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What is the Faithful Next Step?
The Faithful Next Step will address pinch points in our current church spaces/facilities in order to allow us to grow as we pursue our mission to Live, Teach and Tell the Gospel so that all may encounter the Living God.
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Adult & Staff Areas
The student ministry needs additional space as they grow. Check out some conceptual artwork and read more about student ministry expansion below.
One trend we’ve noticed about the student ministry attendance numbers over the years is the peak and subsequent drop-off. The current space is not as hospitable as we’d like to support the number of students that seem interested in being part of this thriving community.
One of the main things holding us back is the layout of the large meeting space. Every week the student ministry team sets up nearly 100-140 chairs shoulder to shoulder. Seats line the small stage in the corner and push back in a narrow and diagonal space toward the kitchen bar with a small center aisle. The remaining two thirds of the large meeting room fills quickly with crowds of students and leaders playing games, hanging out, greeting visitors, and having intentional conversations in the time before formal programming begins. After large-group time, one of the Life Groups meets in this meeting space while other students flood the current classrooms.
The proposed design will solve this in three main ways. First, a ground-level expansion to the current student ministry building will be able to seat 200 people in lecture-style seating. Students will gather here for large group teaching and it will be able to accommodate other large gatherings and trainings throughout the week.
Second, the current large space will be remodeled to create a coffee shop environment. This will be a hospitable space for students to gather before formal programming, for large and small adult groups to gather and break out during the second service on Sunday mornings, and for staff and groups to utilize for small meetings during the week.
Third, in addition to adding more versatility to the current space, the end product will produce twelve classroom spaces, doubling the current amount of classrooms the student ministry has. The majority of this will be accomplished by adding a sub-level space to the new student large meeting area.
Adult Ministry & Staff Offices
Adult ministries and staff offices have no space of their own.
The biggest project within this Faithful Next Step is designing and constructing a stand-alone building to serve as a dedicated space for adult education and church staff offices. The Grade School Building (GSB) has been acting as a stop-gap for both purposes since 2019 until we absolutely needed to build again.
We currently utilize several classrooms in our GSB for adult education and Life Group space on Sunday mornings and evenings. We have that space for now, but children’s attendance is pushing the limits of their designated classrooms and have no space for future growth.
The majority of our staff occupies 1/3 of the GSB big-group room — separated by a partition — and its adjacent closet. This both limits the ability of the big-group room to accommodate large gatherings, meetings, and trainings throughout the week, and hinders the most productive, collaborative, and friendship-affirming environment.
The GSB was originally drawn up as a three-story building outfitted with staff offices and adult classrooms. The leadership at the time decided against adding a third floor, simply put, for aesthetics and practicality, which worked in our favor. We have noticed over the past 4 years that having adults and children sharing space is not ideal for either. Adult education and relationship-building is stifled by the kid noises we love (one adult classroom shares its wall with the indoor playground) and kids are outgrowing their confines within the very space that was built just for them to grow, learn, and build community. Plus, when children share their space with anyone, security challenges and our measures to meet those are heightened.
The leadership team ended the City on a Hill campaign with the understanding that staff offices and adult education would be an issue to handle at a later date. Now, we are picking up where our last building project left off in fulfilling the master plan with what we believe is the Faithful Next Step.
We plan to construct a two-story building (approximately 14,000 sq. feet) at the west end of our lake. The top floor will be the South Spring staff office designed after insula-style housing: small private offices will line the walls facing a shared meeting space, a few conference rooms, and some open collaborative desks in the center. This will allow for better staff collaboration and strategic planning, as well as more focused individual work that is currently made less effective by our office setup. The bottom floor will house adult classrooms and an open gathering area. We would also love for this space to be utilized for other ministries, missionaries, and church members throughout the week.
In preparation for natural church growth and thereby staff growth, the first floor will be designed in a way that can be repurposed for staff. As the church continues to grow and more ministry space is required, adult classrooms will move to a new building.
The lobby needs to be remodeled to accommodate how we use it.
If you’ve made your way through the lobby into or out of the Great Room, this project should be no shock to you. And while we do not have building designs or drawings completed yet, we’ll flesh out our main goals.
First, the lobby is not conducive to the flow of traffic we see each Sunday morning. Our hope is to open up this area to alleviate congestion, allow greetings and conversations among members, and create a more hospitable first impression for visitors.
Second, the kitchen, serving area, and coffee bar do not fit the needs of our current church body. When the kitchen was built, we cooked meals for the entire church body weekly. Now, we need some space for basic preparation, and ample space for serving. We hope to design a new layout that creates a natural flow of traffic any day or night of the week.
Third, we want the Prime Timers Life Group to be able to meet together in the same building as the main worship service. Currently they are outgrowing a classroom on the second floor of the Grade School Building. We want to combine some of the offices currently lining the lobby hallway to be their designated space on Sunday mornings.
In this process, we will address the Family Room that is available for mothers of nursing babies or fidgety children to find reprieve from the Great Room in a calm environment with the service live-streamed.
We will also allocate some sort of space for ushers to count and safely keep offerings, as well as sufficient storage space.