus in Athens and the wider world. 

I invite you all to take the next step on this journey through the FORWARD initiative. This is an act of discipleship and an investment in Central’s future. It honors our spiritual ancestors, who did the same for us. 

As we prayerfully consider our individual commitments to this initiative, I also pray that it grows your relationship with God and our congregation’s desire for discipleship. The steps we’re taking go beyond our normal ministry and will have a lasting impact on the body of believers, the local community and the wider world. 

Together we’ll keep Central moving, FORWARD. After all, that’s what Central has always been about. 

In Christ,


Listen to Paul's Introduction to the Forward Campaign.

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 28:19-20