What kind of building will we buy or build?
Our plan is to buy or build a basic, no-frills building. The property at 3049 Hudson St. is a plain pole-barn building. We don’t need a fancy, flashy building.
If we get the building at 3049 Hudson St., how much will it cost?
The seller is asking $750,000 for the building and both lots. We have offered $580,000 and are awaiting a response. We have estimated the cost of “building out” the facility for our purposes at $150,000. This is the bare minimum, and it includes installing a sprinkler system and extending the parking lot, as well as adding furnishings like chairs for the auditorium and furniture in other areas.
Why not buy land and build?
Our Next Steps Task Force has evaluated the various options over the last five years, and the conclusion is always the same: We can get more square footage for less money in an existing building. Although the buy-land-and-build-option is not off the table, we believe an existing building will give us a better value, if we can find one that works for us.
What is the Next Steps Task Force?
The Next Steps Task Force was formed in 2010 to research and evaluate opportunities for us to transition to a permanent home. (At the time, we believed we had to be out of the middle school at the end of the year.) Members include an engineer, an accountant, a real estate appraiser, someone with experience in the construction industry, an owner of an excavating company, Pastor Jim, and several others.
How soon could we be in a building?
If things work out with the 3049 Hudson St. building, we could be having Sunday services there as soon as February or March, 2016!
Why are we doing this now?
The reality is we will never be able to get into our own building unless we have enough money up front for the down payment and the cost of “building out” the space to work for us. We’ve found potential buildings in the past, but without enough up-front cash we weren’t able to move forward. This campaign will enable us to be prepared when another opportunity arises.
How will the money be spent?
90% of the total received in the All In campaign will go toward a permanent facility, and 10% (a tithe) will go to our Generosity Project to support organizations that help people in our community and around the world, including the Interchurch Food Pantry and World Hope International, and to fund our Benevolence Fund for helping people in our church.
Will Journey be borrowing money for a building?
Yes. We have access to funding sources that offer lower interest rates, and the interest we pay funds loans to churches, pastors’ pensions and new church start-ups.
How will we know where the money is going?
During the three-year All In campaign, we will provide regular updates on our progress, including how much has been received, and how it is being spent.
Is a campaign like this biblical?
We have two excellent church building examples in the Old Testament – those of building the tent of the tabernacle (Exodus 25:1-9, 35:4-5 & 21-29, 36:2-7) and the building of the temple (1 Chronicles 29:1-9). These examples, along with those provided in the minor prophets regarding rebuilding the temple and the walls of Jerusalem, provide an excellent foundation for biblical fundraising. In addition, there are many other examples in both the Old and New Testament of God’s people giving to accomplish His will.
Will we still do the Generosity Project Offerings at Christmas and Easter?
No. The All In campaign includes our generosity initiatives for the next three years, because we do not want this campaign to take away from the generosity that has changed thousands of lives over the last six years. If we reach our goal, we will be able to fund the following generosity initiatives during the three-year All In campaign:
- $15,000 to the Interchurch Food Pantry to feed people in our community.
- $12,000 to World Hope International to provide fresh drinking water for hundreds of people in Africa.
- $9,000 to our Benevolence Fund to provide financial support to Journey attenders.
Is the goal for the All In campaign realistic?
In a three-year campaign like this, churches typically raise one to four times their annual giving amount. Our goal of $360,000 is approximately two times our annual non-generosity giving. The following chart illustrates how we might reach our goal.
I don’t think I can afford to give. What can I do?
You might not think you can afford to contribute, but you’d be surprised how just a small amount each month will add up over three years. Here’s a suggestion: Begin with $5 the first month, and pray and ask God to provide for you. Then, increase your giving by $5 a month, and each month ask God to provide, so you can continue to increase your giving. By increasing the amount you give each month you’re trusting God to provide for you, and your faith will increase as He does. If you increase your giving by just $5 a month, you will have given $3330 at the end of the three-year All In campaign!
How much should I give?
God doesn’t give a specific amount to give, but He gives us principles, such as tithes and offerings. In the New Testament, God talks about giving generously and sacrificially. This is not about equal amounts, but equal sacrifice. Those who have more can give more, and those who have less can give less, but all of us can give sacrificially. The following chart shows how much you could give over the course of the All In campaign, with a 20% First Fruit Offering, and weekly or monthly giving over three years.
Perhaps you’re in a position to give more than $36,000. Your generous gift would help us reach and, hopefully, exceed our goal. For more information about how to determine your giving amount, please see the section titled, “How Much Should I/We Give?.”
What is the “First Fruit Offering?”
First fruit is a biblical term, where people brought the first part of their harvest, their “first fruit,” to God. The All In campaign First Fruit Offering goal is to receive at least 20% of the total up-front, so we have the potential to acquire the 3049 Hudson St. building, or some other building, sooner rather than later.
Is November 22 the only date to turn in First Fruit Offerings and Faith Commitments?
You can turn in your First Fruit Offering and Faith Commitment card any time, but we’d prefer to have them all turned in by November 22. You can drop them in the offering buckets any time.
Do I/We have to give our First Fruit Offering by November 22?
No. We’re asking everyone to bring their First Fruit Offering on or by November, 22, but if you can’t give your up-front portion until later, that’s okay. We need as much money up front as possible, so we can get a building and make the necessary improvements to use for church.
What if I/we can’t give 20% to the First Fruit Offering?
Our overall goal is 20% of the total up front. Some will be able to give more than 20% up front, and others will be able to give less than 20%. The more we receive up front, the better.
What if the Lord blesses us with commitments over the $360,000 All In goal?
If we receive more than $360,000, 10% of the additional funds will go to the generosity initiative, and the balance will be applied to the building initiative. One of the first things we would probably do is make the necessary improvements to operate a daycare/preschool. This would enable us to connect with many young families with children, and it could potentially create tens of thousands of dollars in additional income each month, which would make it possible to help more people find and follow Christ.
Where did the money we’ve been giving to the Generosity Project this year go?
Some of that money was designated for installing new lights in the main worship theater, which has been done. Another part of it was to pay for the December Christmas at the Movies outreach. A large part of it was for a future daycare/preschool, and that money is in a savings account.
What happens if we don’t reach our goal?
If we don’t reach our goal, it would most likely prevent us from buying the 3049 Hudson St. property. It would also lengthen the timeline for getting into any permanent facility. Additionally, it would reduce the support we can provide to the Interchurch Food Pantry, World Hope International and Journey attenders.
When does the three-year giving period begin?
The First Fruit Offering and Faith Commitment Sunday is November 22, 2015. The first giving month for the All In campaign is December, 2015. Since December might be a difficult month to begin giving, you can start in January if you prefer.
How does my faith commitment to All In affect my regular giving?
Your faith commitment to All In is giving above your regular giving. We still have to fund the regular operations of the church, so your regular giving is still needed.
Can someone change his or her commitment?
Of course. We realize circumstances can change, and you might need to reduce your giving during a major financial downturn. Likewise, you might want to increase your commitment if your income increases, or if you receive a large sum of money. If you need to change your commitment, please let us know by calling the office at (317) 560-2144 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I/We give assets, such as appreciated stock?
Absolutely! Donating appreciated assets is a great way to give and avoid paying taxes on the appreciated amount. You can also donate cars, boats, motorcycles, houses, retirement accounts, jewelry and anything else that has significant value when sold. Don’t do anything before talking with us. We have access to financial advisors who can help you select the best way to handle a transaction like this. If you’re interested in doing this, you can contact Pastor Jim at email@example.com.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
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