Frequently Asked Questions - Make + Multiply

Make and Multiply FAQ’s

What are you asking me to do?

We are asking you to pray and seek God for how he wants you to respond. Prepare your heart to hear him and then listen to what he says. Connect to a life group if you are not already part of one. Talk with your spouse and your family about what this commitment will mean for this next season. Respond to the generosity of the gospel by giving extravagantly for the progress of the gospel in our church family, among our neighbors, and around the world. We are then asking you to make your financial intention known to us by completing a commitment card.

Are the elders aligned and in agreement with this project?

Yes, we have 100% commitment from all the elders as well as all our staff.

Why can we trust this option after the Seminary Road attempt?

This opportunity is different in many ways from our Seminary Rd project including the fact that we will not have any neighborhood opposition if we stay in our current location.  Also, all of our preliminary conversations with county officials have been overwhelmingly positive leading us to believe that our plans for our current space will be met with support from all necessary parties.

Why haven’t we purchased the building sooner?

Until now, the current owners of our building have been unwilling to sell the property. We recently have been able to reach an agreement to purchase.

Why do we need to do this now? How long can we wait to purchase?

Our current lease agreement expires in May of 2019 causing us to make decisions regarding our building space now. Additionally, elevated rent costs will make it difficult for us to continue to stay in our building. We will enter a 6-month feasibility study to approach the congregation and explore our level of commitment to this project. If we have the appropriate amount of engagement, we will have another 6 months to close on the purchase once the 6 month feasibility period expires. This gives us 12 months total to move this forward.

What other options were considered as alternatives to this purchase?

We had a team of people looking everywhere at buildings and land of all sizes, both what was on the market and what was not for sale. This team investigated and considered every available option and concluded that our current space is the best option for our financial well being.

Why were these options not chosen?

The purchase price with each option exceeded well over $20 million. The location had to be correct as we do not want to move too far from where our congregation resides and there was lack of parking space that we need on a weekly basis.

What does this initiative cost?

The purchase price on the building is $14 million. Our general ministry budget over the next two years is $8 million. Our current best thinking on the renovation cost of our current space is $5 million.

What does our church ministry expansion project include and why are we doing it?

It includes purchasing the building, renovating it, and going outside our walls to reach our neighbors, the region, and the world. One of the primary reasons we are doing this now is because we will be priced out of the rental market very soon.

Why does leadership think we can we raise our goal beyond our annual budget needs?

Due to the history of giving at Grace, it’s clear we have the capacity to expand beyond where we are currently.

Why do we have to make an intention known? I do not like to make commitments as my giving is between God and me.

We have a 6-month feasibility window and we need to see if purchasing the building is financially feasible. Therefore, we need our body to make their commitments known so we can have as accurate a number as possible before moving forward.

How long is my commitment?

We are asking for 100% participation in this initiative, that everyone would have a Make and Multiply commitment. We are asking the congregation to bring their commitments to weekend services on March 17 & 18, 2018. The commitment period will officially begin with our Big Give Weekend on April 14 & 15, 2018 and cover 24 months and 3 tax years.

Why would we renovate?

Renovation reflects our desire to increase our capacity to reach people across our area. We are currently running at capacity in our primetime worship services. A renovated worship center would add an additional 400 seats per service. We would also have the opportunity to update our children’s, students, and disabilities ministry areas to better suit the needs of our children. Our building is full of activity every day of the week and we have been operating at capacity for years in our largest ministries. Renovating would allow us to increase our overall ministry space and better serve our congregation.

When do we expect to begin construction on the renovation and how long will the project take?
This depends on how much money we receive. Assuming we raise what we think we can, we could begin renovations as early as mid-2019.

What happens to the funds from the previous initiative, Grace Rising?

There is currently $2.2 million of Grace Rising funds that will go towards the building purchase.

Will we borrow money to complete this project?

Yes. Our current best thinking is we will borrow $9 million toward the purchase/renovation of the project. The end number is based on several variables including the appraisal value of the building and the financial terms offered to us by the bank.

What is former Pastor Danny O’Brien’s role in this project, if any?

He has been on the facility side of it from the beginning, actively negotiating on our behalf.

I have seen a lot of images of the city in this conversation. How does this tie to the idea of buying our building?

Grace Fellowship Church has always maintained a significant regional presence in our city. It started from the very beginning days of Grace with a vision to create a church planting movement in our area. This has resulted in 10 churches being planted by GFC over the past 37 years. Securing and renovating our current building will provide a securing financial footing to continue this mission well into our future.

I have heard the word “strategy” used a few times in this initiative. Are we focused too much on the strategy and not enough on people?

We don’t view these two ideas as opposed to one another. Our Make and Multiply initiative is all about bringing people into a significant moment of life change in Christ. It is a plan to facilitate more opportunities for these personal moments of faith and heart change. This intentional effort will not replace our focus on people. People are the focus of the entire initiative.

What if I’m new around here?

We’re excited that you are considering partnering with us! The local church is God’s “plan A” for conforming families to the image of Christ, reaching our community, and bringing the gospel to the nations. Make and Multiply is a great opportunity and way to identify with us and say, “I am all in!”

What if I’ve never given to Grace before?

If you have never given financially to Grace, Make and Multiply is for you! Make and Multiply is a “one-fund” generosity initiative. It is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are asked to give a separate gift to your regular giving. Rather, Make and Multiply recognizes that everyone in the church is called to give generously and sacrificially. Make and Multiply is not merely for “super givers”; it is for all of us. It is a call to radical generosity for everyone at Grace Fellowship. If you have never given before, this is your chance to join us with a joyful and sacrificial commitment.

Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give to Multiply?

Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give. Don’t overlook stored assets that you own. Gifts of appreciated property (stocks, real estate, mutual funds, jewelry, artwork, collectibles, etc.) often make great gifts with significant tax advantages. Please consult with a professional advisor for advice in your particular circumstance. If you need assistance with making a gift of property or stock, please contact Stacie Porter, our Director of Finance (sporter@gfc.org).

Can my cash gift toward Make and Multiply be credited to my faith commitment amount?

The IRS requires that all gifts must be identifiable to the donor. If you prefer to give cash during the weekend services, simply place it in an envelope and clearly mark your name and address, and our finance team will be able to credit it to your Make and Multiply commitment. Giving by check or online also creates an identifiable gift.

What if I’m a college student?

Although college students are notorious for living on tight budgets, the college years are an ideal time to develop a kingdom-focused plan in the areas of personal budgeting and generous giving. This is a time when students from all the colleges and universities represented at Grace Fellowship should join forces and go all-in by giving generously to help us make and multiply.

What if I don’t have a job right now?

God knows our every need and Grace wants to help meet the needs both in our church and our community. If you do not have a job and are actively seeking one, we’d love for you to share this with your life group leader so that your life group can be praying for you. Our hope is that you will be able to find a job so that you can be engaged in all that God has for you.

What if I can’t afford to give right now?

Even in times of scarcity, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite did not make a very big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. Make and Multiply is about all of us coming together, giving generously, and trusting God to do the rest. It may mean that God is asking you to trust him by making a faith commitment that you do not know how to fulfill right now. God has supplied our every need in Christ, and we trust that he will honor a heart that wants to give generously in response to the gospel.

There may also be ways to be sacrificial with your lifestyle to create margin for generosity in your life. Some will cancel cable, and some will ditch the smartphone plan and return to a basic cell phone. Others will play a little less golf, and still others will forego a few caramel macchiatos every week. Some families will buy a smaller home or rent a smaller apartment to be able to give generously for the progress of the gospel. Find ways to involve the entire family in the process of giving generously. Use this as an opportunity to teach children and grandchildren to obey the Lord with a generous heart and to trust him. This is a great opportunity to take a look at our overall stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us.

What if I’m severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give?

It’s important for generosity to be a part of our lives at every point. If you are in the process of paying off debt, we commend you, and you should continue to do so. But, the Bible does not teach that we withhold giving until we are debt-free. When we honor God first with our giving, he promises to be involved with every other aspect of finances. We invite you to consider Financial Peace University, where you will not only learn some great principles of personal finance but also God’s perspective on our stewardship of his resources.

Why do churches talk about money, finances, and giving so much?

Jesus spoke more about money than he did about heaven and hell combined. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they attend church. Others go to small group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is a critical spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. Like all other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God, and God expects that faithful followers of Christ will be joyful and generous givers. Paul is so concerned about our tendency to separate our giving from our living of the Christian life that he admonishes us to excel in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Giving is an essential part of the Christian life.

The church mentions money frequently because money is a frequent area of spiritual attack. The enemy wants to rob the church of the joy of giving and allow the church to excuse its failure to give. He does this because a church that gives generously is a church that knows the joy of the Lord and is impacting its community. We refuse to believe the lie that we can be devoted followers of Christ while we are stingy with God’s resources.

Jesus tells us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). The questions God is calling us to consider are, “Do you really love Christ and his gospel?” “What is Christ worth?” and “How much do you long for the progress of the gospel?” According to Jesus, your answers to these questions are found in where you place your treasure. What does your treasure say about your heart for Christ and his gospel?

What if I have questions? Where do I get more information?

We’re hosting 2 pastoral chats with Pastor Shea and our leadership team at 12:30pm in the Mini Auditorium on Sunday, February 25 and Sunday, March 4. You can also email your question to makeandmultiply@gfc.org. Executive Pastor Ben Abell (babell@gfc.org) and Operations Pastor JP Kahnert (jkahnert@gfc.org) also welcome your questions!