We are trying to stay within a 5 mile radius of Ramsey Elementary.
We see two options currently available to us; purchase an existing building and renovate as needed or purchase land to build on at a later time.
Although we can’t rule out taking on debt, we are absolutely committed to taking on as little debt as possible.
To date, we have looked at all available spaces for sale in Ramsey and none are viable options primarily due to square footage, the extent of renovation required to add adequate plumbing/bathrooms for a church or inadequate parking space. We continue to work with a realtor and the City of Ramsey to explore buildings that are listed for sale. The first line refers to property for lease and the second sentence refers to property for sale. Do we want these to be consistent?
At this time, we feel our resources are best spent on a permanent solution. We are open to creative solutions such as leasing-to-own, but we don’t want to simple move to a new location that has us leasing with no long-term outcome like we have now at the school.
Eagle Brook Church is in our denomination and has been a great partner with us. Pastor Ray recently participated in their two-year Pastor’s Leadership Cohort training. We are excited about their new launch and will partner with them in reaching our community for Christ. A large church like this will be able to reach some people we cannot and Connections will be able to reach people Eagle Brook cannot. They are going to be a great neighbor.
In our church planting network, churches have typically seen 20%-30% growth in their Sunday service attendance. This also translates to growth in their children and student areas as well.
Our goal is to raise between $490,000x over a three-year period.