Why are we doing this now?
The need for additional space has been something that we have experienced for years. At present we have no additional rooms within which to start a new Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings. Many of our current classes are filled to capacity in the space they currently hold or are in locations that serve several purposes and thus make it difficult for the class to feel “at home.” Additionally, one of the foremost concerns on the minds of parents when they visit a church is the security of their child. Though we have taken steps to improve our security (video cameras and sign-in), the current layout of the Children’s Building is not conducive to achieving the level of security we would like in this area. Finally, our auditorium is right on the cusp of achieving the 80% rule in the second service. It is important that we expand this space in order to provide for a higher comfort level for attenders and guests as we continue to grow. One other consideration is the rising cost of construction. Cost estimators suggest a rising cost of 3% per year, so that delaying building until 2020 would raise our anticipated cost from $4.7 million to $5.15 million.
What are the two phases of the plan and their estimated cost?
Phase 1 – New Building. The new building will consist of a new commons area/atrium that will connect the auditorium, adult education space and children’s space. This will allow us to create an easily identifiable entrance for guests as well as permitting people to move without confusion between the various areas of the church. To the north of this commons area will be a new children’s area with both classrooms and a large meeting area on the ground floor and adult classrooms on the second floor. The cost for this new space is currently estimated at 3.75 million dollars.
Phase 2 – Auditorium Renovation and Conversion of current Children’s Space into Adult classrooms. The worship area of our church will be renovated to provide for more available seating. The rooms currently on the side of the auditorium will be transitioned from being rooms to being included in the overall seating area. Our audio/visual area and stage area will also be greatly expanded and updated in order to accommodate present and future needs. The current children’s area will be transitioned to adult space through new carpet, new paint, capping off and closing of bathrooms in the preschool areas, and other minimal structural changes. The cost of this phase is estimated at $750,000. Why are we doing the phases in the order we are? Phase 2 involves the elimination of five currently used classrooms around the auditorium. Without the space provided by Phase 1, those classes would have no place to meet.
How will the decision to expend money be made and are alternative means of funding the project being considered?
Once the initial gifts and pledges have been made, the Future Growth Committee will determine what our possibilities are. Consideration will be given to loans, land sale, and other potential approaches based on what we have and what we can expect. Once a direction is identified as the most appropriate to our needs, the committee will return to the church to propose a direction. No funds will be released for construction and no loans will be pursued without direct permission from the church.
What would be an expected monthly/annual payment for a loan to cover the difference between the total cost of phase one or $3.8 million and the capital campaign goal of $2 million?
Assuming 4.5% interest rate (purely an estimated interest rate) for 20 years amortization payment would be approximately $13,000 per month or $156,000 annual. How would we be able to make those payments? Long term pledges, coupled with an increase in the annual operating budget by that amount, would have to take place to cover that amount.
Will the operating budget require adjustments for the current year? Future years?
The operating budget will only need to be adjusted once building takes place. As mentioned above, there would have to be adjustments made to cover any loans taken. Additionally, there would need to be adjustments made to include new utilities costs incurred from the additional space.
Will there be additional expenses for furniture, electronics, and other needs to complete the project?
The $4.7 million dollar amount factors in an additional $200,000 beyond building costs to cover needed upgrades to audio/visual components, seating, and other elements. It is anticipated that some of the furnishings in our current facilities will be reused.
How can I give?
You can give through a special gift and/or through a continuous pledge. If you pledge, we ask that you list on the card the total amount you intend to give through your pledge, though you can divide your pledge into a weekly or monthly gift. You can make out your checks to Woodland Heights Baptist Church, with 4Generations2Come in the memo space. You can also give through e-giving, right here on our website. Please be certain to specify any gifts you intend to go to this campaign by indicating on the forms that your gift is to go to 4Generations2Come.
Who will see my pledge card?
Pledge cards will be collated and organized by a member of the Capital Fund Raising Campaign and our Church Treasurer. The rest of the committee and the staff will only see summaries of total gifts anticipated and given.
Is the contribution tax deductible?
What happens to the funding if the goal is not reached or the goal is exceeded?
There is a statement on the pledge card and giving envelopes that expresses your permission for the church to use the funds in alternative manner should either of these situations arise. How exactly those funds would be used would be brought to the church as a whole for consideration.
Approximately how much space are we adding to our current available space?
The auditorium would have its regular capacity increased by about 100 people, in addition to the increased size of the platform. We are adding 8 children’s classrooms and 9 adult classrooms in the new space. This amounts to nearly 20,000 square feet of new construction.
How much money is currently in the building fund?
We are starting with $100,000 in the fund.
Will we have to put the whole church property up for collateral when financing is obtained?
Yes. Any property in our possession at the time of acquiring a loan will have to be put up as collateral. Banks typically don’t allow you to parcel out land placed for in such cases.
How much will we be able to borrow?
We have received some broad guidelines from our bank and they have provided a range of 2 – 3 times our operating budget. Today’s operating budget is approximately $675,000 so the range would be $1,350,000 to $2,025,000. It is too early to have a detailed discussion with any lending institutions until we have insights into how much we can raise prior to financing.
Why have we set the initial giving goal at $2 million dollars?
It is our desire to raise all the funds needed and to remain free of any debt. However, based upon previous conversations with the congregation and our desire to avoid the rising cost of construction, we are shooting for an amount that we believe is achievable and that will allow us to consider beginning to build with a loan if necessary.
Do the schematic drawings show the final appearance we expect to achieve in the interior of the buildings?
The essential structures will be as drawn; however, there is still much to be determined about the final appearance of the interior of the buildings. The color schemes and materials used for finishes will be further evaluated as we draw closer to the time of completion.
Will the church have any say in the design of the auditorium and other rooms?
While the committee welcomes input at any time and will be bringing significant matters to the church for consideration, it is simply not feasible or possible to have church input on every element of construction. If an individual believes they have an idea or suggestion that perhaps the committee has not considered, we ask that they approach an individual committee member, who will then bring the suggestion to the larger group.
The schematic drawings for the auditorium do not show the stained glass window in the auditorium. What happens to it?
The round blue window in the new commons area above the entrance is that window. We will be moving it there because during certain times of the year people cannot sit in the front couple of rows in the auditorium because of sunlight being in their eyes. We want to preserve it, however, and so we will be moving it to a prominent place, but one which doesn’t interfere with people’s ability to worship.