Frequently Asked Questions
At the conclusion of the Design & Capital Campaign Phase, what happens if the church membership votes to not move forward with the building expansion?
Only pledges (one time gifts and monthly recurring) are made during the capital campaign. There isn’t a physical exchange of money during the capital campaign. If the membership ultimately votes to not move forward the pledges are torn up and no longer considered to be a commitment. If the membership votes to proceed with the building expansion, the pledges are then considered to be a commitment.
- One time gift collection would be expected and desired within 60-90 days of the vote.
- 3 year, monthly recurring gifts would expect to begin in February 2014 pending finalization of construction commencement.
If I pledge via the 3 year monthly recurring process what does this mean to my other giving?
Giving to the building expansion is considered to be over and above your regular giving.
Doesn’t the church have an operating deficit this year? What impact does that have on this project?
The church’s operating deficit is due in part to a positive growth plan that included 1) an increase in staff salary because of an ordination, 2) putting the cost of the Malawi conference in the budget instead of raising the money as a special project.
The finance committee is meeting with all ministry owners and reviewing spending plans for the remainder of the year to reduce costs and bring us back to budget by year end.
While the solepurpose of our building program is not to grow our membership rolls, the expansion can and should certainly be a catalyst to increased attendance, membership, and giving as we move forward and do our part in growing the “numbers” of God’s Kingdom. This growth is a critical part of our ministry plan.
Before we spend money on the design documents shouldn’t we first execute the capital campaign?
There are several advantages to executing both activities in parallel. The most obvious advantage is time. By conducting both activities in parallel we will save 3-5 months of time on the total program.
Other perhaps more important factors involve risk. Since we don’t have a detailed design and a supporting competitive bid there is risk that we could potentially decide not to build because we raised less than what we thought was the budgeted amount, when in fact after the competitive bid process we would have been able to build. It is important to remember that our budget is conceptual high levels of contingency. Additionally, our conceptual plan does NOT account for the potential of free labor from the Baptist Builders.
The other risk is that we could raise a certain budget level and then create a design that costs more than we anticipated. By doing these phases in parallel we are methodically moving forward trying to balance our faith in God’s leading, our finances, and overall timeline.
Would the building expansion cause our existing facilities to deteriorate?
Absolutely not. The church has capital reserves set aside for maintenance projects requiring capital reserves. Additional monies from undesignated reserves can be allocated as priorities may require. The church has a process for reviewing Building & Grounds maintenance projects and is ongoing. Not everyone may agree on priorities and/or timing but that is a normal part of our process.