Daring Faith Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are we having this Daring Faith Campaign? Why not just announce that we need funds to build?
A: Because it takes this much time and effort to fully communicate the need… the purpose… the goals … and the vision to everyone in a church.
Q: What kind of reactions should we expect from people?
A: We began this campaign knowing there would be three different reactions:
First, there are those who are already committed to giving. They don’t need this campaign. They are spiritually mature, they understand all the reasons why we must build, and they give sacrificially whenever they are asked to. Second, there are those who are not going to give no matter what we do. They will come up with all kinds of objections, excuses, and criticisms about this campaign. But the real issue is they simply don’t want to give. We’re not doing this campaign for this group either. And we won’t let the objections of a few rob the rest of us of the joy of giving. Third, there are those who will want to give when they catch the vision of what we’re attempting and how giving will help them grow spiritually. These people are the reason for this emphasis.
Q: Are we paying any fundraising consultant for this campaign?
A: NO! We designed the campaign based on the biblical instructions God gave for raising the money to build the Temple in 1 Chronicles 29.
Q: How will the money we raise be used?
A: The building fund is kept separate from the general ministry funds. All Daring Faith gifts will be used to fund the purchase, improvements, and expenses of our new church home. It is important to remember that our Daring Faith gifts are to be in addition to our regular giving for the on-going operation of the church. Otherwise our day-to-day ministries would suffer.
Q: “I am a single parent with several kids and almost no income. But I want to be a part of building our church. How can I give?”
A: First, let me commend you for your heart’s desire to give. It reminds me of the poor widow Jesus honored for her faith in giving in Mark 12:41-44:
“Jesus sat near the Temple Offering Box and watched the people put in their money. Many rich people gave large sums of money. Then a poor widow came and put in two copper pennies. Jesus said, I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people together! They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had; she gave all she had to live on.”
From this moving example of sacrifice, Jesus taught 3 important truths:
- Your attitude is more important than your amount in giving.
- It is always possible to give something IF we really trust God.
- God measures our faith by comparing what we’ve given with what we have left over after we’ve given.
This is why our theme is “Equal sacrifice, not equal gifts”. As you pray about what a genuine “sacrifice “ will mean to you, I urge you to read the Bible story of the miracle that happened when another single parent gave away what little she had (1 Kings 17:8-16). God took care of her the rest of her life. And God is still doing miracles today in the lives of those who dare to trust him!
Q: Will my commitment be kept confidential?