FOR THE CITY | GENEROSITY INITIATIVE
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters: take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
A Home For A Church Family
In 2015, we planted New City Church within our city, by faith believing that God would expand his Kingdom here. We have considered Richards Middle School to be our home, and through God's faithful leading we have seen our influence and ability to impact our community grow with each new person who visits and decides to partner with us on this mission. In 2018 we purchased property at 166 Buford Drive and our phase 1 renovations are nearly complete.
Our city is striving to revitalize and better serve the diverse people within its bounds. We want to seek the welfare of the city by "replanting" ourselves, allowing our roots to sink even deeper. Our own welfare is inextricably entwined with that of this place where we have been called. It is our belief that as we build this more permanent home, we will flourish along with our neighbors as God continues the good work He has already begun.
What is "For The City"?
For The City is the generosity initiative of New City Church. In late 2018, we came together as a congregation (along with friends from other churches and in the community) to raise the funds necessary to purchase and renovate this property.
For The City is a reference to one of our key values - to be in the city & for the city. We are excited to be planting roots in the heart of Lawrenceville, which is in the heart of Gwinnett County, which is in the heart of Georgia.
It may look like we're nearly done, but this initiative is ongoing. Due to unexpected costs and the economic effects of Covid-19 we need your generous commitment more than ever in order to accomplish our mission to make disciples who live in community and on mission. Please take the time to read through our initial case book and consider how God may be leading you to help us with Phase 1.
... we have renovated a building to create a welcoming facility wherein we can worship together, connect in fellowship, and serve alongside one another.
This space now has seating for more than 300 people in the main room. This will accommodate our Sunday Worship Gathering, as well as weddings, funerals, special events, and seminars.
Several multi-use classrooms will be used for New City Kids on Sunday mornings. During the week, these rooms will be used by discipleship groups, New City U classes, and other activities.
We plan to have a secure area for children to play outside on nice days. The front of the building will have areas for fellowship, rest, and reflection.
This phase will also include demolishing one building to provide more parking, and leasing out the third building until we are ready to build an expanded Worship Center.
The exterior of the main building has received a warm and inviting facade that is visible from Buford Drive and as far away as N. Perry Street.
New City Church will be a visible part of the Depot District in the historic Downtown Lawrenceville community for generations to come.
Our financial priorities take shape from our spiritual priorities. If we desire to increase our giving, we must first set our hearts on things above. One way of doing this is to engage in stewardship of our lifestyle, instead of merely managing our money. Lifestyle Stewardship means finding ways to boldly and prayerfully allow our giving to affect our living.
Consider the declaration of King David in 2 Samuel 24:24:
"I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing."
David understood that a gift that would touch the heart of God must first touch the heart of the giver. If it is for our God, our gift must have real value and meaning to us.
Gifts to this generosity initiative should be over and above our current pattern of giving.
Lifestyle Stewardship often means making a sacrifice in one area of life so we can give more of ourselves in another. With the help of the Holy Spirit, many Christians are amazed by what they are able to give "over and above" their usual giving to the church.
Check out these seven helpful tips to get started with Lifestyle Stewardship.
Rearranging our priorities may free us up to be more generous. An example would be postponing a major purchase such as a new car, a vacation, or a home remodel.
If we find a short-term expense is coming to an end - such as a child finishing college, or the repayment of a loan - we could decide to simply continue paying that amount to the generosity initiative.
3. EXPECTED INCREASES
Many of us receive regular salary increases or bonuses. We could temporarily give any increases toward the generosity initiative.
Some of us have valuable items we have been holding onto or substantial savings we have been keeping for a particular purpose. We could make a gift from these excess resources.
5. UNEXPECTED INCREASES
We sometimes receive unexpected income such as gifts, inheritance, or investment windfalls. We could commit to give anything that God unexpectedly provides.
6. APPRECIATED ASSETS
Appreciated assets, such as investment securities or real estate, can be transferred to the church and we (the donor) avoid paying capital gains taxes but receive a charitable deduction for the full market value. We should consult with a tax professional before committing to a sacrifice of this type.
5. EXTRA TIME
Some of us have extra time we could give to secure a temporary part-time job and then give our earnings to the generosity initiative.
COMMIT TO THE SERIES
Make a commitment to listen to all five of the For The City messages.
DEVOTE SOME TIME DAILY
Spend a few moments with God every day using the For The City devotional guide found within the case book.
Pray regularly, on your own and with others, using the For The City prayer calendar found within the case book. (This calendar is for October 2018, but you can use it as a guide for prayer in any month.)
CONSIDER A CONTRIBUTION
Consider your financial involvement in the future of New City Church; pray and listen to what God is saying, and then decide what you will contribute in response.
Gift Profile Guide
This guide is for a quick calculation of our weekly, monthly, or annual giving. Giving does not have to be in equal increments over three years. Perhaps a greater amount will be possible in the later years of the initiative.
No matter how much you pledge to give, we ask you to commit to pray for New City Church.
Sample Commitment Card
Questions & Answers
How You Can Help
Phase 1 of the generosity initiative is nearly complete and we are having in-person worship gatherings as of August 16, 2020. Gary and his team at Duke Builders is doing a phenomenal job, often with much appreciated help from volunteers within New City Church.
PHASE 1 PROGRESS
STEP ONE | LOCATE A PROPERTY - COMPLETED
The elders and key leaders of New City Church toured and evaluated several properties in the Lawrenceville area. Many might have been adequate for a temporary location, but ultimately we believe God led us to the property at 166 Buford Drive which has the potential to be a long-term permanent campus for New City Church.
STEP TWO | FUNDRAISE FOR PURCHASE - COMPLETED
In the end of 2018, the people of New City Church (along with members of the community and other generous donors) raised enough funds to be able to purchase the property at 166 Buford Drive.
STEP THREE | PURCHASE THE PROPERTY - COMPLETED
In November of 2018, New City Church negotiated and finalized the purchase of the property at 166 Buford Drive. This included a sale of the third building on the property to Friends of New City who will hold the building in trust for New City Church for four years at which time we anticipate being ready for expansion.
STEP FOUR | DEMOLITION WITHIN MAIN BUILDING - COMPLETED
Beginning in February of 2019, the previous owner had vacated the facility and we began demolition and preparation of the property for construction. Much of this work was done by faithful volunteers. Demolition within the main building has been completed. There is a garage building on the lot that remains to be demolished to make way for more parking.
STEP FIVE | DESIGN - COMPLETED
Working with an architect and within the guidance of the Downtown Development Authority's Architectural Review Board, our general contractor has developed a design for the remodel of the main building and lot. This design has been approved by the city and the Fire Marshall.
STEP SIX | PREPARATION AND FUNDRAISING - COMPLETED
Working within the proposed design, we put together a team of ministry leaders who determined what furnishings and equipment were needed as we transitioned from a portable church into our permanent location. A supplemental initiative, Make The Move, was launched to raise the funds necessary.
STEP SEVEN | CONSTRUCTION - IN PROGRESS
Construction is nearly complete. We are at the stage of finishing touches.
STEP EIGHT | DEMOLITION OF GARAGE BUILDING - PENDING
There is a garage building on the lot that remains to be demolished to make way for more parking. At this time, the building is being utilized as a workshop and for the storage of building supplies and equipment. Knocking down this structure will be one of the final steps of Phase 1.
STEP NINE | INSTALLATION - IN PROGRESS
All of our audio/visual equipment has been installed and it is fantastic! We can't wait to gather together for worship. There is still a lot of work to be done installing equipment in the lobby and classrooms. Now that we have a Certificate of Occupancy, this work can begin in earnest.
STEP TEN | MOVE-IN - COMPLETED and IN PROGRESS
As of August 16, 2020, we are holding in-person worship gatherings at 166 Buford Drive. We still need to move into the classrooms and begin having New City Kids, but this may be delayed even at the completion of construction due to COVID-19.