Hope United Methodist Church

Feasibility Study

2015 Feasibility Study, Findings, and Recommendations:

In the past few years, we have had a number of informal conversations regarding the possible future expansion of our church facilities, both out of our current need and projected future growth

With the Trinity area seeing a large influx of family homes and development, the Feasibility Team was developed to actively consider how God may be leading us in this area of development.

          The team began by reviewing the Vision and Mission of the church, seeing that as the determining factor in anything we might consider, regarding facility needs, both current and future.

Based on our Vision and Mission, it became clear that a significant aspect of our vision and mission directs us to help every age group at Hope to grow in faith while meeting needs in our community, and reaching them for Christ.

Our Vision and Mission statements:

Vision Statement:
“Hope Church is a welcoming community of Christ-followers, glorifying God by growing in faith and serving others.”

Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to glorify God by strengthening families, mentoring children and youth, building relationships, growing disciples, serving others, and welcoming all.”

As a result, the Feasibility Team sees our Children, Youth, Pre-school and Small Group Ministries as being strong components for continued church growth, the best way in which we can develop disciples of Christ, and one of the best ways to serve our community in Jesus’ name.

The plan of the Feasibility Team was as follows:

Develop a phased, Master plan for future building (what kind of buildings will we need as we grow – Educational space, Worship space, and Fellowship space)

To determine a timeline for what is seen as the next, most accessible and logical step in our facility development.

To determine what, if anything, Hope church should consider building, at this time or in the very near future.


Taking all of these things into consideration, the feasibility team decided on a 3 step plan for expansion:

1. Educational/pre-school space

2. Worship space

3. Kitchen and fellowship space (refurbishing of current worship and kitchen space for this purpose)

Based on our Vision and Mission, and our current and anticipated needs, the Feasibility team feels that an educational space is our best and most logical next step in facility expansion.

Location – best location seems to be where the basketball court is currently located

Due to flood zones (Northern portion of open field, and a desire to not encumber areas used for other recreation and events (EB, Fall Festival, etc.)

Footprint – location will potentially allow for a 5,000 square footprint (10,000 square feet as it has been determined we will need 2 stories – first floor: children and Hope n Play; second story, generic classroom space for youth and adults – potential for office space, as well)

Estimated Cost – anticipation of $300/sq foot x 10,000 square feet - $300,000 to $500,000 (elevator, drywall, flooring, lighting, fire suppression system, septic/drain field expansion, etc.) – this is only an estimate, since we would not have the details until specific plans/drawings were made; this is anticipated to begin in January/February of 2016)

- Once plans are created, we will have congregational meetings to discuss specifics, cost, etc.

- The Financial campaign to underwrite the building would approximately begin in the fall of 2016 and the desire is to raise 80% of the cost through actually funds submitted and/or pledges received (multi-year commitment that would be “above and beyond” normal operating giving)

- It is anticipated that Hope N Play tuition revenue would eventually help to help with the cost of the building, (Hope N Play pays a stipend to the church each year, after expenses) once the program was expanded (TBD - various ideas on extension of hours, etc. have been discussed, but nothing has been determined, due to various factors)

Phase Orientation – this would be the first of 3 potential expansions and is seen as both the greatest need and best way to create and insure future stage completion (church growth as the result of meeting educational/small group needs, which in turn will make the Worship and Fellowship areas more necessary and affordable)

In Conclusion:

A “Listening Tour was conducted in the Fall of 2015, to the various Small Groups, including a Town Hall meeting on Nov. 18th, for those who may not have had a chance to hear the findings and proposals.

Our desire is to both inform and involve as many within the congregation in the planning and execution of any decisions we make together, and we ask each of you to prayerfully consider this entire process.

This write up has been produced for those who have not been able to attend and wish to be informed of those discussions. The overwhelming consensus is that these findings and recommendations are the best way for us to continue to fulfill our Vision and Mission, and be prepared for the future growth of the church, as it serves an expanding Trinity area.

If, upon reading this material, you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to email Pastor Kelly (Kelly@hope-umc.com) and/or Matt Mathews, Ad Council Chair (mattbmathews@yahoo.com) and let us know your thoughts.