Family Meeting – May 19th

Hello Springs Family!

As many of you know, we held a Family Meeting this past Sunday evening, May 19, 2019. To recap this meeting, we wanted to share a summary and recap of the items discussed during the Family Meeting. Our hope is that you will make time to watch the Family Meeting Video below, and from that, prayerfully consider responding financially to the opportunity we have before us.

What We Discussed at The Springs Family Meeting On Sunday, May 19th

During the family meeting, we talked through 5 key points. These key points represented where we are as a local body, and where we think we are headed. For the details to each of these, please watch the Family Meeting Video posted below.

  1. Changed Lives – God is literally changing lives, and His Spirit is doing it through our body
  2. External Focus – We are leading pastors to unite in serving our community together
  3. Elders – We are further along, and more excited, in our Elder Candidate search
  4. Financial Update – Asking you to prayerfully consider responding financially in two ways
  5. McKenna Gym Opportunity – McKenna invited us to rent and utilize their Gym

How We Are Asking The Springs to Prayerfully Consider Responding Financially

Trusting that you have seen that video, we will briefly recap how we are asking our body to financially respond. As always, we are looking for 100% participation. However, what we mean by participation is that each member prayerfully considers the opportunity before them – whether you financially invest is up to you and God alone, but we do ask that all members take this opportunity seriously (2 Corinthians 9:7).

1st Goal – Increase Total Monthly Giving of our Body From $30,000 to $50,000

The Springs currently receives on average $30,000 a month in donations, while operating with an average of $50,000 in monthly expenses. This $20,000 deficit exists for two reasons. First, it is due to the additional staff that joined our team in December 2018. We shared with the staff their role is provisional through the Summer unless our body responds financially. Second, it does not take into account year-end giving, as Leadership does not want to be presumptuous in depending on year-end donations for a conservative budgeting process.

2nd Goal – One-time Donations Totaling $120,000 for the Renovation of McKenna’s Gym

McKenna has offered a temporary lease for us to utilize their Gym while they determine its best use long-term to serve the community. In that interim period, they have been encouraged by how our church body is seeking to serve the needs of those around us. So, in addition to furthering our partnership with McKenna, we see a tremendous opportunity to utilize the facility to further our cause of making disciples.

Our vision is to utilize this space to create a large group meeting space (which would double as small group breakout space for up to 4 groups), staff offices (which would double as small group breakout spaces), and then an area for meetings and fellowship. You can see a detailed visual of how we feel we can maximize this space by clicking on the image located at the bottom of this page. For a detailed breakdown of all that is included in the $120,000 investment, please reference the below Family Meeting video. Finally, we are asking for these one-time donations to take into consideration timing, as our one-year lease with McKenna will start June 17th.

Leadership Will Prioritize the Funding of Staff Before the Renovation of McKenna’s Gym

While the McKenna Gym offers a tremendous environment to better equip, encourage, and establish individuals in their faith, we feel the most effective way to further our mission to make disciples is through staff at this point. Our staff is working to shepherd the body, develop gifts, disciple ministers, and then deploy them into significant areas of ministry. It is because of that conviction, Leadership has decided to first fund our staff financial obligations before investing in the McKenna Gym.

What We Don’t Need to Pray About – Yet, Always Be About

There are people all across Comal County hurting and in need. Individuals who don’t know God, consider Him cruel, blame Him for their pain, and they want nothing to do with God. God wants to save them. There are people all across Comal County who claim to know Jesus Christ, yet they are deeply confused in their faith. They think that if they could just be better, try harder, do more, that they will then be enough for God. God wants to save them. There are people all across Comal County who sincerely know God, yet they don’t know what an abiding faith looks like. They feel distant from God. They feel confused in their faith. They don’t know the abundant life. God wants to help them. There are people all across Comal County who love God but don’t like His church. People who know communities of faith are meant to be agents of light and change in their community, but have long given up on that hope. God wants to help them.

God is looking to use people to transform Comal County to reflect His glory. He wants to use someone – WHY NOT US? The main thing is that our hearts fight the drift towards complacency and self-reliance. That we embrace the mantle of an abiding faith marked by a disciplined pursuit of Christ, confession and repentance of sin, walking in community, sharing our faith, serving the least of these, etc.

God is looking to transform this community, and He wants to start with you. 

FAQs

Financial Overview

What is the current state of The Springs financial operations?

The Springs currently receives on average $30,000 a month in donations, while operating with an average of $50,000 in monthly expenses. This $20,000 deficit exists for two reasons. First, it is due to the additional staff that joined our team in December 2018. We shared with the staff their role is provisional through the Summer unless our body responds financially. Second, it does not take into account year-end giving, as Leadership does not want to be presumptuous in depending on year-end donations for a conservative budgeting process.

What specifically are you asking individuals to prayerfully consider respond to, financially?

  • Primary – We plan to raise our monthly donation cash flow from $30k to $50k
  • Secondary – We ask for one-time donations totaling $120k for a renovation of McKenna Gym

With the giving of financial resources, will there be a priority of fully funding staff before investing in facilities?

Yes. We believe the most effective way to further our mission and make disciples is through staff, at this point. Our staff is working to shepherd the body, develop gifts, disciple ministers, and deploy them into significant areas of ministry. It is because of that conviction, leadership has decided to first fund our staff financial obligations before investing in the McKenna Gym.

McKenna Gym Opportunity

Why did McKenna choose to rent out their Gym on a temporary basis to The Springs?

McKenna has offered a temporary lease for us to utilize their gym while they determine its best use long-term to serve the community.

Where will the potential $120k investment into the McKenna Gym go? Why is this a good stewardship?

In order to fully utilize the gym space, we believe the best investment in the short-term includes flooring, wall coverings, chairs, AV equipment (projectors, screen, trusses, etc..), stage, offices, furnishings, electrical services, and networking.

Of the potential invested resources into the McKenna Gym, how much is sunk cost and unable to be transferred to another facility in the future?

Funding for electrical service and networking will not be transferrable.
(Labor is assumed as non-transferrable as well.)

Why is The Springs not using this money to save towards the purchasing of a facility in cash?

The McKenna Gym offers a tremendous environment for our staff to better equip, encourage, and establish individuals in their faith. Our staff is working to shepherd the body, develop gifts, disciple ministers, and then deploy them into significant areas of ministry. In addition to furthering our partnership with McKenna, we see a tremendous opportunity to utilize the facility to further our cause of making disciples.

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Discussion

  1. Layne Trosper

    Huge thanks to the Trustees for their leadership in seeking God’s will for the Springs and their efforts to be transparent and above reproach in all chuch matters. I’m excited about the opportunities we as a body and as individuals have to impact the city and people of New Braunfels. Financial stewardship/giving (whatever you want to call it) is a very difficult topic because it often draws an emotional response. We all know funds are required to execute the ministry/programs/etc we as a body want to pursue but the discussion gets touchy when we start talking about “my” money. Trusted leadership and transparency are critical to turning a difficult topic into an opportunity for God to be glorified. I know this meeting sparked a very positive discussion in my family about our stewardship and we are considering how we support the Springs and ministries efforts elsewhere. How am I furthering the Kingdom with the resources God has entrusted to me?

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