Worship Center Renewal

Project Information

 
 
 
 
 

Who is Bethel?

Bethel is a long-term, multi-generational, Evangelical Free church serving southern Minnesota and northern Iowa seeking to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus so that God is glorified, our communities are blessed, and people are transformed by Jesus.
 
Throughout its history, Bethel has taken steps of faith to meet ministry needs of the church and the surrounding community. In 2019, we began talking about renewing our Worship Center. A team was put together to create a proposal. In December, they presented their proposal to the elder board. The elders prayed, discussed, and unanimously agreed to bring this proposal to the congregation for approval. An informational meeting was held on Sunday, February 20, and the proposal was shared with the congregation. A link to view the presentation is provided below:
 
 
We want to thank those who came out for the special congregational meeting Sunday, March 13. We had 130 members sign in with several regular church attenders also being present. Following a good discussion, the proposal was put to a vote. With approximately an 84% approval, Bethel members affirmed to move forward with the WCR Project. 
 
 

What’s Next?

  1. Construction documents will be finalized by Station 19 Architects.
  2. Contractor bids will be collected.
  3. Financial options will be considered (i.e. lenders, rates, etc.)
  4. Plans will be developed for ministry continuity during the construction period.
  5. Please be in prayer for the Lord’s provision, blessing, and timing.
 
 
 

 

The Plan:

The team, working with Station 19 Architects, put together the plan for renewing the worship space.
 

The Plan includes 4 main parts:

CEILING:
  • The roof will be brought up to current snow-load code, which means the ceiling will be replaced as structural support is added.
  • Additional supports and wiring will be added for lighting fixtures, laser projector, and larger confidence monitor.
PLATFORM:
  • The platform will be leveled to the same height; sound dampened, and rounded out.
  • Handicap accessible ramp will be added on south side.
  • Storage will be available behind central projection wall.
  • There will be additional storage available stage right for worship ministry equipment.
LIGHTS:
  • The platform and auditorium lights will be brighter and better controlled.
  • There will be a single laser projector onto a central HD screen.
  • The noisy Elation DMX dimmers will be replaced by quiet DMX controlled fixtures.
  • The faux stained glass will be replaced with window treatments.
ROOM:
  • Moveable walls will be installed in each of the wings to help control sound when used as classrooms providing flexibility for overflow.
  • Carpet rectangles will be installed for ease of replacement and maintenance.
  • Chairs will replace pews for increased flexibility of the space for multiple uses.

We believe this project is wise because…

  • We believe that renewing the worship center will help us love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus in 2022 and in the decades to come by providing a space that leans into the lighting, video, and audio needs, sensibilities and expectations of people today.
  • We believe that renewing the worship space will help us love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus in 2022 and in the decades to come by giving us increased flexibility in the usage of the Worship Center for reaching out and discipling people.
  • We believe that renewing the worship space will help us love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus in 2022 and in the decades to come by multiplying the time and efforts of the people who utilize and serve in that space thus giving us a more sustainable ministry model as we reach out to modern people.
  • We believe that renewing the worship space will help us to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus in 2022 and in the decades to come by allowing more people (those with limited mobility) to participate.
  • We believe that renewing the worship space will help us love God, love others, and make Disciples of Jesus in 2022 and in the decades to come by allowing for classes to have a well-lit and more sound-insulated space in which to meet.
 

 

The Cost Estimate from Station 19 Is $872,000

Here’s how we are proposing to finance the project:

  • Pay $425,000 in cash from our general and designated funds (Worship Center renewal Fund, Employee Retention Credit; targeted unused designated funds).
  • Borrow $150,000 more from our own funds which we will replace through a 12-month campaign.
  • Borrow an amount from Christian Investors or another institution where the sum of 12 monthly payments will not exceed 4% of the annual church budget. ($854,292)

Here’s why we think it is a good idea financially:

  • Bethel is in a strong financial position currently thanks to God’s blessing and the generosity of the Bethel church family. We have over $850,000 in our general and designated funds.
  • Interest rates are currently very low.
  • The amount we are proposing to borrow and the monthly payments will be a relatively small percentage of the overall church budget. We are committed to no more than 4%.
  • We want to raise at least $150,000 over 12-months and a significant portion is already committed.

Finances

As we move forward together on the Worship Center Renewal project, twenty families of the Elders, Staff, and Worship Center Renewal team have pledged $96,450 over the next year. Would you prayerfully consider how the Lord is leading you to help with this project?
 
 

Questions?

Additional information to help answer your questions can be found in the attachments below. If additional questions come to mind, email staff@bethelefc.org