Update from October 25, 2016
This is a very exciting time to be at Parish Presbyterian Church. Because of God’s blessing and the generous response to our successful Capital Campaign last November, our building project is progressing. We are pleased to provide the following update as well as a reaffirmation of our vision.
“We are called to proclaim, exemplify, and apply God’s covenant love for the purpose of building up a people in Franklin, TN who worship the living Christ together”.
A building plan should be an outgrowth of what God has called us to be as a church, that is, a worshipping, discipling, serving, fellowshipping, and mission focused body of faithful believers. As Pastor George has taught us so many times: We must take the long view, joyously growing up in Christ. It is my hope that you are as excited as I am about the opportunities before us, made possible only by God’s mighty hand and the commitment of his people. —Nathan George
Christ-centered worship is the fountainhead of all other gospel activity.
Below you will find the following:
- Our Heritage
- Our Need
- Our Original Proposal of Possible Phases
- Our Challenges
- Our Progress
- An Important Note From Pastor George
- Our Vision and Call to Action
We stand upon the shoulders of countless men and women of faith and vision. Our heritage is the faith of our fathers. In December of 2006, Parish Presbyterian Church was planted in Christ Community Church’s historic downtown chapel and soon grew to the point of needing three morning worship services. In the fall of 2010, we purchased our current property on Clovercroft Road and at the same time planted a daughter church, Cornerstone. By God’s blessing, two thriving congregations exist today.
Our Growth and Need
We have grown in Christ, and we have grown in number! We first met in our Clovercroft chapel on January 21st, 2011, and we have been experiencing the wonderful blessing of growing pains ever since. It quickly became apparent that we were essentially “re-planting.” We needed to figure out where to park, how to hold Sunday School, how keep all our little blessings out of the pond, and how to apply ministry ideals in the context the Lord had provided. We are ever thankful for our challenges and limitations and how they have caused us to work together. Now, we are once again bursting at the seams. What a great “problem” to have!
Our Original Phased Plan Proposed in June of 2015
We have now purchased the adjacent 10 acre field. Step one is accomplished! Our original proposed phases were as follows:
- Phase 1: Build a Chapel to include worship space, nursery and restroom facilities, basement classrooms, fellowship space, etc. ($2.5M)
- Phase 2: Remodel our current facility for classrooms, offices, library, etc. ($500,000 to 800,000)
- Phase 3: Invite our long time sister ministry, Franklin Classical School (FCS), to raise funds and build according our master plan.
Our desire has been to complete phases 1 and 2, which would provide ministry space for Parish, as well as the school’s short term needs. Yet, we have had a flexible plan in place that will allow us to adjust or reverse the order of the phases in order to keep debt to a minimum. Through the fall of 2015 we raised just under $1.5M in cash and pledges, and as of October 2016, one year into the campaign, we have received approximately half of the pledged amount. We are thankful to the Lord for such provision!
Facility and Capital Challenges
In June of 2015 we stated that our minimum need was $1.5M. Also, we stated that to build a chapel we would need to raise at least $2.5M. Through the past year our property committee has been working hard to see just what can be afforded and how best to achieve our vision. We have heavily considered three main options:
- Stretch financially in order to build a smaller Chapel.
- Minimally remodel our current facility to be used for worship and SS.
- Build a new Worship/Education/Fellowship Center with leasable space in order to offset costs.
We are still experiencing growth and look forward to the path ahead. The challenge is great, but we remain confident the Lord will lead us to a good long term solution.
There has been great progress! Below are a few of the milestones.
- 2011 – Leadership voted to delay any remodeling due to rocky financial times.
- Began two Services on Easter 2012.
- 2013 – Developed strategic plan and exploration work groups.
- Fall 2014 – Created the Property Committee.
- January 2015 – developed a property purchase agreement pending congregational vote and annexation, began work with Mike Graffam to help develop our master plan and vision for the property, started the rezoning and annexation process. Hired Jeff Newlin at RSI to help with a capital campaign.
- June 2015 – Congregation voted to affirm the purchase of the adjacent property. We presented the congregation with a flexible phased plan preceding the vote.
- September 2015 – Began the Building the Flock capital campaign.
- November 2015 – Ended an eight-week time of prayer and pledging having raised $1.5M in pledges and gifts.
- February/March 2016 – Hired Centric Architecture & Solomon Construction and gave them our master plan as a starting point for next steps.
- April 7, 2016 – Closed on Property!!
- Spring/Summer 2016 – Began the process of comparing our hopes and dreams and budget with real world costs. Though initially we were focused on a new chapel, we began seriously considering all three options listed in the prior section. A plan and path forward to both worship and educational space began to be developed.
- Fall 2016 — Praise God! The last three months have been filled with hammering out details related to architectual plans, possible ground breaking dates, and a financial plan forward.
From Pastor George:
We are called to both urgency and patience. We must be zealous for that which is good and right and true. But we must also persevere by resting in God’s good providence. I keep reminding myself of these truths as we work toward the development of our new property and the building of our new building.
We are now one-third of the way through the commitment we made during the capital campaign this past year. Amazingly, almost half of our financial pledges have come in. That is truly a blessing. I can hardly wait to see how the Lord will use all this for His glory. And this too calls for urgency and patience.
Thank you for joining me, our elders, and our families in this adventure of faith. Thank you for heeding Christ’s call to both live with a sense of Gospel urgency while simultaneously walk with the certainty of Gospel patience.
Standfast. Pastor George
Our Vision is Clear.
We are called to proclaim, exemplify, and apply God’s covenant love for the purpose of building up a people in Franklin,
TN who worship the living Christ together.
First, please pray for the Lord’s wisdom and provision. Our desire is to provide a facility which can be used for Gospel purposes! If you have questions, would like a copy of our vision and strategic planning documents, or are able to give or pledge please send a note to Pastor George or elders Nathan George, Mike Miserocchi, and Mike Mastroberti. Send a note here.