The 6691 Initiative

Lighthouse Church is experiencing a movement of God.  Since our arrival at 120 Langley Road in Glen Burnie, LH has never not been in a season of growth.  Despite strategic decisions to add capacity, to include adding additional worship services and launching another church campus, the current needs of the church have outpaced our Glen Burnie facility’s ability to remain singularly focused on reaching the lost and making disciples.  Therefore, after much time spent in prayer, the elders of LH have decided it is time to find a larger facility to increase our capacity and capability to remain true to our mission as given to us by Jesus in Matthew 28. This facility will increase our space for parking, sanctuary seating, LH Kids, groups meeting throughout the week, while also providing room for leadership development in order to make us more effective.

We have created a brief, simple mock-up to give you an idea of what the space might look like:

We need your help to make this happen. If you are able to help support the mission, please click the button below and select the 6691 Initiative fund. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and support as we strive to reach the lost and make disciples!

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Amount needed:

 $2,500,000

FAQ

IN WHAT WAYS HAVE WE OUTGROWN OUR 120 LANGLEY ROAD LOCATION?

Nearly in every way. Each weekend, our surrounding parking lots reach capacity. Our LH Kids Zone is full at nearly every service. The sanctuary is unable to hold all adults in attendance. There is no more room to build-out space nor is there additional parking to secure. To continue to stay at this location would mean that LH GB would have to continue to turn away individuals and entire families from hearing God’s truth and learning about humanity’s only hope, Jesus Christ.

WHY NOT JUST ADD MORE SERVICES?

With hosting 4 weekend services currently at our Glen Burnie Campus, all primetime weekend service times have been exhausted. Adding anymore additional services would further tax our volunteers while only creating marginal opportunities to increase our impact in sharing the Gospel.

IS THE VISION FOR LH JUST TO CONTINUE TO MOVE TO LARGER FACILITIES SHOULD THIS GROWTH CONTINUE?

No. Our new proposed home for LH GB would not be a place for ministry, but rather a base for ministry. Meaning this location is large enough to not only facilitate the needs of our Glen Burnie congregation, but also is large enough to host “all campus” events such as Partnership, LHU, VBS, and Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter services.

Additionally, this facility has the required space necessary to grow up church leaders to deploy them throughout Anne Arundel County and beyond to other multi-site locations such as we did with our first marquee multi-site location, LH Pasadena.

IS THE PLAN FOR LH PASADENA TO FOLD BACK INTO THIS LARGER LOCATION?

Absolutely not. To be supremely effective in accomplishing our mission, we congregate in the communities in which we are operating in our daily lives. Nearly 40% of the LH family calls Pasadena home; therefore, we feel we are called to gather in that town as a vested Christ-centered community of believers so as to impact that area in Kingdom Work.

LH Pasadena was not a temporary solution to our growth challenge. In fact, LH Pasadena is an example of how Lighthouse intends to strategically influence our geographic area in the future.

HOW FAR AWAY IS THE NEW LOCATION AT 6691 BAYMEADOW DR. FROM THE CURRENT LH GB CAMPUS?

2 miles North.

HOW BIG IS THE NEW LOCATION AT 6691 BAYMEADOW DR. COMPARED TO THE CURRENT LH GB CAMPUS?

We currently occupy a little more than 24,000 sqft at 120 Langley Rd.  The new location is nearly 74,000 sqft.

IS THE PLAN TO OUTFIT THE ENTIRE FACILITY?

The size of the new facility will allow us to “grow” into the space.  The initial outlay is set to address our most critical needs first, those that occur during our weekend services.  For example, we plan to outfit 6691 Baymeadow Dr. with a sanctuary that can seat 800-1000 congregants at each service.  Our current sanctuary can only seat 525.  The new LH Kids Zone will accommodate 350 children.  Our current LH Kids Zone only has a capacity of 150.  The next phase of our buildout will tackle our weekday needs increasing both our Small Group and Admin areas in square footage by 240% and 100% respectively.

We are taking this approach to provide a long-term solution across all areas of need in a systematic approach.  At the same time, this maximizes the use of space at 120 Langley for the duration of our remaining lease (ends May 31st 2017) and provides the benefit of elongating our timeline to raise the required funding for the totality of the project

HOW MUCH IS REQUIRED TO FUND THIS NEW LOCATION AND ITS BUILDOUT?

As of September 1st, the total project cost is now estimated to be $2.5M (initially estimated to be $3M).  The project is now broken into three distinct phases:  the property manager’s buildout for Phase I, LH fit out for AVL & FFE, and future buildout post-occupancy (small group meeting areas, upgraded admin, etc.).  The goal is to be operating in the building no later than March 2017.  Since beginning the initiative 5 months ago, the church has raised $700K in both cash donations and pledges.

Phase I’s planned cost is $1.7M and is scheduled to be completed in 90-120 days.  At the time of project commencement, the church has $1.1M available to commit to Phase I to ensure our operational cash reserves remain in healthy margins.  This leaves a delta of approximately $600K needed to fund Phase I.  In simplest terms, the speed of the buildout will outpace our ability to self-fund the effort.  Therefore, LH has partnered with a trusted local bank to secure a bridge loan to meet the payment glide slope for Phase I.

Upon completion of Phase I (tentatively scheduled for completion in Nov/Dec 16), LH will take the next 3-4 months and complete the next portion of the project, the AVL & FFE fit out.  This amount is budgeted for $320K.  Based on pace of giving toward the initiative as well as funds received that exceed weekly operational needs, this portion is projected to be self-funded with no need for further financing support.

The final phase of the buildout which will occur post-occupancy (small group rooms, upgraded admin) is estimated to cost $500K and will be completed based upon the speed at which LH attains its final $2.5M funding goal.

WHAT IS THE PROPOSED TIMELINE TO RAISE THESE FUNDS?

With $1.1M already committed to the effort, the goal is for LH to raise the additional $1.4 needed by the end of April 2017.  Raising this amount would not only cover the areas that LH must self-fund but also payoff the bridge loan taken out by the church to satisfy Phase I’s financing requirements.  This means that as of September, monthly giving towards this initiative would equate to $175K/month between now and the end of April 2017.

While the terms of the bridge loan do not require LH to payoff the loan by the end of April, this scenario is ideal for the church and therefore our goal.  The church wishes to return to a debt-free status as soon as possible.  Currently, our pace of giving has equated to approximately $140K/month.

AS AN LH ATTENDEE AND/OR PARTNER, WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF ME?

We ask that you prayerfully consider sowing into this effort.  For some of us, giving to this effort is not possible at this time.  We are certainly not looking to place any further financial strain on you or your family if you simply do not have the funds to give.

However, for some of us, we have the resources to make this possible.  For some, that is a little.  Every little bit helps.  For some, it’s more, and we hope you would consider doing so.  Yet for some of us, we have been blessed financially, and we could make a significant contribution to this effort in order to make this opportunity become a reality.

If you are one of these individuals, we ask that you exercise audacious faith and give boldly.  The task is significant, the timeline is very tight, and the resources needed are substantial.  But we serve the same God as Elisha – the holy man of God who reminds us that all things are easily accomplished through our King and Savior, Jesus Christ (2Kings 3:18a).