1/2/18-UPDATE: GREAT NEWS! PRAISE THE LORD! WE JUST RECEIVED OUR FINAL APPROVAL AS A 501c3 TAX-DEDUCTIBLE ORGANIZATION. WE WERE TOLD THIS WAS IMMINENT, BUT IT IS WONDERFUL TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE OFFICIAL APPROVAL IN HAND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!
December 21, 2017
Hi friends. I hope all is well with you!
I wanted to let you know how the Lord has been leading me since stepping back from the Senior Pastor role at McLean Bible Church (MBC) at the end of September.
After much prayer and thought, I believe the Lord has directed me to launch "Lon Solomon Ministries" as a separate 501c3 non-profit religious ministry.
MBC has decided that, going forward, it is not their long-term goal to continue to pay for my sermons and "Not a Sermon, Just a Thought" to be broadcast in the DC area. Therefore, after consultation with Larry Cooper, our elder chairman, and with his full knowledge and encouragement, I have decided to establish this new ministry.
The goals of this ministry will be:
1. To continue broadcasting (locally in the metro DC area on secular radio stations, including WAVA and XM Family Talk) my 30-minute sermons that were preached at MBC over 37 1/2 years. I am still committed to impacting the nation's capital with the Gospel as I always have been. Earlier in 2017, MBC decided to give up the 9:30 AM Sunday morning slot on WAVA, but, by God's grace, we have been able to secure the 9 AM Sunday morning slot on WAVA (an even better time slot!) and we plan to begin broadcasting again on January 7, 2018.
2. To continue making and broadcasting my one-minute "Not a Sermon, Just a Thought" segments on an increased number of secular stations throughout the DC metro region and beyond.
3. Lord willing, in the not-too-distant future, to begin a nationwide radio ministry using my sermons (just as John MacArthur, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, and others are doing) to provide solid biblical teaching.
4. To begin turning my sermons into books and Bible studies, so that they have a more lasting presence and can be a continuing resource for people around the world.
"Lon Solomon Ministries" is officially incorporated now. For now, our board consists of the required minimum three members: myself as President, Angel Voggenreiter, and Gordon Langlie--although we may be adding more members in the future. None of the board members receive any compensation for their service. Also, we have no paid staff. All the funds that are contributed to LSM in December will go directly to purchasing airtime.
In response to what people might hear on the radio, we plan to direct them to this site (lonsolomonministries.com) where they will have access to all my sermon materials, my testimony, a Gospel-presentation with sinner's prayer, my Spiritual Bootcamp series & workbook to help new believers start growing in the Lord, Jill's House information, Brenda's story, information about my Holy Land tours, etc. People will be able to contact us via email and an 866 number. They can donate safely to the ministry on this site via paypal or mail a check to us if the Lord leads them to do so.
Thank the Lord, we have offers pending, and open doors, for all four of the above-mentioned goals. Our ability to achieve these goals depends exclusive on funding. It will cost us about $250,000 annually to maintain our current level of broadcasting in the DC area (and XM). It will cost us around $500,000 annually to expand nationwide and pursue the publishing initiative.
I am writing you to ask if you would please pray and think about making a small, or a significant, contribution to "Lon Solomon Ministries" in December 2017 to help us get started. If you are part of MBC, I would ask you not to reduce what you were planning to give to MBC or Jill's House this December in order to contribute to "Lon Solomon Ministries (LSM)."
To donate now online click here. While we are awaiting final approval of our tax-exempt status in the next few weeks, the IRS and our accountant have informed us that any and all contributions you make to LSM this December can be claimed under your charitable contributions on your 2017 taxes.
If you prefer to give by check, please send your check to Lon Solomon Ministries, 8116 Arlington Blvd. #302, Falls Church, VA. 22042. If you want to be able to deduct your gift on your 2017 taxes, be sure that your check is dated on or before December 31, 2017--AND, that the envelope is POSTMARKED on or before December 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me personally at 703-280-1114.
Thank you for your prayers, your consideration, and your loving support.
Sincerely in Christ,