Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) provide a guide to the key considerations surrounding the “Growing in Faith, Building in Grace” Capital Campaign initiative at Church of Our Savior, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Study the answers to these questions and then embrace the goal of providing a full-service Anglican community to those most needy and lost. Our hope is illustrated in this artist’s rendition of our new chapel.

This artist’s rendition of the Church of Our Savior Chapel includes a faint indication at right of the administrative office proposed in the next phase.

1. Why are we building?

In a nutshell, Church of Our Savior, to fulfill its Scriptural mission and vision of service must find a larger, better suited home.  (Please refer to the case statement contained in this portfolio for a complete answer to this important question.)

2. Why do a capital campaign?

We currently do not have the financial resources to build or borrow enough money to start our building program.  As noted in the accompanying case statement, the current worship and administrative buildings used by Church of Our Savior are rented or leased.   Our Malone Hall is on the site of future Catholic Church construction, and, although work is not scheduled, we must move at some point.

Further, by renting the historic chapel we are limited in our ability to worship when and as we wish and to offer the programs we need to support our congregation.  To enable a building program, the church has identified land and began paying on this land in February and March of this year.  The capital campaign, “Growing in Grace, Building in Faith” will enable the purchase of the necessary final piece of land, development of our land and the construction of the new chapel.

3. How did we arrive at the $1 million campaign target?

The Target figure represents the sum of projected land development costs, the acquisition of the third and final piece of property needed to build (currently under option) and an allowance for the unforeseen (safety), less $700,000 for projected bank financing.

We believe that the payment on $700,000 and the current financing on the land would total about $70,000 per year or about $30,000 more than we are currently paying for rent. The Campaign Target of $1 million, if achieved, will provide enough early cash flow to enable a construction loan in the near future, reduce the church’s annual debt load and provide an allowance to furnish the chapel. Further, funds will be needed to establish temporary space for the church’s administrative and operational needs.

Here are the known and estimated numbers employed for the calculation:

Land Development $425,000
Chapel Construction $828,750
Safety Allowance $125,375
Buy third lot $85,000
Total $1,464,125
Mortgage* $700,000
Difference $764,125
Minimum Target $765,000
Campaign Goal $1,000,000
*30 Years at 5%. Annual payment $45,084 plus current $25,738 annually (land purchase)
Please note that the land development and construction costs are best estimates at the time of writing and subject to refinement as contracts are awarded.
4. Why did we pick this land for our future home?

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An aerial map of the area intended for development as the home of Church of Our Savior.

Starting about five years ago, our leadership team developed a number of criteria that we thought described our needs and vision; location, accessibility and affordability. After many months of review, we identified the current “package” of land as meeting the criteria. Although only 1.4 acres, the package as assembled provides an effective area of about 1.7 acres when the public land dividing Goodson North and South is included.

 

Further, our location is such that we have a buffer to the North and South and to some extent on the East of us on which nothing can ever be built, giving us an unrestricted view in those directions. We will be located on a main thoroughfare which will make us easily accessible to both beach area members and those west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Finally, our church will be highly visible to all coming across the Intracoastal Waterway into Jacksonville Beach and serve as a beacon and landmark for all.

5. When may we expect to start building?

As soon as our pledges are sufficient to merit a construction loan and our architectural and engineering plans are approved. We tentatively project early 2017, with construction to take about six months.

Calendar_icon_cropAgain, the primary factor determining our start date is success in attaining our pledge goal of $1 million. We expect that a bank will give us credit for the pledges made, our land and reputation, and provide a construction loan. We will then start development of our three parcels and the building of our chapel.

6. How will we use the land until we start building?

 

Recent view of the property Which we will use even before we build.

Recent view of the property Which we will use even before we build.

We have already started planning for use of our land.  Our Trail Life and American Heritage Girls troops may use the land for meetings and events.  We are planning a dedication service and expect to have social events on site for our members.  We expect to make modest improvements and install amenities so that we can enjoy the site even before the construction phase.

7. How do we plan to remember those who give to our campaign?

Every person or family who donates to the building of our church will be remembered on an engraved plaque to be displayed in the
narthex of the new building. The church also hopes to establish a special reflection and memorial area* on our new building site. The area will be for the purpose of honoring and remembering members and loved ones who have passed on.
*a formal columbarium if a variance can be arranged

8. Why should I contribute to the building campaign?

Church of Our Savior members, our friends and indeed everyone who uses our facilities, are encouraged to think about what this congregation and our church home means to them. Keep in mind that our gifts come from God and that we should invest part of those gifts back into our church – the Body of Christ.  Growing in Grace, Building in Faith will enable us to grow, prosper and minister to others. Our visionary early members gave us what we have; it is now our duty to build on the legacy and continue with our vision for the church.

9. What happens if fundraising goals are not achieved?

The Vestry and teams formed to implement the many facets of this campaign are confident that our reasonable and logically supported fundraising goal will be attained. If our fundraising goals are not met, we will still be able to meet all our operational obligations and continue to accumulate funds.  We will go forward with the building program when sufficient money is available.  In the meantime we are acquiring valuable real estate. The net impact is that our building campaign may be delayed, but not abandoned.

10. Why not use a fund-raising consultant?

The Vestry chose not to use consultants for the Growing in Grace, Building in Faith campaign for three reasons.

First, we believed that the talents needed to run a successful campaign were present in the form of volunteers within the Church of Our Savior community.

Additionally, not having to pay a consultant thousands of dollars in planning and oversight costs frees up more money for the planning and implementation of our goals.

And finally, there was some thought that members and friends might be hesitant to contribute to the campaign if they felt their money was going to pay a consultant rather than being invested in our facilities. It should be noted that the congregation is represented in the oversight of this campaign by an extremely talented executive team of volunteers who bring to bear their experience and dedication to this effort. We pray for God’s help in our efforts.

11. When will the campaign be in effect; when are pledges due?

The official campaign will start in September 2015. The planned term of the campaign is three years or through September 2018. We hope to receive all commitments and pledges from current members in September and October, 2015. Fulfillment of campaign pledges may be made in a lump sum amount or spread over the three-year period. It is entirely up to the donor to decide the individual payment schedule. All commitments and donations are kept strictly confidential.

12. Is it possible to contribute common stocks or mutual funds?

Yes, Church of Our Savior will accept gifts of stocks or mutual funds.  If you wish to contribute in this manner please indicate your intentions on the Growing in Grace, Building in Faith pledge card and a campaign financial manager or treasurer will contact you regarding the process.

Similarly, we have made arrangements so that cars or property of significant value may be donated to the church.  Further, if you have creative ideas on how you might contribute to the campaign, please share them with the treasurer for evaluation and implementation, if feasible.  Your plans and ideas will be kept strictly confidential. Again, just indicate your intent on your pledge card and you will be contacted.

Refer to Who says it has to be cash? on the About Pledging page.

13. How can I make a gift in memory of someone special?

As mentioned in the response to question 7, Church of Our Savior will create a plaque containing the names of all persons named as contributors to this campaign.  The plaque will be displayed in the Narthex of our chapel when completed.

If you wish to honor a special person, please indicate that by checking the appropriate box on the bottom of the commitment form.  You will be contacted by one of the members of our team to ensure that your intentions are carefully observed. You may also make a distinct special gift in a person’s name by submitting a separate commitment form.

14. What about the court case over our permit?

Our building permit (CUP) has been issued as part our final judgment in court in May of 2015. Subsequently, the church has settled the lawsuit with the City of Jacksonville Beach in an amicable fashion.  We expect the remainder of the planning and building process to proceed without incident.