As the church renewal and growth continued, once again, they found themselves out of space. Options to build and add-on to the existing structure or lease another facility in town proved unfeasible. The only path that would fulfill all their needs would be to build an entirely new church building. A piece of land, just a mile down the road from the current location, was perfect and available. Those 8 acres were purchased for $150,000, and amazingly, the church paid off the balance in only 18 months.
The next step was designing the building plan itself. A group of 10 people spent their weekends travelling and visiting other New England churches to gather ideas. Building God’s Way was also hired to assist with the design. Initially, the church was told they could only financially support a 7000 sq ft structure. Which was, sadly, the same size as the existing building. Finally, a design for a 13,500 sq ft facility, with three phases of development, was completed and the capital campaign and financing phase to support the bigger building project began.
Financing The Building
“The hardest part of the process was the year leading up to construction,” Trevor said. It took that time to apply for the loan, get permits, hone the design, and ensure the project was aligned with the budget. “We came up against hurdle after hurdle, and many times wanted to quit. But we knew that God was calling us to do this, and He never said stop.”
The church voted unanimously in favor of the building project, but also stepped up financially and pledged more than $600,000 towards the project. “We were told that we would never see all of that money, as most churches only raise 85-90% of pledges. In actuality, we exceeded that, and people are still giving towards it today!”
Raising The Roof
Construction broke ground in October 2016, and the foundation and steel building were erected before the harsh New England winter kicked in. “We had one setback,” Trevor told us. “The building was not entirely enclosed when a very cold snap hit and froze the floor before we could pour the concrete. It took three weeks to thaw it out before we could pour the floor.” After that, everything went quickly and smoothly.