Pastor David Pothier of La Chapel
Sharpy Maluba - Update Story
Vito Soto - Update Story
Emily Bloomfield | Update Story
Faith Kung- Increase Commitment
Josiah & Anne- Finish Strong
Allison Andrew- New Commitment
Mayra & Andres- Prayer & Fasting Testimony
Midpoint Multiply Vision Video
Pastor Dieudonne of New Generation Burundi | Update Story
Nana and Christabel Sefa | Update Story
Katie Koziara | Update Story
Jeff Hale | Update Story
Multiply Celebration and Results Reveal
Kids and Youth Commitment
Advance Commitment Night
Graham and Alyse Gardner
Dale and Yolanda Jones
Andrew and Emily Goodwin
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IF WE ARE COMMITTING TO MULTIPLY, HOW DOES THIS CHANGE MY GIVING TO OUTREACH, THE GENERAL FUND, AND OTHER SPECIAL OFFERINGS OR DESIGNATED GIFTS?
During this two-year period, every contribution to God through The District Church is a contribution to our Multiply initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us towards for the next two years will be funded through Multiply. There will not be separate funds. Every gift that is given to The District Church will go to the key components of this initiative – to Multiply our Mission (our general ministry budget over two years), to Multiply our Locations (our search for a permanent Sunday home in Northwest DC while also opening new campuses in Maryland and Virginia), and to Multiply our Generosity (our increased investment in planting churches, alleviating poverty, and pursuing justice in Jesus’ name through DC127, Just Homes, Benevolence, and other ministry partnerships and investments.
WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO?
First and foremost we are asking that you 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 Small Group during this season, if you haven’t already engaged in one. Engage in personal reflection with God in the Multiply booklet. Talk with your group, your spouse, your family, friends, or others about what this commitment will mean for this next exciting season of your life. We are asking that you make a commitment to gospel-driven, surrendered generosity – whatever it is that God leads you to do. Follow His leading. Finally, prepare to be amazed. It is an awesome God that we serve, and we anticipate He will move in huge ways as we seek an unprecedented impact from our collective Multiply commitments – something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, March 6, 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.
I THOUGHT WE WERE A CHURCH FOR THE CITY?
WHY ARE WE EXPANDING TO MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA?
Our core commitment remains to be right here in the heart of Washington, DC where we planted. This is why we are looking for a permanent Sunday worship space in DC. While it would be cheaper to look outside DC we remain committed to the city and to have a strong presence in the city with our ministry center and in our efforts to find a permanent Sunday home.
We are also aware that DC proper is only 11% of the DMV area population. A significant portion of our church lives in Maryland and Virginia. As our church has aged many of our folks simply cannot afford to live in the city as their families have multiplied in size. While we are working to make this city more affordable through our work with Just Homes, some forces like the cost of living in DC proper are beyond our control.
We believe we can multiply worship locations in Maryland and Virginia without losing our commitment and priority for the District. Our commitment to this city remains strong and will remain.
HOW ARE FUNDS MANAGED AT THE DISTRICT CHURCH?
Our Executive Board, Sta#, and Leadership Community are all engaged in an intentional and prayerful process to determine our church budget each year. Sta# begin the process by working with their ministry teams to discern how God is leading them to allocate resources to advance the mission of the church in the next season.
The Executive Board carefully reviews and sends a final budget to the Leadership Community to vote on by June of each year. Every dollar received and spent is accounted for through careful record keeping, tight internal controls, and the work of our outside accounting "rm. To learn more about our budget and expenses check out our latest annual report online.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL WAYS BESIDES CASH THAT I CAN GIVE MORE TOWARDS MULTIPLY?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give towards Multiply. 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 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 Abbie Gration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-558-9745 to make a gift of this type.
HOW LONG IS MY COMMITMENT?
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give on Sunday, April 3, 2022 and it will culminate in April of 2024.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A JOB RIGHT NOW?
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR MY MULTIPLY COMMITMENT?
Multiply is about your total, prioritized, gospel-driven generosity to God’s mission at The District Church. We believe that 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. Multiply is about a heart surrender - one that is only accomplished by seeking the Lord and responding to His call and His Word.
So that may mean that 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 love for 100% of us to be a part of Multiply so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging, and praying for one another through this spiritually-stretching season at The District Church.
WHAT IF I’M MOVING WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS OR IF I AMUNCERTAIN ABOUT HOW LONG I’LL BE A PART OF THE DISTRICT CHURCH?
The truth is that none of us know exactly what our future will hold. That’s the beauty and challenge of taking steps of faith! We want to encourage you that even if you’re not sure if you’ll be a part of The District Church for the full span of the next two years, we invite you to still commit to generosity and be a part of this life-changing endeavor God has for our church in this season.
If needed, you may modify your commitment at any time. But often, people will continue to support The District Church, even after they’ve left the area – as a ministry they continue to be a part of into the future. If you happen to move out of the area, we would love for that to be your story!
WHAT IF I AM SIGNIFICANTLY 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, regardless of the amount or percentage
Please contact us if you need assistance with paying off of debt while still giving 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 THE DISTRICT CHURCH BEFORE?
Multiply was crafted specifically with you in mind. Multiply 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.
Multiply is a call to surrendered, gospel-driven generosity for absolutely everyone at The District Church. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with committed giving. We really hope you will.
WHAT IF I AM NEW AROUND HERE?
Multiply is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. We believe that the local church is one of the most compelling missions to give towards, and we would really love for you to make The District Church your home and join us in Multiply. 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!
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T BEEN BAPTIZED YET?
Great question. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they begin attending church. Others begin going to a Small Group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is another spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. One thing is for sure, however. Just like other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God. And God is calling ALL of us to give. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19)
Whether you have taken the spiritual step of baptism or whether you haven’t yet, we would encourage you to still join us in this Multiply initiative. We firmly believe that it will draw you closer to God and hopefully to a place where you are ready to make the decision to become baptized and to surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ.