Frequently Asked Questions
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+ Why now?
First, the heart… At one of our local grocery stores, when you need assistance in the self-checkout lane, you push a help button. An automated voice begins to repeat, “Help is on the way. Help is on the way. Help is on the way.”
There are so many people in Jackson County without the hope of Jesus and the adequate resources to meet their daily needs. They are calling out for help. Our message to them is, “Help is on the way.” Christ’s love compels us to go. We carry with us the hope of Jesus and our compassionate response to the needs of our neighbors.
Author and pastor Mark Batterson writes, “There is nothing remotely passive about being part of the kingdom of God. We are called to forcefully advance the cause of Christ. Faithfulness is not holding the fort. Faithfulness is storming the gates of hell. The early church played offense.” So will we.
Second, the logistics… Found Church, just like any organization, is trying to plan ahead. They have prayed and pored over their startup costs and first year’s budget. To hit the ground running on September 8, 2019, and build momentum in the months to follow, many things need to happen before and after that date. We want finances to be the least of their concerns.
As for CMJC and The Storehouse, the Food Council of Michigan donated a 30-foot walk-in freezer worth approximately $25-30K. The only stipulation is that we need to find somewhere to house it by December 2019, or we lose it. The Storehouse will provide that space. Not to mention extra space for the ever-growing list of ministries and resources. More on this later.
+ Do we really need another church in Jackson?
There are 111,000 people in Jackson County, alone, with no religious affiliation. So, yes, we do need more healthy, vibrant, mission-minded churches. Church plants typically grow twelve times faster than established churches. Plus, 60-80% of people who attend a planted church are new believers. Church plants reach more lost people than established churches.
Dr. Timothy Keller writes, “A vigorous and continuous approach to church planting is the only way to guarantee an increase in the number of believers, and is one of the best ways to renew the whole body of Christ.”
If you like to read, or even if you don’t, check out this incredibly insightful, paradigm-shifting article from Dr. Keller.
+ Do we really need more space for CMJC?
This isn’t a question many people are asking, but just in case you are, we’ll address it.
Last year, we were able to share 89 tons of food with over 5,000 families at Food Pantry and over 4,000 families at ten mobile sites as well as 16 partner churches and 16 school partners; filling 8,700 backpacks to provide families with weekend sustenance. This was all done from 1100 square feet of space! Something is going on in our hunger ministries each day of the month. Making all of this work can be a challenge that requires significant volunteer time, creativity, and flexibility. It also comes with continual wear and tear on our church facilities. The Storehouse will provide 4,000 square feet of designated space, allowing us to spread out and expand our reach.
+ Will planting a church effect JaxNaz negatively?
No. Quite the contrary. A Ph.D. dissertation on church planting investigated 624 churches that had each planted a church. The result? The sending churches saw a 21.5% increase in attendance for the next five years from the time of their church plant.
Why does this happen? Planting new churches helps established churches renew their missional heart and passion. It brings the focus of the church back to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), The Family Business. In planting a church, we are making space by sending out. Space in our seats for new guests, space in our ministries for new leaders, and space in our lives to be on mission.
+ Where will the Storehouse and Found Church be located?
The Storehouse will be located on the JaxNaz Church campus near the Compassionate Ministries Center.
Found Church will be located at Middle School at Parkside on Fourth St.
+ What is the cost breakdown?
The cost for building The Storehouse includes construction material and labor only.
Equipment costs for The Storehouse include shelving (for approximately 40 pallets), a forklift, a commercial washer/dryer, a walk-in cooler, an overhead door opener, tables, exhaust fans, and ventilation.
Take a moment to consider all of the resources that make Sunday mornings at JaxNaz possible. To transform a school cafeteria, hallway, and conference room into spaces conducive for worship, Found Church needs to provide many of these same elements themselves. We are working with Portable Church to make that transformation happen.
Some of the materials needed include chairs, a stage, a sound system, screens, lights, room dividers, directional signage, tables, floor covering and televisions for kids ministries, kids check-in computers and materials, and various hospitality resources. Additional behind-the-scenes expenses include kids and youth curriculum, IT infrastructure, database software, community outreach events, and marketing expenses.
We want our daughter church to start as successfully as possible. Providing the budgeted expenses for its first year enables Found Church to put twelve months of tithes and offerings in the bank. For year two, Found Church will build a budget from what it has rather than projections based on only one year of giving data. Plus, budgeting from savings significantly reduces financial stress that often accompanies church finances.
The most significant recurring expense in year one will be rent. Pastor Chris’ salary will be a part of the 2019-2020 JaxNaz budget. Found Church is budgeting a small stipend for a part-time worship leader and part-time administrative staff. Ministry resources and recurring expenses such as monthly website fees, print publication, ministry infrastructure expenses, regular community events, and marketing, are included, as well.
+ What is Portable Church?
Found Church will conduct its worship services at Middle School at Parkside. You may be asking, “How will we make a school look and feel like a church?” Maybe you heard Pastor Bryce reference Portable Church. Its mission is to help churches succeed in all kinds of locations by literally mobilizing all the necessary resources. Check out the Portable Church website to learn more. https://www.portablechurch.com/
+ How are we (JaxNaz Church) doing financially? Can we really afford to do this right now?
Our church is in a better financial position than we have been in many years. We build our annual budget by reviewing trends in giving and expenses. There are weeks when giving falls short of our average weekly expenses. There are also weeks of tremendous generosity. Most of the time, things balance out.
Stewardship is the highest priority in our finances. We plan for both our absolute needs and for "wants" that we believe would enhance our ministries. When we experience shortfalls, we can put some of those "wants" on hold until funds are available. We strategize for ever-increasing financial efficiency and, consequently, see savings in our actual spending compared to what we budgeted. Additionally, there are times when budgeted items become available to us at reduced or no cost. God always provides. We believe that God has financially positioned us to take this next step of faith in the life of our church - and faith is a crucial component of this endeavor.
Another Mark Batterson quote, “Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation. Abraham ‘faced the fact’ that his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was too. But he was also ‘fully persuaded’ that God had the power to deliver on His promise. Faith is not mindless ignorance; it simply refuses to limit God to the logical constraints of the left brain.”
+ Can I give to one and not the other?
Please don’t. God has been clear on this. Linking The Storehouse and Found Church under Christ’s command, and our strategy, to GO and actively reach into our community will be an undeniably unifying endeavor. Author and pastor Tim Chester writes, “Evangelism and social action are inseparable, as two arms of the church's mission. Social activity is a response to evangelism, a bridge and a partner to it.”
When you give, please give to The Family Business. This is our serious activity requiring time and effort and the avoidance of distractions.
+ Are we raising all of this money by ourselves?
Thankfully, no. We have already received over $50,000 through the generous support of local organizations and foundations as well as our denomination. That being said, we will carry the majority of this weight together. Don't let that sound intimidating. It's good news! When we reach our goal, the celebration will be all the richer because everyone leaned in and invested something. Together, with God’s help, we can make this happen!
Take comfort in the assurance that God will provide us with everything we need. The apostle Paul writes to the Philippian church, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). This gracious and generous God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills will supply all our needs (Psalm 50:10).
+ How do I figure out what my gift should be?
This answer will get a little technical; however, it needs to be so we can wrestle it to the ground. In past building campaigns, you may have heard us say, “God is calling each of us to equal sacrifice, but that does not mean equal gifts.” So the question is, how do we know when we are “sacrificing?” Here are three helpful guidelines, all from 2 Corinthians 8, that will help us think about what “sacrificing” means…
Give according to your means.
In 2 Corinthians 8:12–14 Paul states, “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he [or she] does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.”
The Bible never calls us to give out of what we don’t have; the Bible calls us to give out of what we have. And not only that, it calls us to give “according to” what we have. Practically speaking, each person in the church is in a different stage of life and may be in a different place financially. This is why the Bible never calls us all to give the same amount but to give according to what we have. So the question is, am I giving according to my means? Does the size of my gift reflect what I have?
Give until it hurts.
In 2 Corinthians 8:3 Paul states, “For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,”
Not only did the churches in Macedonia, who Paul is talking about here in 2 Corinthians 8, give according to their means, but they gave even “beyond their means.” Honestly, one of the only ways that we can genuinely know that our giving is a sacrifice is to give more than we can spare. Only then do we know that we have truly sacrificed.
This is what the churches in Macedonia did. From an outside perspective they did not have anything to spare, and yet they were extremely generous. Look at what Paul says about their poverty and generosity in 2 Corinthians 8:2, “their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.”
C.S. Lewis once stated, “I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little.”
Give as a response to the gospel.
2 Corinthians 8:9 states, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
Giving as a response to what God has given us in the Gospel is the last and most failsafe principle when we consider what God would have us give. Giving should never solely be based on need, or duty, or even as a way to have joy. Although all of those can be part of the motivation to give, the ultimate motivation to give lies in what Jesus has given us.
When we forget this truth, that Jesus has given us everything in the Gospel, it is easy for our giving to slip into habit or duty. When this happens, our giving will typically look more like “sufficient” giving rather than “sacrificial” giving. Before we open our hands to give, we must remember that God opened heaven and gave us his only Son. (Courtesy of Mercy Hill Church)
+ Is giving to the Family Business above my regular giving (tithe)?
Yes. We build our annual operating budget on tithes and offerings. Therefore, reallocating regular giving for the Family Business would hinder our current ministries. We believe God has called us to deepen our participation in His mission, so our giving should follow suit. Please prayerfully give to the Family Business in addition to your current tithes and offerings.
+ How do I give?
You can give securely online with PushPay, by check, or with cash. When giving online, select “Family Business” from the drop-down menu. When giving by check, write “Family Business” in the memo. When giving with cash, place the gift in an envelope labeled “Family Business”.
+ Who do I contact for more information about the Family Business?
For more information, simply email email@example.com