by: Kurt Kochendarfer
God is moving to expand His footprint here in Cloudcroft! The Building Team has been meeting regularly for several months now to organize the church's efforts to increase our ministry impact on the mountain through the development of a facility which is suitable to accommodate the various present and future ministry avenues of the church. This is the first of many updates to bring you up to date on the status of the building project.
Building Design Phase
After reviewing basic design considerations, the Building Team has authorized SMH Architects to begin the design phase of the building project. Over the next several months, Shelley Hughes and her team will be working to finalize the design of the new facility. Highlights of that effort include:
- A worship center designed to seat ~250 people
- Functional space to support current & projected children's and young adult ministries
- Classroom space to support current & future small group & church education gatherings
- Fellowship hall & accompanying food preparation facilities
- Space to facilitate outdoor fellowship & ministry activities
SMH Architects expects to provide the Building Team with their next update on March 15, 2020, which will include a review of design specifics, aethetics related to the church exterior, village code compliance, and a proposal for phasing of the construction plan to meet budget constraints and minimize current ministry disruption.
Interim Ministry Planning
The new building construction is being planned on the current church property. As such, during construction alternate meeting locations will be needed for both worship and other community ministries. The Building Team is currently investigating options to minimize impact on our community ministries and expand our outreach during the construction phase.
Prayer Warriors Unite!
The Building Team has been focused on prayer and seeking God's guidance from the very outset of this project. We have emphasized the importance of prayer and are now at the point where the whole body of the church can support us in this effort. Beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020 the church will host a Building Project Prayer Breakfast the 3rd Sunday of every month at 8am at the church. We strongly encourage you to calendar this event and make it a priority in your monthly church activities. Corporate prayer allows us to petition God for His wisdom and brings our hearts together in unity as we seek His will and blessing in expanding his reach here on the mountain.
In addition, this week small group leaders will be receiving prayer cards and regular prayer updates which can be used at your small group gatherings to help focus your prayer efforts regarding this project. Prayer cards will also be available in the worship center next Sunday. Please take one and place it prominently in your home as an tool to remind you to be in constant prayer for God's blessing on this project.
No project of this scope happens without effective funding. While we have zero doubts God will provide exactly what we need, exactly when we need it, we are actively seeking to engage the resources He has and will place in our path to move forward with this project. Please be in prayer that God would even now be preparing those who will support this project, those who will volunteer their time and gifts, and those who will dispense these resources to move ahead with this project.
This past week the Team opened a dialog with Gerald Farley, a resource with Baptist Convention of New Mexico who specializes in fundraising for projects of this scope. Be in prayer that God would align the financial resources needed through the efforts and gifts of Gerald and others who will provide structure to the funding part of this process.
Building Project Vision Night
Join the building team and SMH Architects on May 31st, 2020 @ 6pm at the church as Shelley and her team provide a detailed review of the results of the building design process, and an in-depth discussion of the vision for FBC outreach in Cloudcroft and surrounding communities as we move ahead in bringing this project to fruition. You won't want to miss this exciting night - invite a friend and come share where God is leading our church!
Upcoming Dates of Note
The dates listed below are key upcoming events in the Building Project:
- March 15, 2020 @ 8am - Building Project Prayer Breakfast (at the church)
- March 15, 2020 @ 2pm - Building Team Meeting w/ SMH Architects
- April 5, 2020 @ 2pm - Building Team Meeting w/ SMH Architects
- April 19, 2020 @ 8am - Building Project Prayer Breakfast (at the church)
- May 17, 2020 @ 8am - Building Project Prayer Breakfast (at the church)
- May 31, 2020 @ 6pm - Building Project Vision Night
- June 7, 2020 @ 12:30pm - Building Project Q&A with Building Team (at the church)
If you have questions regarding the status of the building project not addressed here, please contact the church office and one of our team members will follow-up with you to answer your questions. Otherwise, check back here regularly for updates on the project and check the church calendar for upcoming important dates.