WHAT IS 20/20 VISION?
The 20/20 Vision is the theme of the faith journey we are starting to expand our ministry capacity and reach more people. We are expanding, giving and reaching out during this journey like never before. And while you could call it a capital campaign, you would be missing the real heart behind it. It’s really a three-year spiritual journey—a movement, even—that will enable the Open Door Church family to come to a greater knowledge of God’s power, presence and provision in our lives. We believe God is not done working through Open Door to reach others for Christ, in the next town as well as around the world. Life change happens here. We are certain God could do more through us than we could ever imagine. But we know we can’t do it without prayerfully following God’s leading. And we certainly can’t do it without you. We need 100% church participation in investing in people who are far rom God. In a nutshell, the 20/20 Vision Campaign is our next step in accomplishing our mission of “leading people in the adventure of becoming like Christ.”
WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR 20/20 VISION?
It’s all about reaching people for Christ, something that Open Door Church has unabashedly done for years. How we plan to reach them is through strategies that we believe have proven to be effective for us. In the next four years, we hope to:
1) Reach more people by adding 4 new campuses and by funding a family shelter home in Elyria.
2) Renovate existing campuses for increased function and ministry impact.
3) Remove debt to free funds for ministry use.
WHAT ARE THE 20/20 VISION PRIORITIES OF REACH, RENOVATE, AND REMOVE?
First, we are committed to be open to the leadership of the Spirit in what comes first, second, third, etc. We have discovered that when we become rigid in our plans, the Spirit doesn’t have the freedom to guide. We want Him to lead, and we will discern and follow. Vision comes at the crossroads of prayer, bible reading, ministering to broken people, and circumstances. Its also incremental, meaning God typically leads “step by step”. So its fluid, but that is intentional so we can be led by the Spirit. Second, what we do know is that all the goals of the 20/20 Vision can be realized if we meet the financial need of $2.5M. Third, we will endeavor to work simultaneously on all of the 3 R’s.
WHERE WOULD THE NEW LOCATIONS BE?
We believe God is going to continue to use our multi-campus strategy to add more Open Door campuses in the years to come. One church linked to multiple locations is working. It’s efficient and effective in raising up Open Door people who are making a difference in the areas where they live. We are eager to reach out to Lorain so that all the campuses that surround Lorain can cooperatively invest in bringing that campus into reality. This will keep us functioning as one church with one vision. The Lorain campus location will be in an area that is safe, and where the community can support the health and vitality of the location. So in that sense it’s not a “mission” location where the church can’t be self-supporting over time. The Internet campus can come online when the planning has been finished, the personnel are in place, and the funding is secured. Our Dominican Republic campus will follow the same process: planning, personnel, funding secured. The “next town” which will be our fourth campus is a mystery and will come to light in God’s timing. What is so beautiful about this approach is it allows us to be on a faith journey over the next 4 years as God leads us step by step.
IS THE 20/20 VISION CAMPAIGN 3 YEARS OR 4 YEARS?
We believe it will take 4 years for Open Door to accomplish the goals. However, the funding will be given over 3 years. What we are asking our Open Door family to do is to see the vision of 20/20 and commit to invest financially (and in other ways as they come apparent to us) over the next 3 years to see the 20/20 Vision accomplished by the year 2020.
NO MORE DEBT EVER? ARE WE COMMITTED TO THAT?
If we meet our financial need of $2.5 million, it will enable us to become debt free. Our preference is to always move forward without incurring debt. But we don’t believe its wise to promise we will never incur debt in the future. What we do promise is that if we ever take on new debt, we will do it in a responsible manner. We do not want to see the church slowed down or hindered by prolonged debt. With that being said, we will want to be remain debt free. Sacrificial giving will help make this happen.
WILL OTHER CHURCHES FEEL LIKE WE’RE STEALING FROM THEM?
Our experience is that other churches welcome us to their communities because the harvest is larger than one church can reach alone. Our target audience, and our mission, is to reach people who don’t know God or have walked away from him. When we look at potential locations for future sites, we locate areas where we already have a concentration of Open Door attenders. New momentum and growth then happen at that new site because Open Door residents are empowered to bring people to church that would not make the drive to the Elyria campus. Moreover, our relevant style of ministry often fills a void within the community that people would respond to more readily. We want a new Open Door campus location to reach those people, and we hope other local churches will be spurred on to do their best to reach others in relevant ways as well.
SO, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?
First of all, don’t think about dollars right now. We just want you to accept the challenge to engage in the journey this spring. Start by praying for people in your life yet to be reached. Visit Lorain and pray, buy something, meet someone and get his or her name. Pray for what God would want to do in and through you. Let him speak to your heart and simply respond to his leading. Secondly, take the time to go through the 7-week “Journey Guide” we have provided to help you. Interact with Life Group discussions. Use the daily devotional and prayer guides. Work through the Commitment Guide. As we progress, we are asking each individual or household to evaluate their priorities and spending, consider their current and future resources, and determine how much could be given above their normal general giving that would reflect true sacrifice.
HOW LONG IS THE GIVING COMMITMENT?
3-years (36 months), which provides the time we all will need to truly stretch and sacrifice and provide the $2.5 million that is needed for the 20/20 Vision. On Sunday, April 24 we will come together as a church for Commitment Sunday to make our faith commitments. Then, the following Sunday, May 1, we will announce the total commitments to 20/20 Vision. We are asking everyone to bring their first gift for 20/20 on Sunday, May 1, as we launch together the giving phase of this vision.
IS MY GIVING TO 20/20 IN ADDITION TO MY REGULAR GIVING?
Yes, It is above and beyond your regular giving. A theme you will see us using is “Not Equal Giving, but Equal Sacrifice.” The opportunity created by the 20/20 Vision allows us the privilege to give above and beyond what we currently give and step into a place of sacrifice, faith and generosity. Shifting your current giving from general offerings to the 20/20 Vision will not help us reach our goal of increasing our ministry capacity.
I WILL GIVE SOME MONEY TO 20/20. WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO MAKE A COMMITMENT?
Giving with intentionality is a demonstration of faith and Christian maturity. Its one thing to throw in some change, or give a few dollars here and there, but when we make a plan and commit to a specific amount, we are showing God that His plans are a priority for us. Also, our faith commitments are the only tool we have to know how to move forward in planning. In 2 Corinthians 9:1-11, the Apostle Paul reveals that a specific amount of funds were needed for ministry, that the Corinthians had made commitments to meet that need, the plan was being executed upon, and Paul now reminds them to follow-through on their commitments. Thus, making faith commitments enables us to plan wisely, grow in our faith, and be encouraged when we need it. Our heart attitude toward giving to the 20/20 Vision should be one of excitement and generosity, not forced or with reluctance. The best way to anticipate the opportunity for a cheerful gift is to plan for it by making a faith commitment and seeing it through. Through this, we can trust God that “you will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)
I DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY? WHY SHOULD I GIVE?
The Bible is full of stories of people, compelled by God to sacrifice, who made a difference through their obedience to Him. A sub-theme of 20/20 is “Not Equal Giving, but Equal Sacrifice.” We are simply asking everyone to go on the spiritual journey, asking God, “What do you want me to do?” And then respond in obedience. This means that the gifts that are committed will be of different sizes, but will all represent sacrifice. The widow gave the last pennies she owned. Zacchaeus gave half of everything he owned. Mary brought an alabaster jar to Jesus that was worth one year’s wages. In 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, the Macedonian Christians were living in extreme poverty and their hearts welled up in extreme generosity “giving according to their means and beyond their means,” which means they committed money by faith that they didn’t have yet. In fact, the spiritual journey of the Macedonians that brought them to that level of sacrificial generosity is a model for us: “They gave themselves first to the Lord, then (second) to us, according (third) to the will of God” – 2 Corinthians 8:1. Every one of these gifts was born out of a heart to do God’s will, and every gift was rejoiced over, and necessary in accomplishing God’s purposes. It will take every gift from the smallest to the largest, and every gift in-between to meet our financial goal of $2.5 million.
I’D REALLY LIKE TO BECOME DEBT FREE BEFORE I GIVE TO THE 20/20 VISION. ISN’T IT BETTER IF I GIVE ONCE I’M OUT OF DEBT?
God’s greatest concern is that we become generous. Debt itself isn’t necessarily bad or good; it’s how we manage debt that matters. Everyone has ebbs and flows in their financial resources, but everyone can contribute to the work of God. The principle of giving is a higher priority so that people can be reached, more addicts can be healed, more families can be restored, and above all, more lost people can find new life in Jesus Christ. While you manage and eliminate your debt, don’t forget that God wants to make you a generous person. When you are generous to the 20/20 Vision you are making a way for blessing to come to others. Which has a way of providing you with great satisfaction. The truth is, its not either/or, but both/and.
I AM A TEENAGER. I DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY. DOES IT MATTER?
David was a shepherd boy who killed a giant. Mary was a teenager when Gabriel told her she’d be the mother of Jesus. You’re never too young to serve God, and one of the best ways to become a man or woman of great generosity in the future is to start today. Get involved today with your little and watch God multiply it into a great provision for the thousands to come to Jesus in the years ahead.
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN MY LIFE?
3 Commitment Parts: Able, Sacrifice, Faith.
#1 – ABLE. This portion comes from funds that are currently available in your budget, which God may be asking you to give. This is excess income over existing expenses – what you’ve been saving or have saved.
#2 – SACRIFICE. This amount is a total of what you could free up by cutting expenses, reducing your lifestyle, or liquidating assests to generate additional funds. Use the Commitment Guide Section in this, your Journey Guide, to help you determine your level of sacrifice.
#3 – FAITH. This amount is discerned by prayer. Ask God to reveal to you an amount that He would have you trust Him with to provide above what you are able to give and above what you can make a sacrifice to free up in your budget. This amount is a step of faith – you can’t see anywhere that it would come from. The idea is that you pray asking God to provide over the next three years this amount, which He has placed on your heart prior to submitting your commitment card. The real faith comes when you actually receive unexpected amounts and are able to follow through in giving them to the 20/20 Vision.
ARE COMMITMENTS A BINDING PLEDGE?
No, we are not asking for pledges, but faith commitments. You are committing by faith what you believe to be God’s will. But there is room for adjusting this amount up or down anytime over the 3 year giving phase. While you will receive updates on giving, you will not be badgered if you are unable to meet your faith commitment.
COMMITMENT SUNDAY IS WHEN?
Commitment Sunday is April 24th at all campuses. Everyone can do something, and become part of something truly amazing. God wants to multiply the efforts of his people beyond our greatest dreams. But, it will require you to see with 20/20 Vision.