FAQ

NEXT isn’t about bricks and mortar.

What is NEXT? What is included in the campaign initiative?

NEXT is a two-year capital campaign for Oak Pointe Church that flows from the mandate from Jesus to “Go, make disciples…” and seeks to fulfill the church’s mission to know Jesus and make Him known. With a heart for outreach, the campaign encompasses expansion for both the physical campuses of Novi and Milford, plus sets aside funds for 2-3 church plants in the next five years.

Novi Campus
Combined, the communities of Novi and South Lyon comprise the fastest growth corridor in Michigan. This is evidenced by the housing boom along and around 10 Mile Road. Ethnic diversity is flooding the region around the Novi campus. Both Novi and South Lyon lack community centers.

All of this means the Novi campus has opportunity to connect with the community. However, the campus is exceptionally limited on connection space to welcome new guests, host community and civic events, welcome weddings and funerals, etc.

Milford Campus
Currently the facility’s capacity for ministry is maxed out as attendance and engagement have grown. Flow is increasingly constricted and current spaces are bearing the weight of too many ministries. Weekend parking is consistently full.

Future Campuses
While we do not have specific communities targeted for campuses as yet, we know that the churches and campuses we have launched in the past have been successful in impacting their communities with the Gospel. We also know one of the best outreach tools is to plant new churches and/or campuses.

Since Oak Pointe has a history of successful church/campus planting, the leadership capacity to plant more, and the desire to see the Kingdom of God continue to grow, we feel it would be irresponsible not to plant new environments as part of the NEXT initiative.

Why are two campuses participating in NEXT together?

Oak Pointe Novi and Oak Pointe Milford are two campuses, but one church. Even though the two campuses worship and operate in different locations and minister to different communities, we share a common history, mission, vision, and values. Both campuses are Oak Pointe Church. This is unlike Bell Creek Church and Mosaic Church, which are church plants. Those churches are completely independent of Oak Pointe, though we maintain a friendly and collaborative relationship.

Why are we launching NEXT right now?

Oak Pointe Church has always been about expanding the kingdom of God locally, regionally, and globally. The church has talked about expansion many times before. Now, with the growth of our local communities, the time seems right. After years of prayer and pausing expansion, God has put it on our hearts that it is time to make more room for stories at both of our campuses and at future campuses.

What happens if we don’t embark on NEXT?

The answer is different for each campus. But, in general, churches around the United States are closing their doors at an alarming rate. We believe it is important to continue to be outreach-minded and build momentum by seeing new people come to faith in Jesus Christ.

At the Novi Campus, over the past decade attendance numbers have plateaued. But we believe that the growth of this campus should keep pace with the growth of the region. Plus, by building community and connection spaces, we believe we will have far greater community impact than if the building remains in its current footprint.

At the Milford Campus, new people will not step in the doors more than once if their experience is that of a congested parking lot and an overcrowded atrium and worship center. More space is needed for people to feel welcome.

Why are we not adding worship center space at either campus?

While some worship services are nearing capacity at each campus, there are ways to add or alter service times to help balance attendance across all services. We believe that our current worship spaces are adequate to sustain growth over the next several years, while our connection and ministry spaces are inadequate.

How did we arrive at our campaign target of $14 million?

We started with a vision frame process to understand what God is calling us to over the next five years and calculated the resources needed to accomplish it. Then, we gauged our potential financial capacity. Most churches can raise two times their annual offerings in a 2-3 year campaign. The annual budget between Oak Pointe’s two campuses is approximately $7 million.

We have worked closely with our architect to create building plans that will accommodate the greatest needs of each campus. The Novi campus building cost would be in the ballpark of $7 million and the Milford campus building cost would be around $6 million. Adding $1 million for future church plants brings us to a $14 million goal.

How can I participate in NEXT?

While financial giving is the obvious way to participate, it is not the only way. Building expansions have a way of capturing the imagination of the community and bringing new visitors to a church. Over the life of the campaign, and until the building expansions are complete, it will be vital for each campus to be developing outreach and discipleship strategies to receive new guests. The more engaged you are in the life of the church now, the more ready we will be when the doors open to our new spaces. Please consider how you can use your strengths to impact current ministries!

What is the giving time frame of NEXT?

We are planning a two-year campaign that officially launches January 5-6, 2019 and will conclude in January 2021. Gifts can be made during this period.

Depending on the outcome of the two-year campaign, including giving levels and building costs, NEXT could be extended for a number of months.

How do I indicate my financial intention to NEXT?

We will be asking everyone at Oak Pointe Church to make a commitment to the campaign. That commitment can be made on a card during the NEXT series and through the duration of the campaign. A commitment can also be made here.

How do I give to NEXT?

You can make gifts to NEXT using any of the ways you already give to Oak Pointe, including credit and debit cards, EFT, ACH, online bill pay, checks, cash, non-cash assets, transfers of stock, and more.

All the ways we receive contributions are still in play: electronic giving via oakpointe.org or the Oak Pointe app, weekend offerings, in the mail, etc.

When you give via cash or check, be sure it’s clearly designated for NEXT. And when you give online, make sure you select the NEXT fund.

The staff in our finance office is available to help answer any questions about giving that you might have. Call us at 248.912.0043 or send email to giving@oakpointe.org.

Can I use text-to-give to donate to the campaign?

Yes. Simply text any amount (example: 50 for $50) followed by the word NEXT to the short code 84321. If this is your first text-to-give donation, you’ll receive a reply text with a link to confirm your donation and set up text-to-give. Learn more at here.

When you give via cash or check, be sure it’s clearly designated for NEXT. And when you give online, make sure you select the NEXT fund.

The staff in our finance office is available to help answer any questions about giving that you might have. Call us at 248.912.0043 or send email to giving@oakpointe.org.

Can I set up recurring giving to the NEXT campaign?

Yes. Recurring giving can be set up in Oak Pointe’s online giving. Just remember to choose the NEXT fund as you arrange your recurring gift.

Should I reduce my regular giving to support the NEXT campaign?

Please don’t. Our church campuses depend on general fund giving to sustain our current ministries. NEXT challenges us to do something extraordinary – to give over and above our regular tithes and offerings for a period of two years.

What if I cannot commit to financially support the NEXT campaign right now?

No worries. We understand not everyone has the capacity to give over and above their current giving level. We will work with what God provides to complete the NEXT initiatives.

Can I designate my giving for a specific NEXT initiative?

Since we are one church, currently with two campuses, we desire this unity to be reflected in the giving of the campaign. As a result, we will have a single NEXT fund for both campuses and future church planting.

How can I track progress toward my NEXT commitment?

All of your giving is recorded and accessible at any time through Oak Pointe’s online giving system. You will receive periodic email reminders of your commitment and progress to date. You may also contact the financial office for an update on your giving amounts. Send email to giving@oakpointe.org.

If my circumstances change, can I alter my financial commitment to NEXT?

Yes. We understand circumstances and giving capacity can change. You can always alter your commitment if needed. Just let us know.

How are major financial decisions made at Oak Pointe?

The church elder board, which is comprised of both lay members and staff members, are responsible for all financial decisions. In addition to the elder board, Oak Pointe has a finance committee comprised of both lay members and staff members that make recommendations to the elder board.

Is it true that there is a very small group of very generous people footing most of the bill for Oak Pointe?

No. While we do have some high capacity givers, it is the financial generosity of everyday people in our community that provides the majority of resources for Oak Pointe’s many ministries. Our church depends on the tithes of average people (giving 10% of their earnings) as well as other contributions from Oak Pointe members and attendees to meet our annual budget.

What is the timeline for implementing NEXT projects?

We hope to break ground on the Novi and Milford campus projects in the spring of 2020 and complete them 12-18 months later. New plants will be determined by a number of factors. However, we plan to launch two or three campuses or church plants over the next five years.

What happens if NEXT campaign giving falls short of our goal?

We will use what resources God provides and adjust our building plans accordingly. This means we may need to shell some spaces initially and wait to finish and furnish them. In addition, if giving falls short, we will allocate a representative percentage of the resources to each of our three initiatives.

Will the NEXT campaign increase Oak Pointe’s debt for either campus?

We will not incur greater debt with the NEXT campaign. We will only use what God brings in to accomplish the campaign initiatives.

What is the relationship between the Novi and Milford campuses of Oak Pointe Church?

he campuses have a collaborative relationship. Leaders from both campuses are involved in weekly strategy discussions for the overall church and have participated in the vision frame process and NEXT campaign planning. Pastor Paul Jenkinson from Milford meets regularly with Pastor Bob Shirock from Novi for message planning and sermon series development.

The campuses share technical, accounting, and communication resources. The student ministries teams from each campus jointly plan and host retreats. At times, staff members move between campuses. Each campus has the necessary autonomy to impact the surrounding community while still sharing Oak Pointe’s values and ethos.

Where and when would we consider launching additional campuses?

While we have been approached by several churches and people in a few different communities regarding having an Oak Pointe presence there, we have yet to determine a definitive course of action. The opportunities are abundant, but we desire to more clearly discern God’s leading before committing to locations for an additional campuses.