Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why has Council decided to proceed with a building expansion for ECC?
Since our first Sunday gathering in Beaumont in 2006, we have grown to the point where Council and the Core Team feel strongly that a new facility is needed to help share God’s good news message so that as many people in the community as possible (now and in the future) will come to know Him. Eaglemont Christian Church leadership has been confident of God’s simple word to ‘move forward’ since our Council meeting in December 2013. Our Core Team members confirmed that desire to move forward, voting 90% in favour of proceeding with the building expansion.
Ultimately the Faith Expansion Capital Campaign is about far more than a new building. It’s about expanding our faith and serving as many people as possible in our community in the hope of leading them to their own walk with Christ.
2. What does the 90% ‘yes’ vote from the Core Team mean?
It means that 90% of the Core Team members who voted affirm that the Holy Spirit is leading our church family to ‘move forward’ with the building expansion planning, including the capital campaign. It means the whole Eaglemont Christian Church family has the opportunity to see their faith expanded by each personally praying and asking the Holy Spirit’s direction about how He wants them to give, and then obey His prompting.
3. Isn’t this a risky time to be moving ahead on a capital campaign?
Because we view Christianity as a journey, change and innovation are assumed and expected. We believe taking risks, as God leads us, is worth it in order to effectively reach people, and we’re committed to that kind of adventure with our capital campaign.
While the capital campaign and construction of a new facility seem overwhelming in many ways, we are excited about the challenges ahead because we are confident our existing and future congregation – and many others in Beaumont and area - will grow in their walk with Christ as a result.
As a church we always need a challenge before us or it becomes too easy to coast. If we are no longer doing something bigger than us, we become reliant on only ourselves.
4. If the needed funds cannot be raised and the campaign ends up being put on hold, or we sense God’s re-direction in some way, what would happen to the funds already raised to that point?
A situation such as that would require us to go back to the donors and Core Team members, as well as the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada district we belong to, for further direction on how the funds can be used.
5. What will the debt ceiling be for the building expansion?
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada allows borrowing to a maximum of three times the church’s income for the previous year. At the time of decision, Council will make a recommendation regarding debt ceiling that the Core Team members will vote on.
6. How will Eaglemont Christian Church cover the costs of the capital campaign such as event costs and promotional materials?
Capital campaigns require some expenditure of funds to manage and communicate information about the campaign. These funds will come from the capital campaign budget, not the church's operations budget, and will be used judiciously. Donations or sponsorship of services and events are also a possibility and would be a welcome gift.
The Faith Expansion Capital Campaign team also wants to ensure key milestones and successes are recognized and celebrated, along with the commitment of the church family and the hard work of those involved in the campaign.
7. We didn’t raise $4 million in the initial three-year capital campaign that took us to the end of 2018. What happens now?
As we all trust God and follow through on our personal giving commitments, as a church, we continue doing exciting and outreach-focused ministry in our community and world. We do what we need to do to steward on-going growth as we give faithfully and sacrificially month by month. As we approached the end of the initial three-year campaign period (2015-2018), Pastor’s Council prayerfully considered the next steps and decided to continue with another three-year campaign of saving of funds together. This three-year period (beginning April 2019) will be segmented into one-year periods which will allow people to re-evaluate and/or reset their giving, or to give opportunity for those who prefer to give in shorter blocks of time. .
8. How will we ensure the capital campaign does not detract from our mission to know God, love people and serve the world?
Eaglemont Christian Church’s mission to know God, love people and serve the world is about reaching people. The Pastor’s Council has come to the place of genuinely sensing God’s leadership to move this direction. The vision for the Faith Expansion Capital Campaign is not the new building – it is people - reaching those who do not yet know Christ, and seeing them grow as Christ-followers. We are not going to stop ministry as we climb this hill together. Please be assured that Pastor’s Council and the FECC team are sensitive to the need to continue the church’s outreach and strive to always seek a balance between that and the capital campaign.
It’s also important to emphasize that the capital campaign commitments we make will be separate from our regular giving to our ministry and global missions commitments.
9. How will we transition through growth until the new building is constructed, considering the Town of Beaumont has only approved use of the portable on a temporary basis?
If space becomes too constrained before a new building is constructed, Pastor’s Council would look at transitioning as soon as possible to having two Sunday morning gatherings. This is something that we have already discussed over the past year and is something we hope and pray would be needed down the road, even with a new facility, to accommodate the growth of new believers coming to Christ and people in the community looking to connect with a church family.
We also have the option of applying for an extension to the permit for portables or rezoning if needed.
10. What is the church doing during the capital campaign to get ready operationally for a new building and larger space with more advanced technology, ultimately giving us the ability to reach more people?
That is something Pastor’s Council will need to address. We recognize there will be a need for a transition plan to ensure we are capable of and efficient at managing our growth strategically, and to ensure we are ready for a seamless transition to the new facility with all aspects of our Ministry.
11. The architectural drawings don’t seem to indicate where the baptism tank will be located. Is there a reason for that?
That is correct – there is not a location yet outlined in the current drawings as a decision has not been made on the location of the baptism tank. We do not believe it’s possible to relocate the existing baptism tank, which is at the back of the stage in the gym, due to its steel construction. Therefore, that is something that will have to be addressed when the more detailed planning begins – whether we include a new baptism tank in the new sanctuary or continue to use the existing one in some way. Pastor’s Council is aware of the importance of the baptism tank to our church family and all who wish to make a personal commitment to walk with the Lord, so that is a decision that will certainly be made with lots of prayer and consideration.
12. The drawings show a new elevator machine room. Is that necessary?
Yes, the plan is to relocate the elevator machine room to the new facility to accommodate the need for a corridor to manage the flow of children from the new classrooms in the basement. Because we will need a new mechanical room for the new facility, the relocation of the elevator machine has been included in the plans as well.