WHAT IS UNFINISHED?
In the fall of 2015, we as a church embarked upon a journey together that we have called Unfinished. It is a generosity initiative designed to stretch us and grow us as a people marked by generosity; who respond to God’s radically generous grace towards us by generously giving back to Him from what He has entrusted to us (see 1 Chronicles 29:14). The title, Unfinished, reflects the idea that this is an ongoing journey for us! Money, possessions and finances are often the last things we submit to His lordship, and we need the Spirit to continue working in us to transform us into those who reflect the generosity of Christ.
Unfinished also reflects the idea that the work God has called us as a church to do is unfinished. God has done amazing things in and through Park over the last 27 years and we believe He isn’t done with us. We fully trust that He can do far more than we can ask or imagine.
What do we imagine? Our vision is to be a biblical community where the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms lives, renews the city, and impacts the world. As part of that, we’re praying, among other things, that God will allow us to see 14 new campuses or church plants start in the city in the next five years; that’s 20 locations by 2020! We’re also praying that He will also open more opportunities to partner with church plants overseas. We have a long way to go, but the funds that come in as people commit and give to Unfinished are being invested in all of these works and are helping to fulfill this vision!
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ONE FUND TO SEE GOD DO ABUNDANTLY MORE
We view every dollar given to the church as an investment in the work that God has called us to. As a result, as part of Unfinished, we have adopted a one-fund approach. This hasn’t always been the case; in past years, we used a general fund for operations and designated funds for large projects. The one-fund approach means that we now have just one fund that goes toward the entire mission of the church: existing ministries as well as potential future ministries and areas in which we believe God wants to do more. Every dollar received will go into this one-fund.
A CALL TO RESPOND
When we began the Unfinished journey, we asked all who called Park home to prayerfully discern how God was calling them to grow in generosity over the next two years and to make a commitment for that amount… not because generosity should only be a temporary practice, but because two years is often what it takes to turn a practice into a lifestyle. This two-year period thus represents a season in which we seek to mature as followers of Christ, renewing our submission to God’s leadership and learning to trust Him that, as we invest the God-given resources entrusted to us in His kingdom, God will indeed enrich us in every way to be generous in every way (2 Cor. 9:11). The result is that we all emerge from this two-year season as a people who more closely reflect the generosity of God in our own generosity, resulting in praise and thanksgiving to God.
If you’ve not yet joined us on this Unfinished journey, we invite you to do so today! Prayerfully consider sacrificing time, unnecessary commitments, resources, and anything else that would be defined as “life as usual” to make investments in things that will outlast us for eternity. This is your invitation to seek God in what He is calling us to do; to ask what generosity looks like when you live faithfully before your God. It’s a chance to step out in faith and live in a risky way before our faithful God. Above all, remember that this isn’t about Park; it’s about a journey God is calling all of us as followers of Christ to take. As a result, even if you only plan to be at Park or the city of Chicago for a few months, this is still for you. Whatever commitment you make that you don’t fulfill at Park, we simply encourage you to fulfill at your next church.
When you’re ready, you can make your commitment to Unfinished here.
If you have any follow-up questions, please don’t hesitate to email our Executive Pastor, Jonathan Masters.