It is a capital campaign aimed at giving The Town Church an Established Presence and Sending Posture in Fort Collins by raising funds to purchase the Harmony School building and remodel the gym for sanctuary, lobby, and office space.
In the spring of 2019, we learned the building we currently lease will either be sold or leased at a much higher rate. Because the building is not a long-term solution for us, we put together a team to search for a permanent space that would not only allow us to own, but also enable us to take next steps in seeing the Gospel transform everything.
These next steps included:
Finding a permanent location central to the life of the city.
Having space in the building for community involvement and service.
Furthering our ability to reach Northern Colorado.
Creating more room for The Town Kids.
Through a series of God-ordained conversations and thorough exploration, God clearly brought the possibility of purchasing the Harmony School building to our attention.
Over the last year or so, God has continued to open doors as we pursue the purchase of this building that meets every element we desired in a new space, plus many additional benefits.
Here are some of the original and additional benefits of the new building, captured by the phrases Established Presence and Sending Posture:
Rather than continuing to rent, it enables us to own a building at the busiest intersection in a residentially-dense neighborhood of Fort Collins. This gives us a permanent space that is central to the life of the city.
The new location is easily accessed within Northern Colorado. This aids our desire to be "in" the community and at the same time reach out to plant more churches throughout Northern Colorado.
The new building also gives us more room to grow as well as provide us with multi-functional space. This allows us more space for The Town Kids in addition to areas (lobby and sanctuary) that can be transformed and used for various community events.
The new building also gives us an immediate presence in the community by enabling a Christian preschool to continue to reach families with the Gospel and by allowing us to care for those families as a trusted referral church.
Harmony School will operate normally by using the classrooms Monday through Friday. The Town Church will use the classrooms for The Town Kids on Sunday mornings. The remodeled gym is our space seven days a week.
Being a school building rather than traditional church building, the Harmony School has at least two major benefits:
The Harmony School will be able to continue to operate. This not only utilizes the building well throughout the week and creates revenue for us, but also supports the ongoing strategic work of the Harmony School.
If the time comes, it will be much easier for us to sell a multi-use building rather than a traditional church building.
Between October 18 and December 13, we are asking all of us to pray and consider how we might give generously toward the purchase and remodel of the Harmony School building.
While financial gifts can certainly be made before December 13, we have set aside that night as our Commitment Night where we will meet at the Harmony School and indicate what we financially commit to the Planted Campaign.
Financial commitments can take the form of cash, stock or other marketable securities and can be made immediately or over the course of 4 years.
If we are able, we ask that we all give generously sooner rather than later. This will result in three main benefits:
Help us secure favorable financing by demonstrating our commitment and capacity to the bank.
Enable the remodel of the gym sooner (hopefully even before we occupy the space!).
Shorten the period of time we will need to raise funds.
All funds given toward PLANTED will be placed in a separate account for capital expenses. Accordingly, this is where any unused funds will be placed with the intention of using them toward building expenses.
The new building and the money needed to purchase and remodel it are not the most important outcomes. Rather, our growing faith and reveling in God's glory far outweigh the brick, mortar, dollars and cents.
We are most excited about anticipating how God will show us more of His glory and grow our faith in the process. While we strive to be faithful in our pursuit of the new building, we ultimately trust God with the results and believe He is good no matter how PLANTED performs financially.