Two and half years ago, when Capstone moved in 601 Fairview Street we made an initial financial investment in updating the Fairview Street Facility. In 2017 we see our first major investment opportunity here at Fairview Street since we moved in.
Because of the continued growth since the merger, we are rapidly running out of space in our Capstone Kids area, our lobby is overflowing every Sunday morning, and desperately need more space for our middle and high school students during the week. We see this as an opportunity to launch in the “For the 44 Stewardship Campaign” that will mean:
- Adding a 2,500 sq ft addition to the existing building
- Expanding the overflowing lobby
- Updating the exterior to better engage with the thousands who drive past everyday.
This Kingdom investment opportunity will allow us to reach more people with the Gospel in several ways. The first would be allowing us to double our Gathering attendance. This means more space for those who are far from the Lord to see, hear and experience the Gospel through a Sunday morning Experience. Currently, Capstone’s adult to child ratio is over 30%, which places us in the 10% of churches in America. We have many young families who have joined the mission of Capstone and these kids need more space that will allow them to hear and learn the Gospel. It also allows us to equip those who are already Christ followers to live as missionaries disciples where they work, live, and play. Along with the growing Capstone Kids area, we also have seen a surge in our Middle and High School Ministry, Edge, in the past 12 months. Many of these students are not connected to a church and are being exposed to the gospel for the first time. This expansion project would also give them a space for their midweek Gathering and breakout space for the Small Group time.
The second is the opportunity for Gospel Multiplication in serving our city. Through our community partnership with the FIKE Center, this project would allow their afterschool program to DOUBLE from 40 to 80 children. This will allow these students to have a safe place to come after school to receive help with their homework, healthy snacks, develop character through weekly lesson, and structure to equip them for success.
It isn’t unusual for a healthy church to grow and need to expand. The “For the 44 Steward Campaign” isn’t just about expanding so that we have more space or if we build it they will come. We are excited about the need for expansion but just as excited about beginning the vision of creating a space for our community. We don’t just want to build something for ourselves on Sunday and then see if the community can use it. We believe our expansion will be just as important for the opportunities during the week for the welfare of our community as the use on Sundays or for Capstone Events.
This will be the first phase of our vision of creating a community space that will allow us to serve our city better and putting the love of Christ into action. We are seeking to fully fund this first expansion phase in order to remain debt free as long as possible, which will free us up to proceed with the next phase in a timely and healthy way.
We’re praying for the Capstone Family to sacrificially commit to helping raise $300,000 in the next two years. With what Capstone has been able to save in the past several years, this will give us a construction budget of over $400,000.
This budget would allow us to expand the current facility by 25% (2,500 sq ft). We will also work in reconfiguring some of the church space to give a foyer area for Capstone Kids and the FIKE Center, establish secure check-in and out areas, expand the lobby space, and update the exterior to better reflect who we are as a church.