FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IF I AM COMMITTING TO CANNONBALL, HOW DOES THIS CHANGE MY REGULAR GIVING?
During this two-year period, every contribution to God through Community is a contribution to our Cannonball Initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us toward for the next two years will be funded through Cannonball. There will not be separate funds. Every gift made will go into the same fund and will be our Cannonball giving. Therefore, every Sunday becomes a day to celebrate and contribute toward what God is doing in us and through us to help lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
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 a LIFE Group during this season if you aren’t already in one. Engage in personal reflection with God the Cannonball devotional booklet. 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 of generosity to the Cannonball Initiative. Whatever it is that God leads you to do, follow His leading.
Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed! We serve an awesome God, and He is going to move in huge ways. We anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective Cannonball commitments —something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, November 11, 2018 and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service 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 TO CANNONBALL?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give toward Cannonball. 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 during this time. Please let us know if you need assistance with facilitating gifts of property or stock, and we will be happy to help you with that. Contact Executive Pastor Brian Beckner at bbeckner@communitycc. com to make this type of gift.
HOW LONG IS MY COMMITMENT?
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give on Sunday, December 2, 2018 and it will culminate in December 2020.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A JOB RIGHT NOW? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR MY CANNONBALL COMMITMENT?
Cannonball is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Community. 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 Cannonball 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 you are being challenged to sell things, 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 toward that commitment. We would like for 100 percent of us to be a part of Cannonball so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging and praying for one another through this spiritually stretching season at Community.
WHAT IF I AM SEVERELY IN DEBT RIGHT NOW? AM I STILL SUPPOSED TO GIVE?
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 assist 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. It should be our joy and privilege to give at all times. A 9-week class called Financial Peace University will begin in February 2019.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER GIVEN TO COMMUNITY BEFORE?
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 generosity for absolutely everyone at Community. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice. We really hope you will.
WHAT IF I AM NEW AROUND HERE?
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, and we would really love for you to make Community your church 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 need you on the team!