Unchartered territory and uncomfortable situations is where God does His best work and where we have the possibility for the most growth. Not only does lack of comfort and stability increase our desire to run to Him for help, it makes us want to lean on Him for a strength we realize that He has — and we don’t. This is why God loves to call us into uncharted territory because it causes us to completely trust and rely on Him and go beyond what we ever would dream or imagine we could go.
Sermon Series Schedule
September 17: Follow Him into the UNCHARTED
September 24: Trust Him into the UNCHARTED
October 1: Prioritize Him into the UNCHARTED
October 8: Surrender to Him into the UNCHARTED
October 15: Commit to Him into the UNCHARTED
Download the Uncharted Community Group Guide.
— We are taking the ONE FUND approach. In other words, we will use one fund to fund everything. We are not asking for above and beyond giving. We are simply asking you to give generously — trusting God in an UNCHARTED commitment to the work of Redemption in God’s Kingdom.
— This puts you in the budgeting process. We can be better stewards of God’s resources because we will have a more firm grasp of what the years ahead look like through your financial generosity.
1.) To motivate 100% of people who have partnered with Redemption to be gospel-driven in generosity.
2.) To finance the mission of Redemption (including paying down our debt) via our goal of $7 to $9 million over the next two years.
What Is The One Fund?
In the past, Redemption has had campaigns (as have other churches you may have been a part of) asking you to give ‘above and beyond’ your regular giving in an effort to complete special projects. At Redemption, these campaigns have been used to build buildings used for the mission of loving God, loving people, and seeing God change the world. We have found, however, this kind of ‘above and beyond’ giving can be confusing to people who don’t have foundation of ‘regular giving’ or who aren’t able to put an amount on their giving. We believe we are all on ONE MISSION — the mission to love God, love people, and see Him change our world.
Redemption’s UNCHARTED initiative will last two years (Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2019). In these two years, every gift given to Redemption Christian Church will go to ONE FUND, the Uncharted Initiative, to help us faithfully do the kingdom work God has set for us to do.
If we are committing to Uncharted, how does this change my giving to missions, the general fund, and other special offerings?
During this two-year period, every contribution to God’s work through Redemption is a contribution to our Uncharted initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us towards, for the next two years, will be funded through Uncharted. There will not be separate funds. Every gift made will go into the same fund and will be our Uncharted giving. Therefore, every weekend becomes a day to celebrate and contribute towards what God is doing in us and through us to help navigate people toward God.
What are you asking me to do?
First and foremost, we are asking you to 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 Community Group during this season, if you haven’t already. Spend time in personal reflection with God in the Uncharted information on the web/app. 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 you to 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 Uncharted commitments — something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, October 15, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church and for our own faith.
Are there additional ways besides cash I can give more towards Uncharted?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards Uncharted. 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 out of during this time. 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 Financial Administrator, Tracy Austin to make a gift of this type.
How long is my commitment?
We are asking everyone make a two-year commitment, which is 24 months.
What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my Uncharted commitment?
Uncharted is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Redemption. We believe 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 Uncharted 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, to 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 towards that commitment. We would like for 100% of us to be a part of Uncharted so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually-stretching season at Redemption.
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 minister to 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. So it should be our joy and privilege to give at all times. 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.
What if I have never even given to Redemption before?
Uncharted was crafted specifically with you in mind. Uncharted 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. Uncharted is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone at Redemption. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice.
What if I am new around here?
Uncharted is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. We believe the local church is one of the most compelling missions to give towards, and we would really love for you to make Redemption your home and join us in Uncharted. 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!
We have three tiers to our goal for Uncharted. $7 million, $8 million, or $9 million over the next two years.
If Redemption generously gives $7 million over the next two years, we can …
1.) Continue the work we are currently doing.
2.) Increase giving to missions and the church plant we will be helping support in Boston.
3.) Begin several needed rainy-day funds for longer-term needs like replacement audio/visual systems, roofs, structures, and the like. In an effort to be good stewards of God’s money, we have recognized a need to have those funds saved when the day comes they will be needed.
If Redemption generously gives $8 million over the next two years, we can …
1.) Do everything listed in the $7 million goal, plus …
2.) Allocate an additional $1 million toward reducing our debt load. We believe being debt-free or having minimal debt is the best way to be good stewards of what God has entrusted us with. With this in mind, we want to aggressively attack our current debt and begin to move toward a much smaller debt-service load.
If Redemption generously gives $9 million over the next two years, we can …
1.) Do everything listed in the $7 and $8 million goals, plus …
2.) Identify and begin preparations to launch a third Redemption campus in southern Indiana. We believe the region God has placed us in is in desperate need of the gospel (and gospel-driven workers). We want to launch a third campus, not for the name of Redemption, but for the advancement of God’s Kingdom in the time and place He has us.
Special thanks to Compass Christian Church (in Texas) for aiding Redemption with this series via graphic elements, some content, and inspiration.