The Essentials

What is “building for MORE?”

Central Heights Church has a clear vision for the future: a movement of more and growing followers of Jesus, developing healthy churches for the glory of God and the flourishing of our city and the world. We continue to believe God for more. We want to see God glorified, we want to see more people come to Christ and we want to see those people grow in their relationship with Christ. This MORE begins with God. He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we could ask or think and He does so as we participate with Him.

How was the renovation decided on?

This Spring, we conducted several workshops in regards to the potential renovation for our church building. It was led by our Chairman of the Elders, Brad Willems, and our Lead Pastor, Tim Klassen.  Together, we engaged in a number of presentations and lengthy Q & A sessions. Out of that, the response from our congregation was overwhelmingly in support of conducting a renovation to our 1985 building (92%). We were encouraged to do so with expediency, as with escalating building costs, a time efficient process could have significant cost savings.  This was reinforced at the Annual General Meeting held on September 24, 2017, where the members overwhelmingly approved a $3.5 million campaign to raise the balance of the required funds.

Who is leading this initiative?

Ken Nickel serves as the Campaign Chair.  The Campaign Cabinet also includes: Wendy Toews (Campaign Director), Ron Goerz (Education), Mark Thiessen (Marketing), Tracey Thiessen (Prayer), Dorothy Janzen (Events), and Steve Willems (Marketing).  Tim Klassen, Rod Adrian and Brad Willems serve as ex officio members.

The Enhancements

Is our building really in need of renovation?

The current sanctuary building was constructed in 1985.  Since then, it has not seen any significant renovation or improvement beyond simple fixes and painted walls. A typical facility of our size would spend $50,000 – $60,000 on annual repairs and maintenance. In most years, Central Heights has not come anywhere close to those needed numbers.

In addition, in the last 30 years, methods of ministry have changed. All of the external studies show that the building facility actually matters to newcomers evaluating our relevance to their world.

Prior to initiating this process, the leadership undertook a comprehensive field study where staff and elders visited a number of other churches that had recently undergone renovations.  Through these visits, many insights and best practices were gleaned and are being incorporated into the decision making process.

In what order will the construction take place?

Construction will occur as it can be fit into ministry needs/operations, which will create the least amount of interruption to the area being renovated. As such, we will all need to be unusually flexible.

Why do the pews need replacing?

The current pew seating is 33 years old, with complete reupholstering needed and some requiring repair.  When the cost analysis was done to re-finish the current pews, the cost difference was not significant compared to replacing it with all new seating. Contemporary chair-style seating is practical, with removable covers for easy cleaning. It is a design style that the unchurched will be very comfortable with when they see it.  Additionally, we’re able to bless a local Christian Iraqi church by donating many of our current pews.

The Finances

How much will this cost?

The estimated total cost of the building for MORE campaign is $4.3 million.  $800,000 of cash was already allocated to capital improvements, as a result of the sale of the Hawthorne lands.  As such, the campaign goal is to raise the balance of $3.5 million in cash and pledges over a three year period.

What if we don’t raise enough money?

The entire project is being managed in a staged process and can be stopped at various times without long-term consequence (if needed). In addition, the congregation has approved a $1,000,000 mortgage if necessary, above the cash and pledges received, to fund completion of the project. In the interim, the congregation has approved bridge financing to allow construction to be completed while pledges are being fulfilled.

When is the money needed?

We are in the active stages of the renovation, and the funds are needed immediately to fund the improvements.  Central Heights has cash on hand to fund the current stages of the campaign. By Spring, we will rely on incoming pledges to fund the balance of the work required. 

Will my gift be confidential?

Yes, your gift will be kept in confidence. The MORE campaign office will be kept appraised of pledge amounts as they are made, and will assist in appropriate follow up as needed.

Who will be asked to contribute?

The building for MORE initiative is a spiritual journey that all members of the body are participating in together. Collectively, we recognize that God owns all things and that we are His stewards; in this season Central Heights has been careful in asking its people to give extraordinarily. To accomplish our vision, the size of gifts will vary, but it will take equal and proportional sacrifices of the entire congregation.  This giving is above and beyond regular giving which helps to sustain the ministries of Central Heights.

How many years will pledge fulfillments last?

You will have the option to fulfil your pledge over the course of three years. If preferred, a shorter period can be chosen.

What if we raise more than the targeted amount?

We believe God has called us to MORE, and so it is a very real possibility that we raise more than the targeted amount.  We have many other facility needs that are not included in the scope of this campaign that would be delivered if funds are provided (gym, Women’s Centre, parking lot, etc).

Can I give appreciated assets or non-cash gifts?

Yes, Central Heights is prepared to receive other types of planned gifts. If you would like assistance, please contact the MORE campaign office to arrange a conversation with Executive Pastor, Rod Adrian

What’s Next?

Who do I talk to about making a pledge?

A member of the building for MORE team would love to speak with you. For more information, contact Wendy at wtoews@centralheights.ca.

I would love to be involved in the campaign. Who do I talk to?

We would love to have your help! There are many volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in finding out how you can participate in the campaign, please contact Wendy Toews (wtoews@centralheights.ca), our Campaign Director.

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