About Us

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

– Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, quoted in John 17:20-21 (NIV)

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

– Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

“Serving the whole church as it serves others.”

empty tomb, inc. is located in Champaign, Illinois. It is a Christian service and research organization. empty tomb, inc. serves the church in different ways, providing both a financial discipleship strategy and information about church giving patterns on a national level. On a local level in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area, empty tomb, inc. provides opportunities for volunteers to become involved in meeting various needs in Jesus’ name. You can contact us by e-mail by clicking here.

The Work of empty tomb®

Some of Jesus’ “harder sayings,” that we love our enemies, feed the hungry, and love our neighbor as ourselves, were said to Christians, in general, and therefore to the church, the gathered body of believers. It is the church’s responsibility to act on these commands of Jesus that we love one another.

empty tomb, inc. exists to make the inconvenience of following Jesus in these points as convenient as possible. empty tomb exists to serve the whole church in her striving to be obedient to Jesus by serving others. Renewal results from such obedience, and in this way, empty tomb is involved in church renewal.

The staff at empty tomb works with these efforts daily. Volunteers play a central role in actually making the works happen.

The following summaries outline the specific works of empty tomb, inc.

Programs on the National Level:

On the national level, empty tomb provides both a financial discipleship strategy as well as information on church giving patterns.

  • Research/Education
    Research into church stewardship patterns has produced The State of Church Giving series on national church giving patterns. The Poor Have Faces (Baker Book House, 1992) applies the research to practical Christian discipleship. The results of a multi-year study on stewardship patterns were published as Behind the Stained Glass Windows: Money Dynamics in the Church (Baker Books, 1996). A small group strategy is presented in At Ease: Discussing Money and Values in Small Groups (Alban Institute, 1998), written with U. Milo Kaufmann.
  • The National Money for Missions Program ®
    This ministry is designed to help historically Christian congregations increase missions spending as a portion of total spending. Efforts include Mission Match® , the Wake the Sleeping Giant® campaign, the Discipleship Tree™, and MissionMATCHanExpense® .

Works on the local level:

In the Champaign-Urbana, IL area, the works through empty tomb serve as contact points between richer Christians and people in need, both Christians and non-Christians. Volunteers are active members of historically Christian congregations. If the person in need is a Christian, there is an opportunity to do good to those in the household of faith; we Christians grow a little more in the oneness for which Jesus prayed in John 17. If the person in need does not know Christ, there is the potential for sharing the good news of Jesus as well as meeting a particular need. In either case, the Christian with resources who reaches out grows in his/her understanding of discipleship and in relationship to God.

  • Christian Health Services
    Christian Health Services work helps meet the health needs of financially poorer people by providing limited funds for medical needs, primarily prescriptions; also, layettes and other items are provided to needy families, generally the mothers.
  • Clothing Work
    Clothing can be dropped off, and then is sorted and made available free in Jesus’ name. Now accepting Fall-Winter clothes through March 15. Help is needed in sorting clothes and greeting people. Hours are: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturdays, 9 AM to 1 PM. Closed on posted holidays.
  • Free Food Work
    Congregations receive calls from empty tomb and then deliver groceries provided by the church to the family or individual in need. More congregations who are able to deliver food are needed.
  • Furniture Work
    Donated furniture is picked up and delivered to households that have expressed a need in the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy area. Volunteers are needed both to pick up and deliver the furniture in empty tomb’s furniture truck.
  • Helping Work
    Helping Appointments: Mondays, 9 AM for up to 10 callers. Up to $30 is available for various needs, such as rent, power bills, bus tokens, and automobile gasoline. Call (217) 356-2262. Helping Referrals: Agencies can refer a need for an individual for larger amounts. Funds available through donations.

Volunteer Information

Volunteers at empty tomb are Christians who are attending a historically Christian church. Working through empty tomb is one way a volunteer can respond to the love of God they have experienced through Jesus Christ. Call 356-2262 or email info@emptytomb.org for more information. Our address is 301 N. Fourth Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

Clothing Room Hours

empty tomb’s Clothing Room is open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Friday: 1:00-4:30 PM. Wednesdays: 1:00-4:00 PM. Saturdays: 10 AM to 12:30 PM. We are open on the half hour, 1for five people (up to 10 including children). If more than five people are waiting, we draw numbers.

empty tomb, inc.® Financial Information

The following links are to pages from empty tomb’s 990 Form, Return of Organization from Income Tax.

Fiscal Year October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021 [in PDF file format]

Fiscal Year October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 [in PDF file format]

Fiscal Year October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 [in PDF file format]

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