We are on a journey! A journey marked by great God-moments since moving to our new facility! Over 360 people have been baptized and almost 350 other believers have joined our church! A modular building has been installed, our sign is operational, and other projects have been completed. God has been at work, and we give Him all the glory!
As we continue this journey, the simple question is: what’s next? That’s a great question that can be answered like this:
There are some things we will keep doing. We must continue to worship, grow, serve and reach. That’s the backbone of our church that helps us to fulfill the mission of Leading people beyond “just good enough” to experience LIFE in Christ. Our mission of reaching people with the gospel message will not change.
There are some God-sized challenges we pray will be accomplished in the next three years. We must get creative in making the best use of what the Lord has entrusted to us as we ask Him to provide what we need for the future. As a member of our church, your continued prayers for our staff and leadership and now for these goals are very important.
As we launch into this new campaign, we have tried to capture the challenge of what lies ahead with our theme: Destination Next: Journey On. I love the choice of Isaiah 43:19 as our theme verse, “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Just as God did a new and fresh work in His people in Isaiah’s day, we are asking the Lord to do it with us as we continue our journey with Him. The goal in this campaign is not to build Phase Two, but to move us closer. In three years we hope to be positioned to see when Phase Two will happen.
I really believe God is just beginning a great new work at First Baptist Church! This short brochure will hopefully help you catch a glimpse of some of the things we hope will be achieved. I invite you to join me and my family as we journey on in seeing some impossible obstacles removed as we trust the Lord and do what He tells us to do.
I love you and am thrilled we get to do this together!
Dr. Brian Stowe
FROM OUR PASTOR
DECREASE: By decreasing a weekly expense (Starbucks, dinner out) you can save a significant amount to contribute.
DO MORE: There are creative ways to save. Quote out services that you use (cell phone, cable, insurance). Comparison or bargain shop on frequently purchased items. Use the savings to contribute more.
DELAY: Prayerfully consider putting off plans that involve making a significant financial commitment in order to participate.
DONATE: Consider donating existing assets and allowing the church to sell them. This eliminates capital gains taxes and may increase after-tax proceeds. Please contact the church for guidance before committing an asset gift.
Q: How will we pay for our new church building?
A: Monthly payments are made through a combination of building fund donations and the church budget. Without the capital campaign our payments would require about 30% of budget giving.
Q: How much is our current debt?
A: As of mid 2020, our debt has been reduced to less than $15 million. Remember, our total investment in the property over the past fifteen years is over $22 million, so we have already paid a good percentage.
Q: What is the next phase of building?
A: Our current needs dictate that phase 2 must primarily be classroom space for adults and students, perhaps multi-purpose space. Phase 2 would be located to the west of the commons. Later phases would include choir rehearsal areas, recreation, offices, and expansions of preschool, children and student spaces.
Q: Do we have room to build everything needed?
A: As the Lord blesses we may never finish building. We currently have 59,000 square feet, and are permitted for up to 167,000 square feet. Further site work and permitting would allow for additional space.
Q: When do we plan to build phase 2?
A: As in our Phase 1 project, we will proceed in the Lord’s timing as His will becomes clear. Disposition of our old campus, combined with our giving over the next few years, will be key factors in our ability to move forward.
Q: What is the purpose for the modular building and its future usage?
A: Initially this 8,800 square foot building will provide classroom space for adults and students. After construction of Phase 2, it could be converted to office space sufficient to move our staff from the old location.