The 5 Key Initiatives Of NEXT
Our NEXT Campaign is about invigorating and accelerating our focused attention on the mission Jesus has given us to make passionate disciples of Jesus who are belonging, growing, serving, and reaching across all our campuses.
NEXT will address critical constraints and strategic opportunities to expand our reach and create more room for making disciples.
Our goal is to have everyone at Christ Community Church help raise $11 million over-and-above our regular giving by year-end 2017.
1. DeKalb Campus Permanent Home
(Estimated Need = $7.3 million | Campaign Goal = $4.5 million)
We own 12 acres of prime real estate right next to the new DeKalb High School and only 1.5 miles from Northern Illinois University (NIU), where over 25,000 college students attend from all over the world. Additionally, a new housing development next to our property is estimated to add up to 1,100 new homes in the next 5-10 years.
Our current DeKalb Campus auditorium (inside an old, rented Farm & Fleet) seats 350. Weekend attendance averages close to 850 across three services. The planned auditorium space will have 500 seats (a 40-plus percent increase in capacity). This means that the DeKalb Campus could host 1,500 over three services or 2,000 if a fourth service were added.
STEWARDSHIP & LEGACY
For 11 years, we have leased space in the old Farm & Fleet building. It has served us well and been a great start to our story in DeKalb. NEXT will allow us to have a presence in DeKalb County as a testimony to and for Christ for decades to come.
DEKALB CAMPUS FAQs
The need is $7.3 million, but the goal is $4.5 million. What about the $2.8 million gap?
Our DeKalb Campus family has been setting aside money to build a permanent home for a number of years now. We have nearly $900,000 set aside to help address this $2.8 million gap. The additional funds needed to complete the project will be financed. The projected payments on the financed portion are anticipated to be less than the current monthly payments for rent at the Farm & Fleet. Because these payments will be going toward a permanent home instead of rent, church leadership sees this as better stewardship. If we raise more than our campaign goal, these funds will lower the amount financed.
When does this project need to begin?
We have a lease that runs through 2017. Construction should take approximately 18 months. Our hope would be to take occupancy and begin ministry in August 2017. To reach this timetable, we would need to begin construction in the spring of 2016. There are several factors beyond our control that will impact the construction time-table: building permit approval, contributions, secured funding, and anticipated construction costs.
What if our DeKalb Campus needs additional capacity in the future?
These architectural plans were drawn to allow for additional capacity in the future.
2. Blackberry Creek Campus Expansions and Enhancements
(ESTIMATED NEED = $2.7 MILLION | CAMPAIGN GOAL = $2 MILLION)
Our Blackberry Creek Campus has seen great growth over the last few years. To keep up, here’s what is needed to create more room for making disciples:
Being landlocked, our only option is to add desperately needed additional parking by demolishing the old house that has been used for our staff offices.
EXPANDED MINISTRY SPACE
Tearing down the house and adding parking solves one problem—but means we need to add staff offices by expanding our existing church facility. All our growth has also meant cramped community spaces. We will increase the building by 2,000 square feet including a larger Lobby and additional ministry space.
The gymnasium gives us great space for continued growth, but it is challenged acoustically and aesthetically. We will give the gym a long-needed, critical makeover to make it feel more like an auditorium while still being useful for sports.
BLACKBERRY CREEK CAMPUS FAQs
The need is $2.7 million, but the goal is $2 million. What about the $700,000 gap?
Our Blackberry Creek campus family has been setting aside money for expanded parking. We have nearly $500,000 available to help address this gap. If needed, the additional funds to complete the project will be financed. If we raise more than our campaign goal, that money will lower the amount financed.
When does this project need to begin?
Since money has already been set aside for additional parking, we have demolished the house and moved staff offices temporarily to the current campus facility in Room 101. We hope to begin office space construction by spring of 2016.
3. St. Charles Campus Office Expansion
(ESTIMATED NEED = $2 MILLION | CAMPAIGN GOAL = $2 MILLION)
As we grow at each campus, we have an ever-increasing need for more office space for centralized departments that provide support to all campuses. These all-campus support teams (which include our Creative Arts, Communications, and Accounting teams) are housed at the St. Charles Campus, and we are out of office space.
4. FIFTH CAMPUS
(ESTIMATED NEED = $1.5 MILLION | CAMPAIGN GOAL = $1.5 MILLION)
We don’t know when or where yet, but God is clearly moving Christ Community toward a fifth campus. We’ve observed several growing communities in Illinois and beyond that do not have vibrant churches. In addition, a number of local churches have contacted us regarding possible adoption (which is how our Blackberry Creek Campus became part of Christ Community). We are preparing for, praying about, and proactively investigating many different opportunities.
5. COMMUNITY & INTERNATIONAL IMPACT
(ESTIMATED NEED = $1 MILLION | CAMPAIGN GOAL = $1 MILLION)
We have made it a church-wide goal to give 10 percent of our income to help support the ministries of our Community and International Impact partners. We want to do the same as part of the NEXT campaign. In the past, we have helped fund the audio translation of scripture into 12 languages spoken by more than 185 million people. We supplied over 100 villages with fresh water wells and filters. And we have played a significant role in responding to disasters at home and around the world. As part of NEXT, we are already vetting similar impactful opportunities.
COMMUNITY & INTERNATIONAL IMPACT FAQs
Will we still be doing our usual year-end gift to raise funds for partners?
Our NEXT Campaign will be replacing our annual year-end gift through December 2017. Our goal of raising $11 million during that time period will allow us to give $1+ million to our Community and International Impact partners. This will more than make up the difference of our annual year-end special offering.
WHAT ABOUT OUR new streamwood-BARTLETT CAMPUS?
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