A "HEARING FROM GOD" INITIATIVE
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We are asking you to pray and ask God how you should help financially with this project and
when. Then, simply be obedient. Whenever a fund raising goal is reached we will know that
collectively, as a church body, we have heard from God. We can then move forward with
this building project with complete confidence it is in alignment with His plan for White
God has blessed White Stone with nearly 53 acres in an area that is seeing quite a bit of
development. This is God’s land and the elders are diligently trying to discern how our Lord
wants us to utilize this valuable asset. If an attractive offer-to-buy land comes forth, the
church’s by-laws require the sale to receive approval by two-thirds of voting members
before it can be completed. All money generated from any sale of God’s land will be used to
expand His building.
Although scripture warns against excessive debt, it does not forbid responsible borrowing.
Based on the church’s current financial position, projected increases in the operating
budget and conservative expectations of attendance growth after the completion of the
building project, the finance committee believes up to $2.5 million of debt is manageable
for White Stone. To help service debt and serve the community, the church will explore
opportunities to rent space for a daycare/preschool and special events.
As we raise funds through a combination of donations and a land sale…
1. Elimination of current debt --> burn the mortgage
2. $750,000 raised --> Pastor Luke shaves off his beard
3. $1.5 million raised --> architectural firm selected to finalize design and prepare
4. $2 million raised --> general contractor selected
5. $2.5 million raised --> break ground for 20,500 square foot addition
6. $3 million raised --> celebrate God’s provision because the fund raising goal will have
7. Completion of addition --> remodel upstairs and café of existing building
8. When finances allow --> add 2nd floor to current sanctuary
(overview of master plan)
-A budget of $5.5 million has been established. This includes paying off all existing debt ($320,000), construct of a new addition of about 20,500 square feet ($5 million) and remodeling the upstairs and café area of the current building ($180,000).
-A plan to extend the 2nd floor of the current building over sanctuary is not included in the $5 million budget. That will be the next phase of the master plan for the White Stone building.
HOW TO HELP
(floor plan of building)
-Pray that God’s will be done and the White Stone family will remain unified throughout
the fund raising and building process.
-Ask God how you should help financially with this project and follow the Holy Spirit’s
-Checks can be placed in one of the offering boxes in the hallway. Please write “Hearing
from God” or "building fund" on the memo line. You can also donate to the building fund
safely online by clicking here and selecting "Building Fund" in the allocation drop-down box.
Debt Reduction Update | September 2017
Preparing to Build Video | July 2017