The Building Project
Further Up & Further In - Building Our Future Now
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Although we don’t measure success by numbers, our rising attendance indicates that we are continuing to grow and need to plan for the future.
Our average weekend attendance is currently between 3,200 – 3,500 adults. Most people attend one of our Sunday morning services making them nearly full each week. These are the services most guests choose to attend so it’s becoming difficult to welcome new people to church. Plus, we have about 300 people sitting outside in the tent on Sunday mornings. Many love the outdoor setting but others are there because there is no room inside. First-time guests often have to sit in the tent on their first visit.
Additionally, our parking lot and our children’s and youth ministries are also feeling the crunch. As our adult attendance grows, so do the number of cars in our lot and the number of kids and students that come each week.
We are borrowing the phrase “Further Up & Further In” from C.S. Lewis for the next phase of our building project because we believe we are not finished yet. Just as we continually strive to move deeper into the heart of God and the transforming power of his love, we desire to use the land he has given us to its fullest potential for the work of his kingdom. There is room to grow and reason to grow. By expanding our “locker room” we can reach more people for Christ and train up more disciples who will share his love all over the world.
What Is 3-1-3?
Our goal is to raise a total of $7 million in order to move “Further Up & Further In” with our building project. $3 million of this would go towards the Chapel, $1 million would go towards debt reduction, and another $3 million would go towards construction of the Parking Deck. All 3-1-3 funds that we raise will be used for future construction and/or debt reduction.
The plans for the Chapel building are simply beautiful but it will be much more than a pretty facility. The Chapel will be an important extension of our “locker room” where people will be transformed and equipped to share Christ’s transforming love with others. In an old-world style, the Chapel will provide:
- Over 300 seats for adults
- A room for High School Ministry (which will also allow Children’s Ministry to grow in their current building)
- Space for adult Sunday school classes
- A bookstore and coffee shop
- A perfect setting for weddings, memorial services, prayer meetings and other events throughout the week.
We want to be wise managers of all we have been given. By designating a portion of our fundraising to go towards debt reduction (in addition to the regular payments we are already making), we will be able to speed up the payoff process. This is essentially buying back ministry. The sooner we pay down debt, the sooner those resources can be poured directly into kingdom work.
The new parking deck will provide 225 more parking spaces. This will bring our total parking spaces up to 1067 and at an average of 1.5 adults per car, that will accommodate about 1,600 people – the same number of people we will be able to seat when we add the Chapel.
How Can I Be Involved?
We’ve recently embarked on a new three-year giving commitment period so this is a great time to join in! We’re asking households to anonymously commit to whatever amount they are able to contribute to the Building Fund over and above their regular giving to help us reach our goal. To join in our commitment giving, simply fill out a Commitment Card (available in the Foyer or at Info Central) and drop it in the offering bag in any service. Or, click here to fill out an anonymous Commitment Card online.
We’ll be taking quarterly Building Offerings on the following weekends in 2013 but you can also give to the Building Fund on our website at any time.
As individuals we can only give so much, but all together as a body our giving goes a long way. Some can give more, others less, but imagine that if only 2,500 households gave $100 per month, we would raise over $9 million! Our goal is definitely doable.
Prayer moves mountains. And builds churches! Prayer has been a critical part of the process of purchasing this piece of property and completing the first phase of construction and we are asking for continued prayer as we take our next steps. Please join us in praying for clear guidance and financial provision for the next phase of the project.