What is Forging the Future?
Forging the Future is a spiritual initiative that will call us to participate more sacrificially than ever before to advance our mission together. It will enable us to pay for and take advantage of the unique position and future opportunities God has called us to prepare for as a church.
How much should I give?
That is between you and God. The point of Forging the Future is not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice. So, when you decide your level of participation, think in terms of sacrifice, not just in terms of amount.
Do I have to participate if I’m new to Beachcities?
Nobody has to participate, but we hope you would. If giving is part of spiritual growth, we want you to grow. You can think of it another way too: in the same way someone sacrificed so we could create a seat for you, we want you to experience the joy of creating space for someone else.
Should I direct my regular giving to Forging the Future when it begins?
No, your gift should be above and beyond your regular giving. Take time to prayerfully consider what gift sacrifice means for you and your family.
Is there a way for me to give non-cash gifts?
Yes. We are more than willing to accept gifts of stocks, investments, personal property and more.
Do I have to give everything at once or over time?
Please bring the ‘First fruit’ of your offering with you to the final week of the Forging the Future series on October 22. This will be whatever amount of your Forging the Future gift that you are able to give in October 2017. Then, you can bring the rest of your gift over the two-year Forging the Future giving window – October 2017 – October 2019. You can give your gift weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually – whatever works best for you, online or in service.
How much money are we trying to raise?
$2 million over the next 24-month window over and above our regular giving.
Why are we raising money before we have a permanent site selected?
Having money in the bank and commitments made for the two-year Forging the Future initiative will help us plan for costly moves in the future. Having capital on hand enables the most strategic negotiation of terms with a seller. It will help us best determine the size and scope of projects we can afford.