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Our spiritual and relational growth as Christians has been met with strong cultural opposition in our country, cities, workplaces and schools. News stories, statistics, divorce rates and the effect of digital media all point to an assault on the youngest in our midst. It is a daily battleground where we fight for the hearts of our most impressionable and vulnerable. With the urgency of God’s compassionate heart, it is time to press back against the darkness. It is time to invest our lives in a battle that we cannot afford to lose. Now is our time to surge forward, to rise up, to not back down. “The Surge Initiative” is how we will deepen our walk with Jesus and multiply, disciple, equip and deploy this next generation. We believe this season will be unlike any we have shared together as a spiritual community, but this requires more than just strength or will power. It requires us to be in step with the way Jesus served those around Him.

Surge is our initiative to deepen our walk with Jesus and to multiply, disciple, equip and deploy this next generation into His disciple-making movement.

Timeline

  1. Months of Prayer & Discussion

    Fall 2016

    Our culture of gospel-centered teaching and disciple-making has led to a population that exceeds our current space both presently and for the foreseeable future. After months of prayer, discussion, and spiritual insight, our elders unanimously arrived at five challenging objectives for the next five years to further our mission. It is time to invest our lives in a battle that we cannot afford to lose. Now is our time to surge forward, to rise up, to not back down.

  2. Vision Night

    September 24, 2017

    Rick, Greg and Kevin share with our members and leaders The Surge Initiative and its intent to increase our space (relationally and physically) for our children as they move through middle school, high school and become college students and young adults.

  3. Surge Initiative Vote

    November 5, 2017

    Our bylaws require a membership vote on any new construction. In order to proceed with the plans outlined in the video and brochure our members must approve this 6 million dollar project. Ballots will be available November 5. The deadline for submitting a ballot is November 17.

  4. 2018 Budget Presentation

    November 19, 2017

    Our 2018 Annual Operations Budget will be presented in service, Sunday, November 19. The Surge Initiative vote will also be announced. Ballots for the Annual Operations Budget are due December 4.

Documents

Surge Initiative

An overview of the Surge Initiative.

Posted 09/25/2017

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Questions?

Attend a question and answer session on Sunday morning at 9:30am in the Resource Center. Sessions are on the following dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29. No appointment is necessary.

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FAQs

What factors have led our leadership to propose this initiative?
Our children, students and young adults are under a 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. 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 signi cant ways. First, it will increase our disciple-making space for children and students through a one-time 6 million dollar construction project (funded through special giving and limited borrowing, if necessary). 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 from 1.8 million to 2.8 million. 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 is 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. 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. The Surge Initiative will meet both 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?
If approved by our members in November, this five-year initiative will begin in January 2018. 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.