Capital Campaign Update
Last week, you should have received a letter informing you that we have decided to pull away from the proposed building project. The $2 million increase to the proposed estimate made it clear to us that God was redirecting our efforts in expanding the ministry of WEFC.
With news like this, we are sure there are many questions you may be asking. We too are processing this information and asking questions as well. At our Congregational Meeting on January 19, at 7:00 pm, we will have opportunity to talk in more detail about what has transpired and how to move forward from here.
Regarding your questions, feel free to ask them. Let us know what questions you might have so that we can best respond to what you are thinking. You can submit your questions to the church office and we will be glad to respond to them.
Perhaps these are two of the questions you may be asking right now.
1. What about the pledge I made to the proposed building project that we are no longer pursuing?
First of all, thank you for your sacrificial giving. We do not take your gifts for granted and we know that you have freely given and personally sacrificed to give to this project.
Secondly, it is still our plan to expand what God is doing at WEFC. It is just going to look different than what we were originally thinking. So, if you feel inclined to continue giving to the Expansion Fund, those funds will be used for such efforts to be determined later. We do envision that some work will need to be done to enhance our building and we do envision needing funds for eventual church planting.
Finally, if you feel the change in direction is cause for you to not fulfill your pledge; we fully understand and respect that. There is nothing formal for you to do. Simply do not give to the Expansion Fund until you feel led to do so again.
2. How did the estimate go from $6.7 million to $8.7 million?
We will be able to address this more fully at the congregational meeting. However, in the meantime, the following explanation may help answer that question.
The $6.7 million estimate was based on schematic drawings, which are not very detailed. They consisted of 12 pages of drawings and 30 pages of narrative. At this stage of the process, we did receive two estimates and they both came within the $6.7 million range.
When we got to the design drawings, the level of specificity in the drawings increased. At this stage there were over 80 pages of drawings and 670 pages of narrative. With greater specificity came a more accurate estimate.
Additionally, as the project was developed further, it became apparent that various changes needed to be made to the original plan. None of these changes were “big” changes, but when there are several adjustments required every little change adds up and affects the bottom line.
As stated earlier, we will have opportunity to discuss these questions and more at our Congregational Meeting on January 19 at 7:00 pm.