What is a “One Fund” Initiative?
You may have been a 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 initiatives like new buildings, missions or 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 for two reasons: 1) people don’t have a baseline for their ‘usual giving’ or 2) people aren’t able to really celebrate their total engagement/giving at C1 in one single number.We believe that it is all ONE MISSION that we are on – the mission to bring more people to Christ here in our community and around the world. So as leadership, we have decided that from now on, it is going to be one fund to which we give our generosity at C1. No more ‘special campaigns.’ It is all ONE fund.
The Elevate strategic initiative will last for two years. In those two years, a portion of every gift that is given to C1 will go to HOME [creating environments where people find Christ], WORLD [expanding our priority of missions locally and globally], BLOCK [meeting the unique needs in Austin and planting churches in communities that surround us in Chicagoland], and FUTURE [removing debt in order to meet the next opportunities].
What about my Faith Promise giving for Missions?
Expanding on question #1 (What is a ‘One Fund’ Initiative?) the question of giving to missions through Faith Promise follows the same line of thinking. For years, many at C1 have given to missions through Faith Promise, Easter Offering and Thanksgiving Offering.
One thing that is not changing is our commitment to missions. In fact, as our overall giving increases, even more funds will be given directly to missions. A portion of every dollar given to C1 will go to mission efforts.
We are asking in the Elevate commitment process that you…
Church Planting…is there a specific area already in mind to plant a church?
We believe God is calling us to multiply. This was part of our DNA in the first 50 years of our history. We are committed to pursuing this calling in the near future. We have been exploring options as God opens doors, but a specific location or style of church plant is not clear at this time. Every type of plant is on the table – a video campus, a satellite location, etc., planting a church in the suburbs or in the city. We are purposefully not putting this vision in a predetermined box. As the Elevate Brochure indicates, we are simply committed to think NOW, not later.
What are the plans for updating areas of Lemont campus?
Elevate funding allocates $500,000 for improvements to the Lemont campus. This is a conservative amount that will provide needed basic updates to 4 areas.
We could easily spend double our projected allocation to update these areas. Even then it would not address a significant investment to provide handicap accessibility to the second floor Student area. Wise and conservative decisions will need to be made in each of these projects.
If $500,000 of the HOME funding is for building improvements, what is the other $3,010,000 for?
The annual operating budget for the Lemont campus has been approximately $1,500,000 for the last few years. Again we are taking a conservative approach with no significant changes included within the 2-year Elevate goal [resulting in $1,500,000 x 2 = $3,000,000]. The operating budget covers:
Staff salaries are being reviewed and plans for adjustments will be made based on the response of our congregation in their Elevate commitments. Staff raises have been rare in recent years and careful attention needs to be given to this area.
Click here for instructions on how to send your Elevate Commitment to the C1 office.