29th May 2020
Dear Spring Harvest family and friends,
This is a historic day for Spring Harvest and for Essential Christian, our parent charity. I am delighted to share with you three significant items of good news.
One: You helped us reach our fundraising target
The cancellation of Spring Harvest 2020 at the three sites left us with a £1.5 million shortfall of income. Today I can announce that we have reached the goal of covering this entire amount! Cost savings and major donors have played their part but it’s over 5,000 individual gifts and monthly commitments that have made the difference. This depth and breadth of generosity has left myself and my colleagues humbled and deeply grateful. Thank you!
Two: Spring Harvest Home continues to exceed our expectations
When we rapidly converted Spring Harvest into an online event, we never imagined that it would reach ten times as many people as our usual Easter activities! Over 200,000 hours of content viewed across 97 countries, as our widest-ever audience discovered Spring Harvest’s unique mix of worship, teaching and all-age content.
As you’ve probably seen, we’ve kept almost all the material available on the Spring Harvest YouTube channel and even created two new Big Start Extras for half-term this week. Fresh daily devotions also continue, so please keep digging into the wealth of content that is still available, all free of charge.
Three: I’m handing over Essential Christian into a safe pair of hands
On Monday a new Group Chief Executive Officer takes over from me, heading up Spring Harvest and all our other brands to provide resources, event management and copyright services. Phil Loose re-joins us after seven years with Integrity Music Europe, latterly as Managing Director and a Board member of Thankyou Music.
We have been planning this transition for some time and I expect the handover to be very smooth as I move into a new role as Executive Vice Chair. Phil brings experience, creativity and a freshness of approach that will be vital to our long term development in this fast-changing world.
Phil will be in touch soon to introduce himself. Meanwhile let me assure you that he shares the passion and vision of the whole Spring Harvest family – guests, volunteers, staff and leaders. Supported by your prayers and gifts we will continue to inspire and resource Christians and local churches for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So I pass on the baton of leadership to Phil with great expectations of what God will be doing, albeit with a tinge of sadness. As a family you have been so supportive to the vision of Spring Harvest through the years, and it has been a joy to serve and lead the organisation through this past season. Thank you!
I hope to still see you at Spring Harvest 2021 and please keep a look out for future announcements about this.
Wishing you all God’s richest blessing,
Group Chief Executive Officer, Essential Christian