Below is a list of the projects associated with the Next Steps campaign. For more in-depth information about Next Steps, pick up an information box at any campus or call the Church Office at 417-623-4606.
PURCHASE AND EXPAND OUR NORTH CAMPUS
The lease for our North Campus exceeds $93,000 a year. For months we searched for property where we might build our own facility, but all good options proved to be cost-prohibitive. Finally, we asked the owners of our current location if they would consider selling. Not only did they agree, the deal is so good that it was clear that God had opened this door. The lease money we will receive from the other businesses in that strip mall will be more than enough to pay the mortgage, allowing us to use our part of the strip mall at no cost to our budget. Details are still being ironed out, but Next Steps will provide both the down payment and the funds to create student space, additional Kid City space, and offices.
FINISH REMODELING THE JOPLIN CAMPUS WORSHIP CENTER
Funds raised in our One Church campaign allowed us to transform the front and ceiling of our Worship Center. The project ran about $180,000 over budget, so funds are needed to finish paying for that work as well as update our seating and 34-year-old carpet. The Fellowship Hall also needs a facelift to make it a nicer area for wedding receptions and other special events.
IMPROVEMENTS FOR OUR CARTHAGE CAMPUS
When we renovated the old hardware store, we ran out of funds before we completed all of our dreams for the facility. Next Steps will provide funds to expand the Kid City area and make the Lobby and children’s environments more appealing. By addressing sound issues in the Worship Center, our people will have a more positive worship experience. Finally, by paying off most of the lease on our sound equipment, budget money will be freed up for ministry use.
We depend on our oversized vans to get mission teams around the country, our senior adults to places like Branson, and our students to retreats and camps. Next Steps will allow us to replace two of our high mileage vehicles with newer and more dependable options.
Our regular budget has been so tight in recent years that we have had to say no to some fresh opportunities that came our way. Next Steps would provide $90,000 ($30,000 for each campus) to be used solely for evangelistic/outreach opportunities which go beyond what the operating budget can afford.
LAUNCH OUR FOURTH CAMPUS
We aren’t in a hurry to launch campus #4, but when God moves we want to be prepared financially. Our current focus is helping all three of our existing campuses get stronger and healthier. We have seen very clearly, however, that starting a new campus is an effective way to reach many people who need the Lord. When the time is right, we’ll be ready.
TEN-PERCENT TO MISSIONS
In all of our capital campaigns, we set aside 10% of the gifts that come in to support world missions. We have used these funds to build more than a dozen chapels in Brazil, as well as chapels in Belarus and Africa. In addition we have funded new church plants in Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and new Hispanic churches right here in the Four States. While God builds Forest Park, He also uses us to build and strengthen churches all over the world.
North Down Payment and Expansion: $650,000
Joplin Worship Center and Fellowship Hall: $550,000
Carthage Kid City and Other Improvements: $250,000
Improved Transportation: $110,000
Outreach Opportunities: $90,000
Fourth Campus Startup Fund: $150,000
Missions Fund: $200,000
This is well within our reach if we’ll work together as we take our next steps toward God!