Our goal is to catch a VISION of spiritual revival and growth, that will potentially bear the fruit of an expansion and renovation of our facilities to better minister to our entire church, from the youth up through the adults, and offer additional resources to reach out into our community with the goal of developing opportunities to share the Gospel of God’s grace with more people.
This is another word for GROWTH. We are constantly ‘building’ something, whether it be a family. career, bank account, retirement, etc. Our goal in this campaign is to catch a VISION of BUILDING each other up; encouraging each other spiritually through worship, fellowship, prayer, and the biblical stewardship of all of our resources, for God's Kingdom and glory!
Our goal through every aspect of this campaign is to BUILD, or grow our FAITH in God. Whether it be our involvement in the church, our personal Bible study and prayer lives, our families, our careers, our finances; we want to see our FAITH in God and His provision for our lives, grow throughout this campaign and beyond.
Our goal is to catch the VISION, and experience BUILDING our FAITH TOGETHER as a church family. We're prayerfully anticipating that you along with every member of our church, from the younger to the elder, will decide to come TOGETHER to make this VISION a reality in our personal and church family lives. TOGETHER with God’s help, we as a church family can accomplish what none of us individually could do.
Q1) I know the congregation voted to conduct a capital campaign, but how did we get to that point?
A) Great question. Years of planning preceded the recommendation from the Building Committee and the Church Board. During that time many options were considered. Discussions with our ministry groups, board, and staff were ongoing. While contemplating building plans, we remained focused on mission and ministries. Only when we concluded that we would not be sacrificing ministry (but, rather, enhancing the proclamation of His name) did we recommend expanding our present facility.
Q2) What is the total expansion cost?
A) Based on the current building plans, we estimate a maximum cost of $1.5 million.
Q3) Is it wise for us to be doing a building project when there are so many other needs in the fellowship?
A) Caring for people is the heart of our ministry. We need to network, train, and equip caregivers while utilizing accountability systems. While some willbe focusing on the building project, others will be focusing on building stronger care networks. This is not a matter of either/or but a need for both. Let’s keep the doors open to touch lives while we keep our hearts open to minister to all people.
Q4) Why is our church involved in a capital campaign?
A) This capital campaign provides us with an opportunity to challenge one another to prayerfully consider our individual involvement in the campaign and our personal commitments to the Lord. While finances committed will enable us to move forward with the building project, our ultimate vision is to become fully committed disciples in all areas of life.
Q5) Isn’t the capital campaign just a front to get money for the new building?
A) While it is our prayer that the Lord will use this emphasis to provide resources for the new facility, the capital campaign is a time of teaching that God owns everything - our time, talents, treasures. We are simply managers. When we understand that, the rest takes care of itself. Our goal is that, through stewardship teaching, each of us will surrender everything to Jesus Christ.
Q6) How much money are we trusting the Lord to supply in this campaign?
A) We have set a faith goal of $ 1.5 Million increased giving over the next three years.
Q7) How will the proposed expansion be funded?
A) There are three sources available to fund our expansion project. They are: 1.) Immediate cash and non-cash gifts. 2.) Regular weekly or monthly gifts given over three years. 3.) Borrowed funds, if needed.
Q8) Just how much will we need to borrow?
A) The amount we borrow will depend upon what God provides through His people. We may need to borrow to complete the project, but that depends on our response to the campaign. The more we raise in our VISION - Building Faith Together Capital Campaign, the less we will need to borrow. There will be a realistic plan to pay back our obligations and this plan will be presented to the congregation for final approval before moving forward with the project.
Q9) Will my commitment constitute a permanent investment?
A) Definitely. That which we keep for ourselves can be lost, but that which we willingly give away can never be lost. The gifts you give for the purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom here will flourish and bear fruit as God adds His blessing to your faithfulness.
Q10) Is there a certain amount of money that I will be expected to commit to our Capital Campaign?
A) No. After asking God for guidance in the decision, each person will decide his/her individual commitment. The goal is not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.
Q11) What is expected of my family in making a financial commitment?
A) Every family is being asked to pray about its commitment. No one will be pressured. No commitments will be published. We want everyone to pray about what they believe God would want to do through them. If God owns everything and we are simply managers, then we believe that God will provide everything we need to effectively do His work as we are obedient to Him.
Q12) Can we make one commitment for our entire family?
A) Yes, you may. We strongly urge that you involve your children in some way, either by individual commitment or by their participation in the family giving.
Q13) I already tithe to the General Budget and feel like that is all I can do. Am I wrong?
A) Only you and the Lord can decide how much you can give. This program has been designed so that everyone can give something, no matter what the size. Our goal is equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. If each one does as God directs, then victory is assured.
Q14) Can I divide my current giving between the General Budget and the VISION Capital Campaign?
A) We strongly encourage you to make your commitment “over and above” any other giving to our church. The ministries and missions that we currently support still need to be funded. We ask that you not transfer current giving to the Capital Campaign.
Q15) Will God help me make a commitment which right now seems beyond my means?
A) Making a commitment that you know for certain is unrealistic might be detrimental to you and to the church. However, sometimes things that seem beyond reach are actually closer than they appear! Priorities may need to be rearranged in order to participate at a sacrificial level.
Q16) Do I have flexibility in making my financial commitment?
A) Yes. There are three general categories under which you can make your commitment: 1.) Immediate gifts from accumulated cash. 2.) Regular weekly or monthly gifts of a specified amount over the next three years. 3.) Non-cash assets such as property, stocks, bonds, etc.
Q17) May I give assets other than cash?
A) Yes. There may be tremendous tax advantages to giving assets other than cash. One of the members of our committee will be happy to discuss this with you, or you may choose to consult with your personal tax advisor.
Q18) Can I designate my gift to a specific area or portion of the project?
A) Until the campaign is complete, we will not know what revisions (if any) need to be made to the building plans, how much we may need to borrow, or what extras can be added. For those reasons, we ask that you not limit your gift by designating it to an area or purpose that is not part of the present plan.
Q19) How will commitments be received”?
A) Your financial commitment will be placed in a sealed envelope so that the confidentiality of your commitment can be maintained.
Q20) Why do I need to make my commitment in writing?
A) The total amount of the commitments will be used to forecast future income and to establish a realistic construction budget and timetable.
Q21) Will I be asked to publicly state my commitment?
A) Absolutely not! Your commitment is a private matter between you and God. We will not make these commitments a matter of public knowledge in any way. shape. or form. The only people that will see the commitments will be the general chairs of the campaign and the financial secretary.
Q22) If I should fall behind. will the church take steps to make me pay?
A) We will most certainly not take any action to collect on a voluntary financial commitment. Our purpose in this Campaign is to provide adequate facilities so that we can continue to make forward progress in accomplishing the mission of our church. We are simply asking that you pray and seek God's guidance as to what He would have you commit to Him. We have provided the Commitment Cards for us to plan wisely.
Q23) When am I supposed to start giving toward my commitment?
A) We anticipate giving toward commitments to begin when the building project is officially voted on by the congregation. Of course we recognize that not everyone receives a weekly paycheck. Therefore, you may begin honoring your commitment based upon the timing that you designate on your Commitment Card and according to your income schedule.
Q24) Will I have an opportunity to revise my commitment?
A) Certainly. Since this is a commitment between you and the Lord, you will have the opportunity to revise your commitment. It would be helpful if changes could be communicated in a written manner so church leadership can revise their projections.