Q: If we are jumping in to Cannonball, how does this change my tithe and any of my “over and above” giving?
A: During this two-year period, every contribution to God through Cannonball is a contribution to our generosity initiative. This means that everything from our general ministry budget (which is anything BUT general!) to our special community events, our mission work locally and globally, and our campus expansion projects will all be fueled through the Cannonball initiative. So every single dollar given within the next two years will fuel this life-changing mission!
Q: What are you asking me to do?
A: A: First and foremost, we are asking 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 Growth Group during this season, if you haven’t already. Spend time in personal reflection with God and then have great conversations with your spouse, your family, or others who are on this same journey as you. Pray over what God would have you experience in this season. 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 we serve. He is moving in huge ways, and we anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective Cannonball commitments—something only God can do.
Q: Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give more towards Cannonball?
A: Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards the Cannonball Initiative. You might have some stocks, property, or even some stored resources that God has blessed you with and just might be calling you to give. 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 Laura Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a gift of this type.
Q: How long is my commitment?
A: The Cannonball Generosity Initiative began in April 2017, but you can still jump in! We’ll be committing to give towards Cannonball through April 2019.
Q: Does it matter which EastLake Network location I attend? Will my giving stay tied to my location?
A: Cannonball is a one-fund initiative meaning all of our giving is united, just like our mission for Jesus. However, we have campus-specific projects that will be designated as priorities for each location. We all get the benefit of joined giving with the ability to fund projects at each location that might not otherwise be possible. We call this the family win.
Q: What if I am severely in debt right now? Am I still supposed to give?
A: 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 get you signed up in our Money Study (where collectively we have paid off over $60,000 worth of debt!). 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.
Q: What if I have never even given to The EastLake Network before?
A: Cannonball was crafted specifically with you in mind. Cannonball 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. Cannonball is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice.
Q: What if I am new around here?
A: Cannonball 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 us your home and join us in Cannonball. 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 want you to join in on this adventure of living out the mission God has for us.
Q: What if I haven’t been baptized yet?
A: Great question. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they begin attending church. Others begin going to a Growth Group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is another spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. All we ask is that you ask God what His next right step is for you…and that you do that.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. The Bible says: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19). Whether you have taken the spiritual step of baptism or not, we would encourage you to still join us in the Cannonball Initiative. We firmly believe it will draw you closer to God and hopefully to a place where you are ready to make the decision to become baptized.
Q: How can I give?
A: We have several options for giving. One is our giving envelopes that are provided each weekend in all of our services. You can also give online at eastlakechurch.com or give through the PushPay app that is available on both iOS and Android devices.