4"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5

This ancient Hebrew prayer, called the Shema, is said to be the most-prayed prayer in all of history. What does it mean that the Lord our God, the Lord is ONE? Is He the ONE thing that drives all other things in your life?  Who are we, that God would choose ordinary people like us to make much of Him?

ONE of the most important things the gospel compels us to is generosity. Jesus did not withhold generosity at the cross and we respond by not withholding from Him. He was first, He went first, and all things are by Him, for Him, through Him and to Him.

We will continue to declare and demonstrate the gospel as ONE Church in multiple locations, reaching ONE More person, and continuing to reach ONE More Generation for His glory.

Initiatives

FAQ

First and foremost, we are asking that you pray and seek God’s leading on what He is asking of you. Prepare your heart to hear Him and then listen to what He says. Engage in a Disciple Group during this season, if you haven’t already engaged in one. Engage in personal reflection with God in the ONE Booklet you will be receiving. 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. 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 collective ONE commitments – something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Weekend, November 8/11 and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church and for our own faith.

We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment, which is 24 months. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give on the weekend of November 29/December 2, 2018 and it will culminate in December of 2020.

During this two-year period, every contribution to God through The Church of Eleven22 is a contribution to our ONE Initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us towards for the next two years will be funded through ONE. There will not be separate funds. Every gift made will go into the same fund and will be our ONE giving. Therefore, every weekend becomes a day to celebrate and contribute towards what God is doing in us and through us to help ALL people discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards ONE. You might have some stocks, property or other items of that nature. Or you may have some stored resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He just might be calling you to give out of 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 with that. You can contact Paul Williams at to make a gift of this type.

ONE is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at The Church of Eleven22. 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. But ONE 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 for ways to sacrifice and work towards that commitment. We would like for 100% of us to be a part of ONE so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging and praying for one another through this spiritually-stretching season at The Church of Eleven22.

If you are someone currently seeking to make 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.

ONE was crafted specifically with you in mind. ONE is a "one fund" generosity initiative, meaning that 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 aren't yet giving. ONE is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone at The Church of Eleven22. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice. We really hope you will.

ONE is about the vision for our church. 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 The Church of Eleven22 your home and join us in ONE. 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!

Great question. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they begin attending church. Others begin going to a Disciple Group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is another spiritual step and it comes at different times for different people. One thing is for sure, however just like other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God. And God is calling ALL of us to give. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19 Whether you have taken the spiritual step of baptism or whether you haven't yet, we would encourage you to still join us in this ONE Initiative. We firmly believe that it will draw you closer to God and hopefully to a place where you are ready to make the decision to be baptized. If you are ready to be baptized, go to our BAPTISM page for more information on your next steps.


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