A Message from the Elders and Vision Forward Team, October 18, 2020
Three years ago the leadership at Fairfax began praying about our direction and how God could use us to serve the community. Our “Vision Forward” has been to seek God’s will and boldly be His heart to this community, and this remains our prayer and focus.
Our initial conversations centered around building improvements and how our property could help meet the needs of our community. We began working with Mission-Based Sustainability Solutions (MBS) and Building God’s Way (BGW) to examine our options and determine how we could achieve our goals.
During this time, we decided to partner with a childcare provider that would use our space to offer a more extensive program than was licensed for Stepping Stones. The expectation was that revenues from this arrangement would help fund our project financing, and we began serious conversations with the childcare provider to ensure a Christian-based environment would be offered.
As the project has progressed, the scale and costs have multiplied. Although we’ve examined each line item and made strategic choices, the financial cost has increased to an amount beyond expectation and prolonged the period before we would begin realizing revenue from the childcare center.
Also, fundraising commitments from FXCC families have been lower than we hoped. This could be due to poor communication and our failure to build enthusiasm for the project, the onslaught of COVID-19, an unrealistic expectation of extra funds available for families living in our expensive area, or simply disagreement with the plan. Nevertheless, fewer than half of our families have committed to give, and it has considerably increased our potential debt.
This leaves us at a crossroads. While we pray for guidance and evaluate our options, we’ve chosen to hit the “pause” button. We will not be moving into the next financial commitment of the project or accruing additional expenses outside of some zoning and permitting work that is underway.
Our Vision Forward committees and Elders have been in extensive discussions with our partners and project managers, and we remain confident that the Spirit is leading us through this. Some of our options include selecting a new childcare partner, scaling back the overall project and completing the work in phases, among others.
We also want to hear what your thoughts are on what best serves our congregation and community.
If your family committed to giving toward the project, please continue to give. Whether the project continues as planned or changes, we have already incurred expenses that the pledged funds will cover. Additionally, we have critical building maintenance needs that must be completed for our safety and benefit.
Our “Vision Forward” has not ceased, but is adapting as the Spirit leads us. Please join us as we pray for our family and seek discernment for our next steps.