The question has been asked; “Are we going to have a fund raising campaign to pay for the new buildings?” My response has always been, no, we are not, because what we need is a “Faith Raising Campaign.”
What do I mean by that? The biblical record is that God has always provided the money needed to meet the needs of His church through His people (Exodus 36:2-7). In fact in Malachi 3:10, the Lord challenges His people to test Him when it comes to sacrificial giving (tithing). Can you imagine what it would look like if every family took God up on His challenge? We are simply talking about every family doing what should be the norm for followers of Jesus.
We will pay for the building cost in these projects as we have in previous ones. First, with money given each month through the “New Facility Fund.” In fact, many families already make this part of their regular tithe and offering. Second, we believe that God is going to send more folks to join Cedar Crest that will be able to participate in the process. Third, God is going to do some things in the coming days that only He can do. All these things, along with the budget surplus every year will combine to retire indebtedness.
What can everyone do? First and foremost we encourage you to pray and ask the Lord how you are to invest financially in His Kingdom. Our “Faith Raising Goal” is for every family to tithe and additionally give a designated offering to the “New Facility Fund.” With more and more participating, it won’t take long for us to pay for the first two phases and move on to phase three and build our worship center. Then, think about this: when we have completed the facilities for our campus, our giving to local, state, national and foreign missions will become exponential with such extraordinary faithful investors.
The questions we must all answer are, “Can we trust God to take care of our needs if we honor Him with the first fruits of all He provides (Proverbs 3:5-10), and Does it bring honor to the Lord for us to be cheerful generous investors in His Kingdom (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)?”
I’m all IN!
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
The first phase of construction will be to add classroom space connected to the front of the current Student Center. This addition will provide space for adult and student life group classrooms. The pictures below show a virtual representation of the layout as well as the general aesthetic design.