The Colombia Building Fund will:
Provide church buildings:
Multiple churches can use the building for church services.
Help churches serve their communities:
Each week the building could host: tutoring, after-school programs, college classes, a feeding center, sports programs, a coffee shop, and anything that helps reach and connect with people.
Provide buildings for future church plants:
Churches and activities that pay rent (coffee shop, sports programs, churches) generate income to purchase new buildings.
In addition to these purposes, the fund will also create these advantages for churches:
A nice building in a great location gives the church credibility in the community.
Provides a location for ministries that meet the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of children in poverty.
Free up funds to support ministry, local church-planting, and missions.
Multiple churches share expensive sound and video equipment.
Generate funds to buy church buildings across Colombia.
Involve your church directly in church-planting in Colombia. (how to help)
Your giving to the Colombia Building Fund is an investment in current and future church-plants in Colombia. Your donation will be multiplied by the very churches who benefit from it.
Behind the scenes, the fund fuels church-planting!
Since the church is not a building, we believe several independent churches can share the same building. As churches started in the building grow, they will contribute $1,000/month in "rent" back into the fund. That's 70% less than it would cost to rent a similar building.
As churches contribute to the fund, their contributions will buy new buildings for future church plants.
If three churches eventually are started in the building, sharing the space at different times on Sunday, the amount those churches contribute back into the fund as "rent" would buy a similar, new church building in a less expensive city in Colombia every 5 years.
That means a similar church-planting movement could be started, with a building, in a new city every five years! The second building would function the same: eventually serving multiple churches, paying "rent" back into the fund, and someday sending out church-planters to repeat the process yet again.
The Colombia Building Fund will allow third-world churches to participate in church-planting across Colombia and, eventually, throughout the world.
Now, that's an investment in missions!
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Where does my money go when I donate?
We are accepting donations through the Baptist Bible Fellowship Mission Office for several reasons, but most importantly because 100% of your donation goes directly to the building fund. The Mission Office does not take any percentage of the funds given.
How much do you need to raise?
We need to raise a minimum of $1,000,000. We want to make sure the building can accomodate about 200 people in a church service. The land alone for a building of that size should cost at least $600,000. We will likely demolish what small buildings are on the land and build a design from scratch.
How much should I give?
Our general suggestion would be to give big, relative to your ability. Anything you choose to give is very much appreciated. Be sure to check out the "How to Help" section for some creative giving ideas. Here are some numbers to help you understand what percentage of the total goal you might be giving:
What's the timeline?
We would like to buy land by the beginning of 2022, start building by the second quarter, and move churches into the building by 2023.
Where will these churches come from?
We will start them, and we will teach others to start them. Our goals as missionaries are to make disciple-making disciples, plant church-planting churches, and start movement-starting movements. We've seen disciples made, we've seen churches planted, and now we believe we are seeing a movement started that will start church-planting movements across Colombia and across the world.
Why would several churches meet in the same location?
200,000 people live within walking distance of the building we currently rent. If we were to start 3 churches of about 200 people each, we would have reached 0.3% of the people in our area. It would require 500 new churches to consider these neighborhoods reached!
What kinds of churches can use the building?
We reserve our buildings for use by church planters that come from our own churches. We are convinced that churches who share both a building and a reputation within the community should also share the same values, history, doctrine, beliefs, and even philosophy of ministry.
Do new churches start out in the building?
No, at least not in the main area. We hope new churches will first start as Bible studies in homes or in the community. This is a way that church-planters can get started without the need for any type of funding. We also hope for each building that we build to have a coffee shop and a large conference room. We want those spaces to be available to our regular church members for normal discipleship, but we also hope that churches can use the conference room as a temporary, free meeting place as they outgrow houses, but aren't ready to move into the larger auditorium.
How long will it take to start these churches?
Do you have a specific lot picked out?
We have several lots in mind, but the place we would most like to build isn't for sale. Pray for God to open doors for us to be in a specific place that:
Is close to multiple schools, including the shool we already work with.
Is next to a very popular park in our area.
Has ample street parking.
Is on a major road.
What kind of lot are you looking for?
Our main requirements for a lot are: