2020 Vision


Our 2020 Vision
The final words of Jesus to his followers are truly breath-taking:

"All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

But in order to make disciples, we have to be disciples!  Our vision at Christchurch Baptist Church is therefore to be a church where people become and grow as passionate followers of Jesus.  This is what inspired those who built our present buildings in 1875 to step out in faith, and it continues to inspire us today.

In seeking to be faithful to this vision we have experienced such growth that our current premises are too small to meet our mission and ministry needs.  For several years we have been facing the challenge to renew and extend our buildings so that we can be even more effective in our vision, but until now there has not been a viable option to do this.  Christchurch Baptist Church also plays an active role in meeting the social needs of the local community and is host to a number of organisations working in the areas of substance counselling, debt, cancer care and isolation.

We are delighted that in November 2016, we were able to take the opportunity to purchase the freehold of 51 Bargates for its market value.  The property is adjacent to our present buildings and, since purchase, it has been refurbished to accommodate our administrative offices and a couple of meeting rooms.  We have been so blessed to have a long-term tenant renting the downstairs of the property.  The provision of 51 Bargates also enabled us to establish a dedicated Prayer Room and a Youth Room on the existing church site which has been wonderful.  In Phase 2 of the journey, we are now seeking God's heart about the future of both sites, wanting to discern how one or both sites might be developed to be even greater assets to facilitate our mission and ministry for the decades to come.

Amazingly, through the sacrificial giving of Church Members and friends, we are at the point where the outstanding loan to buy the property and freehold could be paid off by the end of this year…which is 12 years ahead of schedule!  It is clear that God is already with us on the journey!

After much prayer and discussion, Members asked the Church Trustees to undertake a feasibility study considering three options. Having employed the expertise of an architect, Members discerned that God is leading us to demolish the building on the 51 Bargates site and construct a new purpose-built building to resource our mission and ministry for the decades ahead.

In partnership with our architect, focus groups have been formed to discern how we want the new building to look, what it will contain, and how it will function.  We anticipate finalising the plans towards the end of 2019 when they will be put before the BCP Council for full planning permission. This will involve significant financial commitment to architects and other professional consultants (including heating, electrical and structural engineers, acoustics, and so on) to ensure the plans meet building regulations.  After this initial investment, we will then be able to invite construction companies to tender for the overall building work before commissioning them to break the ground.  

God-willing, we will start fundraising during 2020 and commence building in 2021.  We anticipate moving into the new building during 2022.

A Vision For 2050 and Beyond
We are sensing God is leading us to invest now in facilities that will see us through the next two generations, even the next 50-75 years.

Imagine the potential spiritual, numerical and missional growth which a new building could facilitate for God’s Kingdom.  Our vision is to build a c.250-seater auditorium that could seat up to c.500 attendees across two services.  These will be modern facilities, including a high-quality kitchen to cater for large events, a variety of meeting and activity rooms, and a café-style space for the church and community to gather.  Our desire is that these facilities will speak of God’s love and express welcome to all whilst increasing our presence in the town-centre more generally for mission and ministry purposes.

The new building will be as environmentally friendly as possible.  Having already achieved the Eco-Church Bronze award, a greener building would enable us to reach Gold level.  This will make a statement to the public that we place creation care at the heart of what we do – an issue which is rightly high on the agenda of wider society.

We will be able to offer larger and more modern meeting facilities to community groups who share our ethos.  A new building will offer us greater opportunities for community engagement as God leads us ever deeper into the future mission and ministry He has for us.

Of course, numerical growth isn’t an end in itself.  Our church vision is to know Jesus more closely, live in Him more deeply and share Him more enthusiastically.  Our new building will be nothing more than a tool; a mission hub to help us grow as disciples so we can reach more and more people with the love of God and the good news of Christ.  This in turn will bring about transformation of ourselves and the wider community.  Our vision is not for bricks and mortar; our vision is for changed lives as we partner in the gospel together and build for the future.  

Our Commitment To Mission
Our purpose in purchasing 51 Bargates and redeveloping it in combination with our existing site is to glorify God and to enable effective ministry as a church.  At the heart of this is our commitment to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ to the community around us.  This is something we are already doing very effectively but we want to see this ministry expand even more.  Click here for more information about our community engagement. 

Why Is This Called '2020 Vision'?
The downstairs of 51 Bargates is currently occupied by an optician…to be told you have '2020 Vision' by an optician is to have 'perfect vision'.  The opportunity to purchase this property was the perfect vision from God as we move forward as a church family.  It's also our desire to have commenced future phases of redevelopment of our buildings during or before the year 2020. 

To see the journey so far, you can download a copy our latest '2020 Vision update by clicking here.

How Will The Money Be Raised?
18 months ago, we were given a picture that such an ambitious undertaking may seem like a mountain to climb!  However, if we look behind us, we can see we are already part way up the mountain; looking back we can see how far God has already brought us and blessed us.  For example, we have already fruitfully transitioned into a two-service model; we have a developable site; by God’s grace we have nearly repaid the loan on 51 Bargates; we sense God is leading into new outreach opportunities in West Christchurch. 

Setting out on a project of this scale is an exercise in trust and faith.  We trust in the faithfulness of God who has led us thus far, and in the generosity of His people.  In June, Andrew Ollerton brought a prophetic word to us as he spoke about the faith of Caleb: “Don’t give fear the microphone…when we put God in first place we put fear in its place…giants fall when we keep God at the centre of the equation.” God is calling us to have the faith of Caleb!  What might seem impossible in our eyes becomes possible when God is at work, stirring people to see how they can contribute in whatever way is appropriate for them. 

We anticipate much of the money for this project will come from generous congregational giving and occasional legacies. Amazingly, as another sign of God’s hand, one incredibly generous Church Member has promised to match-fund, pound for pound, any gifts given in this way up to £30,000.  £1 instantly becomes £2 plus the Gift-Aid!  We will also be applying for various grants from charitable trusts.  Favourable loan rates are also available from funders like the Baptist Union but the more we are able to raise in gifts and grants, the less we will need to borrow and ultimately repay.  

How Can You Respond?
The most important commitment you can make is to pray for God’s heart and vision for this project.  Having heard from Him, we then invite you to respond generously as He leads.  We have set the ambitious target of raising at least £100,000 before the end of 2019 which represents the balance of the outstanding loan for the initial purchase of 51 Bargates (£47,000) plus a surplus which will become the seedbed for funding professional fees and the new building itself!  As part of the family/friends of Christchurch Baptist Church, may we invite you to prayerfully and generously respond in one or more of the ways described below using the 'My Response' form:  

How To Give?
We would be so appreciative if you felt able to contribute to our 2020 Vision financially in one or more of the following ways:

Bank Transfer
You can make payments electronically from your bank account into our dedicated 2020 Vision account.  The information you require to set this up online is:

Bank:                         Lloyds Bank
Sort Code:                 30-80-89
Account Number:      36015168
Account Name:         Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision Account

Please send cheques to the church office payable to 'Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision Account'

Standing Order
To make a regular donation by standing order to the 2020 Vision fund, click to download a My Response Form or set up your Standing Order electronically using the account details above (see Bank Transfer section).  Your standing order will represent your pledge to give monthly, quarterly or annually to our 2020 Vision.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please also complete a gift-aid declaration which means we can make your financial gift tax efficient (see below). Click to download a Gift Aid form.

2020 Vision Envelopes
Simply place your giving (cash or cheque) into the dedicated 2020 Vision envelope, seal it, and place this into the Offering bag when it is circulated during morning worship. If you are a UK taxpayer, please also complete a gift-aid declaration which means we can make your financial gift tax efficient (see below). Please make cheques payable to 'Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision Account'.

Legacy - Remembering Christchurch Baptist Church In Your Will
Leaving a legacy is a truly fantastic way of providing financial help our 2020 Vision. If this is something which you are contemplating, may we thank you greatly, in advance! Click here to download a Legacy Information Sheet. If a legacy is to be left to a particular aspect of CBC's ministry, eg 2020 Vision, that would need to be clearly specified in the Will.

Gift Aid
Whichever way you choose to donate, we are extremely grateful - why not ensure you Gift Aid it?

If you are a UK taxpayer please to download a Gift Aid form. By completing and returning this form, we can increase your financial gift by further 25% by reclaiming the tax from the Inland Revenue. This one declaration is effective for the whole time you are a UK taxpayer. If you stop paying tax you will need to notify us.

How Will Your Financial Gift Be Used?
Surplus funds will be used for future phases of the redevelopment of 51 Bargates, OR, by agreement with Church Members, transferred to Christchurch Baptist Church’s Vision Fund.  [Vision Fund definition agreed at Church Members’ Meeting 19th July 2012]

More Information
If you would like to know more about our 2020 Vision, please speak in confidence to our Treasurer, David McLellan, or to one of our Ministers, by contacting the church office.  We will be pleased to hear from you.

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