- Is this a long-term lease or are we purchasing the hub? Are there plans to purchase? What is our backup plan if either one of those fails?
Initially, we signed a three-year lease. However, we have the approval to extend that lease to five years or even longer. Our preference is to remain as renters rather than purchasing, as we are content with letting landlords handle major issues. Fortunately, our landlords have been very accommodating and have shown no intention of making any changes to our space. In the unlikely event that they do, we will be given sufficient notice to make appropriate plans.
- Do we have the budget for our current construction project and future expansion plans?
We as a church have been conservative in our finances for years, we have saved so we have a decent cushion in the bank.
We’re currently waiting on what the full cost for the entire renovation will be, but we have seed money to start the renovation process. That being said, we do not want to deplete our savings for this project, but we will be raising the funds to help cover the renovation costs.
- Is there flexibility to expand above a 100 person capacity as our church grows?
We could fully rent out the space next door if we choose. We could also continue to have multiple gatherings or start gatherings in other spaces throughout the city.
- Once the renovations are done will we move from 3 gatherings to 2 gatherings?
We will reassess our needs once we finish the renovation process.
- Do we expect to lose anyone in this transition? How can we navigate the new schedule challenges if we shift back to mornings?
No, we do not expect to lose anyone. However, it is possible. As churches make changes and adjustments, it may not always accommodate everyone. We encountered this when we started meeting at Cross & Crown. Some individuals were unable to attend the 4pm time slot due to family obligations or work.
When we announce our new gathering times, there may be individuals who are affected by the changes. If you find yourself in this situation, we encourage you to reach out and start a conversation with us! By offering three different time slots, we hope to better accommodate various scheduling needs.
Hopefully you took our gathering time survey and let us know your preferences!
Additionally, as we solidify what our Sunday teams’ needs are, we’re anticipating new areas for people to help. Please be open to how God may be calling you to use your gifts here at ENCS! We’re hoping we can spread the burden out amongst many, so the church can flourish.
Most importantly, please pray!
- Is the long term vision still to transition to home churches (Acts 2 community)? Can we start doing that now instead of using the Hub for traditional gatherings?
Some people are familiar with this concept, while others may not be. During the pandemic, our leadership team took the time to pray about our future and evaluate what is truly essential in being a church. This led to the development of the "Home Church Initiative." The initiative involves starting new gatherings in homes, drawing from the lessons we've learned from our community groups. We have a Group Development Team working behind the scenes to envision what this type of Acts 2 community could look like in our specific context.
In all likelihood, we will aim to pilot this initiative in 2024, alongside establishing our presence in the Hub. Our goal is to make an impact both on the campus and university, as well as in the surrounding community. The Hub will serve as a place to train and equip leaders, who will then be sent out to the communities where we reside. This way, we can live out our calling as a family on a mission.
As a leadership team, we have discussed the implications of expediting this process to complement our move into the Hub. This has been a long-standing plan, and we are committed to executing it with excellence. It is important to us that every aspect of the process is carefully considered and that individuals receive thorough training. Our goal is to equip people to effectively teach, lead, and host in homes, so we do not want to rush this decision. We aim to establish a supportive infrastructure for our leaders to avoid unintentionally hurting people. While we are working on both things simultaneously, we have intentionally planned our timelines to ensure the successful execution of both transitions.