What is unique about the design?
It’s multi-purpose and thus, stretches our dollars! The worship space becomes a recreational center for students during the week. Classrooms morph into a daycare. Conceptually, the parking lot should be occupied seven days/week, not only on Sundays. You’ll see rock elm beams from trees that began growing about the time the English settled in Jamestown. High-efficiency garage doors will open during nice weather, blurring the indoor-outdoor divide. You’re going to love it!
Will we accept commitments following the deadline?
Yes, but a public end-date will be helpful.
What if faithful, extravagant giving isn’t possible for me?
Even in times of scarcity, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite didn’t make a big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. BOLD is about 100% of us coming together, being generous with what we have , and trusting God to do the rest.
Can we afford this?
We can if our initiative succeeds. The goal of $1.5 million (+ $1 million from community-minded individuals) will leave us with manageable debt. With a daycare lease in place, we’ll have the equivalent of an $830/mo. household mortgage on the equivalent of a $50k household income. While we have operated a debt-free budget for nearly our entire history, we believe debt—so long as you are not enslaved by it—is Biblically permitted for
What if enough funds aren’t raised?
If we think, “I wonder who’s going to pay for this?,” our efforts will die on the vine. BOLD requires 100% participation in generous giving (plus a miracle or two along the way). Thankfully, miracles aren’t our responsibility. We just need to be faithful with what’s given.
What ways can I give to BOLD?
Be creative as you explore ways to participate. Don’t overlook stored assets that you own. Gifts of appreciated property (stocks, real estate, mutual funds, jewelry, antiques, etc.) often make great gifts with significant tax advantages. Please consult with a professional advisor regarding your abilities. If you need assistance with making a gift of property or stock, we would be delighted to help! Contact Al Michalski, our church treasurer, for assistance. Others will cancel cable, ditch a smart-phone plan, or forgo a few caramel macchiatos. Some families may sell a vehicle or rent a smaller apartment to be able to give generously for the progress of the Gospel. Find ways to involve the entire family. Use this season as an opportunity to teach children to be BOLD for Jesus.
Will The Mill Church change if/when we grow larger?
For the better? We sure hope so. On the other hand, what we love about The Mill will not change. Our focus on community will not change. Our desire to passionately know Jesus Christ will not change. Our strategy of NEW CHURCHES and NEW LEADERS will only accelerate.