What are you asking me to do?
First and foremost, we are asking that you pray and seek God’s direction on what He is asking of you. Prepare your heart to hear Him and then listen to what He says. Take your next step. Engage in personal reflection with God in this guide. 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 gospel-centered generosity—whatever it is that God leads you to do. Follow His leading.
Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed. We serve an awesome God, and He is going to move in huge ways. We anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective Next Steps commitments—something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, March 12 and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church and our own faith.
How is Next Steps different from previous generosity initiatives?
We are more focused on everyone at Geyer Springs seeing their giving as an integral part of the discipleship process and then being challenged by God to take a next step. The bulk of this notebook is focused on helping us dig into some key Biblical principles that guide us in this area as we follow Jesus. This is our first priority—100% participation in the process. Even if someone wrote us a check today for our secondary goal of $16-17 million, we would still do this initiative. Whether we are just starting in our giving journey or we are very committed givers, we all have a next step to take and room to grow in this area.
How does $16-17 million over two years compare to current giving at Geyer Springs?
Our current annual giving is approximately $5,000,000, multiplied by two years is $10,000,000. So, in essence, we are believing God to grow our resources between $3-3.5 million per year for a total of $16-17 million.
Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give toward Next Steps?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give toward Next Steps. You might have some stocks, property, or other items of that nature. Or you may have stored resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He just might be calling you to give during this time. Please let us know if you need assistance with facilitating gifts of property or stock, and we would be happy to help you. Jason Miller, our Executive Pastor, is able to assist with all such gifts. Contact Pastor Jason at [email protected].
What if I have never even given to Geyer Springs before?
Next Steps was crafted specifically with you in mind. Next Steps is a “one fund” generosity initiative. It is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are called to give an extra gift above and beyond your normal giving, thus creating two steps for people who are not yet giving. Next Steps is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone at Geyer Springs. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice. We really hope you will.
How long is my commitment?
We are asking that everyone make a two-year (24-month) commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with Celebration Sunday and our First Fruits offering on Sunday, April 2, and it will culminate in April 2025.
What if I am new around here?
Next Steps is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. We believe that the local church is one of the most compelling missions to give toward, and we would really love for you to make Geyer Springs your home and join us in Next Steps. If you are ready for it, this is a perfect time for you to put a stake in the ground and make this your church.
What if I am not a church member or made the step to trust Jesus?
Great question. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they begin attending church. Others begin going to a small group meeting before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is another spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. However, just like other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God. God is calling ALL of us to give.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Whether you have taken the spiritual step of baptism or not, we would encourage you to join us in Next Steps. We firmly believe it will draw you closer to God and hopefully to a place where you are ready to make the decision to become baptized and to surrender your life to the lordship of Christ.