The HIGHWAY 2021 campaign is designed to help our church provide the ministry tools needed to PREPARE THE WAY for new ministries in the decades to come.
This campaign will fund a major infrastructure improvement project consisting of new drainage, parking, and a courtyard area, as well as a relocation and substantial upgrade to the existing playground. Overall you’ll see that what we are moving toward has a healthy respect of what we’ve received from the past and takes several steps into providing for the future.
The HIGHWAY 2021 campaign is designed to help the church pay for this project through the generous giving of God’s people.
RELOCATE NURSERY to the annex building, tripling the square footage for infant and toddler spaces.
EXPAND HOLDING POND in the back to allow for additional parking.
MOVE PLAYGROUND from its current site to immediately behind the auditorium and adjacent the annex building.
PAVE NEW ROAD that wraps around the gym/ school building, allowing for access to new parking lots.
CLOSE DRIVEWAY between the buildings and create a landscaped courtyard.
REDIRECT DROP OFF for school and church to the rear of the facility where we will have a covered drop off area that accommodates 7-10 cars simultaneously.
ADD PARKING, nearly 150 more spaces.
SWAP BALL FIELDS (softball & baseball) to allow for a large parking lot behind the gym/school.
EXPAND SCHOOL to add between 6-14 additional classrooms in front of existing gymnasium (future plans).
BUILD NEW AUDITORIUM in front of the current auditorium, nearing 16,000 square feet and seating over 600 people (future plans).
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT HELP US REACH OUR COMMUNITY FOR CHRIST?
We are privileged to have a campus which receives many visitors from the community, both to our church and to our school. As we enhance our campus with improved access and facilities, we hope to provide a welcoming place for everyone. We would like our campus to be used as a place to build positive relationships and to share the love of Christ.
HOW WILL WE PAY FOR THIS?
We believe wholeheartedly that God has given us a vision to reach our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have faith that our West Florida Baptist Church family will rise to the challenge He has set for us. With God’s help and our sacrificial giving, we will reach our goals and make improvements that will help us lead the way for future generations.
HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT TO THIS CAMPAIGN?
The Highway 2021 campaign will run over the next three years.
HOW CAN I HELP?
First and foremost, please pray regularly for our Highway 2021 campaign. Participate in the events and meetings that will take place. Make a commitment to learn as much as you can about the campaign and the vision for the future of the church. Give sacrificially. The vision God has granted us can only be achieved through faith and sacrifice. We have the privilege to be a part of growing His Kingdom in these last days!
Want to be involved?
ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT GIVING TO THIS VISION, BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START? HERE ARE SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO HELP ALLOCATE OR FREE UP RESOURCES SO YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE HIGHWAY 2021 CAMPAIGN.
Are there things in your life you can take advantage of less frequently? Maybe it’s fewer Starbucks runs or one less dinner out each week. By decreasing a weekly expense, regardless of what it might be, you can save a significant amount to contribute.
Are there plans you might be making that involve a financial commitment? If so, prayerfully ask God about delaying those plans and using the extra income to contribute.
Often, there are creative ways to save money. Maybe it’s been a while since you got a quote for an existing service (ie., cell phone and cable service). Perhaps you could do some extra comparison or bargain shopping to save funds. For your kids, it could be as easy as saving extra change to give.
A great way to contribute is to give existing assets. Giving assets to the church and letting us sell them eliminates potential capital gains taxes and may increase after-tax proceeds. Please contact the church office for more guidance before committing an asset gift in order to determine its viability for liquidation
Building and planning for the future requires wisdom, prudence, and faith.
Pastor Mike, along with the leadership of West Florida Baptist Church, has been seeking wisdom and praying earnestly to hear God’s will in this process. We have three potential goals in this campaign. The first goal is set at an attainable $500 thousand. The second goal may take a little faith, set at $600 thousand. Our third goal of $700 thousand is also possible, through much prayer and with God’s guidance, when we give sacrificially with our finished goal in mind. Remember, we serve a big God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!