Frequently Asked Questions - Make + Multiply
Make and Multiply FAQ’s
What are you asking me to do?
We have asked everyone to pray and seek God. Let him prepare your heart and listen for how you should respond. Answer the generosity of the gospel by giving extravagantly for the progress of our church family, our neighbors, our region, and the world. Thank you for your commitments and continued support towards Make & Multiply.
How long is my commitment?
We asked for 100% participation in this initiative, and that everyone would have a Make and Multiply commitment. We asked the congregation to bring their commitments to weekend services on March 17 & 18, 2018. The commitment period officially began with our Big Give Weekend on April 14 & 15, 2018 and continues for 24 months and 3 tax years.
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.
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?
In addition to purchasing the building, we have begun building renovations which include significant updates to the exterior and interior to better serve our current ministries, our future goals and going outside our walls to reach our neighbors, the region, and the world.
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 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 allows 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?
Renovations started in May 2019 and are estimated to take about 6 months
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. We will borrow roughly $9 million toward the purchase/renovation. 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.
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 have been and continue to be the focus of the entire initiative.
What if I’m new around here?
We’re excited that you are joining us during this exciting time at Grace! 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 (email@example.com).
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 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?
You can email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org