1. What is NEXT?
NEXT is the name of our two-year generosity campaign where we are focused on raising funds for:
- Space for the NEXT generation
- Materials to help people grow
- Campus improvements
- and Freedom from debt
2. 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. Make time to engage in personal reflection with God in this workbook. Talk with your spouse, your family, or 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 radical generosity – whatever it is that God leads you to do. Follow His leading. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, January 29th, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service! We are trusting this will be a defining moment for our church and for our faith.
3. How long is my commitment?
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment, totaling 24 months. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with First Fruits Sunday on February 19th and will culminate in February of 2019.
4. What does a
We believe that everybody has the ability to give something. As a church, we are striving for 100% participation, above your regular giving, for the next 24 months.
5. I’m in my early 20s. Do I need to participate?
Yes! Living a life of generosity is part of maturing in your faith. You can start to practice the gift of giving at any age.
6. What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my commitment to NEXT?
NEXT is about your sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Concord Church. 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. We believe God will use NEXT to bring about a heart change in many people as they surrender their lives completely over to God in the area of giving. So that may mean that you are being challenged to sell things, to pick up odd jobs, or even to trust God in faith by making a commitment that you don’t quite know how to fulfill right now, but that you believe God will provide for as you seek to please him.
7. I’m not sure I can make a commitment?
We completely understand. Going above and beyond in financial given can be a challenge. We encourage you to participate in the 21-Day Fast and Study Guide in the NEXT Workbook; download HERE. Also, in 2017, our Faith & Finance Ministry will host classes through Financial Peace University to equip you with scripture, prayer, and testimonials to help you in your journey toward increased generosity.
8. How does this change my giving to the general fund, to missions giving, community outreach, or to other Concord Church initiatives?
During this two-year period, we are asking that you make an above and beyond sacrificial gift that is in addition to your regular giving. We want to foster a generation of generous disciples. Therefore, turning our hearts towards what God is doing in us and through us to help the next person take to their NEXT step with Christ!