After months of prayer, discussion, and spiritual insight, our elders issued five challenging objectives for the next five years to further our mission.
Multiply the ways we equip and support families in discipling their children by expanding counseling, groups, training and resources.
Multiply the number of adults who are investing in young lives through disciple-making relationships.
Multiply our space to invite and engage the next generation into our corporate life and disciple-making movement.
Multiply the number of young people we are empowering, equipping, and deploying as partners and disciple-makers.
Multiply the efforts of our disciple-making community to share the Gospel among at-risk children and youth, both locally and globally.
WHAT FACTORS HAVE LED OUR LEADERSHIP TO PROPOSE THIS INITIATIVE?
Our children, students and young adults are under spiritual assault like no other time in history. Each year the percentage of young people who are becoming Christ followers in our nation is declining, and many churches are growing older instead of younger because we are failing to effectively reach and disciple this next generation. We believe God is calling us to counter this threat. The Surge Initiative is our response—it is our five-year church-wide initiative to multiply the resources we are investing in reaching, equipping, and deploying young people as partners with us in this disciple-making movement.
WILL THIS INITIATIVE DIMINISH OUR DISCIPLE-MAKING & MULTIPLICATION PRIORITY?
The Surge Initiative will actually enhance our disciple-making and multiplication priorities in two significant ways. First, it will increase our disciple-making space for children and students through a construction project (funded through special giving and, if necessary, limited borrowing). Second, it will strengthen and multiply disciple-making and multiplication ministries for children, students and their families through an increase to our annual disciple-making budget over the next five years. This will increase our capacity to reach, equip and deploy the next generation of disciple-makers.
IS THIS INITIATIVE A REVERSAL OF OUR DESIRE TO REMAIN DEBT-FREE?
This is not a reversal of our desire to remain debt free. Our goal to remain debt free except when borrowing on a limited basis is crucial to accomplishing our disciple-making mission. If it becomes necessary to partially fund the Surge Initiative by borrowing, it will be as little as possible for as short as possible. Our culture of gospel-centered teaching and a call to multiply has created a unique opportunity to reach, equip and deploy more young people than we could have ever imagined and we desire to be good stewards of this incredible opportunity with which God has entrusted us. Ultimately, we are praying and laboring toward our desired goal to pay for the project in full by the time of its completion.
CAN WE SOLVE OUR IMBALANCE IN A LESS EXPENSIVE WAY BY ADDING ADDITIONAL SERVICES?
Adding additional services will not address our imbalance challenges during peak Sunday AM service times. Sunday morning will remain a prime time for families to bring their children and students into our disciple-making ministries regardless of what other service times we offer. This proposal will double our disciple-making space for children and students during peak times while meeting our current needs and future projections.
HOW DOES THE SURGE INITIATIVE BENEFIT OUR OLDER GENERATION?
The Surge Initiative ensures that your investment and legacy of Gospel-Centered truth, worship, and service lives on in the next generation. We would not be where we are today without you. This initiative protects and enhances the faith legacy of our older generation and will provide expanded opportunities to spiritually invest in our younger generation. The additional space for our children and students will allow the 600 rooms to be fully utilized once again for training, equipping and adult disciple-making.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE OF THIS PROJECT?
This project was approved by our members in November 2017 and this five-year initiative will begin mid summer 2019. The projected time-frame for the completion of the construction project will be within the first three years. These estimates are all contingent on numerous factors.