Love the Door

The Wells Branch Community Church Capital Campaign

Our Vision

Love the Door Capital Campaign Sunday Chris Benediction

We are a family of believers committed to reaching people with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ

…and God has called our family to a new home.

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A note from the elders on the Love the Door campaign:

For the past five years, Wells Branch Community Church has put a lot of effort into creating a distraction-free worship experience in a gym. The elders have prayed diligently, and feel led to take the next step into a permanent space that does not require set up and tear down every week, taking our focus off the building and onto the people coming. In March, the elders settled on a theme for this ministry year coinciding with this desire.

The theme, Love the Door (Psalm 87:2), is all about God’s heart for people. The door is a physical symbol of the spiritual homecoming that happens every time a lost sinner responds to the call of God through Jesus. A physical, permanent door in the community creates an epicenter of ministry throughout the North Austin area in the heart of Wells Branch on 2113 Wells Branch Parkway. Join our elders in prayer and ask the Lord to lead you in participating with us in this vision.

– The WBCC Elders

Our Future Home

Wells Branch Community Church will be signing a 5-year lease with the option for a 2-year renewal on two spaces at 2113 Wells Branch Parkway.

The first space, Building A, will become our worship center. This space was once the home of a concert venue and bar called The Roost, but has been abandoned for several years. The second space is a nearly identical building next door that is currently used by another church. Both spaces combined cover 13,300 square feet. Below are diagrams of each floor plan, and our intended utilization of the spaces.

Love the Door Capital Campaign - Future Space Building A - Worship Center

Building A – Worship Center

Love the Door Capital Campaign - Future Space Building B - Multipurpose

Building B – Multipurpose

2113 Wells Branch Parkway

Join The Campaign

How can I get involved?

  • Sunday Mornings. Join us at church on Sunday mornings from October 8 – November 12 to learn more about the elders’ vision for “Love the Door.” Chris will prepare us spiritually for what lies ahead with the campaign and the opening of our new church home.
  • Pray. Pray for our church as we move forward with building out our new home. Pray for the Lord to reveal to you the joy of giving as you have never seen before.
  • Give. While our ministry is sustained by routine tithes and offerings, this move requires a more substantial level of commitment and up-front giving to cover the buildout and preparation to move the church into our new home.
  • Community Groups. Attend a community group during the sermon series, where we will be diving in to The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. It’s a study based on Matthew 6:19-21, and will teach us the truth that “you can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” If you’re not in a community group, email James Foster at jamesfoster@wellsbranchchurch.com!
Love the Door Capital Campaign - 4th of July 2016 Group Photo
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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

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Campaign Goals

Becoming WBCC

To put our bold vision into action, we are putting our money where our heart is. With a successful campaign, we will be able to address some of the things that weigh heavy on our hearts.

1. Become a Gospel Epicenter For North Austin

2113 Wells Branch Parkway is less than a mile from MoPac and I-35, and only minutes from Toll Road 45. This location for our church home will become a perfect epicenter for Gospel-centered ministry to North Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Cedar Park.

2. Prioritize People Over Tasks

Since 2012, Wells Branch Community Church has spent Sunday mornings creating a distraction-free environment. Removing the obstacle of setting up a mobile worship center will allow our church to prioritize the spiritual needs of people over the need to set up a facility.

3. Grow & Equip Believers

Because of our limited space on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, a new facility will allow us to serve believers, and expand our ability to equip our church to reach people with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ.

4. Encounter God Through Giving

The greatest idol our nation serves is that of materialism. By confronting the idol head-on, we remind ourselves and our city that our hope is not in riches, but in our God who richly provides.

Campaign Timeline

1

Sunday, October 8th

Kick off the Love the Door capital campaign and sermon series at the Wells Branch MUD Rec Center.
2

October 8th - 13th

Community groups begin The Treasure Principle study with chapters 1-2
3

October 18th & 19th

Meet for Vision Gatherings instead of regular community groups
4

October 22nd - 27th

Community groups do The Treasure Principle study chapters 3-4
5

October 29th

Staff, elders, and community group shepherds turn in commitment cards
6

October 29th - November 3rd

Community groups do The Treasure Principle study chapter 5
7

November 5th - 10th

Community groups do The Treasure Principle study chapter 6
8

Sunday, November 12th

Celebration Sunday & the congregation turns in commitment cards

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we renting instead of buying or building?

After many years of searching for space, we learned that in light of our current annual giving and attendance, the market rates in the Wells Branch area are higher than we could sensibly pay. As stewards of the congregation’s money, the elders have decided that renting for the next five to seven years will give us time to grow in numbers and annual giving which will allow us to take the next step at a later time.

Should I give if I'm in debt?

Yes. God asks us to give out of our first fruits (Deut 26: 1-15, Prov 3:9). Even if we have debt payments, the first fruits of our income should always be set aside for the Lord. He actually tells us to test Him in this, and we shall see for ourselves that “He will pour out blessings until it overflows” (Malachi 3:10).  This regular giving should continue while striving to become debt-free.  Whether God calls you to give “above and beyond” this regular giving to a campaign like this is a question to answer through much prayer.

I'm not currently giving. Should I start by giving to the campaign?

While this would be an excellent place to start, it is more important that our members first routinely give a percentage to regular giving out of their joy for the Lord. This should come before any “above and beyond” giving such as this campaign.  Historically, churches have called people to give a tithe of 10%. While this is a great place to start, it’s not a great place to stop. So we advise that you prayerfully ask God what percentage of your income God would have you give to the church. That could be less than 10% but it could also could be more. Every year we ask that you would ask that question, “God, what percentage should I give?” and then follow through on that giving. Please contact any of our pastors or elders if you would like to learn more about percentage giving on a regular basis.

How do I decide how much to give?

Prayer, prayer, and more prayer. Ask God to reveal to you the joy of giving as you have never given before. Consider both a “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach with a “faith gap.”

  • Top-down. As you pray during the campaign, God will often bring a number to mind that keeps coming up, or is confirmed in some other way. If married, both of you write down your “top-down” numbers, share with each other, and ask God to help reconcile any difference.
  • Bottom-up. Study your budget. Separate wants and needs, and see what sacrifices are possible that could go toward your commitment. Consider irregular income over the next 18 months. Add all these up to arrive at a total.
  • Faith gap. Every commitment should include a faith portion. This is the portion of your commitment where you’re asking God to provide in some way you haven’t considered. This might be the gap between the top-down number and the bottom-up number.

I'm not in a community group. How do I get involved in the Treasure Principle study?

Please contact James Foster, our elder over community groups, at jamesfoster@wellsbranchchurch.comand tell him about you and what type of family needs you have. We have many community groups that are going through the treasure principle on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and we would love to get you connected and plugged in.

What exactly is a capital campaign? Why do we need to raise money?

A capital campaign is an event through which we raise money, instead of borrowing money. We call it a campaign because it has boundaries like a set time period and a specific monetary amount. This particular campaign is for a new church facility, and will run for 18 months with a $600,000 goal.

How much money do we need to raise?

Our overall goal is to raise $600,000 through 18-month commitments above regular giving, as well as first-fruits donations.

We currently have $140,000 in savings specifically for facilities, and need an additional $110,000 for the initial buildout of the new spaces. Finally, we will need $480,000 to supplement the budgeted rent amount over five years, plus a $10,000 buffer.

We have estimates on projected growth in attendance and giving due to the move, which are accounted for in the $600k goal.

What happens after we move in to the new facilities?

God willing, we will have our grand opening service on January 7, and our lease will go for five years with the option of a two-year extension. We are open-handed to God’s plans, but we at least have an idea of what God has for us over the course of the next seven years.

Love the Door Capital Campaign - The Roost Facade - Future Facility

Photo of The Roost via Austin Pixels