Financial Progress

These are the funds currently given towards This is NEXT. Thank you for your generosity!

$217,200 of $260,000

Project Progress

Updated August 29, 2018

It may be hard to see progress in our existing areas, but behind the scenes, things have been VERY busy this summer. We have made a LOT of progress in the back, particularly in the expanded portion of our main room.

Drywall is completely finished in the new portion of our main room! Painting has begun, and the ceiling grid is mostly installed.

We are close to having the new HVAC unit operational in the new portion of our main room. Sprinkler work in the new portion of the main room is finished except for the final drops for the new heads.

Our new chairs have been delivered and are being stored until we open the main room up. Our new stage is also complete and ready to be delivered when the new room opens.

We will be working to complete electrical/lighting as soon as possible and to finish up any final sprinkler and fire alarm work so that the main room will be ready to transition in the next several weeks.

To get in our main room, we will need to finish all of that work, complete the new restrooms, knock down the back wall, finish ceiling modifications, install carpet, install new lighting, build the new entry wall and knock down the existing entry wall (to expand our hallway). Then we can seek to get our conditional occupancy permit for the main room. There is a lot of work left to complete, but we are definitely getting closer!

Once the main room and restroom work is complete, we will have "family-style" services while the resKids area is being renovated. Because of this, we plan to be able to stay in our building during ALL of the construction and not have to temporarily leave! This is contingent on a few things, but that is the plan unless something unexpected comes up.

How is our space changing?

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What is This Is NEXT?

This Is NEXT is a 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
  • Expand our on-site parking
  • Add two additional multi-person restrooms
  • Widen the hallway by our Auditorium, creating more space for everyone


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When will the expansion be complete?

Construction is currently underway, and we are working on a more firm schedule for when we will be in our main room.

The plan will be to finish our larger main room first and then have "family services" while the work is being completed in the new resKids area.

What if there's money left over?

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.

Why spend money on this rather than add more service times?

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.

What about buying land and building from scratch?

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!

How will we park additional people?

Great question! 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.

Modifications for the additional parking spots should be complete in June or July.

In addition, we have developed a Parking Team to focus on this very important area each week and help direct everyone who visits Resonance. If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting team, let us know!

Are my gifts tax-deductible?

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.

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