Unleash

OUR GOALS

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Our primary goal is to have 100% Engagement; to see every single one of us moving forward, allowing God’s Spirit and love to be unleashed through us. We believe every one of us can participate through prayer, serving and giving financially to see lives changed.

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Our secondary goal is to raise $7 million to do what we believe God is calling us to do to UNLEASH His love through CR First. God generously gives us everything we have, including our lives. We believe God is asking us to unleash His radiant love by investing generously in these three key areas:

ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY

We are not simply a church in Eastern Iowa, we are for Eastern Iowa. We will be a strong church, engaged in helping people find freedom in Jesus. When others are being cautious, we will not hold back, but provide vibrant, Spirit-filled worship experiences where Jesus can transform lives, raise up disciples and send out His people.

-SUNDAY SERVICES

-RAISING UP DISCIPLES

-LIFE GROUPS

-ONLINE SERVICES

EQUIP THE NEXT GENERATION

We measure our impact by the faith of the next generation. This will happen as we invest in families and create environments where children and students can encounter Jesus. We will create secure and vibrant spaces for our children and youth so they can experience God’s transformational love.

Early Childhood: Create safe, engaging rooms, a play area and a large room for group lessons.

Elementary: Provide a large room for kid’s church, smaller breakout rooms, and a new store for kids to shop.

Youth: Establish a large room dedicated for youth and space for sports, activities and hanging out.

Special Needs: Provide caring environments of faith and hope for individuals with special needs.

EXPAND GOD’S KINGDOM

We are called to reach the unreached around the world. We will increase our partnership and investment with our local community outreach partners, global missionaries and launch more campuses.

SUPPORT GLOBAL MISSIONARIES: Project 42, Convoy of Hope, and One Child

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS: Love My City, Food Giveaways, Foster Graduation Party

NEW CAMPUSES: Launch Manchester, IA and create plans for more

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GIVE NOW

PRAY

Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and UNLEASH His power, love and generosity through you.

ENGAGE

Do not hold back, but participate in God’s work of transforming lives, raising up disciples and sending out His people.

GIVE

Make God’s vision your highest priority and trust him as you give back to Him generously from all He has blessed you with.

Unleash

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Philippians 2:13

GIVE NOW

FAQs

  • WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO?

    We are asking you to pray and seek God for how he wants you to respond. Prepare your heart to hear Him and then listen to what He says. Connect to a life group and attend a P.I.E. meeting so you can see the whole vision God has for us. Talk with your spouse and family about what your commitment will mean for this next season. Respond to the generosity of the gospel by giving extravagantly for the progress of the good news in our church family, among our neighbors, and around the world. We are then asking you to make your financial intention known to us by submitting your commitment card during “Celebration Sunday” on October 31.

  • WHAT IS THE “RIGHT AMOUNT” TO GIVE?

    2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Everyone’s situation is unique, but we are all called to give. Our challenge, no matter what you currently give, is to take a step forward in your generosity journey.

  • WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO GIVE RIGHT NOW?

    It is easier to give when there is abundance, but lean times prompt us to trust God at a greater level. This will look different for each family, but God will direct all of us and call us to surrender our lives completely in the area of giving. Sacrificial giving may mean being challenged to sell things, cut back in certain areas of spending, or even to trust God in faith by making a commitment you don’t quite know how to fulfill right now, but that you believe God will provide as you seek Him.

  • WHAT IF I AM BURIED IN DEBT? AM I STILL SUPPOSED TO GIVE?

    Being in debt does not disqualify someone from giving. Giving isn’t about what God wants from you; it’s about what God wants for you. So, it should be our joy and privilege to give at all times.

  • WHAT IF I AM NEW TO CR FIRST OR HAVE NEVER GIVEN TO CR FIRST BEFORE?

    If you are new to our church, welcome! The first step is to attend Grow Track. In this four-week class, you will learn about our church and how you can get connected. For more information on Grow Track, visit crfirst.org/grow.

    UNLEASH 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 toward, and we would really love for you to make us your home and join us in UNLEASH. 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!

  • HOW WILL THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS AFFECT OUR CURRENT MINISTRIES?

    All current staff and leadership have been a part of the design process and are excited for the future plans. We will all need to work together and be flexible throughout the construction process, as things may change often (kid drop-off procedure, open rooms/ hallways, etc.). We appreciate your patience and flexibility!

  • IF WE ARE ENGAGING IN THE UNLEASH INITIATIVE, HOW DOES THIS CHANGE OUR TITHE AND ANY OF OUR “OVER AND ABOVE” GIVING?

    During this two-year period, every contribution to God, through UNLEASH, is a contribution to God’s mission at CR First. This means that everything, from our general ministry budget to our special community events, our mission work locally and globally, as well as our building renovations, will be fueled through the UNLEASH initiative. So, every single dollar given within the next two years will contribute to fulfilling this life-changing mission!

  • ARE THERE ADDITIONAL WAYS TO GIVE?

    Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give. Don’t overlook stored assets you own. Gifts of appreciated property (stocks, real estate, mutual funds, jewelry, artwork, collectibles, etc.) often make great gifts with significant tax advantages. Please consult with a professional advisor for advice in your particular circumstance.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES