As many of you heard on Sunday, the elders of LifePoint are excited to share some new developments in our search for our next church home! As the past three years have progressed, we have taken this search process seriously, knowing that a building isn’t just a place to meet; it’s an extension of our identity and mission in the community. The right new facility will help us extend the mission of Jesus further into our community and continue to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. To that end, the elders are excited to share that we will be pursuing a purchase option on 7.65 acres of land at 39th and Harrison St. (south of Harrison; east of 39th).
The Site: Less than ten blocks from our current meeting place, the location of this property offers us an opportunity to extend our mission throughout the area. There is a huge opportunity here to engage a growing part of our city. In addition, the location is adjacent to the new elementary school slated to open in 2019, which will serve K-5 students from across the city’s south side. Our site’s proximity to the school provides increased visibility and limitless ministry potential to kids, families, and educators in our community. We hope to secure an option on the land as soon as possible, which will allow us to begin our due diligence on the site, as well as secure the necessary permissions from the city.
The Project: The Harrison site offers us the opportunity to approach this project in phases. That is to say, we are conﬁdent that we can build effective and multi-functional space for ministry today (including a 300-400 seat auditorium and sufﬁcient space for Sunday morning and mid-week activities), with options for future growth at this site. While we have previously looked into repurposing an existing building, the lack of suitable buildings and the considerable money that would be tied-up in contingency funds led us to re-consider new construction. The multi-phase approach will allow us to continue to grow in ministry, while also providing the financial flexibility to consider new ministry opportunities as God leads!
The Plan: The elders have signed an architectural contract with David Wilde, who has over 25 years of church design experience. We believe that working with David Wilde will bring us the best of church design, while allowing us to partner with local engineers and contractors in the planning and construction of the building. All in (land, site work, architecture, construction, and furnishings), our total project cost estimate is $3 million.
How can I help?
Please pray. The elders are very excited about the potential of this site. We’ve prayed, discussed, and researched a lot! That said, we will not be satisﬁed with our own best ideas. We want to follow God’s leading and timing. Join us in asking God for continued clarity! As we move forward in this project, there will be many ways that we need the help of the church family – and there will be opportunities to get involved in helping. But today, our greatest need is prayer!
How much money do we currently have in our building fund?
As of today, we have nearly $1.2 million in our building fund. In addition to this money (comprised of individual contributions to thefund, as well as the sale of our previous building), we anticipate engaging in a church-wide generosity campaign this fall. We hope to raise an additional $1 million from within the church family. Finally, we are willing to incur limited debt for this project. Our elders would consider borrowing up to $1 million dollars. The sum of these numbers make up the estimated $3 million total project costs.
What’s our projected move-in date?
It’s too early in the process to be too speciﬁc. Unexpected delays are a regular occurrence! That said, we would love to secure the land this summer, engage in architectural work through the summer and fall, and break ground sometime next spring (2018), for a projected fall or winter (2018) campus launch! Again, this is an early and very tentative timeline.