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Next90 Building Expansion Project

Next90 is about building the foundation for our next 90 years of ministry, leadership, and service in Fort Worth. We are here at the center of the city, a growing community in a time of significant cultural change, to help people put Christ at the center of their lives by worshipping in new ways, connecting people in new ways, and envisioning ministry in new ways.

We are now at the gateway of our own defining moment for the next ninety years, poised to set the course for new generations of transformational ministry in the 21st century.

 

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Believing Our Future IN

This past Sunday in a combined zoom webinar meeting and an in-person vote, the construction of Next90 Phase I was approved by a whopping 92.4% margin.

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Register Now for Your Next90 Vote!

On Sunday, September 13, each and every member of our church — from our oldest members to our 2020 Confirmands — are invited to vote on our upcoming decision to move forward in our Next90 Building Expansion Project.

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Zoom Vote Primer

If you’ve been following the progression of our Next90 Building Expansion project lately, you may remember that we’ve recently been approved to take our next major step as a congregation — the vote to move forward into construction — via Zoom.

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Commitment to Next90 Capital Campaign

Thank you for your commitment. This estimate may be revised or canceled at any time upon request.

Contact: FUMCFW Business Office | 817-336-7277

Make Your Next90 Commitment

VISION

Our NEXT90 has begun!

With the careful work and discernment of our FUMCFW Building Committee, Phase I is all set to begin — with our support — as the right next step into our future!

While the full scope of the NEXT90 building expansion program remains the same, phasing this project just makes good financial and logistical sense.

In Phase I we will set the stage, create the infrastructure, help address our most immediate needs, and prepare to move forward to full realization of this exciting vision for the future of our church. To begin this transformative project, our $15 million Next90 Phase I construction will include:

  • Building a new 14,800 square-foot, 2-story children’s addition with a new 3rd street gallery and check-in, 13 new and appropriately-sized classrooms, a large, flexible children’s gathering space, and an extended Children’s drop-off/pick-up lane. The current children’s playground will remain until Phase II, when it will be replaced with both a large indoor play structure and a new outdoor playground.
  • Reorienting Wesley Hall to increasing its capacity by at least 20 percent, with a new entry vestibule on 5th Street, and a new foyer entry from the existing hall (which will connect to the future rotunda). This key step will also replace outdated and failing audio, visual, and lighting equipment, in addition to adding two new classroom or meeting spaces on the 2nd floor.
  • Addressing our immediate needs to upgrade outdated and even obsolete equipment including our HVAC system with high-efficiency air cooled chillers and condensing boilers and pumps for heating for more efficient heating and cooling while lowering the amount of energy we currently use. The new Central Utility Plant will reside on the roof of the Children’s Wing Expansion and will be screened from view by sloped roofs.
  • Setting the stage for Phase II construction with crucial infrastructure including a new elevator, sewage and electrical components, and 14 exterior perimeter LED pedestrian lights, and 20 perimeter trees and irrigation.

Immediately upon the successful completion of Phase I, a second capital campaign and Phase II construction will add the central fellowship rotunda and 500-seat multipurpose worship and dining space and a few other much-needed features to achieve this exciting vision for the future of our church.

NEXT90 is about building facilities for our next 90 years of ministry, leadership, and service in Fort Worth. Located in the heart of our growing community in a time of significant cultural change, we are here to help people keep God at the center of their lives.

As we see evidence of growth, success, and new life in our city, our Next90 building expansion project will empower us to worship in new ways, to connect people in new ways, and to envision ministry in new ways with facilities ready and equipped to open those doors for the future.

Now is our moment. This is our time to step out in faith for the NEXT90.

TRENDS

In February 2018, our yearlong Focus First strategic planning process culminated with a leadership summit attended by 130 church leaders. The top vote-getting priority was the expansion of our facilities to meet current and future ministry needs. Evidence of our growth, ministry successes, and vitality as a faith community are reflected in our 2019 celebrations, including:

NEW STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

(listed in order of priority as established at 2018 Focus First Leadership Summit)

1. Building Expansion
2. Diversity
3. Small Groups
4. Youth Ministry

188 new members made FUMCFW their church home

52 young people confirmed their faith on Confirmation Sunday

67 baptisms

116 youth discovered new ways of sharing the love of Christ through mission and song

1,406 children experienced God’s love in Academy, Summer Jam, Vacation Bible School, and Third Grade Bible Presentation Sunday

988 adults enrolled in Adult Sunday School Classes

157 Gace Group attendees met regularly in small groups to share their personal awareness of Gods grace in their everyday lives

1,226 (on average) worshippers came together on Sunday mornings to participate in worship and dicipleship in one of seven worship services

356  United Methodist Women came together throughtout the year to share a mission of faith, hope, and love in action

3,705 families who are struggling to meet their basic needs are getting a hand up and a greeting with a warm smile when they visit the First Street Mission

88 (on average) guests who are homeless were served breakfast each Sunday morning

IMMEASURABLE volunteer hours where First Church serve as the hands and feet of Christ in a multitude of ways, including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, disaster response, church committees, VBS and Summer JAM, hospitality, adult and youth mission projects, and more!

HISTORY OF LOOKING FORWARD

With a long tradition making leaps of faith to ensure the church has the best facilities and resources possible, leaders of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth have kept our church well-positioned to meet its mission and ministry goals, now and for the future. Such visionary highlights include:

1908

Only 11 years after building a new brick church at Fourth and Jones Street, the members chose to purchase a lot at the corner of Seventh and Taylor Street and to build a new church building to allow for future growth.

1929

After only 20 years in its existing facility, the church purchased property at the corner of Fifth and Florence Street for future growth and expansion. Work on the Sanctuary broke ground on October 29, 1929 — the day the stock market crashed, beginning the Great Depression. Despite financial uncertainty, the congregation remained faithful and committed to the vision of the church, and work on the existing church Sanctuary was completed in 1930.

1955

Pursuing a unique vision for ministry with youth, the church constructed Epworth Hall (now the Justin Building).

1969

Committed to expanding ministry to children and their families, the church constructed the Armstrong Children’s Wing. This ministry was expanded further in 1995 and again in 2016.

1990

Seeking to serve families and communities in need, the church established the First Street Methodist Mission as a full-time mission ministry to the homeless and working poor.

We are now at the gateway to another defining moment: We are poised to set our church on a course for generations of transformational ministry in the 21st century.

WHAT WILL THIS PROJECT INCLUDE?

Built in two distinct phases, the full Next90 project will include:

  • 53,324 sq. ft. new building addition, architecturally compatible with existing church exterior
  • 19,952 sq. ft. renovated area (including all of Wesley Hall, the Music Suite, and the new Media Suite)
  • 137,012 sq. ft. resulting main building area — all connected to a beautiful, spacious hub

Phase I will set the stage, create the infrastructure, and help address our most immediate needs by:

  • Building a new two-story Children’s Wing Addition
  • Remodeling, reorienting, and expanding Wesley Hall to increase capacity by at least 20 percent
  • Addressing crucial utility infrastructure needs with replacement of outdated, obsolete, and/or failing equipment

Phase II will complete the project and achieve our ultimate Focus First vision with:

Worship

Discipleship Hall (Multi-Purpose Worship & Dining Space)

  • Three-story vaulted space, modified cross floor plan, 6,357 sq. ft. (over twice the size of Wesley Hall)
  • Architecturally complimentary space with exposed wood timber trusses and stained glass windows
  • Worship seating for over 500, plus 900 sq. ft. platform
  • Banquet seating for 320 (40 round tables, 5’ diameter with 8 chairs each), 420 seats with platform
  • Multimedia equipped with four LED screens and state-of-the-art sound system
  • Movable chairs for flexible format, including worship in the round
  • Enlarged kitchen with improved separate delivery corridor

Prayer Chapel

  • Small private worship space on second floor over new east entry overlooking the rotunda

Fellowship

Fellowship Rotunda (Central Gathering Space)

  • 64’ diameter, three-story, central gathering space (3,217 sq. ft.), wider & almost as large as Wesley Hall
  • 42’ prayer labyrinth in terrazzo flooring, with curving stairs & perimeter walkway overlooks from upper floors
  • Centered between worship spaces, children’s ministry, and administration offices to physically connect all parts of the church
  • Open space for our entire church community to meet, greet, and spend time with one another
  • New Welcome Center with café, coffee bar & seating area

Children & Families

  • Indoor two-story playground visible from Fellowship Rotunda, but with access from secure area
  • Relocated and expanded outdoor playground

Additional Infrastructure Improvements

  • New elevators, new first floor restrooms
  • ADA compliant east entry and covered porte-cochere drop-off
  • Improved basement access for increased and usable storage spaces

Summary

  • 53,324 sq. ft. new building addition, architecturally compatible with existing church exterior
  • 19,952 sq. ft. renovated area (including all of Wesley Hall, the Music Suite, and the new Media Suite)
  • 137,012 sq. ft. resulting main building area — all connected to a beautiful, spacious hub

IMAGINE

People from our six different Sunday morning worship opportunities having time and space to visit, get to know each other, and connect over common interests in a central meeting space.

Welcoming neighbors and friends to worship in a state-of-the-art modern worship space that continues the beauty and heritage of our historic campus.

First-time guests quickly and easily finding their way to multiple worship spaces, children’s ministry areas, special event venues, and a visitor center that both welcomes and informs our growing community of visitors and new members.

A woman from the downtown business community walking the labyrinth during Holy Week, where a weekday ministry to our burgeoning downtown community offers new possibilities for actively engaging those who have not yet found a church home.

Thousands of members and visitors in awe of the three-story rotunda decorated with lights and greenery during the Christmas Eve celebrations.

Hundreds of children singing and dancing together during Vacation Bible School programs in the new multi-purpose space.

Friends spending an hour catching up over a cup of coffee in the new café.

A family staying dry while they use the porte-cochere and covered walkway during a Sunday morning rain shower.

FINANCIAL PLAN

First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth has no indebtedness and a strong annual budget (membership giving) of around four million dollars.

The First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation provides more than two million dollars annually, and this income is managed to fund the ongoing capital needs and maintenance operations for our large campus. Because of this Foundation funding (and other generous individual gifts), the church has not needed a major capital campaign for more than 20 years.

Funding Plan

The church anticipates fully funding Phase I with a $15 million, two-year capital campaign. The church projects no longterm debt from Phase I so that Phase II can begin as soon as the church is ready to proceed. FUMCFW has historically been fiscally conservative and debt careful. Our church has also historically been financially faithful and capable of great things in answer to God’s calling. We believe the church can rise to this calling for our Next90.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • January 26 – February 23 — Phase I Capital Campaign
  • February 23 — Commitment Celebration Sunday
  • March 15 — Results announced
  • Stay tuned for more dates as they become available!

Q&A

What is capital giving?

First, capital giving is over-and-above annual support of the church’s ministry and mission. In effect, capital pledging is a new giving opportunity and decision for donors. Second, capital giving is designated to a specific capital improvement project. Finally, capital gifts/pledges (for donor planning flexibility and purposes) are often fulfilled over a longer time-frame — over three years in this project case.

What is a typical capital campaign gift?

There is no typical gift. Every donor’s situation is different. Capital campaign donations are determined by how a donor wishes to invest in the long-term goals of the church.

How is a transformational project of this size funded?

A three-year capital campaign, designating pledges and gifts from church members and supporters to this project, would fund most — if not all — of this initiative. Depending upon the results of a professional assessment and a congregational vote, such a capital campaign could occur in the spring of 2019.

What is the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation’s giving role in this project?

Because our annual Foundation support is dedicated to capital improvements and maintenance, The Foundation already plays an important role in the church’s financial management plans. Of course, the Foundation will be invited to make an over-and-above, asset gift to support this project; however, like any donor, the Foundation board makes its own independent decisions about giving.

If the church were to successfully move forward with this initiative, when might building begin . . . and be completed?

In the quickest timeline, the capital campaign for financial support could provide a financial plan by May of 2019. Final architectural preparations could be finished by the end of summer 2019 and building could begin in the fall, with an estimated 24-month completion time.

How would the church handle additional operation and maintenance costs with more building space?

Current annual Foundation support provides the ability for the church to absorb reasonable building operations increases without impacting the church’s ministry budget. New efficiencies gained from new equipment and spaces that will replace old equipment and spaces will also help control any increased operations costs.

Can this project be scaled down or phased?

Yes! In revisiting the original plan and assessing our most immediate needs — more space in Wesley Hall and the Children’s wing;  updrading or replacing dated and obsolete equipment including elevators, AV equipment, HVAC, and more; utility infrastructure that must be completed in order to complete the project — we now have in place a two-year, $15 million Phase I, and a 3-year Phase II which will follow the . completion of Phase I and complete the project.

FUMCFW Kicks off Next90 Phase I Capital Campaign

Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster and Co-Pastor Rev. Lance kick off the Phase I Capital Campaign for the Next90 Building Expansion Program with important details of the project and our church’s many positions of strength as we move forward into this visionary project.

Next90 Building Expansion Fly Through

In this video, you will embark on a virtual reality tour of our new master plan for building expansion. This simulated, animated reality puts you in the new expansion as it is now designed by HH Architects.

Next90 Building Expansion Project Update

Congregation votes to move forward with capital campaign and more detailed planning.

Next90 Building Expansion Program Overview

Facilities do exactly what the word means: they facilitate. How will we facilitate the continued growth of our ministries going forward? Building Committee Chair Barry Hudson and Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster provide an update on the details of this visionary process now underway at FUMCFW in this video.

Next90 Finance Presentation

Business Administrator Larry Ammerman presents the finding of the Building Financial Committee regarding funding for our Next90 Building Expansion Project.

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