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People are spiritually lost
Our culture leads people into lives without purpose and meaning - lives far from God. As the church, we are here to give the cure for soul cancer. We’re convinced we have a distinct anointing and ordained calling to rescue souls. God has called and empowered every person to be a witness. Everyone can help someone get to heaven and we will train and equip the church to be the church.

Everyone Can Lead Someone to Christ

We’re already hearing great stories about people like Tyler, at our Braselton Campus. He recently graduated from the fire academy and he is inviting everyone he knows into a small group. He’s telling everyone who will listen, “you don’t have to believe to belong here at 12Stone.” The heart to see his friends’ lives transformed has already resulted in three friends accepting Christ and being baptized.

That’s what we’re talking about when we say each person at 12Stone should lead someone to Christ. It fires up your own faith and changes lives forever.

The Purpose of the Church

God has created each one of us to be a witness for Christ, sharing the good news that He is abundantly able to transform our souls. The church doesn't exist for a feel-good hour on a Sunday morning. We are the church and we exist to aid in rescuing souls.

If you would like to know how to share your faith with others, consider joining us for “How to Share Your Faith” Sunday Nights at 12Stone.

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Your Story Impacts Others

Because Jesus transformed Chelsey’s life she just had to share her story with her friends. Listen to how she led her friend, Michelle, to Christ in of all places, the high school restroom. You never know when and where people will be ready to hear the good news.

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Transforming Souls in Bethlehem and Braselton

Stay tuned for progress on Phase 2 of our Braselton Campus and updates on our permanent home for Bethlehem.
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FAMILIES ARE FRACTURED
By God’s created design, we are all from and part of a family. Unfortunately, families, where we learn about life, is the place of broken relationships. We’re convinced we have a distinct anointing and ordained calling to reclaim families. We will invest in strengthening families through healthier marriages, building spiritual families for students, and supporting families with special needs children.

Special Needs Service Launched

Families with special needs children celebrated the new 1 pm service designed just for their children. With a few building modifications and a lot of great volunteers, parents were able to worship together knowing their kids were being cared for in a safe and loving environment.

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Transforming Marriages

This fall we have 300 couples participating in Re-engage which is three times more than previous years. As we have expanded Re-engage from 1 to 7 campuses, couples are getting serious and making a serious time investment to see their marriage and family transformed. One story coming out of Re-engage is when a husband and wife restored their marriage, their daughter believed it was a miracle and accepted Christ!

Transforming Students

Students in this generation are struggling more and more with depression and anxiety. Technology and social media easily give us a false sense of community and relationship and belonging while those deep needs are really going unmet. Investing in 12Stone's students by having student ministry "family dinners" is just one way we can transform family by supporting students.

Student Family Dinners

We launched student dinners to build a sense of family and belonging and students are coming. At Central alone, we are going to have to split into two different rooms to accommodate the overflow, and we’re hearing great stories coming from our student ministry churchwide.

Special Needs

One of the ways 12Stone aims to transform families is to create a place for families with children with special needs. By having a service where we can provide care for these children and enable their parents to attend church together, we can give the opportunity for growth in faith and community.

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COMMUNITIES ARE STRANGLED
The fallout of broken families and lost souls is strangling the life out of communities. We’re convinced we have a distinct anointing and ordained calling to restore communities. The Holy Spirit has given us a divine focus within our broken world. We will focus on food insecurity and human trafficking. In addition we will put spiritual seeds in the soil through church planting.

Rocket City Church Plant

Our Marketing and Creative teams are assisting Brian Bradford and Rocket City Church as they prepare to plant a church in Huntsville, Alabama. They have a unique opportunity there and we have the talent and resources to help them take kingdom territory in their community.

Hear Brian’s story and vision on the Tell Me More podcast

Food Insecurity

One of the ways we're seeking to transform communities is to fully stock food pantries in our county so that children and families will not have to wonder where their next meal is coming from once school lets out. God asks us to take care of each other, and making sure no one goes hungry is one of the most basic ways we can participate in transforming the communities around us.

Expanding the Kingdom

We will expand the Kingdom of God through planting churches and helping churches to regain their impact in their communities.

Have churches already been identified or will there be a process?
Target churches have not yet been identified. We have begun a process of identifying potential churches based on a set of criteria and anticipate we may have a preliminary candidate list by the end of this year. At that point, we will initiate conversations with the pastor and/or governing lay body to explore options. In some cases, there may be a denominational leader that we will discuss the options. For example, we are in discussions with the South Coastal District of the Wesleyan Church about some of their existing churches but no specific locations have been decided upon. We are still analyzing the locations.
Is $500K enough to manage the change?
We believe that $500K will be enough for the first campus. This assumes no acquisition cost of a facility and no major repairs or modifications to the existing facility. With experience launching 7 campuses, we know what it takes to launch a campus, excluding major capital expense, and we feel good about this number. In addition, there will be giving coming from the congregation at that campus that will help fund the transition.
Will current staff be integrated or laid-off?
Either option is possible. It will all depend on the church, the existing staff and the future needs as a 12Stone campus. One of the benefits of the campus model is the synergy with much of the “back office” operations. So, for example, say a candidate church had a bookkeeper on its staff. If it became a 12Stone campus, we would not keep a bookkeeper on the staff.
Will builds and interiors require refurbishing?
Minor modifications may be required, but our plan assumes that these would be minimal. We are not interested in making major capital investments in refurbishments.
What is the plan for re-branding and marketing?
We are working on that plan now. We don’t have details.
Will sound, lighting, video, etc. require retro-fitting?
It’s possible, but we won’t know until we have a specific prospect.
Is there existing equipment (Video, Sound, Lighting, screens, chairs, pipe & drape, etc.), to help with the launch?
We have some equipment in our warehouse that we used for the launch of the Braselton, Snellville, and Buford campuses when they met in schools. We may be able to use some of these.
Will these locations become permanent locations?
That is our intent.
What about music, instruments, etc.?
We anticipate that the music and instrumentation would be similar to other 12Stone campuses.
How many children will benefit? How wide will the net be cast? How many weeks will it cover? Is there enough budgeted? Is $75K enough per year?
We are still working with school officials and food ministry partners on developing this program. We don’t yet have answers to these questions. We don’t think $75K is going to solve this need for all children, all summer in Gwinnett County. However, we do think that $75K will be a significant start of a program.
Will these locations become permanent locations as part of 12Stone?
No, these will be independent churches with their own corporate entity and their own governing structure.
Will $300K be enough?
Yes, for the scope of our vision, $300K will be enough to launch 1-2 churches. We’ve already piloted this program with Church Experience in Dunedin, FL. So, we have experience. In addition, we are exploring a partnership with the Association of Related Churches which has planted hundreds of churches across the US. If that partnership develops, there will be some funding available with that organization. In addition, the Wesleyan Church will partner with us on church plants that align with the Wesleyan denomination. So, we’re quite confident that $300K will be enough to launch 1-2 churches between now and 2021. Beyond 2021, our vision and supporting budget will be informed by what we learn in these initial launches.
As for Phase II and New Campus, can you please help me understand why they were not completed as initially planned.
Construction of Braselton Phase II was never part of the original funding plan for the Great & Awesome campaign. While we designed Phase II from inception, we did not know when that need would be realized. So, in the Great & Awesome campaign we only budgeted for Phase I construction. What we did not anticipate is that the Braselton Campus would grow as quickly as it did. We anticipated that Braselton would take 5-7 years of growth before Phase II would be needed. However, that growth occurred within the first 2 years. So, Braselton Phase II is an additional scope beyond our previous capital fund-raising efforts. We’re not “re-fund”-ing this project – it was never funded.
Regarding Bethlehem, we did anticipate addressing Bethlehem’s permanent campus needs within the Great & Awesome Campaign. However, there were several things that occurred and we changed plans.
  1. Buford – In the original budget for Buford, we anticipated repurposing a former Kroger grocery store. Following several meetings with the city where they voiced no concerns or permitting issues, we signed a lease for the Kroger with a planned renovation budget of $4MM. However, the next month, the City of Buford changed the zoning ordinance requiring a special use permit for a church in a commercial zoned property. We applied for the special use permit and denied. You can read all about it in the newspaper articles below.
  2. When we found the current site for the Buford campus, it required purchase of the property, site development (grading, utilities, stormwater detention, etc.), and construction. All of this totaled right at $12MM.
  3. Bethlehem – When we launched the Bethlehem Campus in the school, we had no property options at all. This was unique compared to the other campuses as we already owned the land in Braselton and were in advanced negotiations for both Buford and Snellville when we launched those campuses. So, for those other campuses, we had good budget estimates, except for the aforementioned Buford situation. With Bethlehem, it was unknown. So, in 2014 and 2015 when we encountered the issues with Buford and no options available at the time for Bethlehem we redirected capital to the Buford project. In late 2017, after Buford was already under construction, we were able to contract on the land we now control for the Bethlehem Campus.
  4. Given the circumstances we confronted and the opportunities available, we determined it was in the best interest of the church to make these changes.
Will $300K be enough?
Yes, for the scope of our vision, $300K will be enough to launch 1-2 churches. We’ve already piloted this program with Church Experience in Dunedin, FL. So, we have experience. In addition, we are exploring a partnership with the Association of Related Churches which has planted hundreds of churches across the US. If that partnership develops, there will be some funding available with that organization. In addition, the Wesleyan Church will partner with us on church plants that align with the Wesleyan denomination. So, we’re quite confident that $300K will be enough to launch 1-2 churches between now and 2021. Beyond 2021, our vision and supporting budget will be informed by what we learn in these initial launches.
Is the main point of Vision 2021 to re-fund the Braselton and Bethlehem construction projects?
The perception that the main point is to fund two construction projects is understandable. Yes, we need to finish Bethlehem, and yes, Braselton Phase II is coming earlier than we anticipated.
However, this Vision 2021 is really about building momentum for the future. We are seeing real transformation in lives (souls) and families through our Re-Engage program. We envision thousands of marriages and families being transformed through this program and avoiding costly divorces and broken families. Likewise, pouring into the parents and families with Special Needs will meet a need that few other churches are addressing. I personally know families who don’t attend church simply because of the unique challenges of a Special Needs child. Our vision to engage students through family meals in our student ministry will transform these students and help in their spiritual formation. Equipping and engaging 10,000 people to share their faith and lead someone to Christ could have ripples across the entire region and well beyond our geographic reach.
The program costs we’ve outlined for these programs are two year start-up costs. I suppose we could have inflated the numbers a bit by going with 5 year costs, but we felt like we would cast vision based on what we knew, or at least have a high confidence with what the start-up costs would be.
The program costs we’ve outlined for these programs are two year start-up costs. I suppose we could have inflated the numbers a bit by going with 5 year costs, but we felt like we would cast vision based on what we knew, or at least have a high confidence with what the start-up costs would be.
While our vision for these programs don’t cost as much as a construction project, we believe they have the same, if not more, potential impact as a new campus. So, we see them as core ministry initiatives, and much more than add-ons.
So, out of the $15MM campaign, truly half of the total will fund new projects, including Braselton Phase II. The only “carry-over” is Bethlehem Campus and for all the reasons previously outlined, we believe it was the right decision.
Why is Operation Christmas child being funded this way instead of from a Christmas offering like in the past?
Operation Christmas Child has always been funded through special Christmas offerings. Increasingly, we felt the special Christmas offering was becoming a distraction for our congregation and we are wanting to stop doing those offerings. In some years, we actually had to augment the Christmas offerings from cash reserves to fully fund the program. However, it’s never been funded through the annual operations budget of the church.
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