Mountainview Church has been wonderful in letting us lease their extra space on Sunday nights. But every maturing church is like a maturing family, and there comes a time to move into a home of our own. As is talked about in the Vision on pages 04 and 05, having our own facility will better allow us to express our unique identity as a church, to have a wider influence through more availability and ministry opportunities, a home base to train and equip for mission, and a stronger, more visible presence in our city.
We do not have a specific place in mind but we have set some parameters. We want to get a facility that is at least 10,000 sq feet with ample parking. A facility that will allow us to have a 300+ person sanctuary, plenty of space for kids, an adequate entryway, bathrooms, kitchen, and hopefully a multi-use room and offices. We’ve also set location boundaries that can be seen on the map below. We’ll look at commercial and industrial spaces, old churches, and any other potential property that God may lay before us.
This is a ministry-focused investment. We believe acquiring a 24/7 facility will help us be more effective in our mission to make disciples for two primary reasons. First, it allows us to plant a long-term presence in our city. It communicates to both our church and the city around us that we are committed to long-term Gospel ministry in this community for the foreseeable future. Think food cart vs restaurant—both can serve great food, one of them has established its long-term presence. Secondly, we believe it will provide an infrastructure for more effective, wider-reaching ministry. Think battlefield medic vs building a general hospital—both can be effective, but one of them has a much higher impact and can help way more people.
Our goal of $500k gives us leverage in two different areas. First, it allows us resources for build-out and upgrades to whatever building we find. We will most likely have very different needs and city requirements that will cost money to renovate. On top of that, we will need to purchase furniture, children’s resources, and production equipment that we do not currently own. But this number will also allow us to offset the monthly increase that will come with a larger space. Our hope is to set apart 18-24 months of “rent relief” to make up for that increased monthly payment.
Our Facility Team is made up of wise and experienced individuals from Rise who we believe can lead our church in the right direction through this process. We have a diverse team with many relevant backgrounds that go beyond the capacity of our church's leadership team. So the Facility Team will lead this process and guide these choices, with final decisions, approval, and oversight coming from the Rise Leadership Team.
It is important that all of this is separate from our general giving, so that we can continue to focus financial resources on the ministries of Rise. By doing a capital campaign, it allows us to make a huge change in facility without creating a competing financial focus that takes away from current ministry resources. It’s important to note that all funds given toward the Rise Together campaign are moved into a separate account dedicated to future facility costs, and will only be used for that purpose.
The Rise Together campaign is about all of us together doing bigger and greater things than any one of us could possibly do on our own. We believe that being a part of this campaign will encourage all of us, challenge us, and deepen our faith in God as He richly provides more than we could ever ask or imagine. That is the beautiful part about campaigning toward a vision, not just a specific facility. But this also allows us to make a huge step towards Gospel saturation as we plant a deeper, more permanent presence in our city.
Rise Together is about ALL OF US contributing financially with whatever we are able to give. When Nehemiah led the Israelites in the rebuilding of the wall, not everyone contributed the same amount. The point wasn’t having everyone doing the same amount of work, the point was having everyone contribute what they could. We are doing everything we can to intentionally include our entire church in this process of raising the funds for a 24/7 facility—youth and children, young and old, rich and poor— all included. Seek the Lord, get creative, and contribute by building the section of the wall you’re called to build, and do so with joy!
Yes! Rise opened up a separate facility account and started putting money away starting in July of 2016. We wanted to create a good habit of saving and show our commitment to the process. As of June 2017 we have just over $21,500 in that account. By the time most of you read this we will be over 5% of the way to our goal before the campaign even starts!