1. Why did we start with a Fellowship/Kitchen/Worship
Long term planning for this facility best serves the coming
generations, while enabling the building to proceed with discreet components as
funds allow. The master plan is a long-range, forward-looking vision. Our
concern is not just us. It's about people not yet here, and needs not yet
apparent. It's about "exercising dominion" and "being
fruitful" over this wonderful peace of geography God's given us.
We envision a campus that serves not only us, but our kids,
people yet to be born into Christ, and the city of Anchorage. We believe God is
BIG and has BIG plans for us as we wait on Him and ask His direction. The
Fellowship Phase long term will be an extension of the Education Phase. Think
conferences. Continuing education. College extension. All-church dinners,
uncrowded. Serving others who need a place to gather.
2. Could we be getting in over our heads with such a
Yes, if relying on our wisdom and resources alone. But that
would be foolish. We won't be getting God in over His head! He has splendid
lavish resources. Therefore, we need to continually look to Him, commit every
step to Him, ask Him to lead and to provide. He's not worried.
3. Do you plan to go into debt to construct these
Historically that is not a practice by this congregation. We
have no indebtedness now. Financial resources are under frequent discussion,
and any financial recommendations will be brought to the people.
4. Who is the project manager?
Trent Slaymaker, a long-time member of the congregation and
a builder, was our project manager for the Fellowship section of the
Fellowship/Worship Center phase. Jack Bailey managed the parking lot upgrade
that was tied to this phase.
The project manager for the Narthex section of the
Fellowship/Worship Center phase has not been selected yet.
5. Why is this taking so long?
Money. That's the main issue. How much do we need to spend?
How do we raise it? Are our expectations too high? We can say with near
certainty that if we had the cash all phasing would be abandoned and we would
build the entire thing. All is subject to God's direction.
6. Who will do the work?
Much will need to be done by professionals. The more skilled
volunteers we can muster, the less our financial drain. That usually means
things take longer. But it will surely be a mix of professional and volunteer,
weighted toward the professional.
7. Would you consider pre-used materials and equipment?
We did with the kitchen project and that is on the table.
Quality is important, but not necessarily everything new, in reasonable
8. How can I get involved?
Call the Office Communications desk 907-345-4424 or email
You can learn more this way or be pointed to the right contact person for your
9. How can I give?
Time: serve in planning, researching details, finding
resources, serve in construction or demolition.
Funds: contributions, endowments, gifts
Prayer: One of the costliest gifts, yet one with great return.