What is next for Resonance Church?
Since 2014, Resonance has grown from a handful of people to averaging over 650 in attendance each week. We have transitioned from a small service at the Pike Township Community Center to three services each week at our current location. God is moving in big ways at Resonance, and we're looking forward to what's NEXT!
So what is NEXT? We are very excited to announce that we have the opportunity to DOUBLE the space in our current building! This will enable us to reach even more people as we prepare for our next long term steps as a church.
These are the funds currently given towards This is NEXT.
$198,700 of $250,000
What's the current status?
The design drawings are complete, and we are submitting for permitting!
Next, we will continue demolition work and obtain bids from contractors.
Once permitting is complete (which could take up to a month) and we have received the necessary amount of funds for the project, we can begin construction.
Demo work has begun! Check out some pictures of our volunteers in action!
One main need is to meet the financial goal so that we have the necessary funds to actually complete the full project.
Feeling led to give now? Click the link below and choose "This is NEXT" as the designation. Thank you so much for your generosity!
What is This Is NEXT?
This Is NEXT is a giving campaign that will allow us to expand and renovate our current building, allowing us to double in size.
The approximate cost of this expansion and the goal of our campaign is $250,000. This will allow us to reach more people in less services at more optimal times by doing the following:
- Double our Auditorium
- Double our resKids Area
- Update our space (raise ceilings, flooring, walls, etc.)
- Add two additional multi-person restrooms
- Widen the hallway by our Auditorium, creating more space for everyone
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The giving campaign has been extended until all funds are raised. During this time, we will be working on design, demolition and any other items we are able to pay for as the funds are available. We are hoping to have design drawings complete in April and move into permitting, which could take about a month. Then construction will begin. Once the design drawings are complete and get obtain contractor bids, we will have a better estimate of the construction schedule and how that may impact our normal weekends.
We hope and pray that we have this problem! Any extra money raised will be used for additional expansion or operational expenses related to our building, equipment or staff. In addition, the total financial goal does not include certain items that we would like to address, such as some audio/video equipment, lighting, kids equipment, etc. Additional funds would allow us to complete these updates ahead of schedule.
Our current capacity per service is about 225 people. Therefore, with 3 services, our limit is about 675 people before adding a fourth service. We have recently been averaging over 600 people! This is amazing, but that means the days are numbered in our current situation. If we do not expand in our space, we would be forced to add additional services outside of an optimal Sunday morning time slot.
Because people are less likely to attend any time outside of Sunday morning, adding any service outside these times will take more work (volunteers and staff) to reach less people per service (think "bricks without straw!"). Therefore after much deliberation by our Leadership, we do not see this as the best option.
In contrast, by expanding our space, our capacity should be about 500 people per service. Therefore, we can transition back to two services initially, allowing us to reach about 1,000 people before necessitating a third service again. Once we grow to that point, we can transition back to three services and reach nearly 1,500 people all in optimal Sunday morning time slots! In addition to reaching many more people during this time, this would be much less stress on staff and volunteers. Also, by the time we grow into this renovated space, we will be ready to take our next step as a church.
We believe this is where God may be leading us long term. However, we are not financially ready to take that large of a step. Land alone in our area would currently cost between $250,000-500,000, plus an additional $2-5 million for a building large enough for our growth. Therefore, we believe that an intermediate step is needed to allow for growth until we are financially ready to take on that type of project.
“This Is NEXT” will allow us to grow to a church of over 1,500 people at 3 services, at which point we should be financially prepared to take a more substantial next step such as buying land and building new or whatever else God may have in store!
Great question! Over the last few months, we have identified several more areas around the building where we can park additional cars, including some neighboring businesses who are willing to let us to use their lots on Sundays as overflow parking. We estimate these additional spaces will allow us to approximately double our current number of spaces.
In addition, we are developing a Parking Team and action plan to help focus on this very important detail each week and help direct everyone who visits Resonance. If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting new team, let us know!
Resonance Church is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts to This is NEXT are handled in the same manner as other contributions to Resonance Church. You will be provided a giving statement at the end of the year.