How was the total goal for the campaign determined?
The goal was determined primarily
based on the feasibility study that we conducted which combined metrics from
our church finances with the feedback we received from the congregational
survey. We believe this goal is within our reach, and if we hit it, we can run
a debt-free campaign!
Why can't these items be done over time within the
There isn’t a category in our
current budget for new capital projects and some of the maintenance work is
simply too expensive to afford. The sanctuary HVAC replacement would cost half
of our annual budget. Our annual maintenance budget currently comprises 4% of
our annual budget.
How does the congregation feel about this?
The survey we conducted in February
returned an overwhelming 98% support for this campaign and included projects.
It also showed that the vast majority feel that our church is moving forward.
Will we take out loans?
This depends on the results of the
campaign and how we go about financing the projects. We could take out interim
financing so that we can have enough cash on hand to get this work started, and
then repay it as the money comes in over the three-year period leaving us
debt-free at the end of that time. We could take out loans and retain a small
level of debt after the campaign payment period is complete. We could pay as we
go to avoid loans altogether. These decisions will be made by our finance and
executive teams when the time comes. However, we hope and expect that this will
be a debt-free campaign.
What about our current debt payments?
On April 16th, we will
celebrate being a debt-free church with a Burning of the Note Ceremony. The remaining
money we have budgeted for debt payments will be contributed to this campaign
What will happen if we exceed our goal?
We will build a water park out
back! Just kidding… There are extra projects that didn’t make the final list,
we could dream of other projects, or we could increase our Trustee Contingency
Fund that pays for large and unexpected maintenance. We have several options in
the event that we surpass our goal.
What will happen if we don’t hit our goal?
There is some padding built into
these cost estimates, so our projects might cost less the full $500,000. Also,
we could reduce the number of projects that we do, or we could take out a loan.
How long will I have to payout my commitment?
This will be a 3-year campaign, so
you will have until the summer of 2026 to fulfill your commitment.
When will all of this work happen?
The work will be completed over the
next 1-3 years.
Will worship be disrupted when we replace the Sanctuary
It will depend on where we can
create an access point and how long it takes to replace the system. While we
are hoping to avoid any disruption to worship, we might have to relocate for a
How can I help raise money or work on implementing these
Speak to Pastor Alex or Tom & Deb Pendleton if you have
an interest in working on this campaign. Talk to Deanna Williams (Chair of
Trustees) if you would like to help with the implementation of the work.