As we have rolled out the news of launching two healthy churches and a three-year capital campaign to fund them, you have asked many great questions. Below are the most often asked questions. We will continue to update this Q&A page. If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us please. Chances are, if you want to ask the question, someone else does too.
Is there childcare at all services post-launch?
8:45 Sunday morning service post-launch Beach will offer childcare for children birth through age 2.
10:45 Sunday morning service post-launch Beach will continue to have Pele (for pre-schoolers) and Promiseland (elementary age).
7:22 Thursday night service post-launch The Church of Eleven22 will have experiences for all ages birth through fifth grade. Middle School and High School students have the opportunity to sit in the Student Section during Thursday night worship.
11:22 Sunday morning service post-launch The Church of Eleven22 will have experiences for all ages birth through fifth grade. Middle School and High School students have the opportunity to sit in the Student Section during Sunday morning worship.
What is NewGen Ministry at The Church of Eleven22?
The NewGen ministry is driven to be Gospel-centered and relationship-based, focused on making disciples, building families, and having fun.
Preschool children, six weeks to four years, will learn and experience the Bible through large group worship and small discipleship groups. Age-appropriate activities, song, movement, and prayer help to reinforce the Bible lesson in a fun and approachable way. Even our smallest children will be nurtured, sung to, and prayed over during their time with us.
Elementary children, kindergarten through fifth grade, will also learn and experience the Bible through large group worship and graded discipleship groups. The Bible lesson will become personal through activities, Bible study and prayer.
Building families rooted in Jesus Christ is very important to us. We want to equip parents to raise Gospel-centered children by providing weekly resources to get families talking about Jesus throughout the week.
Sixth to twelfth graders will be included in inter-generational worship with a Student Section in the worship services and opportunities to serve in ministries church-wide.
With a heavy focus on discipleship The Church of Eleven22 will have Wednesday night Discipleship Groups open to all sixth to twelfth gradersgraders. Gospel centered curriculum and authentic relationships being built will raise up teenagers as disciple making disciples. In addition to groups, students will serve their church, their community, and the nations through serve events and mission trips. Connect events will include retreats and fun activities to cultivate Biblical community.
What is NextGen Ministries at Beach?
BeachKids (Beach’s children’s ministry) will continue to offer a highly engaging and creative worship experience for children and a time for Life Group activities with other kids in their particular age group on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. Pele’, is our worship experience for pre-schoolers (2 years old to pre-K) and Promiseland (K-5th grade) for elementary age children. Curriculum for Beach Kids on Sunday mornings will be focused on children knowing Jesus as their “forever friend” and finding life as God intended through Him!
Childcare will also continue to be offered as a ministry of BeachKids for children birth to 2 years of age for all worship experiences and in most cases, will also be offered for classes and church events for children age birth through 5th grade. The Early Learning Center is our weekly pre-school ministry.
BeachKids Mission: Beach Kids ministries partners with families to Reach, Raise-up and Release a new generation to Glorify God and change the world.
Beach Student Ministry
Beach Student Ministry (BSM) will continue to offer what has made Beach a great student ministry: UNITED is our student large group worship experience offered on Sunday evenings from 6:15 to 8:15pm. It is designed by students for students. Beach Student Ministries will also continue to offer Life Groups for middle school and high school students at church and in homes mid-week. BSM will continue to offer mission trips, Epworth, and other off campus events such as Beach Days and Nights at Angie’s. BSM will also restart our Student Impact ministry where students are engaged in serving in other ministries throughout the church and our Spotter’s ministry for parents to be involved in BSM.
Beach Student Ministry Mission: Beach Student Ministries exists to see students encounter Jesus Christ, grow in faith, and be unleashed to transform their world.
There will also be a strong emphasis in our Next Gen ministries on partnerships between families and community of faith so that we are constantly working together to lead the next generation from cradle to college. We believe that two combined influences make a greater impact than just two influences. We believe that together we can lead our children toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ .
What is the difference between Small Groups, Life Groups and Disciple Groups?
What is a Life Group?
“You were never intended to do life alone. Life Groups are the heart and soul of spiritual formation.”
–Pastor Jerry Sweat
Life Groups are a primary way to raise up and release disciples at new Beach. The strategy will emulate
the model of the early Christian church in Acts 2: small groups gathering in homes doing life together.
By simply doing life together, friendships are formed which result in support, accountability and
encouragement to live a more Godly life – like the one we were created to live. At Beach we believe real
spiritual growth and life change happens best in the context of a Life Group.
What is a Disciple Group ?
“Our job is to make disciples. Disciple groups will help make disciple-making-disciples.”
–Pastor Joby Martin
Disciple Groups will meet weekly in homes for Bible Study and edification. Master Teachers will be
trained to lead our people through custom curriculum written to dig in to the weekend worship message.
Each group will also have a Care Giver who facilitates care for group members (meals when sick, birthdays,
etc.) Master Teachers will identify and coach new Master Teachers who will then lead new groups in Bible
Study, and Care Givers will identify new Care Givers and coach them to partner with new Master Teachers.
The goal is for disciples to make disciples who make disciples.
What are the service times for both churches after the launch?
The Church of Eleven22 will have services Thursday at 7:22 and Sunday at 11:22.
Are the new air conditioning units installed yet?
Has construction started yet for The Church of Eleven22?
If I serve at BUMC and am going to The Church of Eleven22, will I have to stop serving?
What does this mean to my small group if we go to different churches?
My income is based on commission; so I’m hesitant to commit a specific amount. What should I do?
Why do I need to submit a pledge card?
How is my UTR campaign giving kept separate from my regular tithe/offering?
As you give to the campaign, your giving is posted to the profile in our system for you and your family, and is applied to your commitment.
If you are writing a check, please mark “Upon This Rock” in the memo field.
You can write one check for both your regular giving and your Upon This Rock giving, just please indicate in the memo field how you’d like the amount split.
If you are giving electronically, you will always have the option to select “Upon This Rock” on all of our e-giving portals. Click here to sign up for e-giving.
Will The Church of Eleven22 have classes?
Does BUMC have any legal/financial obligations on new property?
What will Missions look like at each church?
What will Student Worship look like at each church?
The Church of Eleven22 will offer opportunities for students to worship every week at 7:22 on Thursday and at 11:22 on Sunday morning. We will encourage intergenerational worship by integrating students into the life of the church. In alignment with Titus 2 and the deeply rooted desire of students for community, we will set aside time on Wednesday nights for a discipleship-focused groups fueled by mentoring relationships. Wednesday nights will be an environment for students to connect, apply Biblical teaching, and deepen peer relationships.
Is there a place for ‘seniors’ at The Church of Eleven22?
We expect believers of all ages to engage in Worship Gatherings, Discipleship Groups and Community Transformation. We want to look like heaven, where there will be no age – but reflect every nation, tribe and tongue. We lift up Jesus knowing He is sovereign over all and He is more than enough for everyone.
According to our spreadsheet we need more money up front. How does that work with a 3-year campaign?
Where will The Church of Eleven22 be located?
When will the launch actually happen?
Why hasn’t Beach been communicating with us more often about the launch?
What is a capital campaign and how should I give?
How are we going to “share” the financial resources of this capital campaign between two churches over three years?
First phase: the launch is scheduled to happen in September 2012. Between now and September 2012, we will operate as one church just as we have been doing all along. So up until September 2012 all of the money that you give to the Upon This Rock capital campaign will go into a separate fund set up specifically for tracking income and expenses of the campaign. You will give the money just as you do your regular operating giving (e-giving, offering box or plate, etc.). While we are still one church, the capital campaign fund will be managed and operated with all of the internal controls that we currently have in place as a church.
Second phase: after the launch happens, we are asking that you simply “give where you go”. There will be a mechanism in place for the finance departments at each church to combine the capital campaign giving together into a joint fund after weekly giving is collected and counted. From this account the campaign proceeds will be distributed to pay the expense of the campaign according to the approved campaign budget. The team that will oversee this joint fund will be represented by the following people from each church: Senior/Lead Pastor, Treasurer, Chairman of the Leadership Board/Elder Board, Finance Director and one independent Auditor jointly selected by both Pastors.
How will the operating budget of the church work during this launch period?
What are Firstfruits and why are you asking for them?
The Biblical explanation of Firstfruits: When God gave the law to Moses, He instructed Israel to celebrate various feasts to Him. Two of the many feasts were Passover and Pentecost. Passover was the feast of the unleavened bread and Pentecost was the feast of firstfruits. At the feast of firstfruits, Israel brought to the house of the Lord the best fruits of their soil. Much like the chosen people Israel, we are called to recognize the Lord is the provider of all and the One who deserves the firstfruits of all we produce.
In the Old Testament generosity was expected of all the people on this occasion. Out of their generosity, God provided for his temple, his priests, and the less fortunate. God’s law is immutable. He does not change and his law is consistent. As Christians we know that Christ came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Acts 2 is an example of this law: Christ died at Passover, the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost, Peter preaches the gospel, three thousand are saved and “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” These new believers were the firstfruits of Christ’s payment for sin, and they responded by giving everything they had. So what does this have to do with our capital campaign? Everything. Old Testament Israel was required to give their best to the Lord. New Testament Christ followers are not only called to give our best, but to give everything. To sell our possessions and give to anyone as he has need.
For additional information/education about firstfruits you can see all of the scriptural references here: http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=firstfruits&qs_version=NIV1984
What does the United Methodist denomination think about this movement?
Exactly what Beach debt will be paid off when we meet our $7 million goal over three years?
- Post Office Parking Lot: $1.3 million
- Family Life Center: $2.2 million
- Education Building: $1.3 million
- Total: $4.8 million
Beach began incurring debt in 1998 and continued through 2005 in order to purchase property for parking, for future growth, to build the Family Life Center (where we worship and have small groups, etc.), the Education Building (where Children’s Ministry and Early Learning Center operate). Our debt peaked at a high of $8 million in 2005. Since then, we have reduced it down to $4.7 million. The Upon This Rock capital campaign will pay off the $2.2 million mortgage on our Family Life Center. By paying off this mortgage by the end of the 3 year capital campaign, we will save $700,000 in interest over the original life of the loan.
This $700,000 amount could fund various Beach ministry budgets, build 5 orphanage dorms in Panama, and fund over 500 missionaries to be sent out from Beach in Jesus’ name. To give you a tad more perspective, consider this: $700,000 would sponsor 100 Compassion children from the time they enter the program until they graduate from the program to live on their own. Wherever God leads us to use the money, we have no doubt: saving money by paying off debt simply opens the door for more kingdom work.
Why aren’t we paying off all of the mortgage debt of Beach?
Why does Beach still have mortgage debt after we’ve had two capital campaigns in the past?
In terms of staff, who will go and who will stay?
Staff by list for BUMC:
Jerry Sweat, Senior Pastor
Marion Shotwell, Executive Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Carmen Johns, Pastor of Pastoral Care & Disciple Study
Gary Tiller, Executive Director of Ministries
Don Jacobs, Executive Director of Operations
Karl Lackey, Worship Arts Pastor
Gina Duffy, Executive Assistant to Worship and Ministry Director
Chris Peltz, NextGen Student Pastor
Courtney Stahlman, NextGen Experience Director
LeeAnn Farr, NextGen Children’s Minister
Dyan Gronczniak, Communication Director
Denise Pecci, Executive Coordinator Student Ministry
Kay Birden, Executive Coordinator Children’s Ministry
Becky Woodward, Childcare Leader
Lynn Tyndall, Early Learning Center
Children’s Curriculum, Dotty Jacobs
Kim Clayton, Assistant Worship Arts Minister
Monica Gutos, Web & Social Media Administrator
Shawn New, Technical Arts Director
Laura Slabicki, Finance Director
Cheryl Griffis, Director of Operations & Missions Administration
Larry Leaf, Director of Facilities
Staff by list for The Church of Eleven22:
Joby Martin, Lead Pastor
Carly Arkell, Lead Pastor Admin
Ryan Stone, Lead Ministries Pastor/Spiritual Formations Pastor/New Gen Pastor
Staci Brown, Lead Director of Operations
Carrie Williams, Servant Ministries Minister/Gathering Coordinator
Ben Williams, Worship Arts Pastor
Mandi Miller, Servant Ministries Coordinator
Clifton Stanton, NewGen Minister, Student Gathering and Servant Ministries
Caitlin Ross, NewGen Minister, Spiritual Formation
Cliff Long, Technical Director
Brad Bowen, Facilities Director
Selena Long, Finance Coordinator
Jacki Clark, It Director