WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO FOR THE SAY YES! INITIATIVE?
Prepare your heart to hear from God. Expect Him to guide you through prayer, scripture reading and reflection, being engaged with a community of believers, and asking him for wisdom.
Talk with your spouse, your family or others about what this commitment will mean for this next exciting season of your life. You may want to speak to your CPA or financial adviser.
We are asking that you make a generous commitment to Journey so that we can fund freedom for the oppressed, fuel the high-impact ministries of our ever-increasing church family, and free up resources for the future.
Whatever it is that God is leading you to do, we ask that you follow His lead. We would ask you to give only what God is leading you to give—not one cent more, or one
Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed. We serve an awesome God and we expect Him to move in huge ways. We anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective Say Yes! commitments – something only God can do. One person’s faith can move a mountain. Collectively our combined faith can move a mountain range.
Please mark your calendar for Commitment Weekend, March 2 & 3, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church.
HOW DOES $13 MILLION OVER TWO YEARS COMPARE TO CURRENT GIVING AT JOURNEY?
Our current annual giving is approximately $4.4 million. Multiplied by two years that would be nearly $9 million. The $13 million total comes from a combination of missions giving, our operational budget, and the Apopka debt elimination over the next TWO years. This is a challenging goal and certainly requires BOLD FAITH to see it accomplished.
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 Celebration weekend on March 30-31, 2019 and will culmination the weekend of March 27-28, 2021.
WILL WE BE DEBT FREE AFTER SAY YES! CONCLUDES?
One of the major goals of Say Yes! is to eliminate the total debt on our Apopka campus. This will free up hundreds of thousands of dollars for expanded ministry and mission over the next several years. We recently purchased a building for our Lake County campus through a loan with Christian Financial Resources. We plan to accelerate
the paydown of that debt as we free up funds by eliminating the Apopka campus debt.
WHAT IF I AM NEW AROUND HERE?
Say Yes! is a two-year strategic approach to living out our vision and mission as a church. We believe that the local church is the hope of the world, when it’s working right.
We would love for you to make Journey Christian Church your home and join us in our attempts to Say Yes! to Jesus. If you are ready to commit, this is a perfect time for you to put a stake in the ground and make this your church.
The best place to get started is Discover Your Journey led by our pastors and is offered monthly. Stop by the Connection Center in the atrium if you have more questions.
WHY DO CHURCHES TALK ABOUT MONEY, FINANCES AND GIVING SO MUCH?
Churches talk about money a lot because the Bible talks about money a lot. Jesus himself made money a major focus of our following Him as disciples, particularly our desire for it and our use of it. For many, our affluence and desire for wealth stand in the way of the kind of selfless and sacrificial life Jesus calls us to. The desire for money easily becomes an obstacle to seeking our security and satisfaction in God.
Jesus bluntly said that where money leads, hearts follow (Matthew 6:21). If we value wealth and comfort above all else, our hearts will be held captive to all sorts of material idols. However, when we sacrificially give to lay up treasures in heaven, our hearts will be drawn deeper into Christ’s Kingdom and we will follow him joyfully wherever He might call us. If we value wealth and comfort above all else, our hearts will be held captive to all sorts of material idols. However, when we sacrificially give to lay up treasures in heaven, our hearts will be drawn deeper into Christ’s Kingdom and we will follow him joyfully wherever He might call us.
CAN I UPDATE MY COMMITMENT AFTER COMMITMENT WEEKEND IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE?
Yes, you may update your commitment at any time.
WHAT FORMS OF CONTRIBUTION WILL BE ACCEPTED?
Contributions can be made online as well as via cash, check, text, and electronic fund transfer from your bank. Additional forms of contributions include stocks, bonds, trusts, property or other items of that nature. You may have other resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He might be calling you to give during this time. Please let us know if you need assistance with facilitating gifts of property or stock and we would be happy to help you. Contact Pastor Roddy Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need assistance.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO GIVE RIGHT NOW OR CAN’T MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?
Jesus commended a widow who gave her last few pennies as an offering to God. In the eyes of most, that was not a very big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. (Mark 12: 41-44) All commitments made to the Say Yes! initiative matter, regardless of the amount, because as we all participate according to our ability, God multiplies our giving, no matter the size of the gift, to accomplish His work. Biblical giving is about equal sacrifice for everyone, not equal amounts. Following God’s direction is the most important part. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8: 13
WHAT IF I AM SEVERELY IN DEBT RIGHT NOW? AM I STILL EXPECTED TO GIVE?
If you are someone currently seeking to pay of debt right now, we commend you for making progress toward living more financially free and we would urge you to continue to do so. We would be happy to help you on this journey through one-on-one financial counseling, courses like Financial Peace University or Compass Financial Ministry, or in special circumstances through our Benevolence Fund.
Giving isn’t about what God wants from you; rather, it’s is about what God wants for you. It is a joy and a privilege to give and it helps us draw nearer to God.