FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions


General

Lawrenceville Cafe – Hours of Operation

We have a full service Starbucks Café inside the Central Campus (Lawrenceville). This café serves a full line of coffees,  espressos, cappuccinos, teas, and other flavored beverages. We also  carry many great snacks from danishes to granola. The café is open during the following hours:

Monday 10am to 3pm
Tuesday 10am to 3pm 6:45pm to 9:45pm
Wednesday 10am to 3pm 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Thursday 10am to 3pm
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 8am to 2pm

Sugarloaf Cafe – Hours of Operation

Our café serves a full line of Starbucks coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, and other flavored beverages. We also carry many great snacks from Danishes to granola. The café is open during the following hours:

Sunday 8:00am to 12:30pm
Monday 9:30am to 2:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am to 2:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am to 2:00pm
Thursday 9:30am to 2:00pm
Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm
Saturday Closed

I’ve heard that your church gives a lot of stuff away for free?

Over 900 volunteers serve each and every weekend to provide the community with an enjoyable and meaningful worship experience, and yes – it is free. As part of that experience, we have decided that everything we do should demonstrate our love for Christ and to model our core value of “giving ourselves away”. Examples of the free stuff:

  • Free coffee (Central Campus only – we serve over 100 gallons every Sunday)
  • Free children’s worship experience
  • Free copies of the message on CD to give to your friends and neighbors
  • Free parking

Can other organizations use the 12Stone® facility space for their ministry or community meetings? What about personal use?

Our campuses are used 7 days a week for many on-going activities and therefore we have limited facility space for other organizations. We have local church activities, community action events, and various projects in support of our local school system. You are welcome to contact the church office to make your request, but it is rare that we are able to host additional events outside of the current schedule.

The facilities are not available for personal use. The Hamilton Mill and Flowery Branch campuses are available for a limited number of weddings, subject to:

  • There is a rental fee comparable to other similar facilities, and
  • The worship centers are “as is” and cannot be redecorated

I left my car in your parking lot, and now it’s gone.

You caught me – that’s not a question (smile). If you attended a service and can’t find your car, please inform one of the volunteer parking team members (they are usually wearing the bright  yellow “glow in the dark” shirts) and they will be glad to help you find your car. If you left your car overnight in the parking lot without permission, then we will assume that it has been abandoned and will have it towed.

Can I get a copy of the church budget?

We conduct an annual financial audit to ensure our compliance with FASB and to prove the integrity of our financial systems. A copy of the annual audit is available to church members upon request from the 12Stone business office.

I am really struggling…how can I arrange to meet with someone to help me?

There are several reasons that you may need to meet with someone for assistance. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Benevolence - If you are seeking financial assistance, 12Stone® is a financial underwriter of numerous community resources (such as the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry). We have found that our best method to assist you is to partner with these organizations, who best understand how to help you. Contact the Gwinnett Coalition to find the resources you need.
  • Prayer - The 12Stone® prayer team receives prayer requests 24 hours a day by email at prayer@12Stone.com. If you would like to be prayed over, the prayer team gathers at the Central Campus – Lawrenceville on the 2nd Monday night of every month (7:30pm).
  • Pastors – Each campus has a designated Pastor-on-call who can assist you. Contact the church office (678-990-8100) to arrange a meeting.
  • Counseling – 12Stone® does not have professional counselors or therapists on staff, but we partner with several in the greater Atlanta area. In most cases a preliminary meeting with one of our staff pastors is encouraged before referral. To schedule an appointment with a staff pastor please call 678-990-8100 and ask to speak with the pastor on call.

How do I sign up to participate in a mission trip?

Click here for a list of upcoming mission trips and to learn how to join.

Tell me more about 12Stone®. What are your core beliefs?

There is way to much to explain here so check out the statement of beliefs page.

I work at another church. Can I arrange a tour of the building? What other resources do you have to help my church?

Many churches and other leaders have assisted us in our journey (which began in 1987 – click here for the story, and we would be glad to pass along the favor to your church.

Adult Ministry

How do I get connected into a small group?

Our small groups run on a semester based schedule.  Fall groups launch in September and run until mid- December.  Spring groups meet from February-May.  You can register for groups in the months of August and January.

What do I need to do to be baptized?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment.  If you are interested in taking this step in your faith journey we invite you to submit your story on our baptism page.  Once you’ve submitted your story a staff member will contact you and schedule a time for you to be baptized.

How do I find a place to serve at 12Stone?

Finding your place to serve is a great way to connect and meet new people, while using your God given gifts and talents in ministry. Visit our volunteer page to view descriptions and contact links to dozens of volunteer opportunities. Regardless of your gifting, there’s a place for you to serve alongside others at 12Stone.

I’m new to 12Stone and want to know more about the church, what do I do?

Discover 12Stone is a monthly gathering for those who are new to 12Stone.  This informal gathering walks you through the vision and heart behind what makes up 12Stone Church and helps you know how to connect into the life of all that is going on.  Childcare is provided.

How do I become a member of 12Stone?

Membership class meets periodically throughout the year.  Look for announcements in the bulletin or on our membership page.

I want to be a small group leader what do I need to do?

12Stone small group leaders are servants who communicate God’s truth and lead their groups in prayer, spiritual growth, outreach, and service. As a leader you model the Christian life to others. While each leader is unique we want leaders who:

  • are members of 12Stone
  • served as an apprentice for a semester or have led a small group successfully in another church
  • are recommended by their small group leader and coach

Before submitting an on-line application, please review the “Spiritual Qualifications of a Leader.”

Once you have completed that review, please fill out an on-line application.

I’m new in my relationship with Christ, where is the best place for me to connect?

Day 1 is a 4-week on campus small group experience for those who are beginning their faith journey with Christ.  Day 1 meets on Sunday am in our living room environments and are designed to be a conversation with other people who are in the same place spiritually.  You can register for Day 1 here.

I’m interested in premarital counseling

12Stone offers a 6 week premarital class that meets on a week night for couples who are engaged and planning to be married.  The class meets in the fall and spring and focuses on what it means to have a Christ-centered marriage.  You can register here.

*If you are interested in a 12Stone® pastor officiating your wedding this class is a requirement.


Small Groups

What is a small group?

It is you and a group of 10-16 people who meet to study, share, challenge, and encourage one another.

Why have small groups?

Small Groups are a way to connect and develop friends you can count on for a reason, season, or a lifetime.

What do small groups do?

Each small group is unique, but all worship God, study His Word, pray for one another, and find opportunities to serve and grow.

How long does a small group last?

12Stone Small Groups operate on an 8-11 week semester in the spring and fall.

Which small group do I join?

Sign up for a group which best fits you:

  • Couple Groups – focus on husbands and wives growing relationally with God, each other, and other couples.
  • Men’s Groups – where guys engage, challenge, and encourage each other to rise up to be the man, the leader, the father, the husband, that God has called them to be.
  • Women’s Groups – focus on women’s hearts, desires, and motivation on growing a relationship with God, His Word, and His kingdom.
  • Single Groups – respect, trust and accountability allow a dynamic group of singles to grow together in Christ.
  • Everybody Groups – where couples and singles with a great diversity of life experiences come together to engage, encourage and discover their unique God-given purpose.
  • Recovery Groups – connect people that have common life needs with trained leaders that guide them to healing and wholeness.

Who can attend a small group?

Everybody is invited. Join a group with your spouse, a friend or a neighbor.

What is the commitment when I join a Small Group?

Joining requires a commitment to attend the weekly meetings. Naturally, there are times when conflicts arise, simply notify the Small Group leader and they will work with you.

When and where do Small Groups meet?

Small Groups meet throughout the week in homes at various locations in our neighborhoods.

How do I sign up for a small group?

Small Group registration begins at the start of each spring and fall semester.

What about children?

Childcare varies by Small Group. As you search the Small Group Directory ensure you select childcare in your search criteria.

What if the Small Group I join doesn’t fit me?

There is no obligation to stay in a small group, but we do suggest that you try a group for a couple of weeks before trying another group.

What do Small Groups study?

Each group chooses their own scripture based study. Groups may select a sermon series, specific Bible study, Christian literature, or relevant life issue.

More questions? Please send an email to smallgroup@12Stone.com

Online Giving

Where can I can give online?

Click here to go our secure portal.

Is my information secure?

The online portal is completely secure. The web site interacts with the database using an encrypted SSL connection, which is the same technology that is used for online payment systems. The passwords are encrypted in the database and are unreadable by any database administrator.

Further, there is no account information stored on this site. The only information available from this site is dates and contribution amounts. Even if you accidentally shared your password, no one else can initiate a transaction under your login. All account information must be re-entered on every transaction.

Why can’t I see my giving history?

If you register for a new account and – after logging in – are unable to view your giving history, the most likely explanation is that the software was unable to match you (using name, email, and phone number) to your information. Therefore, a new account (with no giving history) was created. This could happen for several reasons:

  1. Your email has recently changed, or we did not have your email in our database. Note: We only maintain one active email per person in our database.
  2. Your phone has recently changed, or we do not have your phone in our records
  3. The system cannot match “John & Jane” if you entered two first names on your account. These are individual accounts.

Solution: Wait a couple of days and recheck your account. Our database team is regularly reviewing new accounts and will probably find and fix your account. If, after one business week, you still have no giving history attached to your account, please contact josh.walton@12stone.com

Why can’t I see my family giving records?

Financial contributions can only be attached (and credited) to an individual – not to a family. At this time, we are unable to display giving records for anyone else other than the account holder. The one exception is Annual Contribution Statements, which list all household giving. If you prefer to receive an individualized giving statement, please contact OnlineGiving@12Stone.com.

How do I cancel a recurring transaction?

After you log in, click on “Manage My Contributions” and select the month of the next scheduled transaction. Click on the link to cancel that donation (or series of donations).

What if I am missing a transaction?

If you have any problems with the online giving please email us at OnlineGiving@12Stone.com or call us at 678-990-8100.

Who do I contact if I have problems with Online Giving?

If you have any problems with the online giving please email us at OnlineGiving@12Stone.com or call us at 678-990-8100.

Can I download a partial year giving statement?

At this time, we only maintain annual giving statements. We will alert you by email if mid-year statements become available.

Will my online gifts be included on my annual contribution statement?

Yes, they will be included. All givers who give more than $250 on an annual basis receive an annual contribution statement regardless of membership status, assuming we have all of the correct contact/address information. If you contributed less than $250 and would like a printed statement please email us at OnlineGiving@12Stone.com or call 678-990-8139. For more information about documenting your contributions see IRS Publication 1771.

How can I get a receipt of my one-time online gift?

Our system automatically generates an email receipt to you after you complete your one-time gift transaction.

Can I designate my online gift to a special purpose or ministry?

Yes, you may designate your one-time gift in several different ways by filling out the transaction form.

Who should give online?

Anyone who is looking for a simpler way to ensure their giving. Anyone who would like to give to the ministry of 12Stone® either one-time or on a recurring basis.

What if I’m not a member of 12Stone, but I want to make an online donation? How would I be able to get a statement for tax purposes?

We are happy to receive your gift, above and beyond your normal giving to your own church home. Online giving is a simple and expeditious way for you to give. All givers who give more than $250 on an annual basis receive an annual contribution statement regardless of membership status, assuming we have all of the correct contact/address information. If you contributed less than $250 and would like a printed statement please email us at OnlineGiving@12Stone.com or call 678-990-8139. For more information about documenting your contributions see IRS Publication 1771.

What is a tithe?

As Christ Followers, we believe that we are to follow God’s command regarding tithing. “Tithe” means “tenth” or 10 percent. Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Why is giving so important?

We also recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

How do I excel in giving?

The apostle Paul spoke to the new churches about giving. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul admonishes the Corinthian church, “Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” He prompted the believers to be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” And in 2 Corinthians 8:7 he encourages, “But just as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

What is an offering?

We are stewards, not owners, of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God’s to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.

Why do we give?

Why do we give? Giving is a privilege. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

I have more questions, with whom should I speak?

Please contact the church office at 678.990.8100 to arrange a meeting with Norwood Davis, chief financial officer for the church.

What the benefits of giving online?

  • You can prioritize your giving in your budget (Proverbs 3:9,10).
  • You won’t have to worry about giving while you are away from home or on vacation.
  • You can increase your faithfulness. Online giving provides a systematic way to help us be regular and faithful.
  • Through online giving, our accounting department is able to expedite your gift and simplify our accounting procedures.
  • As all of us plan and prioritize our giving, we can lead the way for others to grow and mature in their own spiritual stewardship.