FBC’s Facilities - A Story of God’s Faithfulness:
The Beginning: On Tuesday night, April 9, 2013 a group from our former church came together to seek God’s wisdom and guidance as to what he had in store for us we were all without a church. As the group that gathered for prayer was only a small portion of those who left the former church, we specifically requested that if He wanted us to continue to gather together He would need to provide us with a facility. One couple suggested that we contact Tree of Life Christian Schools (TOL). The next afternoon, several of us met with their Facilities Manager and to tour the facility they had available to rent. It was beyond anything we could have imagined. It provided us with a 100+ seat auditorium (fully equipped with the required A/V equipment), a classroom for a children’s ministry and a large storage closet. We began using this facility on Sunday evening, April 14, 2013. Some months later it was suggested we look into The East Wing Community Center facility located at the corner of US Rt. 23 and Orange Rd. We visited the facility in mid-June but decided that since God had placed us at TOL we would stay there until it either no longer met our needs or until God decided to move us.
Near Disaster and Provision:
On Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, we received a cease and desist order from the City of Upper Arlington effective immediately. One of our leaders reviewed this with his law firm and determined that unless we wanted to spend the time and money to fight the City there was nothing else we could do. We accepted this as a sign that God wanted us to move, and again He provided immediately. On Tuesday, Sept. 17th, we contacted The East Wing Community Center and verified that both of the rooms looked at in June were still available. On Sunday, Sept. 22nd we met for worship as usual without any interruption to our weekly worship schedule.
God again provides:
In need of additional classrooms for the Children’s Ministry and storage space, in March, 2015, we made inquiry as to the availability of additional space. Unfortunately, we were informed that there was no additional space available. However, two weeks later we were offered the use of Rooms 17A, 17B and 18 in the lower level as well as a storage room on the main floor. Additionally, sometime later, we were given access to a storage room for the Children’s Ministry in the lower level.
What Does God Have in Store for Our Future?:
We have always known that renting a facility on a Sunday-only basis is temporary and renting from a governmental agency even more so. In March of this year, prior to the signing of a new rental agreement, we were informed that the Board responsible for the East Wing Community Center had been in the process of reviewing all of their activities in light of their mission. Unfortunately, renting to outside organizations was one of those areas of review. We were asked how much advanced notice we would need if it was determined that the Board would no longer rent the facility. We told them we would prefer a one year notice and requested the opportunity to address the Board and present our case for an exception. Unfortunately, on May 24th we were advised that as of December 31, 2018 there would be no more short-term rental of the facilities we were using. However, if we were still interested, the first floor of the South Wing could be made available for us to rent on a long-term (not less than 5 years) basis.
After many, many months of prayer, the Elders, Facilities Committee and Finance Committee are in agreement that it is time to begin a campaign to raise funds for a future full-time facility for FBC.
Why Do We Need a Full-time Facility?:
- Continuity (we will never have to be concerned as to where we will be gathering for worship)
- Anytime access
- Provide for special occasions/events (baptisms, funerals, weddings, etc.).
- Eliminate the need for weekly set-up and tear-down
- Extend the life of our equipment
How Do We Propose to Raise the Funds?:
Since FBC is committed to following the financial principles God has set forth in His word, we will not follow the wisdom of the world by incurring any debt, either short or long-term. Nor will we ask for any pledges of future payments. Rather, we believe that it is scriptural to make the need known and then allow God to provide the necessary resources. We also believe that God usually, though not always, supplies the resources through His people. Therefore, we are going to fund the new facility solely with donations of cash or other assets.
Examples from Scripture:
Exodus 35:4-9, 20:1-21, 36:4-5
“4 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying: 5 ‘Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD:… 20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments… 4 Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing, 5 and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do.”
2 Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, … . 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house my own special treasure of gold and silver,… Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?” 6Then the leaders of the fathers’ houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly. 7They gave for the work of the house of God ... 8 And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, into the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly.”
What Will Donations to the Facilities Fund be used for?:
- The cost of acquiring a full-time facility.
- The cost of remodeling a facility to meet our needs.
- The cost of repairing or replacing capital items such as parking lot, roof, electrical and HVAC systems.
- The cost of furniture and fixtures such as tables, chairs, lighting, carpeting, appliances, baptistry.
- In an emergency situation, such as being forced to leave our current facility and rent a full-time facility, to the extent that such rent would exceed our operating expenses the Facilities Fund would be used to cover any shortfall, as well as the costs to remodel a 24/7 rental facility
VERY IMPORTANT: Donations to the Facilities Fund are to be made with a willing heart and are to be over and above your regular giving. Please, do not allocate a portion of your regular giving to the Facilities Fund as that may result in a shortage of regular operating expenses. Be assured that in any year in which we have a net operating profit, a substantial portion of it will be added to the Facilities Fund.
What is Our Financial Goal?:
Our Goal is to raise between $1,200,000 and $1,500,000 over the next 3-5 years.
We ask that you prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance as to whether or not and to what extent He would have you participate in this campaign for a full-time facility.