Several years ago, God gave the FCC family an opportunity to purchase property to relocate just four-tenths of a mile from our current campus. He also gave us a vision for those 25+ acres. That was a miracle! It was nothing we could manipulate or manufacture on our own. We are NOT relocating just for a new auditorium. No church does! That is a misconception many people possess when building intentions are communicated to their church. Worship space is simply one factor. When considering our vision, we have many needs and spiritual dreams that can be met by this relocation.
- An expansion of ministry to our young families through additional and new secure space for their kids.
- Doubling the space for our Shining Light preschool to further meet the needs of our growing community.
- The increased ability to minister to our community.
- Removal of stairs and two levels that will minister to our senior saints and our ever-growing special needs ministry.
- The list is endless. But the property will always be used to serve the Lord and serve our community. We have a long way to go. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance and direction.
We have received a Letter of Intent from a church in Franklin to purchase our current campus for the agreed upon asking price of $5 million. We wish to remain where we are until our building is complete, and they are very supportive of that. In the future, we will encourage one another through mutual projects and community outreach events. You will hear more about that in the future.
If the Lord keeps us on our current path, our tentative schedule looks like this:
- We are finishing up final blueprints this summer with our architects
- These will be examined and adjusted to meet our budget restraints
- Have a financial plan in place to meet budget building demands
- Start construction 2019
- Building ready for use in 2021
Building plans have been submitted to Williamson County and the State Fire Marshall. Once the approval has been received from both entities, then building permits will be able to be pulled to begin site work.
Lead Minister, David Welsh, receives an email from Erwin Brothers wanting to arrange a meeting so Jon Erwin could talk about buying FCC’s building/property at 4040 Murfreesboro Road.
FCC’s receives a contract from the Erwin Brothers concerning the purchase of our property.
FCC hosts two Q & A sessions for our church family to ask questions concerning the sale of our current building/property. Below are links to FCC’s Relocation Story and FAQ’s that were handed out at the meetings.
Congregational Meeting held on April 7, 2019, that allows the church family to vote on the sale of our current building/property to the Erwin Brothers. The church voted to approve the sale of 4040 Murfreesboro Road by 96%.
Received notice that the Erwin Brothers/Kingdom Studios terminated their contract with FCC to purchase our current property.
Received a Letter of Intent from the Gate Community Church to purchase our current facility/property at 4040 Murfreesboro Road.
FCC hosts two Q & A sessions on January 2nd and January 5th for our church family to ask questions concerning the sale of our current facility/property.
Congregational Meeting held on January 5, 2020 for our church family to vote on the sale of our current facility/property to the Gate Community Church. The church voted to approve the sale of 4040 Murfreesboro Road and fund the construction of the new facility.
We will keep you updated as details change.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Concerning the sale of the current property and the construction of our new facility.
A church congregation named The Gate Community Church. They are currently meeting at 3835 Carothers Parkway. Their website is: www.thegate.cc
- At least twice in our history we reached above the 75-80% capacity for seating people, but we weren’t ready to build or relocate immediately. Church growth experts state that attendance cannot retain that level without a long-term solution. In addition, congregations will grow one-third to one-half in the first year in a new building. While worship center size is a factor, it is not the only factor.
- We want to expand and enhance our community/fellowship opportunities. Our new facility will be one level with a main corridor that then feeds to our major departments such as youth, children, etc. The purpose of this design is to enhance community/fellowship.
- The new building will provide parking that will better accommodate our needs. More handicap spaces are needed, as well as reserved spaces for single parents near the entrance.
- The new building will provide increased space for teens and children.
- Our preschool, which brings income and potential members, could double in enrollment if we had additional space.
- Our Special Needs ministry is in desperate need for more space and trained volunteers.
- More space would allow us to expand current ministries and offer new opportunities to better serve the people in our city and county.
- Due to a lack of space, our staff is housed in a separate building which adds $80,000+ to our yearly expenses.
- The new building will be more efficient for heating/cooling with lower ongoing maintenance costs.
- Recreation space (soccer fields, pavilion, etc.) can be added on the property as a way of reaching out to our neighbors and community.
The Letter of Intent (LOI) states that there will not be any type of lease-back with The Gate. FCC will continue to pay the expenses on the property as long as we occupy the building, but will not be charged any lease or rental fee after The Gate has purchased the building. From a financial standpoint, there is little difference in selling the building for $4,800,000 with no lease versus selling the building for $5,100,000 and paying a monthly lease fee for the remaining time we are using the building.
- Building price:
- We anticipate the new building cost to now be approximately $11.5 million, as we have adjusted the size and cost of the original building plans. Any reductions that have been made from our original plans can be adjusted moving forward as our needs change and additional funds become available. The size of the children’s space remains unchanged. The size of the original worship area has been reduced but can be expanded as we grow numerically.
- Sale of building:
- The sale price of the current building and property is $4.8 million. After realtor fees and closing costs, we will net approximately $4.5 million. We will then pay off the existing debt balance of approximately $2 million from when we purchased the 25 acres. That will leave us with approximately $2.5 million to put into the building fund for new construction.
- Before the contract can be signed by both parties the following needs to happen:
- FCC congregational approval to sell the property.
- Final details of the contract with The Gate will be determined. It is anticipated that we will close with The Gate by the end of January. Once the funds change hands, The Gate will begin sharing the space with FCC.
- We currently have a line of credit for $5.5 million and are securing an additional $2 – 3 million to fund the construction.
- We will have a capital campaign this spring to raise funds for the new facility. The ultimate amount financed will be determined based upon the amount committed through the capital campaign.
- Construction and moving into the new building:
- A separate timeline has been provided. To summarize, we anticipate we will have groundbreaking between May and June. We will plan to move into the new building between July and September of 2021.
Franklin Christian Church still owns the option to purchase the additional 10 acres for $1.2M. We have until February 2021, to exercise the option. Our focus right now is on building our new building as quickly as possible. The congregation would need to approve any additional land acquisition in a separate vote.
Concerning the sale of the current property/facility and the construction of our new facility.
- Received verbal offer from The Gate Community Church to purchase our current facility with Letter of Intent (LOI) to follow.
- Church staff from both churches met to discuss transition plans once The Gate purchases our current facility.
- Elders held a special meeting to discuss a continuance with The Gate to purchase our facility. The elders voted and agreed to bring this information to the congregation.
- Announced to congregation that The Gate has offered to purchase our facility and closing will be in January 2020 as the buyer for their current building is motivated to move forward.
- Elders met to work on the details of the sale of our facility to The Gate, which include informational meetings to occur early January with a congregational vote on January 5th.
- First informational meeting at 6:30 pm: open to anyone wanting information about the sale of our current property to The Gate and beginning the construction of our new facility and relocation to our new property on Clovercroft Road.
- Second informational meeting @ 5:30 pm: open to anyone wanting information about the sale of our current property to The Gate and beginning the construction of our new facility and relocation to our new property on Clovercroft Road.
- Congregational vote will follow this information meeting but will be no sooner than 6:00 pm.
- Proposed closing date with The Gate
February 15, 2020
- Revised floorplans from architects should be complete.
- Plans submitted to State Fire Marshal for approval (approximately 21 days).
- Building plans submitted to Williamson County Building and Planning Commission for approval.
- Approval process is generally 4-6 weeks.
- Apply for permits for excavation and grading work for our new facility.
- A capital campaign will occur sometime in the spring of 2020. The funds received will be used to eliminate debt and begin construction on our new facility.
- Obtain building permits to begin building the new facility.
July 1-Sept. 30, 2021
- Move into our new facility to begin worshipping there.
**All dates are subject to change.