What is In God We Trust?
“In God We Trust” is what we are calling this time in the life of BCC as we prepare to build on the land God has given us. “In God We Trust” is our effort to prepare for moving from a portable church to using a permanent building including an effort to raise money to build. “In God we trusted” to lead us where we are today, and we know we must continue to “trust in God” for our future.
I thought you are a “portable church.” Why don’t you want to be portable anymore?
BCC has been portable since its birth, which has been a tremendous blessing. But being portable is not our identity. Although it has served us well, being portable has been only a means to the end of allowing us to do what we do. Our church is at the point where we will become more effective with a permanent home. Don’t worry; BCC will still have the focus and DNA we have had for 5 years. To many, “portable” represents focusing on others instead of ourselves, being willing to work hard, and doing unique things. This will not change.
Is “In God We Trust” a stewardship campaign?
Yes and no. First, if you are asking this, it tells me you most likely have been at a church that had a “capital stewardship campaign.” Most folks we talked to at BCC who participated in a “stewardship campaign” had some not-so-pleasant experiences. Although a big goal for “In God We Trust” is to raise additional funds to build a building (this is the “yes” part of the answer), we will not do this as a traditional campaign. There will be no phone calls, pressure, or banquets. We will have parties, share the facts, and ask those who believe in BCC to ask God how He wants to use them at this time in BCC’s life.
Don’t most people hire someone to help with stuff like this? Why didn’t you hire someone to help?
Good question. We prayed and researched this. At this time, we are not willing to pay the fee (approximately $50,000) to hire an outside consultant. Many BCC folks have been through “outside consultant-led capital stewardship campaigns” and had a less than pleasant experience. Our leaders are working hard and have unanimously agreed to do it ourselves this time. We have asked for advice from outside consultants but are doing the work “in-house.”
When are we going to build?
This depends on money. We have no plans or dates to start building. We will not go into excessive debt to build. Although our giving records and the fact that we paid cash for our property (giving us equity) will allow us to secure a loan from a bank, we will save money before we build. When we save enough money that our Elders and Finance Team know we can begin building without cutting any ministries or risking financial pressure to pay off a loan, we will be ready. If you give $1,000,000 to build the building, we are ready.
How much is going to cost?
Our architect tells us this is about a 2.5 million dollar project. We have some ideas on how to save money though.
In God We Trust
In God We Trust is the next chapter in the life of BCC. This chapter begins our shift from a portable church to a permanent building. It includes raising the funds to support such change. We trusted in God to lead us this far. We will continue to trust in God for our future.