How was the target amount of $300,000 determined?
We started by evaluating our current facility needs and key improvements that would enhance both the functionality and appeal of our building. Being serious and intentional about this mission requires that we make our facility the best asset it can be to support the work. We don’t want anything to get in the way of our ONEs hearing about Jesus; we want our facilitiy to be a place where they feel welcome and want to come. Also, our growing ministries have growing needs, and we want to make sure each ministry has what it needs to thrive. Estimates were developed for these renovations and an analysis was done on our giving history to see if raising the estimated $300,000 was feasible for our church. The analysis indicated that the goal is achievable and consistent with our giving history.
Why are we doing this now?
We believe that God is clearly at work in our church. In the last couple of years, there are many young families and other new faces who are making Trinity Church their home. Our children’s program is swelling as the number of children and students continues to grow (almost doubling from 25 to 46 in two years). More and more people are hearing about Christ and we are moving to two services to accommodate the increase. This is already stretching the functionality of our facility, and we realize that our work is far from over. Each one of us knows people who are right now living apart from Christ, and we need our church to be ready to welcome them and help them develop a life-changing relationship with Jesus. We are at a critical point in our growth and cannot afford to wait to get started.
We own land on US-10. Why not spend this money to build there? What are the plans for the US-10 site?
The US-10 property is a great asset for the church and positions us to reach even more people in the future. As we looked at the feasibility of starting to build on that land now, it became clear that the cost would require significant long-term debt, and we did not feel led to pursue this at this time. Being good 9 stewards of God’s current provision means we must maximize our existing facility. That has not yet been done and we can do so for much less than the cost of new construction. As God continues to bless the work here, we will reach a point where the existing facility can no longer support our ministry needs. We believe the US-10 property puts us in a unique position to be ready for future growth when that time comes. Any excess funds raised in the campaign may be used to reduce the current debt for the US-10 parcel.
When will work start and how long will it take?
We want to begin work as soon as possible, because we believe this work is vitally important. Once we know the total amount of pledges, we will be able to work with a project manager to develop a timeline that fits with the ministry seasons of our church. Ideally, we will begin work in the fall of 2016, and we hope to have it completed within 2 or 3 years. Our leadership is committed to doing this work without borrowing money and therefore the rate at which work will be completed will depend on the rate at which pledges are met.
How many people will we be able to accommodate once the work is finished?
With the renovations we are undertaking and multiple services, we anticipate being able to accommodate 350 adults and 100 kids on a Sunday morning. That means this work would give us space to double in size.
Is this considered part of my “tithe” to the church?
No. We believe in the biblical concept of tithing (giving 10% of income to support God’s work). Giving to the ONE mission should be over and above your tithe or regular giving to the church. If you are not yet financially supporting the church, we encourage you to start by giving to the regular budget.