How much debt does Vineyard Columbus carry? . . .
Currently, Vineyard Columbus has no debt and over $35 million in property and equipment. That means that every dollar given to Vineyard Columbus goes to ministry and not a mortgage. As we launch new campuses and provide permanent facilities at appropriate points in their life cycle, we want to continue our debt free philosophy. For this reason, we’ve included a component to our campaign to provide upfront capital for campus facilities.
How much total money do we hope to raise? . . .
We hope to raise 10 million dollars - 2.6 million dollars for campus multiplication, 1.5 million dollars for the Pastor Residency Program, 5.3 million dollars for current and future facilities, and .6 million for global outreach.
What if we raise more than $10 million? . . .
We will use any funds in excess of our target to accelerate the pace and extend the reach and duration of the campaign targets.
What happens if we raise less than $10 million? . . .
We will turn to the Lord for his guidance and direction. We may reduce or delay one or more of the targets, or borrow to meet campus capital facility needs as they arise.
Have we employed another organization for our campaign, and, if so, at what cost? . . .
No. We are doing our campaign entirely ourselves without outside help. We have had a lot of experience over the years in planning for new initiatives as God has led us through three previous campaigns.
Why are we launching new campuses instead of planting additional churches in central Ohio? . . .
Vineyard Columbus is committed to both new campuses and new church plants. Historically, Vineyard Columbus has planted 30 churches, including 17 in the central Ohio area, most of which are thriving independent Vineyard churches today.
At the same time over the past decade, the Lord has led us to start new campuses in central Ohio that remain a part of Vineyard Columbus, sharing the particular values and practices that distinguish us as a church – things like a strong commitment towards evangelism, racial and ethnic diversity, Spirit-empowered ministry, mercy and justice. We believe God is challenging us to contextualize what makes us unique in a variety of geographic locations of varying sizes, languages and demographics in central Ohio.
Where will we launch new campuses? . . .
As with all major decisions, we will seek the Lord’s direction. Areas to prayerfully consider could include an urban presence, rapidly growing residential communities, and geographic locations or demographics that are currently underserved by existing Vineyard churches or campuses.
How will we determine when to invest in a dedicated facility for an existing or new campus? . . .
There is no exact formula for facilities when launching new campuses. Some will start on a portable basis in a leased space for weekend services like a school or other suitable location. Others might have financially viable buildings available in the target location to purchase or lease as dedicated spaces. Whether existing or new, capital decisions on dedicated space will focus on the historical or projected growth for each particular campus to ensure ongoing financial viability of that campus.
How many international workers will we be sending out? . . .
Driven by a historic deep commitment to participate in God’s mission to reach the lost around the world, Vineyard Columbus’ investment in global mission has generally grown proportionally to the growth of the church, on occasion catalyzed by capital campaigns. Vineyard Columbus currently has 12 international ministry team leaders (couples or singles) in the field with many more to be sent in the next several years.
Vineyard Columbus is committed to having international workers in the Muslim world, secular world and remote unreached parts where the good news of Jesus is not readily accessed. To this end, .6 million dollars will provide needed initial launch funding for new workers and re-entry funding for returning workers.
How long will the campaign last? . . .
The Story Continues will last until Palm Sunday weekend (April 13 & 14) when we as a church will make our commitments. Commitments will then be fulfilled over 3 years.
How much am I required to give? How do I figure out how much to give? . . .
Nobody is required to give anything. We want individuals to give freely and not under any compulsion, because the Bible teaches that “God loves a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:6-8).
There are two very different approaches in determining what you should give. One approach would be to look at your checkbook or monthly budget and ask, “What can I/we afford?” This approach simply calculates existing resources and does not demand prayer, faith, or God’s surprising intervention. A second approach is to ask God what he desires for you to give. This approach requires the willingness to risk, listen to God, and then trust him as you step out in faith and obedience. Our church’s leadership strongly suggests this second approach.
At the end of the campaign, we don’t just want to simply raise a certain amount of money. If all we do is raise money, then we have failed. We want more! We want each individual and family to experience the thrill of hearing God, and then obeying him in a way that results in personal and spiritual growth. We want you to have your vision and faith expanded, experiencing God’s abundant provision in a fresh, new way. We want your values and priorities to shift and more closely align with God’s will. We want you to see yourself as a steward of all your gifts and talents. We want to see your heart invested in this local church and we want you to more fully comprehend God’s heart for central Ohio and for the entire unsaved world.
I gave to the last campaign(s). Should I give again? . . .
Of course. We began our last campaign in 2005. Since that time, God has continued to lead and grow Vineyard Columbus. As The Story Continues you have the opportunity to continue to be a part of our story by giving financially.
How do I give? Will I get receipts? . . .
You can make your commitment in one of two ways: online, or by completing a commitment card. The option for online commitments will open on April 8th. The following weekend, on Palm Sunday weekend, April 13-14th, we’ll have our all-church celebration services at all our campuses. If you haven’t already made an online commitment to the The Story Continues capital campaign at that time, you can turn in your commitment card at one of our weekend services at any campus.
You can set up a schedule online to automatically fulfill your commitment, or choose to contribute on a weekly or monthly basis, or some other cycle that is convenient to you. While most people will choose to fulfill their 3-year commitment in cash, check or automatic transfer, others may choose to give stocks, bonds, or some other form of security as their gift. As with all identified gifts to Vineyard Columbus, you will receive quarterly giving statements to keep as a record of your gifts.
Will people who join Vineyard Columbus in the future be given an opportunity to participate in the campaign? . . .
We have a Follow-Up Team as part of the Giving Campaign whose job, in part, will be to communicate about the campaign to new members and encourage their participation when they attend Membership 101 Class.
Our desire is that everyone who becomes a member of our church in the next three years will have an opportunity to hear about the reason for this campaign and to prayerfully consider contributing to it. Our experience in prior campaigns has been that, given the opportunity to participate, many choose to do so.
What if circumstances change, is this a contract? . . .
You are not signing a contract by participating in the campaign. You are making a commitment that you plan to honor before God. But if at some time your financial situation changes or an emergency happens in your family, you can contact the church office to adjust your amount.