VISION

“Journey” was a very important theme in the Bible. One of the standout themes of the Bible is that the Lord desires for us to JOURNEY with Him. The Bible is filled with journey upon journey. From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture is full of people on the move. He desired life would be about an intimate walk with Him, full of discoveries and revelations of His character along the way. Journey by nature means a step-by-step dependence on Gods direction. The Bible so perfectly encourages us to, “Trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and not lean on our own understanding. But in all of our ways seek Him and he will direct our paths.” Not only do we journey as individuals but we journey as a community and family.

Grace Chapel is about to step into a new season of our journey together. Two factors are merging that require us to take steps of faith and seek the Lord for a new building to accommodate our ministries. The first factor is that we have a new landlord with a thriving business. Their growth requires the space we currently occupy. Second and more importantly, our church has grown to the point that we are no longer able to function in our current space, with no room for further growth. As these two realities converge, we are in a position that we need to seek and discover our next church home. Take the time to watch the video so that you can understand the heart, passion, and vision of what we believe God is doing (building update at 37:53 in the message).

As a leadership team we are not in any way fearful or discouraged by some of the uncertainties that lay ahead. In fact, we are excited and eager to see what our next home will look like. Grace has been blessed by a rich history of God’s provision and faithfulness. We are confident we will again experience more of the Lord’s favor and provision as we journey ahead for what’s next. We want to invite you into this next season with prayerful hearts and a sense of anticipation for the future.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have a question that is not answered in the FAQ’s please feel free to email it to us!
buildingteam@gracechapelonline.org

The “Building Team” consists of a team of people with different backgrounds and field experience to help provide leadership to this process. If you have any questions for this team please email buildingteam@gracechapelonline.org.

ERIC POSTMA
Attorney

ERIK TIMMONS
General Contractor

JAKE SCHWEIN
Pastor of Justice and Worship

JEFF CHASE
Elder

JOHN DAVIS
Attorney

MATT TAYLOR
Pastor

MIKE TATLOCK
Lead Pastor

STACY CARTER
Finances

TOM JONES
Property Developer

 

TRENT COMBS
Elder and Nonprofit Developer

Our vision is that a building is merely a tool and not our definition of success. With that being said we need to have a space that will allow for growth to continue at Grace Chapel. Our desire is to occupy a building that serves our weekly programming and serves the community.

Our vision is that as we grow larger, we grow smaller. Our desire is not to have the largest building possible. We can always add more services so we can continue to maintain a feeling of belonging versus getting lost in large crowds.

The reason we have to move is two-fold. First, our new landlords have a thriving business and need our space to facilitate their success. Secondly, we have outgrown our current space and there is not an option for us to expand where we currently are.

We are working on two tracks simultaneously; our next stage home and a long-term home. Our next stage home will be anywhere from 2-3 years (potentially longer) and our long-term home will either include a remodel of a building or building on land.

Based on the growth of Grace Chapel, we are looking for solutions with a minimum of 35,000 square feet.

Yes. Grace Chapel started in Wilsonville and our community relationships are important to continue investing in and supporting Wilsonville.

In the long term, we would like Heart of the City to be included on one property. We have to consider Heart of the City as it’s own entity because of the nature of the relationships and partners we have. As much as we desire for everything to be on one location, the timing of this and how it impacts our partner organizations may put us at different time lines.

Email our team directly at buildingteam@gracechapelonline.org.

Our building team has been in the process of looking at all of the available spaces in Wilsonville and we have been for the past six years.

35,000 square feet.

At this time, our concern about sharing space with other churches is that we would not want to impose or jeopardize their current ministry influence.

All of our current ministries that exist right now would stay on-site.

There is a difference between church planting and campuses. As we grow we are considering launching new campuses rather than moving into larger buildings. This is both cost effective and expresses our leadership culture of multiplication. There are a variety of ways to implement an expansion campus and we are currently exploring what this philosophy will look like at Grace Chapel.

For the past 19 years we have been blessed with a “God Deal” on our lease agreements. We have been blessed to pay considerably below market value for our square footage. As we move into a new space, we trust that the Lord will continue to provide what we need even if our monthly lease rate increases closer to market value.

Money raising will require two components:

  • One component will be the tenant improvements with an initial upfront campaign to raise money for this one time expense.
  • The second component will be the ongoing increase in lease which will affect our annual budget.

We will enter into an initial campaign for our tenant improvements but we will seek increases from the body to help with our budget.

We lease 25,000 square feet.

Since Grace has had it’s partnership with Ore-Pac, from the beginning in 1998, we have been blessed with a “God Deal.” The God deal for us was well below market rate. We have always sought to maximize our current location versus finding other locations.

$9,000.

Our lease expires May 31, 2019 but it has an early termination clause that can be implemented as early as April of 2018.

Yes. However, the fee is very minimal.

Not at this time.

We have been working to build up our savings as we anticipated possible future changes coming. Currently, we have savings in excess of $500,000.

Our plan is to not cut any ministries. We are maximizing our growth and not minimizing any ministries which have been contributing to our growth. Our hope is to increase revenue versus cutting ministries.

For three reasons:

  1. First, we were outgrowing the space we are in now and it was cheaper for us to upgrade and add more room than to lease another building at market value.
  2. Secondly, within church ministry, five years has an impact on a generation of students and their experience at Grace. Five years of ministry can negatively or positively impact a church for several years to follow and we did not want to suppress the momentum with our growing ministries.
  3. A third reason we entered into Project H13 was it allowed us to consolidate and move our youth ministry and offices under the same roof, as well as launch Heart of the City.

Our most pressing challenges are parking, location, accessibility, signage, zoning permit and spaces available. Because of the market and demands in Wilsonville, buildings are being acquired very quickly. One of the obstacles/challenges we face is there isn’t a lot of available buildings and if they are available, they are being occupied quickly.

Ideally, a long-term solution would put Grace Chapel and Heart of the City on the same campus. Our intent is to maintain our current relationships at Heart of the City.

Our goal is to steward first and foremost what the potential giving is in our body. If that can be done best through leasing or owning, we will consider both options.

A 35,000 square feet building would potentially give us years to grow into. However it is hard to predict the size of a church down its road. There are other alternatives we are entertaining such as offering additional services and planting other campuses.

When looking at properties, we are asking several questions as part of our vetting process:

  • Can our programming grow and thrive in the new space?
  • Is it accessible and visible to the community?
  • Will our space be an asset for the community as a whole?
  • Is it feasible for us from a financial standpoint?

The best ways to help are through prayer, giving and unity. There will come a time when we will give the body an opportunity to physically step in and help where needed.

We would love your prayers for lease negotiations and favor with the permit process. We would also like you to pray for the changes and transitions this opportunity will provide the church.

We have always been open to what God has for us. Our low lease rate has always allowed us to focus on people. Our desire has been to lease and keep our overhead as low as possible. Capital campaigns are something we want to be doing sparingly and to prevent them as a distraction to our ministries.

As great as our current space has been and the blessing it has provided for the community, we are very excited about the opportunity to relocate. This relocation has the potential for us to facilitate the growth that is happening in our ministries. There is also the possibility that our new location will be easier to recognize and access for guests.

    1. More people will hear the gospel and experience the love of Jesus
    2. It will enhance the experience for teens and children within our church and city
    3. It will give our ministries and our city multi-purpose spaces for gatherings
    4. It will provide a permanent and visible presence in our region
    5. It will create more accessibility for more people to experience our weekend gatherings
  1. You can support us through your prayers. Prayer is the only way we will be able to reach these goals.
  2. Our hope is that you will be able to share this story of what God is doing and the vision of what we hope to accomplish through this.
  3. We hope that you will be able to volunteer as needed when there are opportunities to serve.
  4. We hope that you would be able to give financially to help us reach our financial goals.

A: We are anticipating that the final cost is going to come between $9 and $11 million.

Our preliminary budget is broken down here:

$2,800,000 purchase price for existing building and land
$750,000 for site work
$3,000,000 to add lobby and multi-purpose space
$500,000 to add Mezzanine offices
$1,900,000 for renovations to existing building
$1,000,000 for fixtures, finishes, AV, furniture, etc.
$1,000,000 for a 10% contingency

A: Our hope is to raise 100%. However, through the consulting and advising that we have been given, based on the analytics of our giving trends and our annual budget, we have been advised to raise $6 million dollars of the total cost through the body of Grace Chapel and to finance the remaining. The lending that we are going through has no pre-payment penalty, which allows us to pay off the debt without additional costs. Our goal is to pay off this building as soon as possible. As a comparison, the Heart of the City building was bought by Grace Chapel. When Grace Chapel started, we bought that building and financed it. We were eventually able to pay it off and it has now been an asset for us. We are hoping to be able to follow that same process.

A: Our elders, building team and staff have all worked together and we are 100% unified in the direction we are going and what we are accomplishing through this process. We have also hired a financial consultant and sought out leaders that have experience with churches navigating through building campaigns. All of that has provided wise counsel and wisdom, perspective, and strategies that have been very helpful.

A: We own it and it’s cheaper to own than lease for the two years we will need to utilize the mobile church setup. We bought it at cost, which saved us thousands of dollars and we can resell it, we can help a church plant in a new location, or we can give it to a church. We have many choices but we do not need to make that decision today.

A: We are in the school for the timeframe of the construction timeline; we are looking to hopefully have our building finished with construction with a grand opening of Easter 2020. So this would mean we are in a school for just under 2 years.

A: At this point the schools are not guaranteeing us long-term usage. The schools are not at freedom to give us ongoing commitments which puts us in a position as a church to not know where we are going to meet. Every 6 months raises the question of where we are going to meet.

A: We are using it as a factor for our lending process because it is an asset we own. But we are planning on staying there and using that until we grow out of it. The long term vision for Heart of the City is to continue to offer services and grow, we are anticipating at some point that we are going to move into a larger facility.

A: Our goal is not to just raise the financial resources to build this building; our goal is to live radically generous lives. Our goal is not to just meet the financial needs of this building, but that we would be a church that continues to “give itself away” and contribute financially to projects and our global partners.

A: We have been faithfully saving money towards this and will make a sizable down payment contribution from our own budget.

A: Our staff have always run a very responsible budget, and we will continue to allow our budgets to support the growth of the ministry. At this point we are not anticipating having to make any significant cuts to our budget.

A: Ownership and usage are two different things. We will take ownership of it, which does allow us to have access to it, but that does not mean it is set up for us to use. With the construction that will be taking place, our priority is to make sure that we have a safe facility for any of our gatherings and so construction will determine what is safe to us to use or not use.

A: We will not be able to have office use at the building because of construction. At the same time, having office space has more to do with the fact that we are in a weekly Sunday gathering at a school, which does not allow us to have a consistent office for people to meet at for meetings. Our office lease allows us to accomplish three things:

    1. It allows us to have a place for our staff to meet, and to meet with ministry leaders
    2. It allows us to have on site storage for our mobile church
    3. It allows us to have meeting space for mid week meetings with leaders and Ardent

A: The benefit of this site is that it does provide some parking, however the great advantage of this site is that we have a partnership with the properties across the street to use their parking for our gatherings. This allows us to to be able to have enough parking without having to pay for parking on our facility site and has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A: Our hope is that everyone will be able to be apart of the story of God’s miracle to provide our financial goals.  Our hope is that everyone would be able to contribute something wether it is large or very small, every gift is significant and gives everyone the opportunity to say that they have contributed. We do realize for many people there can be financial hardships, so there will be ways for spiritual equity and sweat equity where individuals will be given the opportunity to support the campaign other than just financially.

A: You can give towards the building fund at any point between today and May 30th. To give online, you can click here and will be directed to our online giving portal, PushPay. You may also drop a check in the offering with “Building Fund” in the memo line or mail a check with “Building Fund” in the memo line into our office at:

9025 SW Hillman Court
Suite 3128
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Generally, yes. For example, if you have appreciated stocks or mutual funds in a taxable investment portfolio, you likely have a significant opportunity to pay less tax, give more, improve your personal cash flow, and simplify your giving. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are great ways to give without incurring capital gains on appreciated assets. Gifting appreciated assets results in a double tax benefit:  (1) no income tax due (ordinary or capital gains) to you and (2) the full value of the donated asset goes to the church.

For example, if you purchased stocks, mutual funds, and bonds for $1,000 several years ago and the value is now $10,000, rather than selling the securities and paying tax on the $9,000 gain, you could donate the securities directly to the church. You would avoid capital gains taxes on the $9,000, receive a $10,000 charitable giving tax deduction, as well as provide the church with the full $10,000 value of the securities.  Grace Chapel will receive the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds directly (don’t sell them first!) and, after receiving the donation, liquidate the assets (Grace Chapel will not pay income tax or gains) and utilize the proceeds for the building fund. 

If you hold a traditional IRA, you may also be eligible to donate your required minimum distributions, up to $100,000 per year if paid directly from the IRA to the Church.  You will not incur income taxes on the distribution (a big bonus to you) and Grace Chapel will receive the full value of your donation, with no tax loss.

A. First, prepare an initiation letter to your financial advisor or custodian (Fidelity, Charles Schwab, etc) to let them know you will be making the donation. Then, click HERE to complete the donation request form for Grace Chapel.  Stacy Carter will reach out to you to schedule the gift and coordinate with your account manager and the church’s securities custodian. 

If you want to donate vehicles, real estate, or other unique properties, please email Stacy Carter by clicking HERE and Grace Chapel will arrange for the donation.

Yes, we will provide you a digital record of your contributions to Grace Chapel at the beginning of the calendar year.

We’ve taken steps to ensure that the giving process is safe and secure from beginning to end. All of your giving data is secured by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption.  This security protocol provides communications privacy over the Internet. It is the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies to keep your information safe and secure during transactions.

Yes.  Once you’ve created an account with us, you’ll be able to view all of your giving history.  If you are giving cash, put it in an envelope and indicate the gift has come from you, that way we can attribute the financial gift to you. CLICK HERE to access your account login page.

Your contributions to Grace Chapel are held with the highest level of confidentiality.  Only Stacy Carter, has access to the giving records of the church.

You will not incur any fees when giving online to Grace Chapel. When you choose to give online, please know that a small percentage of your gift will go toward fees which we cannot avoid. Below is a description of what kind of fees are involved so you can decide how you would prefer to give.

ACH/E-Check: Giving with by ACH or e-check is the best online option. There is a 0.30¢ transaction fee and a 1% processing fee; meaning if you give $100, the church receives $98.70.
Debit Card: Giving with debit card has a 2% transaction fee; meaning if you give $100, the church receives $98.00.
Credit Card: Giving with a credit card has a 3% transaction fee; meaning if you give $100, the church receives $97.00.

We think the convenience for you is worth the cost to us. However, if you want to maximize your gift, consider writing a check or using your bank’s bill pay to automate your gifts to the church.

Generally, yes. For example, if you have appreciated stocks or mutual funds in a taxable investment portfolio, you likely have a significant opportunity to pay less tax, give more, improve your personal cash flow, and simplify your giving. Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are great ways to give without incurring capital gains on appreciated assets. Gifting appreciated assets results in a double tax benefit: (1) no income tax due (ordinary or capital gains) to you and (2) the full value of the donated asset goes to the church.

For example, if you purchased stocks, mutual funds, and bonds for $1,000 several years ago and the value is now $10,000, rather than selling the securities and paying tax on the $9,000 gain, you could donate the securities directly to the church. You would avoid capital gains taxes on the $9,000, receive a $10,000 charitable giving tax deduction, as well as provide the church with the full $10,000 value of the securities. Grace Chapel will receive the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds directly (don’t sell them first!) and, after receiving the donation, liquidate the assets (Grace Chapel will not pay income tax or gains) and utilize the proceeds for the building fund.

If you hold a traditional IRA, you may also be eligible to donate your required minimum distributions, up to $100,000 per year if paid directly from the IRA to the Church. You will not incur income taxes on the distribution (a big bonus to you) and Grace Chapel will receive the full value of your donation, with no tax loss.

First, prepare an initiation letter to your financial advisor or custodian (Fidelity, Charles Schwab, etc) to let them know you will be making the donation. Then, click HERE to complete the donation request form for Grace Chapel. Stacy Carter will reach out to you to schedule the gift and coordinate with your account manager and the church’s securities custodian.

If you want to donate vehicles, real estate, or other unique properties, please email Stacy Carter by clicking HERE and Grace Chapel will arrange for the donation.

Contact Stacy Carter at 503-570-2988 and she would be glad to answer any other questions you may have.

Here’s how to get started in less than 30 seconds:

  1. Visit Grace Chapel’s PushPay page HERE or Download the PushPay App by texting ‘gcwilsonville’ to 77977 and open the link
  2. Enter the amount you’d like to give
  3. Decide whether this is a one-time gift or a recurring gift (If you choose recurring, just select the best dates and times for you)
  4. Choose the giving type
  5. Enter your name, email, and phone number (optional)
  6. Choose “Next” and you’ll be prompted to enter some financial information.
  7. When you’re done, choose “Give” and you’re all set!
You can delete your credit card recurring gift by logging into your infellowship account and then complete the following steps:
  1. Log in HERE  and select your Giving Tab
  2. Click the Schedules tab (in the middle of the page)
  3. Click the underlined name you have for your schedule
  4. You should see an option to delete this schedule