— 2 Corinthians 8:7 (ESV) —
For the sake of furthering God's glory broader and deeper, we will continue to look at God's Word, sing, and pray to help us determine what a deeper level of engagement means for each one of us and how may we accomplish our next ministry goals together.
"What Is Next for Our Worship?" - Ryan Kelly
"What Is Next for Our Discipleship?" - Ron Giese
"What Is Next for Our Witness?" - Ryan Kelly
"What Is Next for Our Giving?" (Part 1) - Ryan Kelly
"What Is Next for Our Giving?" (Part 2) - Ryan Kelly
"What Is Next for Our Mission?" - Ryan Kelly
Gayla Reid's NEXT Testimony
Fragua's NEXT Testimony
Danner's NEXT Testimony
Tidman's NEXT Testimony
Reflect on of 2 Corinthians 8-9. Paul says that generosity affects everything. God gives all grace, so that we can have all sufficiency in all things (9:8), and so that we may abound in every good work. When we respond to this gift from God, we are enriched in every way to be generous in every way (9:11).
Try a next level of preparing your heart for Sunday mornings. Arrive to your seat a few minutes early to pray for the service and your own heart. Start taking sermon notes. Set a family time on Sunday to talk about what each person learned. Find one person in your row or the foyer to meet for the first time, or encourage. Overall, find a new way to be more active in your receiving of God's Word and partnership in the gospel.
As you pray and reflect on Scripture, what next steps in your life will glorify the Lord in your time, talents, and treasure?
Consider what the next season in your giving will look like.
"But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also." – 2 Corinthians 8:7
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 and 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 to people who either do not have a baseline for their usual giving, or who are not able to really celebrate the total giving they are engaging in at DSC in one single number. We believe that it is all ONE MISSION that we are on—the mission of spreading God's glory broader and deeper. So, we as a leadership have decided to combine all financial gifts to DSC into one fund for this next season of ministry expansion.
The NEXT initiative will last for two years. In those two years, every gift that is given to DSC will go to the key components of NEXT: Operations and Missions, our Home Base, and our Stewardship. These areas are explained in detail in the previous pages of this booklet.
We have included a sample commitment card on the next page so that you can begin to pray about your commitment and what that will mean for your journey with God. Please visit desertspringschurch.org/commitment for a brief video on the commitment card. Take time to think and pray through this, and then we will provide you with a new hard copy on Commitment Sunday, November 17.
What is NEXT?
NEXT is an initiative, along with specific plans, that answers the question, "What is next?" for DSC. We are asking people to re-evaluate what Scripture says about generosity and how to grow in our ministry goals, both within the walls of DSC and outside as we serve our city, region, and world. We are asking people to consider increasing their general giving to a new level. This is because our ministry goals have led to plans for building renovations.
Is NEXT a building program?
Yes, but it is more than that.
A building program is usually done with a separate account, often called a 'Building Fund'. We will not have a separate account for this.
Also, when a building program is done, people return to the former levels of giving. In fact they usually just remain at their initial giving since the building fund is done through "extra" checks or online gifts. We are trusting that most of our people will stay at the new level of giving when the two years of NEXT are over.
What are the building renovations?
There are two: to cover the courtyard and renovate the worship center. This was driven by ministry goals such as hospitality, seats for visitors so they can hear the gospel, classroom space, and space for several specific ministries, like a growing counseling program.
How did we get to this point?
We have been looking intently at three ministry areas for several years: worship, hospitality, and education (adult classes and training). We have not really done anything significant to the facility since it was built in 2002.
Instead we have focused on things like funding the Mayan Achi translation, developing classes, local partnerships, developing women's and men's ministry offerings, starting and growing Clarus, planting local churches, and starting and developing ministries in Guatemala and North Africa.
Now it is time to build up our home base—the facilities in which we manage these varied ministries, the place where we invite others so they can hear the gospel, and the place in which we meet to worship, fellowship, and study. With the one fund approach (see below) all areas of the church will benefit from this generosity initiative.
We have also talked to multiple consultants in the past two years. And among other comments, a common one was to transform the courtyard into usable space, as well as start looking at the west lot for potential development.
What is the timeline for all this?
We will spend the rest of 2019 on communication and challenging each other to make these our goals.
We trust that a new level of giving will start in December of this year (2019), if not before. We will track the giving through the spring months. Then, we will hire a construction company in summer 2020. This provides them the fall and winter months to work on the more detailed plans (plumbing, electrical, and mechanical) and get the city permit process started. We hope to break ground in spring or early summer 2021.
The plan is to complete the courtyard project first. Following that, for a time in summer 2021 we would meet on Sundays in the new foyer, the Youth Room, and the new classroom while the worship center is being renovated.
Why one service?
This is something the elders have been considering for some time. After much study and discussion, we came to conclude that, while multiple services are not always wrong or unbiblical, one church together in one service is the ideal. We further believe that one service will help foster greater unity and friendliness at DSC.
Are you assuming that once you renovate a worship center that can hold more people, more people will come?
We are not doing any planning based on an increase in membership or attendance. We actually pray both will happen, as often does with new church plants or building renovations to existing churches, but we will not base any of our projections on an assumption of more people.
Does one service and a worship center that seats more people mean we will not do any more local church plants?
No. Right now we are averaging 600 seats filled total in the two services on Sunday morning. If we add a balcony, we will end up with 980 seats. 600 people in almost 1,000 seats is 60% capacity. This would provide comfortable seating for the room. There is a slogan, "80% full is full," meaning at 80%, when you walk into the room, you cannot see any seats, especially for a family; therefore, you turn around and leave. As that 60% grows, we still hope to send out church plants in the future.
What is the one fund approach?
The one fund approach is a way to be unified, and to see all areas of the church benefit from a giving and growth initiative.
When churches wish to add building or ministry capacity they typically rely on a traditional building campaign. This means establishing a separate fund asking their people for "over and above" giving.
While many people will do this, some may give to the campaign, but then short their regular giving. Others feel "tapped out" with fund after fund appeal added to regular giving. It can result in giving fatigue and lead some to pick and choose between available options as they may feel they cannot do it all.
One fund invites people to support a unified, holistic vision of the church. That includes growing ministry capacity, the everyday needs of operating a church, and special missions, all in a greater way than if they were separated. Generosity is preached, biblical principles of giving are taught, and people are challenged with ministry goals.
Finally, one fund creates strong mission and vision alignment by streamlining giving to seek kingdom growth and accelerated support rather than reliance upon bank debt financing. Simply put, we are asking you to prayerfully consider an increase in your giving. Your giving will not be to a specific need, but the needs of all new ministry goals, thereby meeting our goals with ongoing giving and not by a new loan.
What about the giving to North Africa?
Starting October 1, 2019, North Africa will be enfolded into the missions budget. One way of looking at this is that our missions budget, as part of the regular budget, will go from 10 percent to over 20 percent.
Additionally, starting on December 1, we will ask you go to your online giving platform and complete all your giving through the general fund ("one fund").
What about the current debt?
By the end of this year the current debt will be around $600,000. We will pay that mortgage off before starting the building renovations. Then, we will finance the building renovations with the increased giving over the next two years. That is, our goal is not to take out a new mortgage.
Are there ways other than regular giving that I can contribute toward the NEXT initiative?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family may give toward the NEXT Initiative. You might have appreciated stocks, property, or some other resources that God has blessed you with. Other "one time" gifts could include a portion of your tax return if you anticipate one. Even just having a garage sale this summer and giving the proceeds to NEXT can help. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding a non-cash gift. You can contact one of our elders, Sandy Beauchamp, for general questions. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to discuss your potential donation with your CPA or tax advisor before making the gift.
Can I donate my required minimum distribution (RMD) from my IRA directly to DSC?
Yes, those who are age 70 ½ or older can contribute up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to DSC and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution. This is known as a qualified charitable distribution. It is limited to IRAs and there are other exclusions and considerations as well.
How do i switch to the new online giving platform?
To switch, visit, desertspringschurch.org/giveonline, or open our DSC app to setup your new account with Subsplash. Please remember to cancel your old account with Vanco at, desertspringschurch.org/vanco, before December 1.
Call us at 505.797.8700 if you need any help.
If you have a question we did not answer in our FAQs, please contact pastor Ron Giese.