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How does the one-fund approach to All-In change my giving to support the general budget, missions, facilities, campus expansion, and other special offerings? [+]
During this two-year period, every contribution to God’s work through Crossbridge is a contribution to our BOLD Initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us towards will be funded through BOLD. There will not be separate funds. Every gift made will go into the same BOLD fund. Therefore, every Sunday becomes an opportunity to celebrate and contribute towards what God is doing in and through Crossbridge Church as we give for our mission, for our community, and for our world.
Why are we changing to one fund for the BOLD Initiative? [+]
There are several reasons for this change. First, this approach allows us to easily celebrate and track all giving as support for the BOLD Initiative. With a God-sized goal of $4.85 million, every dollar given for the progress of the gospel will count as a part of our combined efforts to support one another and reach the world. Second, when we give for different funds, we tend to place greater value on some giving and less value on other giving. When we separate “missions giving” from “supporting the church,” it is easy to forget that support for the local church is support for the mission. The local church is God’s “Plan A” for reaching our community and the nations with the gospel. The one-fund approach reminds us that God has one plan for reaching the nations – the local church. Every gift given for the progress of the gospel counts in the Kingdom of God, and every gift given to Crossbridge Church counts in the BOLD Initiative.
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 Community Group if you are not already a 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 mission, to our community and around the world.
Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give more to BOLD? [+]
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give. Some will cancel cable and some will ditch the smart phone plan and return to a basic mobile phone. Others will play a little less golf and still others will forego a few caramel macchiato 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 trust Him. This is a great opportunity to take a look at our overall stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us. As you consider how God is leading you to 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, we would be delighted to help! You can contact Reed Cuthsall (email@example.com) for questions and instructions on how to do this.
What if I don't have a job right now? What does that mean for my BOLD commitment? [+]
BOLD is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity for the advance of the gospel. God knows our every need, and Crossbridge Church wants to help meet the needs both in our church and in our community. If you do not have a job and are actively seeking one, we’d love for you to share this with us so we can be praying for you. Also, consider connecting to a small group where you will find a community of people who are ready to encourage you and pray with 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. BOLD 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. BOLD means all of us, together – for our mission, for our community and for our world.
What if I am severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give? [+]
If you are someone currently seeking to make payments to pay off debt right now, we commend you for making progress on that. And you should continue to do so. We would encourage you to go through the Financial Peace University course if you have not done so already. Being in debt does not, however, make someone "excused" from giving. Giving isn't about what God wants from you; rather, it's about what God wants for you. So it should be our joy and privilege to give at all times. Please contact us if you need assistance with this or if you would like to speak with a budgeting counselor, and we would be honored to help.
What if I’ve never even given to Crossbridge before? [+]
If you have never given financially to Crossbridge, BOLD is for you! BOLD is a "one-fund" generosity initiative. It is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are asked to give an extra gift “over and above” your regular giving. Rather, BOLD recognizes that everyone in the church is called to give generously and sacrificially. BOLD is not merely for “super-givers,” it is for all of us. It is a call to radical, sacrificial generosity for everyone at Crossbridge. If you have never given before, this is your chance to join us with a radical, joyful and sacrificial commitment.
What if I am new around here? [+]
We’re excited that you are considering partnering with us! The local church is God’s “Plan A” for conforming our families to the image of Christ, reaching our community, and bringing the gospel to the nations. BOLD is a great time and a great way to identify with us and to say – I am going BOLD for the gospel.
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 begin attending church. Others begin going 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 act of the grace of giving also (2 Cor 8:7). Giving is an essential part of the Christian life. The church mentions money frequently because money is a frequent area of attack. The enemy wants to rob the church of the joy of giving and allow the church to excuse their 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 their 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 6:19). 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.” Your answer to these questions, according to Jesus, is found in where you place your treasure. What does your treasure say about your heart for Christ and His gospel?
How much is enough? [+]
Knowing that we should give can be easy, but knowing how much to give presents a greater challenge. God has always had His people give of the “firstfruits” of His provision back to Him. Throughout the Old Testament, this took the form of the “tithe.” Approximately 400 years before the law was given, both Abraham and Jacob offered the Lord a “tithe” of everything that the Lord had given to them. The word tithe simply means “a tenth.” In response to the provision and the promise of God, these heroes of the faith offered the Lord not merely a tenth of their income, but a tenth of everything God had given to them. The law codifies the principle of giving a tithe, but it also makes provision for peace offerings and freewill offerings to the Lord. Even the law encouraged the people of God to exceed the minimum requirements of the law! Christ fulfilled the promise of the law. This does not give us an excuse for no longer giving a tenth; rather, it should motivate us to give in grateful response to God. He keeps His promise and allows us the joy of being a part of His plan for meeting the needs of His people. In Acts, the church did not allow a legalistic reading of the tithe to limit their generosity. Instead, they saw the immense needs among the Body of Christ and gave accordingly. In short, “firstfruit giving” is a universal biblical principle. The tithe is a good place to start for many believers, but it is not a good place to stay. The principle that guides us as we give is this, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). The King of Kings left heaven to give His life. So, how now shall we give?
How long is my commitment? [+]
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give Weekend on March 22nd (the church will provide a special envelope for this special weekend), and it will culminate on March 22, 2017.