Chris Sealy, Project Management Posse
By now, the news has spread – JUC members have voted to Make Room. To be specific, the motion at the April 15th Special Congregational Meeting to authorize the board to look for a new location was approved 300 to 40. That was nearly 88% of us saying YES to the vision of a larger campus to grow our ministries and better fulfill our mission. To everyone who took part in the conversation, thank you for participating in the important business of our beloved church.
Now the real work begins.
At the meeting, Tom Goodreid, a member of the Property Evaluation Task Force (PETF), mentioned that a potential property has risen to the surface. Now the PETF will dive into the details of this leading contender while also scanning the horizon for other possibilities in our search area. With such a momentous project, there’s a lot to figure out, and since it’s early in the process, most information must remain strictly confidential for now. Once the PETF recommends a property to the Board, and the Board approves, the very next step will be to announce the property to the congregation. At that time, there will be a plan in place for strong congregational involvement. We will discuss and dream about this property together before scheduling a congregational vote to purchase.
So when will we figure out what we can afford? Our outside stewardship consultants advise that we wait to begin the Financial Feasibility Study (FFS) until we have a property clearly identified. There’s no way to precisely predict that timeline, but that will probably take at least six weeks, and possibly more. The FFS itself will take up to three months to conduct and evaluate. Following this, alongside much additional work and input from architects, designers, and our members, will the Board decide whether to recommend a specific property to the congregation for a vote. Yes, that’s a lot to accomplish. And yes, it will take a lot of patience.
In the meantime, check out the Making Room website for the latest updates.