How do we determine where we launch our new campuses?
The primary purpose for our campuses is to empower Chase Oakers to make a difference in their community through invitation and engagement to reach the 800,000. So, we look at areas where we have a core group of people that are 10+ miles away from our current campuses along with other factors such as distance from other like-minded churches, opportunity for community impact, and short-term and long-term facility options. We look at this with an analytical mindset, but we also try to pay attention to the Holy Spirit and discern where God is already working. When all of these line up, it gives us confidence in our next location.
What kind of facility are we looking for in Richardson?
There are certain space requirements that we are looking for in our Richardson Campus’ permanent facility. We want to provide a great environment for worship and next gen ministries and have a minimum capacity of 400 seats in the auditorium. When we find a facility that can accommodate these environments, we also look at if it has good visibility, ceiling heights conducive to worship, and enough parking for those attending and if it is within our budget. We are open to almost any kind of building as long as it is a good fit for our campus. We have looked at long-term leases, purchasing options, and land, and we will continue to keep our options open until we find the right facility that meets these requirements.
Can you explain what “digital missions” practically means for us?
With people spending more time in front of screens than ever, digital platforms have become more than a way to consume information; they are platforms we can leverage to engage with people. This means putting more efforts into our online services and transitioning Chase Oaks Live into an online campus. It also means we have a lot to learn about apps, social media, and websites to create digital environments that promote real transformation and engagement. There are a few groups we are learning from and a lot we have to learn to engage the new digital world we live in.
How does Local Good contribute to our mission as a church?
Local Good will be a coffee shop that brings the community together on common ground for the common good. Local Good will promote efforts and partnerships in the community that are life-giving and also have spaces where groups can have meetings and gatherings. This is an opportunity for us as Christ-followers to connect to the 800,000 in our community that have no interest in coming to church. Our hope is Local Good becomes a community hub, where people can come together around good food, fun gatherings, and common good efforts regardless of our different beliefs and worldviews. Providing a neutral ground where we can connect around good things we have in common can help us change the way for those outside the church, think of Jesus’ church and those who are a part of it, and give us an opportunity for relationship in a unique way.
Why does Sloan Creek need to renovate the Kidzone environment?
When we built Sloan Creek, we transferred the concept we used when we first launched this campus in a school: an open floor plan with one big open space for Kidzone. We learned this only works until we reach a certain size. With 200+ kids every weekend, we need to have more dedicated spaces for age groups so that we can still have fun and have environments where the kids can focus and grow. Also, since we built the campus, the ratios of different age groups have changed dramatically—there are a lot more babies in the building than in the school. Currently, we have enough space, but we need to redesign the layout of the space to create a much better, transformative experience for every child, team member, and guest.
How will the auditorium expansion work at Woodbridge?
The Woodbridge Campus’ auditorium is a metal building, which means the internal walls are not load-bearing and can be expanded easily. Currently, the metal building contains offices and hallways around the auditorium that will be pushed out to create space for an additional 150 seats for new people. With this expansion, we will relocate the offices and look for ways to enhance the lobby and entrance area around the auditorium.
Which campus will launch first and when?
As we look at momentum and the number of people interested, both prospective locations are good options. However, we feel like the campus at 380 and Custer makes more sense to launch first. We believe it will start with a larger core group and has the potential to grow quicker, which would help in launching the next campus in The Colony area. The plan is to launch the 380 and Custer campus this coming fall.
Do we plan to add debt to complete this project?
Currently, we expect that all costs will be covered by the gifts and investments in Here For Good; therefore, we do not plan on acquiring additional debt. If things were to change or if we do not reach our goals in the Here For Good Project, the elders would discuss debt as one approach.
Why is Here For Good a two-year capital project instead of a three-year project?
A big part of Here For Good is to get everyone involved in the mission at Chase Oaks and to see spiritual transformation in all of our lives. For the group of people who are in the beginning of their generosity journey, a two-year commitment seems much more doable than a three-year commitment, and we want as many people as possible to be involved. However, if it takes more than two years to fulfill your gift, that is completely fine. The overall heart behind the two-year project is to get as many people as possible to take a spiritual step of generosity, be a part of God’s story here at Chase Oaks, and be here for good.
Can I give to specific parts of the project?
We are all in this together, and all the different elements are connected to our overall mission. So, in spirit, you can give to certain parts of the project, but financially, you are giving to the overall project that will help with all the different elements of Here For Good.
Will the project take away from our global efforts?
Not at all, we have our Global Fund and projects planned in our annual operating budget for missionary support. Here For Good is a capital project that goes beyond our current budget and funds. As we grow, this actually allows us to increase our global efforts.
What will be the biggest impact of expanding the Family Center?
The expansion will help in two areas the most. First of all, there will simply be more space that will allow us to serve more people in our ESL and citizenship classes and in seasonal initiatives such as ToyZone and SchoolZone. Not only will we be able to include more people, but we can create a much better experience for them. Secondly, the additional space lets us form new partnerships with organizations who would like to utilize the facility to serve people and offer additional services such as summer lunch programs.
What happens if we don’t raise enough money for the project?
If resourcing falls short of the plan, we will look at a couple of different options. One option is to reduce the scope or delay parts of the project to fit our resources. The other option is to consider taking on reasonable debt to cover the gap. We don’t put a lot of contingency plans together right now, but rather, we focus on making Here For Good an amazing and transformative season at Chase Oaks. If we don’t raise enough funds, we will need to adjust our project accordingly.
What if I have other questions?
We want you to be fully informed and empowered to lead well during Here For Good. There are no silly questions, so if you have any questions about the Here For Good Project, please email us at [email protected]. We look forward to connecting with you.