This past Sunday, December 1st, we joined together to celebrate our achieving the Phase I, $500,000 funding goal. Praise God for that! Thank you all who have sacrificed financially to build a home for our families, our children, and our community! From the bottom of my heart, and all of our Pastor’s hearts, we are truly thankful to have such a faithful, loving, and joyous congregation.
Along with the celebration, we also discussed what Pastor Tony and I have started calling the ‘But God’ moment. In what appears to be an orchestration of God’s providence, we’ve entered into negotiations on a building that may become available here in Tustin Legacy. Whether or not the opportunity before us is a final ‘But God’ moment regarding our church home, we will have to wait and see. Regardless, it is an exciting opportunity we are pursuing diligently.
With the initial funding goal reached, and negotiations open on a potential future home, we discussed three important actions that we need to take.
- Celebrate. We need to celebrate God’s goodness and your sacrificial faithfulness which we did by eating a bunch of delicious desserts. As part of the celebration, we also have Mission Bible Church vinyl decals available! You can pick one up for free at the book table on Sunday mornings.
- Transfer. Now that the $500,000 mark needed to GET us into a new home has been met, it’s important that we now focus on what’s needed to KEEP us in our new home, and that’s our monthly operating budget. In order for us to prepare for the next step in securing a new home for Mission Bible, it’s important that we each begin redirecting our current Building Fund pledges into the General Fund so we can financially show our ability to cover operating expenses that would come with a new building. 100% of all giving beyond our base operating expenses will continue to be transferred into the Building Fund, but where that money hits on our P&L’s makes a big difference to how lenders and landlords will view our financial stability. Please join me in making this adjustment to your financial giving.
- Pray. We want to put not only this building opportunity before the Lord and seek His will, but we at large want to be praying that Mission Bible Church would be a local assembly aligned with His plans and His ways. Pastor Tony spent the remainder of the evening taking us through teaching on Prayer to officially launch our 31 Days of Prayer initiative. You can still sign up to pray with us at the next steps table on Sunday mornings.
As we all join together in Celebrating, preparing for the move by Transferring our remaining building pledges to the general fund and spending the next 31 days in Prayer, I’ll keep my hand to the plow in negotiations on our potential new home, and we’ll see what God does over this next month.
Regardless of where he leads Mission Bible Church, as soon as we get a clear answer to what’s next, we will bring the church together again to discuss what’s coming. Hopefully, that will be soon. For more detail, you can listen to the full update and teaching by Pastor Brett and Pastor Tony HERE.
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At this year’s All Member Meeting, we were able to praise God for hundreds of lives impacted by MBC both in Orange County and around the world. We also discussed the possibility of being able to move into a new church facility by this time next year:
Following the Vision Banquet in April, we received ~$860,000 in pledges toward our $1.5 Million goal to secure a church facility that could host 500 people in one service, allow for 12 classroom spaces, and even an on-site seminary space for the future training of Pastors.
Not wanting to extend beyond what the Lord has provided, but still driving toward our goal of a new church facility, our team of pastor-elders has determined it wise to make a Phase I move into a facility smaller than our original goal. Instead of 20,000 sq. ft. It will likely consist of 12,000 sq. ft. Instead of seating 500, it will seat 300.
Phase I will be the equivalent of a newlywed couple moving from their parents’ home into an apartment of their own. The newlyweds will continue to save and prepare for their ‘dream home’ but will enjoy apartment living together for a few years first. This is the type of move every family must make before getting their ‘dream’ home.
Phase I will accomplish the following: 1) It will move our church into a 24/7 ministry space immediately, 2) It will provide our unreached friends, family, and neighbors, a convenient place to attend, 3) It will fulfill 95% of our goals regarding worship, children, training, and missionary work, 4) It will provide us an expedited conduit to the purchase of a long-term home for ministry in central Orange County.
The Orange County, real estate market, is very aggressive. Most vacant properties are leased or sold within a week, and even buyers with A-list financials have a hard time competing for space. This means that our financial reserves and net margins must be in order. When a property becomes available, MBC must come to the table with healthy monthly margins and at least $500,000 cash-in-hand (plus the $200,000 already in reserves). Thus, we cannot overemphasize the value of your generous and immediate giving to the building fund.
We look forward to growing as a family with all of you! For more detail, you can listen to the Phase I segment from our All Member Meeting HERE. The building update section can be found from 14:05 – 18:50 of the recording.
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