Frequently asked questions

Children's Area

What does a secure children’s ministry area look like?


  • A secure children’s ministry would be designed to give us better control over who has access in and out of that area. This would include restrooms that are included in that secure children’s ministry area. Our current children’s ministry area can be easily accessed by anyone who is in our church building. Primarily because all the classrooms are located on the flow of foot traffic from upstairs to downstairs.




Would this plan provide more rooms than we currently have?


  • Yes. Not only more rooms, but larger rooms.




You said you wanted to have more security measures in place for children’s ministry. Are you considering more resources besides location in the church itself?


  • I’m not sure what is meant by resources. Pastor Seth Guthrie has done a great job updating and improving the policies and procedures of how things run in our children’s ministry. Our Safety Team does a tremendous job of providing eyes on and a presence in that area, especially on Wednesday evenings during AWANA. We feel we have done the best we can to provide a safe and secure children’s ministry area considering the physical building challenges that we face.





Future Facility

Are the elders thinking big enough?


  • The elders need to balance between the tension of being big enough and addressing the issues we have set out to solve, while also being financially responsible with the resources God has provided through the people of CBC. If the opportunity presents itself, either through an overwhelming financial response to our capital campaign or a great deal on a new facility, then we would consider going larger. The numbers we presented are what we feel are fiscally responsible considering current commercial/retail space costs, remodeling costs, our capital campaign goal, and the amount of debt we believe is appropriate for the church. Just like those of you who have built a house or planned a vacation, we have a budget we need to work within. If that budget is increased in some way, then we can think bigger.




How would the cost of maintaining the building change as we add more square footage and more parking lot space?


  • We could anticipate lower maintenance costs for our initial years in a new building. Mainly because as we remodel a facility most items that are installed will be new. This would give us the opportunity to set aside money to help with future maintenance costs down the road.
  • I think many would be surprised by the maintenance costs at our current facility, especially the parking lot, because of its old age. It should be noted if the wall along 90th street or Q street fails because we have failed to properly maintain our parking lot, the expense to fix the wall would fall to CBC even though the City of Omaha owns the wall.




If we bought a 45,000 sq ft building, could we temporarily rent out some of the non-needed area?


  • How CBC saves the additional square footage for future use will depend on what our future building looks like. It is possible that we could lease out the extra space. If that makes sense for CBC and it would help us pay down any debt we take on in this process, it would definitely be considered. We would also like to design our future facility for easy expansion in the future. Areas that would most likely be considered for future expansion would be the worship center and children’s ministry area.




How long do we wait to build the rest out?


  • Until we need it and/or have the financial flexibility to complete it. It could be 5 years, it could be 15 years. If the financial pieces fall in place from the start, maybe we build out all 45,000 square feet from the beginning or consider a large building.




Do we anticipate a change in culture, music, Bible classes, etc.?


  • No. The elders do not want to change the culture or core values of CBC. Our desire is to continue to be a church that grows together as disciples through strong exegetical preaching from the truth of God’s Word and effective adult Bible classes. We want to continue to have strong children’s ministry and a vibrant small group ministry.




Is there an interest in a 5 or 7 day a week facility, such as food bank, clothing giveaway, other community outreach applications, basketball, volleyball leagues etc.


  • The Elder Board has had some discussions about this, but has not committed to anything at this time. Most of our discussions have focused on expanding Kiddie Kollege or considering a daycare ministry.




Have you questioned focus groups, including youth & tweens, to get an idea of what they would like?


  • The elders asked our staff to put together a list of desires in a future building that would enhance or grow their areas of ministry. We’ve not had the input of focus groups at this time, mainly because we do not have a new building yet. As we get close to putting architectural plans on paper, we plan to seek input. It is important to recognize that we won’t be able to include all ideas in a future building and our focus needs to be on enhancing and growing our current ministries.




How are we going to handle awarding bids to contractors in our church who may be able to do the work?


  • That has not been discussed at the Elder Board level. We would definitely encourage contractors in our church to bid on our project when we get to that point.




Will you keep two kitchen areas? Room 201 is nice for small group functions.


  • Most likely. Having a smaller “kitchen” makes sense, especially near the adult classroom space and even in the children’s ministry area. Kitchen is in quotation marks because by code we would be required to meet commercial kitchen specs in our facility. It may be more of a prep/storage space that includes a kitchen and sink.





Worship Center

Will there be an organ in the new facility for worship?


  • The church's organ was purchased in the late 80s and was a blessing in our corporate worship times for many years. However, we no longer have an organ or anyone capable/willing to play an organ. We do not have plans to purchase one.




Will you allow for more room between rows of seats for easy access?


  • A larger worship center could provide us the space to add room between rows of seats.




Wouldn’t a new building allow for one worship service instead of two?


  • Possibly. The challenge with providing only one worship service is we don’t provide flexibility for people to choose which worship service they would attend. For those who work in the nursery, having only one worship service would not provide them the opportunity to worship with the rest of the CBC body that morning. In addition, many churches offer two worship services so individuals and families may chose a time that is best for them.





Why Move?

What indication does the Elder Board have that the congregation is seeing the move as necessary at this time?


  • Primarily through lots of individual conversations with various members of our congregation over the past number of years. A move or expanding is not something that is new to CBC, those conversations have been happening at an elder board level for a number of years.
  • At the recent town hall meetings, the elders shared the process they had gone through in the last 15 months. In addition to the questions and comments received at these congreagational meetings, elders are currently meeting with our Fellowship Groups for discussion and interaction, and they continue to receive feedback through individual conversations. The interaction and questions have been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic about the move. Ultimately, it is through the financial commitments given at the banquet on April 28 that we will know the level of commitment the church family has to move. We expect God will direct our steps as we move forward in faith.




Why have we as church members not been given a chance to vote on if we even want to move? Is this just a unilateral decision that the elders made for us?


  • There isn’t anything to vote on at this time. The feedback we have received as an Elder Board has heavily leaned towards support of this decision. There have been many questions that people would like answered, and we are doing our best to answer those questions. In a way, you could consider the commitment process of our capital campaign as a vote. If the total is far from what we need to support this move, the elders will have to communicate that to the church body and consider how to proceed. Our church bylaws will require a vote by members of the church to purchase a facility and to take on debt. When the time comes for those decisions, a vote will be taken.




Why was a third option of moving into an existing, available church building not considered or presented? Why just build or renovate a box store?


  • We would be open to purchasing an existing church building, if it would allow us to accomplish what we desire through this move. However, being able to decide the floor layout of our building will enable us to meet the needs of our church family.




Are we trying to grow bigger or stay a medium size church?


  • The long-term attendance numbers show that CBC has the potential to grow if we can move past the natural barriers we tend to hit as our attendance numbers ebb and grow. The move is not being recommended by the elders to get to some arbitrary attendance number. It is the heart of the elders to see our ministry grow, but not that CBC becomes a large church. When we hit the point that space in our future facility is tight, it may be wise to consider a church plant, and having a larger church family would strengthen our efforts to accomplish that goal.




Is the current staff adequate should the church grow?


  • Over the past two years CBC has grown its full-time staff to six individuals. Just a few years ago our full-time staff was four. The Elder Board believes we have the staff, both in number and giftedness, to support CBC in this move. As we grow, we may need to hire additional staff. Staff to congregation ratios change depending on the resources you look at, but many recommend one full-time staff (or equivalent for part-time staff) for every 70-100 individuals (this includes adults and children).





Location


Other

How does a future move relate to our attempts to church plant in the past or in the future?


  • Our desire to move is to overcome some physical challenges our building presents. Some of these could be addressed through a church plant, but not all of them. Making security improvements for our children’s ministry area and creating space for AWANA would not happen through a church plant. With that being said, the elders do feel that moving to a larger facility that allows us to grow would be beneficial for considering a church plant in the future.




Have you talked to any other churches that may have more space but declining numbers to look at doing a church swap of some kind of equivalent value?


  • That has not been discussed at this time. It would be an option to consider if that church property helped accomplish what we desire to accomplish through this move.




Are we going to use volunteer workers from members who are skilled in building construction or remodeling?


  • Possibly, but we won’t commit to that just yet. Since we will be looking to move from our current facility, we will need the remodel project to move forward quickly. Managing volunteer labor, even if they are skilled, can at times slow down a project of this magnitude. We will be looking to sell our property so we may need work to move at a quicker pace than volunteer work allows.




There is much talk about building out. Is there a possibility of building up?


  • We assume this question means building up at our current facility. Our building is not engineered to take on a second level. It is possible, but probably not the most cost-effective solution. It also doesn’t change our parking situation.




Are existing churches for sale?


  • We have not explored any at this time. Church facilities would be considered if they fit what we are looking for in a new facility.




Are we trying to grow bigger or stay a medium size church?


  • The long-term attendance numbers show that CBC has the potential to grow if we can move past the natural barrier we tend to hit as our attendance numbers ebb and grow. The move is not being recommended by the elders to get to some arbitrary attendance number. It is the heart of the elders to see our ministry grow, but not that CBC becomes a large church. When we hit the point that space in our future facility is tight, it may be wise to consider a church plant.




Is the current staff adequate should the church grow?


  • Over the past two years CBC has grown its full-time staff to six individuals. Just a few years ago our full-time staff was four. The Elder Board believes we have the staff, both in number and in giftedness, to support CBC in this move. As we grows, we may need to hire additional staff. Staff to congregation ratios change depending on the resources you look at, but many recommend one full-time staff (or equivalent for part-time staff) for every 70-100 individuals (this includes adults and children).




What will become of the Hispanic congregation – go with us? Or find another facility?


  • That decision would ultimately fall to them. We would be supportive of them using our future facility, but that is not our decision to make.




What is the purpose of the Forward in Faith banquet on Sunday evening, April 28?


The banquet is going to be an exciting and fun time together beginning with a delicious buffet meal. We’ll share CBC’s history that has brought us to where we are today and what we envision the future might be for our church family, especially focusing on our desire to move to a different location. We’re pleased our long-time global partner, Dennis Wiens (with SAT-7), will share with us. During the evening, those wishing to make a financial commitment to the Forward in Faith capital campaign may do so. We encourage you to be thinking and praying now about your plans to give, so that evening you will be prepared to make your faith commitment. We are praying and asking God to provide one million dollars over the next three years through the faith commitments of His people.

Your faith commitment will not be shared with others, and CBC will not hold anyone accountable for the commitment they make. While we pray God enables you to keep your commitment, it will be between you and the Lord.

If you are unable to attend the banquet, faith commitments will still be received in the weeks following April 28. Of course, even if you decide not to make a faith commitment, you may give to our capital campaign as the Lord enables you. We also want everyone to attend the banquet, regardless of your desire or ability to make a faith commitment to the campaign.





Timing

If the right pieces fall into place would you move forward before you have the $1 million for the capital campaign in the bank account?


  • Yes, we plan to continue moving forward with evaluating properties and potentially purchasing a property before the $1 million is in the bank account.




If the money (1 million) was raised in one year rather than three years, could the process go faster ... one to two years rather than three or more years?


  • Absolutely, however timing will be impacted by locating and remodeling a new facility. The money coming in quicker would definitely be helpful in this process, but there are parts of this process that will simply take time and you don’t want to rush through it.





Financial

If someone is not inclined to participate in a “campaign” but wants to contribute, is that encouraged? Essentially, I want to give above and beyond tithe when possible.


  • Absolutely, although the commitments will help the elders have a good sense of what the final outcome of the capital campaign will be. If you are not able to make a commitment, giving when you able would still be greatly appreciated.




If the money (1 million) was raised in one year rather than three years, could the process go faster ... one to two years rather than three or more years?


  • Absolutely, however timing will be impacted by locating and remodeling a new facility. The money coming in quicker would definitely be helpful in this process, but there are parts of this process that will simply take time and we don’t want to rush through it.




Realistically, can a congregation of our size take on millions in debt?


  • We do not intend to take on millions in debt. The elders would like to keep the debt number capped at $1.5 million, and it is possible that we take on less than that amount. CBC is in a solid place financially, and that is through God’s provision through the people of CBC being faithful in their giving. The CBC budget ultimately depends on the people of CBC to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to them financially. CBC is like most churches in America today, in that a majority of CBC’s general fund giving is provided through the faithful giving of those who call CBC their church home.




How easy would it be to sell the current building?


  • We believe our facility will be attractive to a church family who is looking for a church home or even someone who wants to use it as an office building or daycare. We have been contacted by people who have heard rumors that we are moving and inquired about our building. All this is very preliminary, but it is encouraging to the Elder Board.




How are we going to handle awarding bids to contractors in our church who may be able to do the work?


  • That has not been discussed at the Elder Board level. We would definitely encourage contractors in our church to bid on our project when we get to that point.





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