18,574 square feet. This includes 7,955 square feet of Youth Ministry space and 10,522 square feet of multipurpose/ kitchen/ lobby space.
4,150 square feet. This includes renovation of the current Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, and Choir Room.
Based upon the current plan, we are not projected to lose any parking spaces. Ultimately, the Town of Davidson will determine how much parking we can recover and/or add as the project progresses.
We currently have $1,345,927 on hand for the project.
How will we pay for the project?
We are depending upon the “Stepping Out in Faith” campaign to raise the remaining funds for the project. This will involve a three-year pledge cycle. To cover the cost of construction during this time, the church will finance the project with a commercial loan which will be paid back via the pledges received from the capital campaign.
DUMC is debt free and has been since 2007.
The United Methodist Church requires us to have at least 1/3 of the project cost in hand before we break ground.
Giving pyramids are typically found in non-church capital campaigns. We will need those of us who have been blessed with great abundance to give accordingly. However, “Stepping Out in Faith” is a reminder that each of us has been blessed and that we are to step out in faith and invest in the future of DUMC by supporting this campaign. We can do this by counting our blessings and giving out of our personal abundance. We have been blessed by the investment previous generations made in the DUMC we know and love today and must make the same investment in DUMC for future generations.
The facilities we are planning are vital to our current ministries and will help us live out our mission statement. Our ministry staff members are capable leaders who invest their lives in what we do here at DUMC. They want to see our ministries succeed and have maximum impact.
The leadership of a senior pastor is vital to the health of any church. Jody has prepared us to take this next step through careful consideration of our facilities need, development of good stewardship practices, an increase in non-staff involvement in the leadership of the church, and wise focus on what is important to the life of the church.
DUMC is an important church in our community, The Metro District, the Western North Carolina Conference, and the greater connection of the UMC as a whole. Our Bishop will not take the appointment of our new senior pastor lightly. Just as Bishop Kammerer sought out the right and best person to follow James Howell, Bishop Goodpaster will seek out the right and best person to follow Jody.
The appointment of a new senior pastor at DUMC will not be done haphazardly. The Bishop and District Superintendent will seek input from the church’s leadership and will consider the ministries we offer and even the fact that we are in a building program as they appoint a new senior pastor. If we truly believe in and support the construction and renovation of these facilities, then the appointment of a new senior pastor should not affect the project in a negative fashion.
We believe that the campaign will be successful. If it is not fully pledged, we have determined that we can absorb up to $1,000,000 of debt in the ministry budget. This will allow us to continue moving forward with the project without impacting our ministries.
Receiving more in pledges than we anticipate is truly something wonderful to ponder. If that were to be the case we would take the opportunity to assess our project goals and to look toward the future needs of the church.
Yes, we are designing a columbarium to be located behind the Congregational Care House. There is a committee working with a columbarium company to design the space. The committee’s intent is to design a space that is peaceful and will serve us for many years. The cost for the columbarium will be covered mostly through the sale of individual niches.
Mission work is very important to our congregation and is a part of everything we do. As we add bricks and mortar for ministry on our campus, we want to be in ministry by providing bricks and mortar for a family in our community. Part of our campaign will fund the construction of an additional Habitat House to be built by our congregation as well as homes for three families in Guatemala through Habitat for Humanity International.
Rev. Dr. Jody Seymour, Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Glenn Kinken, Executive Pastor
Lisa Livingston, Campaign Co-chair
Ron Turner, Campaign Co-chair
Dawne Kakitsis, Prayer Emphasis Team Chair
Lee Brower, Media Team Chair
Leslie Matz, Media Distribution Team Chair
Rebecca Rosensweig, Hospitality Team Chair
Menita Mercuri, Director or Children and Family Ministries
Drew Peters, Director of Youth Ministries
Rosemary Banks, Director of Communications
2. Be involved. Attend events and services and make a commitment.
3. Be in prayer. Pray for the ministry and its future and what God wants you to give over the next three years.