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. In 2017 we adjusted our approach to channel all giving into 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 fund the three parts of our vision:
STRONG at HOME
COMMITTED to MISSIONS
DEVELOPING CAMPUS MINISTRIES
What is the vision behind STRONG AT HOME?
We are committed to making an impact in our local community from our main campus. This will include initiatives in children, youth and adult ministry areas. In addition to these, we will focus our efforts and attention on these areas:
We will research these areas in 2020 and take initial steps in 2021 as the vision and funding allow.
Is anything changing in our commitment to MISSIONS?
From the very beginning our congregation has been committed to reaching our City and around the world. We are not backing away from this. We partner with denominational ministries reaching over 162 world areas while continuing to see the mission of impacting Chicagoland.
How are we developing ministry to campuses outside Lemont?
We are exploring what it means to leverage the resources God has provided in order to accomplish the mission God has given us; to grow the church where it is needed most…right down the block from those who need it.
Our campus in Austin is moving into a new partnership with By The Hand Club for Kids which will provide unprecedented opportunities for reaching the families in Austin. Our partnership with Feed, Clothe and Help is an open door and we are eager to see what God has in store for us in this area.
Click here for instructions on how to send your Elevate Commitment to the C1 office.