The NEXT Initiative is a three-year season of focused sacrifice, spiritually and financially.
Our NEXT Initiative is an ambitious church-wide endeavor unlike anything that we have done before. It is a time of getting uncomfortable and saying yes to trusting God with our future. It is a collective effort for us to respond as God’s people with faithful obedience to God’s call on our lives and our church. During the NEXT initiative, as we read the Bible, share the gospel, go on mission, and give sacrificially, we want to experience spiritual growth individually and physical renewal in our church facilities.
The NEXT Initiative will remodel and repurpose the most used and most visible areas on our campus.
The NEXT Initiative includes major plans to remodel and repurpose the most used and most visible areas on our campus: the Worship Center and the Lobby. Our desire is to sacrificially work together to usher these important, 29-year-old spaces into their next decades of ministry. But this NEXT initiative is more than that. Our prayer is that over the next three years we will see a significant gospel-driven transformation in each of our lives, as we encourage and challenge one another to take a brave next step forward.
The key for NEXT is not equal giving but equal participation from all Shades families.
The cornerstone of NEXT is not equal giving but equal sacrifice. We’ve developed resources to help you get creative in finding what you can sacrifice. Your gift enables the facility goals of this initiative and expands kingdom work in our community, city, continent, and world.
NEXT Initiative Giving Goal: $10 million
You can give to NEXT online or via the website.
These are exciting days at Shades! There is a sense of compelling authenticity in our relationships, in our desire to eagerly welcome others, and in our overall response to the gospel.
Together, we are embracing the challenge to Live Sent. We are engaging in whole-hearted efforts to reach the neighborhoods in our community and the nations around the world with the truth that Jesus transforms lives. With this fresh perspective from recent years and more than a century of faithful ministry behind us, God is clearly calling us forward to what is NEXT.
Each component of the NEXT Initiative is outlined below, with both individual and church-wide benchmarks. These goals, along with some accompanying tools and resources, are meant for inspiration and accountability.
While the initiative will span a total of three years, initial benchmarks have been set within the first two years. Basic details of the initiative are followed by a comprehensive list of facility objectives.
Prayerfully think about each section as you read and intentionally consider committing to what God has NEXT for you!
Imagine what God will do you in your life in the coming years if you commit to taking these next steps. Let’s join together as a church family and take our NEXT steps now!
NEXT Goal: Over the next 2 years we want 2,000 people at Shades to meet with God daily by personally and regularly engaging the Bible.
NEXT Step: Read through the Bible for 1 year using the Shades DGroup Bible reading plan or Chronological Bible reading plan.
NEXT Goal: Over the next 2 years we want to have 10,000 gospel conversations with people who are far from God and pray for 250 to give their lives to Jesus.
NEXT Step: Make one new friend who is far from God at least every 6 months and intentionally share the gospel with them.
NEXT Goal: Over the next two years we want to send 3,000 people on mission to Live Sent globally, including 1,000 people for the first time.
NEXT Step: Go on one domestic or international mission project over the next two years.
NEXT Goal: Over the next three years we want to exceed budgeted giving and fully fund the NEXT Initiative.
NEXT Step: Increase annual giving to Kingdom work through tithing and sacrificially supporting the NEXT Initiative.