What happens to the Family Center with the addition of the Local Good Center?
The Family Center has been a bright spot in our community, and the Local Good Center will build off of its impact. Everything we do at the Family Center will be incorporated into the Local Good Center on a larger scale, to impact more people. In addition, three other programs will join the Family Center: our jobs initiative Pivot, a new health initiative, and an advocacy initiative.
What will be the biggest impact of expanding the Family Center?
The expansion will help in two main areas. First of all, there will simply be more space for our ESL and citizenship classes, as well as seasonal initiatives like ToyZone and SchoolZone. Not only will we be able to include more people, but we can also create a much better experience for them. Secondly, the extra space will let us form new partnerships with organizations that can offer additional services such as summer lunch programs.
Can you explain more about our engagement in bail relief for single moms?
Single moms are very often at the margins of our society because of their gender and socioeconomic status. And if a single mom has been arrested, she is no longer just overlooked, but entirely forgotten.
Chase Oaks is committed to advocate for single moms who are caught in the pre-trial detention process and are being held in jail before their court date, simply because they don’t have the funds to get out on their own. Before Mother’s Day, we will identify fifteen single moms, help them get out of jail, and surround them with a small group of Chase Oaks volunteers to assist with three areas:
- Life Skills
- Job Placement
We will hold an information night on Tuesday, December 8, at Chase Oaks for interested volunteers. For more information please reach out to Reggie Nious at [email protected].
How does Local Good Café contribute to our mission as a church?
Local Good Café will be a coffee shop that brings the community together on common ground for the common good, offering a unique place for Christ-followers to connect with those who have no interest in coming to church. We hope the café will become a community hub, promoting life-giving efforts and partnerships while providing great food and a space for group meetings and fun gatherings. By providing a neutral ground where we can connect around these things, regardless of belief or worldview, we can help change the way that those outside the church think about Jesus and those who are a part of his church.
Can you explain what “digital missions” means for us?
People are spending more and more time in front of screens. Digital platforms have become more than a way to consume information; they are channels through which to connect with more 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 engaging, transformational digital environments. We are learning from a few groups about how to better reach others in this new digital world in which we live.
How do we decide where to launch new campuses?
Our campuses exist so we can make a difference in our community through invitation and engagement, in order to reach people disconnected from God. We look at areas with a core group of people that are 10+ miles away from our current campuses. We also consider factors such as distance from other like-minded churches, opportunity for community impact, and short- and long-term facility options. We balance this analysis with attention to the Holy Spirit, seeking to discern where God is already working. All of these factors combine to help us select our new campus locations.
Where will the next local campus be?
Plans are underway to launch our next campus in McKinney in 2021.
Can you explain the Chase Oaks and YMCA partnership a little more?
As we sought ways to help the community during the pandemic, we began conversations with the YMCA through a Chase Oaker who serves with the organization. We partnered with the Y first to provide essential worker childcare and then to offer the virtual learning academy. In the process, we recognized a mutual desire to be a source of hope and good in the community. As we explored how to build upon that relationship long-term, we talked about sharing spaces as a starting point. Our hope is that when we launch campuses, we will launch in YMCA facilities where possible and then team up to serve those local communities.
Why another semi-permanent site for the Richardson Campus instead of a permanent facility?
With the YMCA partnership developing, it makes sense to give the campus an improved space in the Richardson YMCA. We will wait to take on a multi-million dollar commitment until the campus outgrows that space.
Why aren’t we expanding Woodbridge or renovating the children’s area at Sloan Creek as part of the project?
In this season, our online attendance has increased and our physical attendance in the future is still somewhat unknown. We are waiting to see the attendance levels and needs of each of those campuses before we move forward. We do have great plans for both of those campuses, and we will start those two projects as the needs become more clear.
How does a regional campus fit into the plan, and where are we looking at going?
We often hear the comment, “I wish there was a Chase Oaks campus in ______.” Looking at our criteria for launching new campuses and the emergence of our digital platforms, we sense that God is broadening our reach beyond the north Dallas area. When people with Chase Oaks DNA are looking to launch something needed and new in their community, and God provides the right leadership and timing, we will pay attention to that. We are exploring a possible location now; we hope to share more soon about where God will use Chase Oaks to impact a new community.
Can I give to specific parts of the project?
In spirit, you can focus on specific elements in giving and prayer, but financially, everyone’s gifts go toward the overall project. All of the different elements of Here For Good work together to help achieve the project’s overall mission.
Will the project take away from our global efforts?
Not at all. We maintain our Global Fund and have 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, we will actually be able to increase our global efforts.
Why is Here For Good a one-year capital project instead of a three-year project?
A big part of Here For Good is to involve everyone in the mission of Chase Oaks and to see spiritual transformation in all of our lives. For people who are at the beginning of their generosity journey, a one-year commitment seems much more doable than a three-year commitment. However, if it takes more than a year to fulfill your gift, that is completely fine. The overall heart is to encourage as many people as possible to take a spiritual step of generosity, to be a part of God’s story here at Chase Oaks, and to be here for good.
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 so we do not plan on acquiring additional debt. If we do not reach our goals in the Here For Good Project, the elders would discuss debt as one approach.
What happens if we don’t raise enough money for the project?
Our main focus is on making Here For Good an amazing and transformative season at Chase Oaks, rather than developing a lot of contingency plans. However, if we don’t raise enough funds, we will need to adjust our project accordingly. 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.
What if I have other questions?
We want you to be fully informed and empowered to lead well during Here For Good. All questions are welcome; to ask more about the Here For Good Project, please email us [email protected]
. We look forward to connecting with you.