We have compiled a list of common questions about our building campaign with answers. If your questions are not answered here we encourage you to
us in the office.
How is Increasing Our Influence any different from Increasing Our Capacity?
When we launched Increasing Our Capacity, we planned it in phases knowing it would take a long period of time.
There would be people who wanted to participate, but were not financially able at the time of the launch, or who
were not even a part of the church at the initial launch, but who would want to participate in our future plans.
Increasing Our Capacity was a launching pad for our future. Yes, it was about fundraising for building space, but it
was also to prepare us for new ministerial outreach. God always leads us into new endeavors. He is never static with
us. The entire Bible reads of a going forth of the people of God. Increasing Our Influence is about extending our
faith to believe that the Lord wants to give us greater influence as a church. This phase still includes finances, but
it’s also about the ministries that the Lord has awaiting us in our new space.
Do we really need a new building? Are there other ways we can solve our issues with space?
Though it may not always be obvious, there have only been a few years in our 40-year history as a church where we
were not expanding or renovating our facilities in one form or another. The insert titled “The History” provides
more information on what we have done to get the most out of this facility. Meetings with strategic planners over
the years have made clear the need of permanent facilities, to not continue to add modular units or carve up existing
space that does not adequately meet needs. A long-range plan has always been the consensus.
Are the blueprints for the building final at this point?
Yes, the current blueprints are finalized to represent what is the first phase of future building space. It has been
designed to allow for expansion of children space, office space, classrooms, auditorium, and various sizes of multipurpose
Why do we need to raise additional funds?
The initial estimated construction cost based on a building of this size was $6 million. Our plan was to raise $3 million
and borrow $3 million. As of the end of 2018 we have collected $2.4 million. We will continue to raise funds to
reach the $3 million goal. There are also about another $1.1 million worth of items that are not part of the construction
costs such as furniture, audio-visual equipment, security systems, and kitchen equipment. Thus, we need to
raise the remaining balance of $600,000 to reach the initial $3 million goal, and approximately an additional million
to cover ancillary costs.
What is the date for the groundbreaking of the new property?
Our aim is to break ground in 2019 or by 2020. We will break ground as long as three specific financial conditions
are satisfied: That we have $3 million in hand to put down on the new construction. That the church budget can
support payments to service the borrowed funds. And that Christian Fellowship School can support its overhead
costs, as it will become the sole occupant of the current building.
When will we move into the new building?
The construction phase should last about 14 months.
What is my part in this process as we prepare to move?
This is an important question. Faith is the part that we each need to bring. Without faith we will not see God’s hand
guiding us; without faith we will miss the opportunities God gives to us; without faith we cannot succeed. With faith
in our hearts we are positioned to do anything. We will be motivated to sacrifice and labor. Faith changes the entire
way we approach a thing, so pray that faith will arise in your heart.
Is the 2020 a concrete date or a floating date?
We had a prophetic word that talked about a 20/20 vision. We hope to do something in 2020, but that is not concrete. Once we raise $3 million, we will hope to break ground; however, we want to make sure that both the Church budget can service the final loan needed and that the School budget has a solid plan for assuming costs of the current facility.
Are we still on track with the timeline?
A little behind, and yet trusting God in the process. It would still be great to see us at least break ground by 2020 as important milestone to seeing the 20/20 vision come into reality.
Have we looked at the possibility of doing bonds?
Yes. The interest in the bond program that we looked at is not much different than a regular note from a bank, so we do not anticipate moving in that direction.
Can we urge every person in the church to give something? Even if it’s committing to $5/month?
Yes, we are doing this. It is our heart that every household would have contributed at some level to the new facility.
Can we help do the work? Can we paint, etc.? Will this help our cost?
We are hiring a General Contractor who will cover many of the basics. We believe that there will be jobs for us to do together after the main stuff is complete. From finishing up touches to cabinetry, to arranging some furniture, to packing up things we plan to take with us and unpacking in our new building. We do hope to find many ways for groups of people to serve and put their hands on the new facility and the property. We will have to work this out in the planning process for the new building.
What is the difference between the building fund and the GF? Which is a higher priority and can the leaders move money around?
The Building Fund was created to collect the offerings for of our new building over the course of multiple years. The General Fund is the gathering of tithes and non-designated offerings from which all ministries are facilitated. The general fund is used to cover expenses from salaries and operational budget to current facility maintenance and up keep. General Fund is priority, as we cannot function without it. Legally, the elders have discretion to use all funds as they see to in order to meet financial obligations (which is required by law and maintains Christian Fellowship’s non-profit tax exempt status. However, it has always been our heart and practice to honor designations for missionaries, ministries and buildings. The $$ given to the building fund will be used to build a new facility.
How has inflation affected what the cost of the building would be several years ago to what actual cost is now? Does this change our initial thoughts of a $6 million dollar project?
Yes, time has caused the cost of materials to rise. Total all in cost are still estimated at $7 million (include building and all needed furnishings for us to operate as we do now). We will be putting our project out for bid after the permitting process so that we can have a better idea of costs and what options we keep on the current design.
Do we know who the contractor will be?
Not yet. We plan to send our information out to several General Contractors and have them give us a bid on the job. Then we will work with our Master Building Planning Team to evaluate bids and scope of work to make a selection.
Why are we building in phases?
We believe we are to get into the new building sooner than later. If we waiting until we could raise all funds needed for all phases we are planning, it could be 10 to 15 years before we could even consider breaking ground. We want to get into the building. This will also help us to have a better idea of what we will need and want for the future phases. As ministry possibilities evolve before us, we believe God will lead us to develop facilities specific to those needs and do not want to limit future ministry possibilities that we have not even yet considered. In addition, fiscally we should stay conservative and somewhat nimble. To build a larger facility at first could really make us “house rich” but functionally cash poor for facilitating ongoing ministries. The goal is broader scope of ministry through a new building.
How did we choose the architect? Why choose a firm outside of Columbia?
Our Master Building Planning Team interviewed 4 different architectural firms (1 from St. Louis, 2 from Columbia, 1 from Jefferson City). We requested proposals from each and evaluated them together. We selected St. Louis Design Alliance both their experience in designing churches and our sense that we as a team (CF and St Louis Design Alliance) had the ability to work through issues relationally. In addition, they were much committed to designing what we want while not letting us escape our budget.