ReNew!

you might be wondering...

1. What is the financial goal of the Re NEW! Capital Campaign?

The financial goal is to raise $2M.


2. Where will the campaign funds be going?

When we achieve our goal of $2M, 60% of the funds will pay off our current mortgage, 30% will fund building enhancements and 10% will go to mission projects.


3. How will the dollars be distributed during the 3 year campaign to get the most benefit?

Our primary goal is to eliminate the mortgage debt which “frees up” $160K each year in annual budget dollars for other ministries. 90% of the first dollars received will pay off the mortgage debt. 10% will be given to the mission projects. Once the entire mortgage debt is paid off, we will apply the remaining dollars to building enhancements and mission projects.


4. What if we surpass our goal?

Praise GOD! Additional dollars would be used to fund more building enhancements and mission projects.


5. What if we do not reach our goal? 

We are confident in attaining our goal; however, if pledges/receipts are less than $2M, we will allocate 90% of the receipts towards debt retirement and 10% towards the mission projects, with the balance (after debt is retired) going towards the building enhancement priorities. For example, if pledges are $1.5M, 90% of the cash received will be allocated to pay off our current mortgage (up to $1.3M, 10% will go to mission projects ($0.15M), and the balance ($0.05M) would fund building enhancements.


6. Should I redirect my Tithe to the ReNEW! Campaign? 

We would certainly hope that is not the case. These should be gifts over and above your current giving.


7. How can I give?

Commitment cards/envelopes were mailed out in April 21st and are also available at church for you to pray over and examine. You can turn in your pledge/commitment card to the church office at any time, but we’d like to have all pledges in by Sunday, May 20th.  We will have an all-church celebration event on that Sunday, including a time to present our pledges. It will be an exciting and worshipful experience. Payments can be any of the following: check, cash, stock transfer, monthly ACH direct from your bank. Credit and debit card donations are an extremely expensive way for the church to receive funds and reduce the impact of the dollars donated.


8. What if I cannot fulfill my commitment?

We understand and simply ask for the consideration of communicating that to Kit Housh, and then consider future participation during or after this campaign as circumstances change.


9. Can I designate my donation for just debt retirement, or just for facilities?

The leadership team and staff has prayerfully considered the overall campaign objectives and the structure presented is the one believed to have the most collective benefit to everyone involved. So anything donated to the capital campaign will be distributed proportionally to the 3 categories.


10. If General Fund giving drops because people shift giving, will we use capital campaign funds to pay general expenses?

No, we will use the funds only for the capital campaign. The leadership team would have to then determine the best solution to fill budget gaps, but would not use capital campaign funds.

 

11. Who will know how much I pledge?

Only one individual will be compiling the pledge information and the names will be kept in strict confidence.


12. Does the leadership team all support this campaign?

The Leadership team fully supports the timing and launching of the capital campaign.


13. Why did we not use an outside consulting firm to help the campaign?

With the wealth of internal experience, specifically around previous campaigns, the campaign committee felt that the approximate $100K related expense could be better used toward the goals of the project than on consulting. We have used an hourly, fee-based project manager to assist the campaign.

Debt Elimination faq's

1. What is the current debt?

The current balance is $1.4 million. This amounts to ~ $160 thousand paid annually in our operating budget (amounts to 15% of the total budget). Of that, interest expense amounts to $5,200 a month.


2. Why do we have debt?

We took on debt to build the activity center, new entrance and additional space for youth ministries.


3. How long have we had this debt?

We have been carrying this debt for over 10 years. When it was originally secured, we expected to be debt free in 5 years.


4. What could we do with the additional $160K a year if we were debt free?

We have a number of options including reducing our annual budget, in-creasing our missions budget, funding new ministries within the church or making more improvements in our facilities.


5. Won’t we incur additional expenses by funding additional missions projects versus paying off the mortgage 100% first?

The church spends ~$5200 a month on the interest expense for the mort-gage. This is currently covered in our annual general fund budget. While it is true, in a pure financial sense, that paying off the debt first costs less in dollars, the Leadership Team believes there is a higher value in renewing congregational engagement in additional missions spending beyond the 15% we already spend.


6. What does Financial Peace say about debt?

The curriculum we went through as a church last year teaches the biblical view of debt and personal financial management. It is important we model that as a church. Statistics tell us 7 out of 10 families live paycheck to paycheck, and have little margin for emergencies. Financial Peace says after tithe and basic living expenses, all extra funds should go first to an emergency fund, and then to pay off all debt. It also teaches us that we need to fulfill our commitments as Christians, lead by example, and not have to live as the scriptures say, “...and the borrower is slave to the lender.” We are also taught that you cannot serve two masters. So to be able to respond and act on what God puts in front of us as a church, we need to get our own ‘house’ in order so we are looking outward for opportunities, not worrying about servicing debt.


building enhancement faq's

1. What are the building enhancements?

The first priority is to renovate the kitchens. Both the basement level and the kitchen off the Fireside room are very old and are not effectively supporting the weekly hospitality and serving ministries. The second priority is to enhance the sanctuary to allow for more flexibility and efficient use of space, along with improving the worship experience (audio/visual, lighting, etc.). The final priority is to improve the effectiveness (and flow) of the lobby/narthex/Fireside room for ministry needs.


These enhancements were prioritized based on interviews with numerous ministry and lay “users” and according to impact on current and future ministry opportunities.


2. Will we take on more debt to complete these projects?

We will not take on more debt. Projects will be prioritized based on the total dollars received during the campaign.


3. Are the kitchens used often?

The kitchens (serving ministries) are the most used spaces in the church and have served to “get us by” for a large number of weekly and special events. Examples of these numerous ministries, include TreeHouse dinners, Wednesday Night Suppers, preschool, Sunday school, funerals, weddings, and all-church meals.


4. Why do we need to renovate our current kitchens?

The kitchen has been on the list to renovate for over 10 years. Because of the debt, we could not move forward on those much needed improvements. Some of the appliances, i.e. oven, are not fully functioning. Other appliances are old and worn out. The cabinetry is in disrepair. Serving is not efficient for the servers or those being served. The “catering kitchen” next to the Fireside room is not adequately equipped to handle the”cafe” of Sunday mornings, communion, wedding showers and other informal gatherings in the Fireside room.


5. Are there plans to change the look of the front of the sanctuary?

At this point, we have not done any “design” work on the building enhancements since we don’t yet know how much funding will be available for the priority projects. We do know we’d like to allow for more flexibility and efficient use of space in the sanctuary, along with improving the worship experience (audio/visual, lighting, etc.). We will maintain the beautiful aesthetic of our sanctuary worship space.


6. What specifically are you looking to do with the lobby, narthex and Fireside Room spaces?

We are hoping to improve the utilization and effectiveness of the lobby and narthex for ministry needs. For example, the coat room (off the narthex) is currently cluttered with collection boxes for several ministry needs. We’d like to make those ministry needs (and others) more visible and functional in the lobby and narthex. We’d also like to have designated space/tables to highlight current ministry priorities. We hope to improve the signage and flow for visitors to make visiting ECC an easier experience.

mission projects faq's

1. What Mission Projects will be funded through the ReNEW! Campaign?

10% of ReNEW! funds will be given to Missions. 5% to global projects, and 5% to local projects. 


The three global projects are:

  • Completion of the Amnuay Sook Training & Retreat Center in Northern Thailand, with support for the Bright Future Children's Project.
  • Support for "Living Well Through Hands United" an initiative of the Columbia Covenant Church addressing issues related to domestic violence.
  • Translation of the four gospels for a remote people group in South Sudan.

Note: we anticipate the opportunity to fund an additional global project(s) over the course of three year campaign.


The two local projects are:

  • Northwest Conference Director of Hispanic Ministries: new staff position providing greater support for Hispanic pastors and congregations in our conference.
  • Funds to help launch Encircled nationally, a program to help youth identify and live out their God-purpose (encircled.org)

2. How were the projects identified?

We contacted our church's current local and global mission partners. Each mission partner was invited to submit a proposal describing how they would use the funds. We also contacted our denomination's leaders: Mark Stromberg (NWC Superintendent), and Al Tizon (Executive Minister of Serve Globally for the Evangelical Covenant Church), to cast a wider net for possible new ministries to fund. 


3. Who decided which projects to fund?

Impact Team (ECC's Missions Team) evaluated the project proposals, sought additional information on the various projects and came to a final recommendation on which projects to fund. They reviewed a total of either global and six local project proposals. Their recommendations were brought to the Leadership Team for final approval.


4. What guidelines did the Impact Team use to evaluate the projects?

  • We sought projects where our funds could have the greatest impact. This included projects outside of normal, ongoing budget needs, or from people/organizations that don’t have a broad funding base.
  • Our preference was to fund a few projects significantly, rather than give smaller amounts to many projects.
  • We prioritized projects that reflected ECC values: importance of God’s word, ministries reaching people of all ages for Jesus (especially children & youth), and helping people in hard places.
  • As these funds will be given over a 1-3 year period, we viewed this giving as “starter/seed money,” rather than a long-term commitment for funding.
  • We were looking for “dream” projects – projects people have recognized as addressing a pressing need, but haven’t been able to implement due to lack of funding.


5. How much money is needed to fully fund each project?

For some projects, our giving will be added to existing project funds. However, in many cases, we anticipate that our giving through ReNEW! will be the sole source of funding enabling the project to be completed. For all five projects our giving will have a significant impact.

  • Colombia Covenant Church Project: $14,500/year to fully fund project costs. ($8,000 had already been raised for 2018.)
  • Thailand: Building projects expected to be done in 2 stages. 1st Stage – finishing current meeting hall = $17,500. Second stage – completion of retreat cabins is $28,000.
  • Sudan Bible Translation of 4 Gospels - $5,200 to complete project.
  • NWC Director of Hispanic Ministries - Part-time position approximately $25,000/year.
  • Encircled – our funds will help with initial start-up costs of $15,000. Additional funds are currently being raised and will be needed for annual budget of $100,000.


6. How will the Mission Projects be funded if we do not meet overall expected ReNEW! giving goals?

The Leadership Team has committed to giving 10% of all ReNEW! funds raised to mission projects.  Giving to the mission projects will occur as campaign funds are received. 50% of total mission funds will go to the 3 global projects, and 50% of total mission funds to the 2 local projects. In the event that the campaign does not meet the expected goal of 2 million dollars, we will continue to give 10% of ReNEW! funds to our mission projects but at proportionally reduced levels. The Impact Team views all 5 projects as equally important to fund. We anticipate over the next 3 years needing to make occasional case by case adjustments in the schedule of distribution of funds as determined by changes in individual project needs.


7. What will happen if ReNEW! giving exceeds the $2 million goal? 

After all five of our initial projects are fully funded, we would look forward to finding new opportunities for God to bless others through our ReNEW! capital campaign!