Naturally there are a lot of questions when launching a new campus, and here are answers to the most common questions based on the information we have. It will be updated as we progress. What are our next steps?
On December 19th, Grace purchased the Oak Hill Baptist Church facility to reach into the community expanding our Kingdom footprint. We will spend some time making small renovations on the campus anticipating a first service on February 2, 2014. God has called Grace to love our Neighbors, the Nations and the Next Generation and we are excited about continuing this calling in the new location. Interest meetings will be held on January 5 & 12
at Grace Snellville in the high school room for anyone interested in joining our efforts at Grace New Hope. If you have questions or would like to get involved, email Rhonda@gfc.tv
. What will the church be called?
We plan on calling the church Grace New Hope. It is located at the intersection of New Hope Road and Grayson New Hope Road, we feel this name best identifies it with this area of Lawrenceville/Grayson. And we believe it is the perfect name for this church as we venture to bring New Hope to this community! How does this solve space issues at Grace Snellville?
As can be seen on our population density map
, there are several hundred people who already live in the Archer/Grayson community. As of the announcement November 17th, we began hearing from people who live near the Oak Hill campus that they are anticipating being a part of the Grace New Hope team. Who will be preaching at Grace New Hope?
The commitment at Grace is to the Word of God preached, not to a preaching personality. As with Grace’s other campuses there will be a “campus pastor.” We as a congregation have a commitment to training and developing teachers for the next generation. The preaching responsibilities will be shared with Buddy taking a lead role in that development. God has blessed Grace with a strong teaching team. What ministries will we have there?
It is our plan is to have all Children’s, Student and Adult Ministries on site in February. Oak Hill has been using our KidzLife materials over this past year. These ministries will take time to develop and grow but the leadership team at Grace is already working on the development and training plan for the future of Grace New Hope. UPDATE 12/4/13:
Sunday Gatherings will take place at 9:00AM & 10:45AM We will lead GraceKidz (Nursery-5th Grade), at 9:00AM & 10:45AM We will lead LUG AM for all Middle School Students at 10:45AM We will lead D-Groups for all High School Students at 10:45AM What type of renovation and costs are involved at Grace New Hope?
Curb Appeal – There is a lot of simple landscaping, clean up and painting that can be done throughout late December and January. Two work days are being put on the calendar so people with some level of skill can sign up for projects soon. The upstairs is unfinished space, and will have to be completed at some point in the future. We will have to add HVAC and sprinkler systems on the 2nd floor prior to using them. We will also want to redesign the stage in the worship gathering space while upgrading the sound, lighting and video. Some of these projects do not have to be done right away. We will have to raise the money to be able to tackle most of these projects. Are there plans for the Snellville campus improvements?
There are a number of needs at the Snellville campus we have been contemplating for some time. Some are necessary such as repairing the roof in the High School Room. There are other plans that include doing away with the tent and providing covered gathering spaces for breakout groups on Wednesday nights for lug. A variety of other improvements are needed on the Snellville campus. We are compiling that list now. What is the cost?
There are a variety of costs in this project. The purchase cost of the property, buildings, furnishing and equipment is $2.16 million. We do not have a firm estimate on the renovation costs at the Oak Hill and Snellville campus at this time, but we are working on getting those. The obvious question is, “How do we pay for this?” We will be entering into a capital fund raising campaign we are calling The Next Gen Fund.