Every Person Every Effort
Why are we adding on now?
We are adding on now because we believe with good stewardship practices and wise projections in place, we can afford to move forward. We now have our previous debt retirement several years behind us, a well-established track record of general fund giving, and good counsel by reputable and known financial experts that are for our ministry success. Furthermore, our need for more space has never been greater. Our Sunday worship attendance is at a record average high. On any given Wednesday evening, we can readily expect to see over 230 people using all available space we currently have. We are adding on now because we want those who serve the Lord in this church to have the tools they need to reach people for Christ. A church building is not more than an important tool for ministry, but it is certainly not less.
Does building expansion align with the church’s general direction?
In early 2017 the church council tasked a ‘Future Planning Working Group’ to answer the question, “What are we doing next?” This group composed of a cross-section of the church membership was to provide advisory direction to the church for future plans regarding mission emphasis and church facilities. Their work included the administration of a church-wide survey. They reported the responses of almost 80 participants which included the following responses to the question, “If we had more money than budgeted:” -80% wanted to increase staff salaries -60% wanted to hire additional staff -70% renovate, enlarge facilities -82% increased budget for educational programs.
Since that time salaries have increased, additional staff has been hired, budgets for education programs have increased (not least of which is the addition of Awana Clubs). Some needed renovation has happened including updates to the sound system, church lighting, and window replacement. No actual “facilities enlargement” has occurred. A single classroom has been added to the church foyer area but this classroom addition was nullified by the addition of staff. A conference room/classroom was repurposed for the Missions/Outreach Pastor’s office.
Other areas of direction have also been met with achievement. Giving to missions has gone up and the capital improvement fund remains well supplied.
Why are we adding to the building as designed?
In 2007 the current building was constructed to accommodate the growing ministry of Lawson Baptist Church. The building we are now in was not, however, the building originally designed and needed to fully accommodate the ministry. Because of financial restraints in 2007, what was built was built as a phase of a larger, needed structure in an adopted master plan. The church-adopted expansion now considered is merely a next phase of that originally needed space. For example, we have been meeting for corporate worship in a space originally designed to accommodate more classrooms. As you study the drawings on the wall by the kitchen window, you will see that this current “worship space” will indeed end up supplying us with more needed classrooms.