Personally, I am very thankful for how our Surge Building team has led with integrity, attention to detail, and a constant mindfulness of the Elder Board’s vision. It’s been worth the wait!
SCOPE & COST
The scope of the Surge Building project has remained essentially unchanged since the congregation’s approval in November 2017. The only significant alteration was the expansion of the existing undersized kitchen to match the capacity of the space created by the project.
Here is an breakdown of the approximately $10 million cost for the building project:
Kitchen expansion — $232,700
Changes to existing building to comply with City building codes — $140,300
Site work & site changes to comply with City codes — $2,320,000
Building — $6,307,000
Furniture, Fixtures, Lighting, Video, Audio & Equipment — $1,000,000
As I shared on Sunday, April 28, we have significant work to prepare the site related to WATER RUNOFF. Here are some important facts:
The water runoff work needs to be done, regardless of whether we build a new building or not. It needs to be done with integrity for our city and to help keep our neighbors safe.
We must address the water runoff in order to build on any part of our site. It is our understanding that a building permit of any kind will not be issued until this is resolved.
The Elder Board has unanimously supported the choice to do this work.
Of course, we wish that this additional cost for site preparation was not necessary, but it is. Therefore it is included in the project.
GENEROSITY & DEBT SERVICE
Recently we reached the milestone of over $4,700,000 in giving and/or pledges toward the Surge Initiative. Our goal was to complete the giving in five years in order to avoid any long-term debt service. The additional costs could extend that time—but not necessarily. We are hopeful that the continued joyful generosity of the Middlebrook congregation will enable us to pay for the Surge Building Project long before the final payment is due on any debt service.
We are a very fiscally conservative church. We utilize debt for as small an amount and as short a time period as necessary to fulfill the vision of the Elder Board. I am inspired by the level of commitment and passion already invested in our Surge Initiative. Having seen the hearts of our givers to this point, I am confident the generosity will continue as the Spirit leads.
Additionally, nothing about the cost of the project has compromised our commitment to the Surge Initiative and disciple-making for our younger generation or the expansion of our Multiplication movement. We are growing in depth and breadth at Fellowship Middlebrook. We are also launching our South Knoxville Initiative late summer and recently hired our fifth Multiplication Lead Pastor for a future launch!
ELDER VISION & PASSION
Since 2016 our Elder Board has prayed, planned, waited, and led what has become the Surge Initiative. I can report that the elders are resolute in their confidence of God calling us to the Surge Initiative, including the Building Project, and they are living in joyful expectation of the fruit that will follow for generations. We are committed to providing for the future of Fellowship Middlebrook the physical space, financial resources, equipped leaders, and clear mission that will propel the next generation of spiritual leadership toward an even deeper and wider impact. Completing this building project and paying off any related accrued debt in a timely manner are essential elements in completing the commitments that the Spirit of God has led us to make as a leadership community.
Please bookmark http://surge.fellowshipknox.org for additional information and future updates.
Entrusted by Grace with the Gospel for the Next Generation,
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:17, 18