What is a one fund initiative?
You may have been part of church campaigns in the past during which you were asked to give a second gift “above and beyond” your usual gifts to make special projects like new buildings and new ministries possible. Normally, you gave that gift to the “Building Fund” and you also continued to give offerings to the “General Fund.” This type of giving is potentially confusing to people who either don’t have a baseline for their “usual giving” or who aren’t able to really celebrate the total giving they are engaging in at NBLC in one single number. We believe that it is all ONE MISSION that we’re on – the mission to reach more people with the love of Jesus in Pacific, St. Louis, Missouri, and to the ends of the earth! That is why NBLC sponsors generosity initiatives. The UNFINISHED initiative will last for two years. In those two years, every gift that is given to NBLC will go to the three components of UNFINISHED: UNFINISHED Church, UNFINISHED People, and UNFINISHED Mission.
If we are committing to UNFINISHED, how does this change our giving to missions, the general fund, and other special offerings?
During this two-year period, every contribution to God through NBLC is a contribution to our UNFINISHED initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us towards for the next two years will be funded through UNFINISHED. There will not be separate funds. Every gift made will go into the same fund and will be our UNFINISHED giving. Therefore, every worship service becomes a day to celebrate and contribute toward what God is doing in us and through us to help move God’s mission forward from Pacific to the ends of the earth.
What are you asking me to do?
First and foremost, we are asking that you pray and seek God’s leading on what He is asking of you. Prepare your heart to hear Him, and then listen to what He says. Engage in a Connect Group during this season, if you haven’t already. Engage in personal reflections with God in this UNFINISHED booklet. If married, talk with your spouse. Talk with your family. Talk to trusted others about what this commitment will mean for this next, exciting season of your life. We are asking that you make a sacrificial commitment to gospel-motivated generosity – whatever it is that God leads you to do. Follow His leading. Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed. The God we serve is awesome and He is going to do huge things in our lives and we anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective UNFINISHED commitments – something only God can do.
Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give more toward UNFINISHED?
God’s people at NBLC have shown creativity in past initiatives. Some have given stocks, property, or other items of that nature. You may have some stored resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He just might be calling you to give out of during this time. Please let us know if you need assistance with facilitating gifts of property or stock, and we can connect you with those who can help.
How long is my commitment?
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment—24 months. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with First Fruits Sunday on November 19, 2017 and it will culminate in November of 2019.
What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my UNFINISHED commitment?
UNFINISHED is about your total, radical, and sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at NBLC. We believe that God calls us to action in times of hardship just as much as He does in times of abundance, and that looks different for every person. But UNFINISHED is about a heart change – one that is only accomplished by surrendering our lives completely over to God in this area of giving and declaring that we are a people who are UNFINISHED. The Bible records people selling possessions in order to give. Some in our church have found odd jobs in order to contribute. Lay your situation before God and pray expectantly for His leading. We are aiming for 100% participation in UNFINISHED so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually stretching season.
What if I am severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give?
If you are someone seeking to pay off debt right now, we commend you for making progress on that. And you should continue to do so. NBLC regularly offers Financial Peace University and also has financial coaches available to those who desire. We would be happy to connect you with help in your journey. Being in debt does not exclude God’s call to generosity. Giving isn’t about what God wants from you, rather, it’s about what God wants for you. Let God’s Holy Spirit help you determine in your heart what to give.
What if I am new around here?
UNFINISHED is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. We believe that the local church is one of the most compelling missions to give toward, and we would really love for you to make NBLC your home and join us in UNFINISHED. If you are ready for it, this is a perfect time for you to put a stake in the ground and make this your church. God intended you to be on a team, and we’d love to have you! Check out our I'm New page for more information.