Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

IF I AM COMMITTING TO CANNONBALL, HOW DOES THIS CHANGE MY REGULAR GIVING?

During this two-year period, every contribution to God through Eastside is a contribution to our Cannonball Initiative. Every aspect of the ministry vision God is calling us toward for the next two years will be funded through Cannonball. There will not be separate
funds. Every gift made will go into the same fund and will be our Cannonball giving. Therefore, every weekend becomes a day to celebrate and contribute toward what God is doing in us and through us to help connect people with God and connect people with people.

WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO?

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 Life Group during this season if you haven’t already been in one. Engage in personal reflection with God in this Cannonball book. Talk with your spouse, your family, or others about what this commitment will mean for this next exciting season of your life.

We are asking that you make a sacrificial commitment to gospel-centered generosity — whatever it is that God leads you to do. Follow His leading.

Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed. We serve an awesome God, and He is going to move in huge ways. We anticipate an unprecedented impact from our collective Cannonball commitments — something only God can do. Please mark your calendar for Commitment Sunday, March 18, 2018, and prepare to experience a life-changing worship service that will forever be remembered as a defining moment for our church and for your own faith.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL WAYS BESIDES CASH THAT I CAN GIVE MORE TO CANNONBALL?

Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give toward Cannonball. 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 just might be calling you to give out of during this time. Please let us know if you need assistance with facilitating gifts of property or stock, and we will be happy to help you with that. Contact Dick Hess at dickhess@myeastside.cc to make this type of gift.

HOW LONG IS MY COMMITMENT?

We are asking that everyone make a two-year commitment. The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin with our First Big Give on April 8, 2018, and it will culminate in April 2020.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A JOB RIGHT NOW? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR MY CANNONBALL COMMITMENT?

Cannonball is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Eastside. We believe that God calls us to action in times of hardship just as much as He does in times of abundance, and that looks different for every person. But Cannonball is about a heart change — one that is only accomplished by surrendering our lives completely over to God in this area of giving. So that may mean you are being challenged to sell things, 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 toward that commitment. We would like for 100 percent of us to be a part of Cannonball so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging and praying for one another through this spiritually stretching season at Eastside.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A JOB RIGHT NOW? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR MY CANNONBALL COMMITMENT?

Cannonball is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity to God’s mission at Eastside. We believe that God calls us to action in times of hardship just as much as He does in times of abundance, and that looks different for every person. But Cannonball is about a heart change — one that is only accomplished by surrendering our lives completely over to God in this area of giving. So that may mean you are being challenged to sell things, 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 toward that commitment. We would like for 100 percent of us to be a part of Cannonball so that we can all be supporting, loving, encouraging and praying for one another through this spiritually stretching season at Eastside.

WHAT IF I AM SEVERELY IN DEBT RIGHT NOW? AM I STILL SUPPOSED TO GIVE?

If you are someone currently seeking to make payments to pay off debt right now, we commend you for making progress on that. And you should continue to do so. We would be happy to help you in this journey and/or to recommend a budgeting class that might minister to you. Being in debt does not, however, 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. A seven week class called “Financial Hope” will begin on April 15th. There is NO COST for this class.

WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER GIVEN TO EASTSIDE BEFORE?

Cannonball was crafted specifically with you in mind. Cannonball is a “onefund” 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. Cannonball is a call to sacrificial, gospel-centered generosity for absolutely everyone at Eastside. If you have never given before, this is your chance to get in the game with a committed sacrifice. We really hope you will.

WHAT IF I AM NEW AROUND HERE?

Cannonball is about the vision for our church and our personal discipleship in giving as followers of Jesus. We believe that the local church is one of the most compelling missions, and we would really love for you to make Eastside your home and join us in Cannonball. If you are ready for it, this is a perfect time for you to put a stake in the ground and make this your church. We need you on the team!

WHAT IF I HAVEN’T BEEN BAPTIZED?

Great question. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they begin attending church. Others begin going to a Life Group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is another spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. One thing is for sure, however: just like other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God. And God is calling ALL of us to give. Matthew 6:19 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Whether or not you have taken the spiritual step of baptism, we would encourage you to still join us in this Cannonball initiative. We firmly believe that it will draw you closer to God and, hopefully, to a place where you are ready to make the decision to become baptized and to surrender your life to the Lordship of Christ.