If I/we are committing to My Heart, My Home, how does this change my giving to missions, the general fund, and other special offerings?
As a church we believe that giving a tenth of our income (tithing) is God's way of building up His church. It is our gift of obedience. As we tithe our first fruits God's blessing are applied to our lives. Other giving like My Heart My Home is about generosity. We give generously as God lays it on our hearts. So, tithing is our base giving, while My Heart My Home is what God lays on your heart.
What are you asking me to do?
First and foremost, we are asking that you pray and seek God’s leading as to what He is asking of you. Prepare your heart to hear Him, and then listen to what He says. Engage in a Small Group during this season, if you haven’t already engaged in one. 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. We ask that you prepare to be amazed. It is an awesome God that we serve and He is going to move in huge ways and we anticipate an unprecedented impact from our My Heart, My Home commitments, something only God can do. Commit and prepare to experience a life-changing Kingdom of God that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church and for your own faith.
Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give more towards My Heart, My Home?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards My Heart, My Home. You might have some stocks, property, or other items of that nature. You may have some 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. We would be happy to help you with that.
How long is my commitment?
We are asking that everyone make a one-year commitment for Phase One. At the end of Phase One we will enter into the next phase which includes debt eradication. Phase one will begin on August 1st 2017 and will run through July 31 2018.
What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my My Heart, My Home commitment?
My Heart, My Home is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Sparks Naz. We believe that God calls us to action in times of hardship just as much as He does in times of abundance, and that looks different for every person. My Heart, My Home is about a heart change, one that is only accomplished by surrendering our lives completely over to God in this area of giving. So that may mean that you are being challenged to sell things, to pick up odd jobs, or even to trust God in faith by making a commitment that you don’t quite know how to fulfill right now but that you believe God will provide for as you seek ways to sacrifice and work towards that commitment. We would like for 100% of us to be a part of My Heart, My Home so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually-stretching season at Sparks Naz.
What if I am severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give?
If you are someone currently making payments to pay off debt right now, we commend you for making progress on that. And you should continue to do so. We would be happy to help you in this journey and/or to recommend a budgeting class that might minister to you. Being in debt does not, however, make someone “excused” from giving. Giving isn’t about what God wants from you; rather, it’s about what God wants for you. So it should be our joy and privilege to give at all times. Please contact us if you need assistance with this or if you would like to speak with a budgeting counselor, and we would be honored to help.
What if I am new around here?
My Heart, My Home 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 towards, and we would really love for you to make Sparks Naz your home and join us in My Heart, My Home. 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. We need you on the team!