Frequently Asked Questions
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 or Sunday School class during this season. Engage in personal reflection with God in the Multiply guidebook you will be receiving. 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 whom 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, November 5, 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.
Our Multiply Initiative utilizes a “One Fund” approach to giving where contributions fund our general budget and our future facility on Creedmoor Road. This approach allows all donors to participate in Bay Leaf’s desire to grow our ministry to reach North Raleigh. Donors can continue to support mission efforts through World Missions, Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong and Mission Trips. Additionally, donors may wish to designate a gift specifically to fund our future facility on Creedmoor Road.
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 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. You can contact Will Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-847-4477 (ext. 224) to make a gift of this type.
We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our “First Big Give Day” on Sunday, December 3, 2023 and it will culminate in December of 2025.
Multiply is about your total, gospel-driven generosity to God’s mission at Bay Leaf. We believe God calls us to action in times of both hardship and abundance, which look different for every person. It’s about a heart surrender – one that is only accomplished by seeking the Lord and responding to His call and His Word.
If you are between jobs at this time, you may be led by the Lord to sell some possessions, 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.
If you are currently working to pay off debt, we commend you – and you should continue to make progress on that. We would be happy to help you in this journey and/or to recommend a budgeting class that might minister to you. However, being in debt does not make someone “excused” from giving. Giving isn’t about what God wants from you; rather, it’s about what God wants for you: it should be our joy and privilege to give at all times, regardless of the amount or percentage.
Ultimately, 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 Bay Leaf.
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 Bay Leaf 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 Bay Leaf 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!
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 gospel-driven, obedient generosity for absolutely everyone at Bay Leaf. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with committed giving. We really hope you will.
At Bay Leaf, we exist to make disciples locally and globally for the glory of God! The Multiply initiative is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. If you have not officially joined in membership, you are still welcome to give to Multiply. We believe that the local church is one of the most compelling missions to support financially. We would also love for you to consider joining Bay Leaf through membership. If you feel like God is calling you to plant yourself at Bay Leaf, we want to help you navigate that process. To find out how that works, we invite you to sign up for a Discover Bay Leaf Membership Class or visit bayleaf.org/membership.