Take a few minutes to review the following questions about The Oaks and our ALL IN Initiative. You may discover you have a question or two you didn’t know you had! We want everyone to be as informed as possible about the two exciting years we have ahead of us. The answers you find here may also help you respond to questions others have as the challenges unfold in the months to come.
If we are committing to ALL IN, how does this change my giving to the general fund, to missions giving, community outreach, or to other Oaks initiatives?
During this 2-year period, every contribution to God through The Oaks will be a contribution to our ALL IN Initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us to for the next two years will be funded through ALL IN. There will not be a separate giving fund. Every gift made will be counted towards ALL IN. Therefore, every weekend becomes a time to celebrate and contribute towards what God is doing in us and through us to Equip, Engage, and Expand!
What are you asking me to do?
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 an ALL IN Small Group this season– doing LIFE together is better! Make time to engage in personal reflection with God in this ALL IN Study Guide. 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 radical 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 show up in huge ways and we anticipate a huge impact from our collective ALL IN commitments. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, May 1, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service! We are trusting this will be a de ning moment for our church and for our faith.
Are there additional ways to give more towards ALL IN?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards ALL IN. You might have some stock, property, or other items of that nature. You may have some stored resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He may 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 can assist you with that.
What about designated gifts to specific ministries?
Gifts to a specific Oaks ministry or initiative will count towards your ALL IN commitment.
How long is my commitment?
We are asking that everyone make a 2-year commitment, totaling twenty-four months. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give Sunday on May 22 and will culminate in May of 2018.
What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my ALL IN commitment?
ALL IN is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at The Oaks. 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. We believe God will use ALL IN to bring about a heart change in many as they surrender their lives completely over to God in the 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 ful ll right now, but that you believe God will provide for as you seek. We would like everyone to be a part of ALL IN so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually stretching season at The Oaks.
What if I am severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give?
If you are 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. 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.
What if I have never even given to The Oaks before?
ALL IN was crafted specifically with you in mind. ALL IN is a “one fund” generosity initiative; it’s different from a traditional capital campaign where you are called to give an extra gift above and beyond your normal giving. ALL IN is a call to radical, sacrificial generosity for absolutely everyone at The Oaks. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with radical sacrifice.
What if I am new around here?
If you are a new Christian, welcome to The Oaks family! We want to encourage you to sign up soon for our NEXT class that unpacks our unique discipleship pathway for personal transformation in relationships, ministry, stewardship, and evangelism. You’ll learn about our mission and vision, and learn how God uniquely designed you. Log on to next.theoaksonline.org for more information.
We would also encourage everyone to join a small group. We believe that real life change happens best in the context of authentic relationships. Our small groups meet weekly in locations all around our county and provide a place for you to connect, grow, and share life with others. Log on to groups.theoaksonline.org to nd your small group today!
ALL IN 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 Oaks your home church and join us for ALL IN. 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!