Questions and Answers
Here are some frequently asked questions about what’s upcoming at Cross City Church.
Updated June 14, 2019, based on member questions and comments received
Why are campus renovations needed?
Over the last 15 years, we have maximized our facilities. We have spent millions in modest improvements, but our current facility plan is outdated, logistically confusing, and challenging.
Parents drop off kids in multiple, distant locations. Kids meet on the second and third floors of a 1960’s A-frame building. Students ride buses to a campus isolated from our main facility. Senior adults need better accessibility and a protected entrance. Guests look for inviting environments, clear layouts, and open, common gathering spaces to connect with others. Every person matters to us and to God, and our facilities need to reflect how we value each person.
The Euless campus master plan solves these challenges with a transformational, generational commitment to facilities and ministry for changed lives. It is about people, about ministry, and about laying the foundation to reach and retain a whole new generation with the gospel.
What is guiding the renovations being considered?
First, we believe that we must fulfill our mission statement of leading all people to follow Jesus and that our church’s best days are ahead of us. Second, since we believe every person matters, we need to invest in people and ministry, using five core principles:
- It’s about guests – Create a clear front door & a warm, inviting environment for people
- It’s about families – Demonstrate that we deeply care about all families & provide a simpler, unified campus for younger families
- It’s about connecting – Design spaces to connect people on Sundays and mid-week
- It’s about improving – Facilitate excellence and accessibility with elevators, covered entrances, and signage for senior adults and people with disabilities
- It’s about our calling – Fulfill our mission to reach our community and the next generation
The goal is to benefit all age groups. We would improve community and accessibility for our own, but these once-in-a-generation changes are primarily to reach new people – especially the lost, people seeking a great church home, and families who want facilities that demonstrate a commitment to their kids. Thus, we are fervently praying: “God, is this of you? God, what’s my part? And, God, bless your people as we reach out.”
What Euless campus renovations are proposed and why?
Major renovations are being proposed because our Pastor, staff, and many lay leaders sense God’s leading to do so after years of prayer and planning. But we are not being presumptive or using the “God card” that this is the only way to fulfill our mission. That is why, per the online document, “Why Demolishing Building B is the Preferred Option”, the Euless Campus Team (ECT) considered six major renovation options for a Kids/Students facilities (considered the highest priority), plus other options.
This portion of the master plan is not a quick fix or easy option, but the ECT and Budget & Finance Committee (B&F) believe it maximizes growth ability for future decades in as cost-effective manner as possible. The master plan would be divided into projects, but the church-wide vote on June 23 is only on the project noted below.
- Kids/Students – Demolish Building B (old A-frames) and replace it with a new building designed primarily for Kids and Students ministry
- Commons area – Create a lobby commons area with welcoming entrances, clear site lines to kids and adult ministries, and gathering spaces on Sundays and mid-week
- Accessibility – Improve accessibility for senior adults and disabled, through elevators, covered entrance(s), and co-locating seniors on the first floor (plus, additional level parking area at east entrance, if funds allow)
Later projects – To be considered later:
- Worship Center – Experience more immersive, intimate worship. Shrink the over-sized room, update AVL technology, co-locate staff (behind screens area), and create prayer & counseling areas and a family resource center (using freed up space in the auditorium).
- Enclosed east entrance – Provide an improved entrance from the east parking lot to replace the long ramp that leads to the worship center and preschool building.
- Education Building C classrooms – Improve and refresh some of these classrooms to accommodate future group use.
- Additional accessibility and other improvements – Finish accessibility matters that initial funding does not allow, along with exterior building improvements.
Items 4. - 7. are also important, but the focus now is on this project (items 1-3), based largely on estimated affordability, member inputs, logistics, and fundraising assumptions.
Aren’t our facilities still good enough?
The answer depends on who you ask. Parents of disabled elementary children must carry their child and wheelchair to the third floor in order to worship. Many senior adults and handicapped struggle with steep parking. Many guests say they love how we love their kids, yet they do not return because of, in part, confusing paths, lower quality facilities, and the long time it takes to drop off of their kids. Many parents have left for churches whose facilities demonstrate a commitment to their kids. We can either meet the expectations of families, or hope they find another biblically-centered, connection-built church that does meet them.
Facilities alone won’t cause sustainable growth. Sustainable growth happens because of God’s anointing and His people’s prayers, preparation, and obedience (Proverbs 16:3, 16:9, 21:31). Facilities, though, either restrain it or encourage it. An ECT member compared the Euless campus to a hospital that added buildings to meet urgent needs. We need a master plan. As with hospitals, our staff and faithful volunteers know right where to go, but people in need of healing avoid coming and don’t tell you why. One of our finest young leaders said, “I want to attend a great place where people feel loved and welcomed, not a slow fade to mediocrity.”
How should we be praying?
How – Let’s pray together, using these three prayers:
- God, is this of You?
- God, what’s my part?
- God, bless Your people as we reach out.
For whom – Pray for godly discernment for the ECT, B&F, and Growth Team. And pray for leaders in connection, worship, first impressions, and other areas, as well our entire church, as this is a collective matter of prayer.
When – Praying daily. Starting June 2, Pastor John began leading us in a 21-day prayer emphasis to discern God’s will in preparation for the church-wide vote.
Who is involved and how were they selected?
A Deacon Long-range Vision Team began meeting 3 years ago. In addition, Feasibility Teams concluded this was feasible, and a Growth Team assessed growth needs and opportunities. Over 1 year ago, a Long-Range Team (Committee Chairs, Deacon Chair, and senior staff) created the Satellite Team and the Euless Campus Team. The Committee on Committee Chair and our attorneys confirmed this process. These teams did not start with preconceived answers, but virtually all expressed a similar conclusion: the one thing we cannot do is nothing.
Who is on the Euless Campus Team and what is their expertise?
The ECT’s purpose is to reassess and recommend family-friendly facilities to maximize worship, attract guests, and connect people of all ages to this church body and community. The ECT is a cross-section of leaders from virtually all areas. Gary Stowe and Tim Alba are co-leaders. Other ECT lay leaders: Don O’Neal, Karen May, Melissa Embry, Allen Beghtel, Wallace Rogan, Eric Bartel, Ashlee Garcia, Tommie Turner, and Russell Leist. Gary is a structural engineer who designed our worship center and preschool building. Wallace co-leads the Texas office of a major commercial construction firm. Don is an investor and entrepreneur. Russell manages pre-construction and project budgeting for a national commercial general contractor (GC). Melissa and Allen are Chairpersons of the B&F and Personnel Committees, respectively. Other expertise: finance, insurance, etc. ECT staff: Tara O’Shields, Cathy Jones, Chris Burton, Kevin Davis, and senior staff. Other lay leaders and staff have been, and would be, involved if we proceed. Separate from, but a key advisor to, the ECT is our Construction Manager, Todd Butts, who has renovated many of our buildings.
In addition, four staff teams (Preschool/Kids, Students, Adults, and Worship) visited growing churches in order to better assess what facilities and ministry changes could help maximize our effectiveness. Findings were summarized in “win” reports given to the ECT, B&F, and architect.
What will we vote on and how will we vote?
The B&F vetted the ECT’s project recommendation and will make a motion in a business meeting after the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 23. (Cross City en Español will be translated.) The motion, which was provided as a draft three weeks in advance, is a yes/no vote on if we proceed with a fundraising initiative for Euless campus renovations within parameters – e.g., estimated costs, Campus West sale proceeds, fundraising initiative commitments, construction financing, etc. If required amounts are not met, further information would be provided to the church for subsequent decisions and actions. Specifics are being finalized.
Church members can vote in person by written ballot on June 23. All worship services on that day (except for Cross City en Español, which will be translated) will be held together at the 11 a.m. service in order to all be together as one church body at one time (not isolate attenders in separate locations and times). At about 11:45 a.m., guests will be invited to leave for guest reception, while members stay to vote in a business meeting. Deacon will count votes, which will be certified by deacon officers.
Our bylaws preclude absentee voting. That is, members must be at one of our campuses to vote. Members at North campus can watch the business meeting by streaming video and vote, with those ballots secured and taken immediately to the Euless campus for inclusion in vote counts. Provision is also being made for voting by members serving on campus (e.g., Preschool and Children’s ministries) during the business meeting.
Our bylaws require a simple majority of members voting, but a higher percentage is desired. No pre-determined percentage vote is set. Voting results (percentage of yes and no votes) will be emailed to the church later in the day on June 23. Before deciding next steps, Pastor John will pray and gain godly counsel from the B&F, ECT, Deacons, and Trustees.
What is the timeline for deciding, fundraising, and constructing?
If the church approves the motion, the B&F would authorize architects to begin design development and then construction documents (likely done near year end 2019). We would vet and select a GC with a guaranteed maximum price. We would initiate a fundraising initiative with behind-the-scenes sub-teams, a public phase in January/February 2020, and total commitments announced in February 2020. The fundraising initiative is expected to be three years. Construction would likely begin in mid-2020 and be completed near year end 2021.
How can I speak into the process and building specifics?
You can talk with ECT members or attend meetings with the ECT and Pastor John: 1) one of the fifteen Connection Group Q&A visits, 2) town hall Q&A meetings on 6/2 and 6/5, 3) follow-up Q&A meetings on 6/9 and 6/12, 4) open Q&A meeting with the ECT on 5/22, and 5) various Q&A meetings with Students, Senior adults, Connection Group Directors, and other ministries. Pastor John made a presentation in the various worship services on May 26. Also, about 200 members attended a Dream Sunday event on 3/24 that generated individuals’ idea cards and notes from 35 small group discussions. Also, you can email questions to .
The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to be involved. Questions and ideas were provided without edits to the ECT. In fact, many unfavorable inputs received more attention than favorable inputs. The ECT created a structured, orderly process where all inputs – positive and negative – are reviewed. Reasonable people, even loving families, will disagree, but together we can have a God-honoring process and result.
How would we pay for renovations?
Our three funding sources would be: 1) cash reserves, 2) proceeds from sale of Campus West, and 3) fundraising initiative. Interim construction financing (short-term debt) would be needed to complete the project. The prayerful goal is to have no long-term debt (debt after the fundraising initiative ends). Actual fundraising initiative receipts and Campus West sales proceeds cannot be known, of course, until they occur.
God has blessed us with cash reserves to fund many upfront costs. We paid for an appraisal of Campus West by a national commercial real estate service (CBRE). Our fundraising consultant advised us on ranges of funds often raised by churches with large fundraising initiative. Campus West might be listed and/or sold in separate sections to maximize proceeds because of its four parcels: 1) large building, 2) in-line retail, along with 3) and 4) which are two “excess land” parcels on the north (location of church-wide picnics, garden, etc.).
How much would renovations cost?
The approach used to determine project scope and related costs was two-fold: 1) ministry needs and 2) anticipated funds available. The ECT is working to get the costs of ministry needs as close to anticipated funding as possible in order to have little or no long-term debt remaining after a three-year funding initiative. Pastor John shared estimated ranges of the sources and uses of funds on 5/26. The range of cost estimates continue to be refined by the ECT and staff in conjunction with the architect’s schematic designs and multiple GCs’ initial budget estimates.
Since this is a transformational project, it would reposition the Euless campus for the decades of ministry in as cost-effective a manner as possible. Also, part of this project’s large costs are updates due to deferred and/or grandfathered compliance matters. For example, it necessitates ADA-compliant restrooms not required previously in all locations. Additional electrical, mechanical, and other structural changes are also affected, which provide more effective, compliant facilities, but drive up total project costs.
This project includes the highest-priority items. Possible later projects (as noted earlier – Worship Center renovations, East Preschool ramp, etc.) would be considered thereafter with later conversations.
Would we need short-term or long-term debt? What if we don’t raise enough money?
The master plan is broken down into projects in order to avoid or minimize large long-term debt (debt remaining after the three-year capital campaign). The project discussed above was presented with a range of costs and the sources of funds to pay for it. Interim construction debt (debt before the end of a three-year fundraising initiative) would be needed to complete the project. If commitments do not meet expectations, Pastor John would go to the church with options in February 2020 (when capital commitments are known).
For newer members: Our church’s heritage includes a miracle that culminated in paying off large debt. The issue was not that we had debt; it was that we were insolvent without a plan to pay the debt. We celebrate the God who performed this miracle, not the debt repayment. We always want to view debt through a biblical lens and seek God’s direction.
What if we give extra money?
The additional projects noted above would likely be the next highest priorities if we together give sufficient funds to enable their completion.
Should we wait until we have all the money in hand first?
The ECT considered three project scopes: 1) cash only – proceed only if cash is already on hand, 2) no long-term debt – limit project costs to estimated funding sources after a three-year funding initiative and other sources, and 3) long-term debt – create a project scope that expected to have debt after that three-year period. The ECT’s agreed-upon conclusion was for option 2), as the goal is for little or no long-term debt after the three-year funding initiative. Further, to wait would likely result in higher costs, uncertain completion schedules, and delay improvements that could help fulfill our mission of reaching all people for Christ.
If we required all the money in hand, substantive facilities improvements like those recommended would be difficult to make. The three-year funding initiative and Campus West sale would have to be completed far in advance, complicating transitions. Also, it is easier to donate to more immediate projects than to projects that might start three years or more in the future. Nevertheless, this option was thoroughly vetted in ECT meetings.
How does this affect our operating budget?
This fundraising initiative would likely be done separate from the operating budget. Any changes in operating budget receipts or expenses would be reviewed and adjusted.
What about all the money we spent on existing facilities?
We praise God for the faithful gifts given for 5+ decades of existing facilities. We also know it is prudent to make decisions based on future needs. Although past expenditures are often called “sunk costs,” God blesses those investments when given generously and cheerfully as unto Him (II Cor 9:7, James 1:5, Deut 15:10-11).
Why would we consider selling Campus West?
The main reason is ministry – to unite the whole family in one campus with easy access. Churches used to isolate students but are now trying to integrate them. We want students to identify with the whole church, not with isolated ministries that hinder life choices after high school. Also, Campus West is underutilized with only Students, 6 Stones, and one adult Connection Group. It occasionally is used for community events.
Selling Campus West – the buildings and land on the west side of Industrial/Highway 157 – would help us pay for an attractive building for Kids (on the south side) and Students (on the north). Operational costs would also improve, as we annually spend about $200,000 of basic operational cost so keep Campus West.
If we keep Campus West, we still need to decide how to invest in Kids facilities and what to do with nearly 90,000 square feet at Campus West in need of major capital investments. If we sell it, we still have over 300,000 square feet on the Euless side. The issue is not that we would not have enough space; rather, it is that much of our space is not cohesive, intuitive, or welcoming. As one long-term member put it, “God often provides double blessings. I believe that God blessed us with the purchase and use of Campus West for many great years, and I believe that He will bless us again with its sale to help our ministries and fund more effective facilities.”
When would we sell Campus West?
If this project is approved, Campus West would likely be put on the market. However, we would sell it no earlier than 2020 when we know if the fundraising initiative generates the total commitments needed to proceed with the planned project.
How much is Campus West worth?
As noted above, we paid for an appraisal by an independent national commercial real estate service. That information is provided in meetings with members, but not online.
What happens to the Student Ministry? Will we have basketball and play areas?
The north side of the new building that replaces the A-frames would be designed primarily for students, although it also would be a multi-purpose space. It is designed for an enclosed worship space that would hold about 400 people in theater-style seating or 200 people at round tables. It also includes space for small groups, basketball, games, café, and places to hang out. The ECT is working with student ministry staff and leaders (including some who are on the ECT) in final ministry designs.
An ECT member who serves in the Student ministry described current and new Students buildings in this way: our current Student building is a fun space that also has worship, but the new building would primarily be a worship venue that is also fun. In addition to housing events, this space could also provide long-needed solutions for both Cross City International and Cross City en Español, as noted below.
What happens to 6 Stones if we sell Campus West? Are they aware?
Our church loves 6 Stones. We have birthed it, staffed it with volunteers, paid for much of its operations, kept it in our Miracle of Missions gifts, helped it through financial crises, and blessed it when it voted to be independent. 6 Stones is a catalyst of hope that is supported by a large coalition of churches, businesses, government agencies, and community leaders.
Given how God has blessed 6 Stones and caused it to build such a large coalition, we believe God will continue to provide for this great ministry with the help of our people and the 6 Stones coalition. Further, Pastor John and staff have been meeting with 6 Stones leadership to keep them fully informed and to discuss possible next steps and how we can help.
What happens to Christian Martial Arts (CMA) and Christian counseling now at Campus West?
We will look for options for CMA on campus, if possible. The Christian counseling firm, however, is an independent company that would need to find a new location.
Are we losing our ability to grow by selling Campus West?
No. In fact, selling Campus West could likely help us grow. Separation of the Student ministry has been be a challenge for many families. The issue is not about lacking space; it is how to use the 300,000+ square feet of space in Euless. Architect designs currently allow for over 50% growth in next generation areas. Plus, we could add or rearrange worship services and/or connection hours, if needed. The current configuration of buildings served its purposes for prior decades, but it was based largely on what was needed at the time, not based on an integrated master plan.
Will we keep our traditional service in the Chapel?
Yes. The traditional service is a vibrant experience for those with a traditional “worship language.” Further, we are working with an architect and potential GCs to keep this worship venue open during most of the construction.
What happens to Cross City en Español (CCE)? Cross City International (CCI)?
CCE worship would remain in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. CCI worship might move to the Student building at 11:00 am (when students attend large worship). This could give CCI a new, expanded worship space (vs. their cramped current space) and resolve the distraction of sound bleeding over between the two current venues. The new Students/Kids building would facilitate CCE and CCI growth, as they are integral parts of Cross City Church!
What happens to the Preschool building?
The Preschool building recently added Pre-K and Kindergarten (formerly in the Education Building C). The revamped Preschool building would remain largely intact. If funds allow, sections of the front concrete Preschool wall could be replaced with glass for a more welcoming entry.
What happens to the library?
We are seeking a solution for a new library because the current library, which has 4,000+ square feet in the A-frames building, would be replaced with a new Students and Kids building. Assuming construction costs of $200/square foot, a new 4,000 square foot library would cost $800,000. Thus, alternatives are being considered for this ministry with a long service legacy. If so, it would likely need to be much smaller, especially as people increasingly use online resources instead of physical books, CDs/cassettes, or DVDs/videotapes. In the first quarter of 2019, 77 members and non-members borrowed and average of about 14 library items each.
What happens to the kitchen?
The kitchen space is being reassessed. It would likely be reconfigured, as its usage has significantly dropped. Small catering or “warming” kitchens are common now. There are no foreseeable plans to reconstitute the Wednesday night meals or other major cooking uses that support large kitchens.
Will we have enough parking?
Additional parking or a parking garage are not needed, per current usage, architect’s projections, and expected availability of Trinity High School parking. The southeast lot is underutilized. We have a great history with Trinity and HEB ISD, and we support many of their programs and events without charging rental fees. Reciprocating relationships are expected to continue. If not, alternative plans would be made. In addition, our current schedule spreads parking needs over three services.
Will we get more handicap parking?
Options might include site work to replace a small portion of the northeast parking with parking for the handicapped or mobility-challenged. As with all such decisions, completion would be dependent upon funds, but this is a key need for a growing segment of our population. Also, other parking alternatives are being considered regardless of facilities changes, in hopes of better serving our members.
What else are we doing to grow, not just changing our facilities?
Our guest focus is being continually streamlined, along with immediate follow-up of guests, next steps into guest reception, and membership class. Communication with guests is now immediate, which impresses them with our desire to connect. We have instituted new SERVE approaches, including detail interviews to place new members in areas they can effectively serve.
Guests say they see excellence in worship and teaching. Connection attenders are finding places to get involved. Guests are having good first impressions. Preschool and Kids ministries revamped its teaching materials with the strongest, most biblical approach available (1st hour – popular AWANA material; 2nd second hour – Gospel Project, which aligns with what many parents use in their own Connection Groups). Bible Drill and Precept for Kids are also offered.
While Student Ministry is in leadership transition due to Kent Wells becoming Campus Pastor, this will likely be one of the fastest growing ministries in the months ahead when we call the next Student Pastor. Also, student materials are seamlessly planned to link with Preschool and Kids as another draw for new families and to help retain long-time members.
We are in the midst of a major, detailed outreach thrust, which will be the focus of each age group staff member. This includes a focused area, goal, and mobilization of members to impact particular geographical areas. Plans will be finalized in May, prepped in Summer, and launched in the Fall. A multi-year, multi-level focus like this can impact us for many years.
Cross City North is another focus for growth. It has reached a number of new families and has led several key families to return to Cross City Church after moving to the North Tarrant County area.
Will we have a playground for kids during the week?
Yes, this is included in this project. The new Kids building would have an indoor playground for elementary-age kids and gathering space for parents while watching their kids. Availability during the week is the intent, but details are not yet finalized.
Will we get a covered drop off area by the Chapel?
Yes, this would be done if proceed with this project.
Will we have a bigger coffee area? Will it still be free? Barista or self-service?
Plans include an enhanced coffee area in the lobby. Decisions have not yet been made regarding its cost (free vs fees) or service (barista vs self-service), which have additional financial and operational implications to consider.
Will we have adequate security for our kids?
Yes. Improved limited-access security for Kids area is a requirement for a new building. The Preschool already has limited access for security of our precious preschoolers. In addition, co-locating all First Euless ministries to the Euless side will ease concerns by many members who serve, or have students, at Campus West.
Are we creating flexible multiple-use space?
Yes. Architects are designing certain spaces to have multiple uses. Examples include a revamped lobby, Student building, and possibly Fellowship Hall. Some adult Connection Groups would be restructured to better accommodate current and future needs. More adult space renovations could be part of later project, as they likely cannot be included in this project.
What disruption will take place during construction? What is the transition plan?
We are completing transition plans for Connection Groups and worship. Unfortunately, disruption is involved in replacing the old A-frames. Plans would minimize disruption as cost-effectively as possible. For example, current senior adults would remain on the first floor. Portions of Building C (Education building) would be revised. The old Pre-K/Kindergarten area would temporarily house elementary-age kids. Students would stay at Campus West as long as available during construction with other contingencies being considered. Some classes may be asked to consider temporary alternatives to save transition-only costs. Our architect firm, HH Architects, has extensive experience with transitions, as they have completed over 1,000 churches.
Temporary walkways and other accommodations would minimize disruption as much as possible – e.g., connecting the traditional service to Connection Groups down the long hallway to Building C. Our assumption is that it will rain every week.
Who are the architects and General Contractor (GC)?
The ECT vetted three architect firms with expertise in large churches, and selected HH Architects, a locally-based national firm whose business is 90%+ with churches and non-profits. On February 28, 2019, the B&F authorized HH to complete schematic drawings (25% of total architect project), which enable ballpark pricing from GCs. Architect fees, soil and asbestos testing, and other upfront costs would be paid with existing cash reserves that God has already provided.
The GC selected (including a guaranteed maximum price) has been vetted by the ECT, B&F, and staff. This GC has invested significantly here (at their own expense) to assess the costs and needs of this project, and brought dozen of their proposed sub-contractors do the same in order to provide an initial budget that is as accurate as possible. The ECT would retain this GC in a pre-construction agreement as our partner to keep costs within projected ranges.
The ECT worked with 5 GCs (all with extensive church experience), which were narrowed to 3 GCs, then down to 2 GCs, and preliminarily selected its preferred GC based on costs, thoroughness of the GC’s presentations and actions taken, and vetting of the GC’s employees, CEO, and references. GCs considered were recommended by ECT members with extensive expertise, Todd Butts, and staff. HH Architects recommended another GC, which was vetted and chose not to participate in our budgeting/bidding process.
Who will oversee the project & watch out for the church’s interests?
In addition to construction professionals on the ECT like Wallace Rogan, Russell Leist, and Gary Stowe, our Pre-construction Manager is Todd Butts. No one knows our facilities better than Todd, who has been a committed member here for over three decades. Todd’s career has extensive construction experience, including many of our large renovation projects.
Will we fix the northeast stairs?
Yes, replacing and extending the stairs near Trinity High School would be part of this project.
How many new elevators would we have?
Vertical transportation has been a major design matter. Current designs would add three new elevators (one at SW corner of Building C and two between Buildings B and C). Also, the current elevator would be refurbished (too expensive to expand or relocate). Note: Escalators were considered but eliminated due to safety (especially with high usage by children) and significantly higher upfront and ongoing costs.
Will we gain or lose square feet?
We would add square feet in some areas and delete it in others. The net is a reduction due to selling Campus West. Most of the 88,562 sq ft at Campus West, though, is not used for Students or the one adult Connection Group there. We would still have over 300,000 sq ft of space in Euless. The following details are for members with specific square footage questions.
Students & Children: Student ministry at Campus West uses about 14,000 sq ft; whereas the new building would provide students with 16,000 sq ft (12,000 and 4,000 sq ft on the first and second floors, respectively). Children’s ministry space would also increase from 24,716 to 32,000 sq ft (17,600 and 14,400 sq ft on 1st and 2nd floors, respectively). Much of current Children’s space is wasted due to its A-frame configuration. Reminder: new designs are subject to change.
New commons/connector area: This would add 13,700 sq ft, as designed.
Adult connection: We currently use 13,500 sq ft on 1st floor of Building B for Connection Groups (plus library and non-connection space). Although this would be replaced by Students and Children’s space, other existing space could be repurposed. For example, the entire Fellowship Hall would be used weekly for connection, not just half of it (as is done now). Portions of 2nd floor of Building C could be renovated for connection in this or future projects – e.g., 1,500 sq ft of Admin offices (by relocating Admin staff to Educational area) and 11,500 sq ft of old 4/5’s area (currently vacant, but could be renovated after Children use it during transition).
Could we lease Campus West instead of selling it?
Leasing Campus West is one of many options considered, but it was not recommended because it does not provide funding needed to realize this project’s three highest priorities – Students & Children; Commons/Connector; and Improved accessibility. We would likely also need to invest significant funds to prepare this property for leasing to independent third parties.
Have we hired a fundraising consulting firm?
Yes. With the help of Chuck Anderson (a lay leader and professional fundraiser for non-profits) and the approval of the ECT and B&F, our senior staff vetted four church fundraising firms and signed a flat fee agreement with Culture of Ready (Bill McMillan and Mick Tune) to prepare us if this project moves forward. They have advised on: typical funds raised for churches of our size, how to plan and execute fundraising initiatives, and what to do if this project passes. It is paid monthly over a year and can be terminated with 30 days’ notice without further obligation.
How long has it been since our last major building program? How is this one different?
The last major building program was completed in 1999 – the large worship center and Preschool building. Later updates were funded from cash reserves (generated through underspending and/or over-subscribing annual budget).
What percentage of commitments could we expect to receive?
Fundraising consultants explained how this answer has changed since our last fundraising initiative two decades ago. Churches often now receive 95% to 105% of upfront commitments. That percentage has increased because today’s culture is more hesitant to make commitments and more willing to keep commitments.
May we give to the project in advance?
Yes. Members may designate gifts to Euless campus renovations (official project name is to be determined. In fact, some members already have donated for this purpose, and those funds are segregated for such uses, if this project is approved.