First, we are asking you to pray and seek God’s direction in what He is asking of you. Pray and commit yourself to God’s work in your life, to take the next step that He has for you. Engage in using this anchor piece to reflect and grow in the Lord and share what you’re learning with your spouse, family or others about the journey that God has you on.
We are asking that you make a sacrificial commitment to gospel-centered generosity, whatever it is that God leads you to do.
Finally, we ask that you prepare to see God work. That you’d pray to see God work in the whole body of Grace. We are asking God to meet us in unprecedented ways, and we anticipate that He will awe us in this season. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, October 28, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church.
Momentum won’t change the ‘how’ of our missional approach, but it will impact the ‘how much.’ We’d like to expand the reach of the gospel by investing in our current campus with a bigger building and more parking. We’d also like to add a missions pastor, more field staff and more local missions ventures to broaden our global impact for Christ.
Not only can making a commitment be an act of discipleship, but it is also a helpful tool for the church to ensure responsible financial planning. Setting an intention for giving over the next two years and sharing that intention with the church allows Grace to make informed decisions about its financial investments in ministries and missions.
For Momentum, we are challenging you to grow in several acts of discipleship, including the practices of Bible reading, prayer and giving. As you consider your financial commitment over the next two years you will want to factor in the following: (1) what you typically give on a regular basis, (2) your faithful increase over what you typically give, (3) any special offerings you plan to give, such as Easter and Christmas Eve and (4) any stored resources.
Stored resources are the funds or assets that you have other than income. You may want to explore unique ways you can give toward this initiative. For example, you may have savings, stocks, bonds or other investments that you decide to gift to the church. You may have a boat, vacation home or a collection that you want to let go of. Or, you may want to consider whether God is calling you to simplify your lifestyle in a way that frees you to give more to Him. What would your life look like if you let go of some of the “stuff” you’ve been holding on to?
If you are currently struggling with unemployment, or if you are carrying the heavy load of substantial debt, we are here for you. Grace offers Biblical Finances, a 11-week class that helps you develop a plan for taking control of your finances. If you are in need of care, we have trained counselors and pastors who can meet with you to discuss your current situation. As you work to overcome financial barriers to giving, consider that giving isn’t about what God wants from you; rather it’s about what God wants for you. Momentum is fundamentally about a heart change - one that is only accomplished by surrendering our lives completely over to God f- and that looks different for all of us. Ultimately, we would like for 100% of us to be a part of Momentum so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually-stretching season at Grace.
There are several ways you can give. We encourage you to set up an automatic payment through our online giving portal at graceb3.org/give. Our giving portal is secure and will work with any bank that you bank with. You can also make gifts one at a time at the website above, or by texting a dollar amount to the number “84321.” Of course, you can always give with cash or check at either of our campuses. If you would like to give a gift of stock or securities please contact our Director of Business Administration, Caleb Stamp or 319.626.2040.
As followers of Jesus, God calls us to give our first and best to the Lord through the avenue of the local church. We should prioritize giving to God because all that we have had and will have is from Him, so we give to Him in faith from our here and now resources. That said, we’d hope that God is putting you in situations where He calls you to give and serve outside of the church body as well. Often this external giving is what facilitates the ‘bring in’ part of our mission, to bring people into the Kingdom of God.
At Grace we believe in a three pronged approach to determining God’s will for our personal finances. First, we encourage you to give of the first and best of what you bring in, and this means giving before taking other expenses into account. It’s a way of choosing to trust God with all things, especially the things that hit close to home like personal finances. Second, giving should be sacrificial. When we make a sacrifice to the Lord we are putting Him first in the preeminent spot in our lives. Finally, giving should be regular. In a cadence that is worshipful for the giver, giving should be a regular part of our lives because it reminds us of our priorities, it brings us into closer worship of God and gives us a tangible act of worship to bring to the feet of our Lord.
We commend you for finding a place to park! But in all seriousness, Momentum 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 towards, and we would really love for you to make Grace your home and join us in Momentum. 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. We need you on the team!
Momentum was crafted specifically with you in mind. Momentum is a “one fund” generosity initiative, meaning that it is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are called to give an extra gift above and beyond your normal giving - thus creating two steps for people who aren’t yet giving. Momentum is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone at Grace. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game!
A “One Fund” generosity initiative is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are called to give an extra gift above and beyond your normal giving. The One Fund rolls all of our giving into, you guessed it, one fund, for all that we are doing now and all that we are committing to the Lord for our future. This approach is so much bigger than a building, but also includes the expansion of our local and global ministries. The One Fund also creates an opportunity for individuals and families new to Grace to join in the amazing work God is doing at any time.
Momentum is about impacting our community and calling our people to know and become like Christ. Every week lives are being changed and new people want to become part of what we have experienced. Our goal has never been to increase in size by numbers, but to meet people wherever they are on their journey and to take steps together to know and become like Christ. As we continue to get better at helping people and families do this, we will continue to grow. Healthy things grow. We know it is irresponsible not to plan and prepare for those God will send.
Due to the landlocked nature of Grace’s current property, any increases to the size of our building without addressing the size of our property would remove space for parking, which is already scarce. Also, take a walk through the East Wing between services, and you’ll see that the auditorium isn’t the only space we’ve outgrown. We are desperately in need of more space for all of our ministries.
While we do hope and plan to plant more churches in the coming years, church plants will not adequately mitigate our current seating and parking problems. Furthermore, we aim to do what the surrounding area needs. The people that move into North Liberty in the next two, five and ten years don’t need us to tell them to attend one of our church plants or nework churches in another town. They need a place here and that is what we are called to be.