Our Starting Line

Where do we even begin?

A project to develop 13 acres of property is daunting, so we needed a clear starting point.

Desmond Tutu once wisely said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” So, we started with the most obvious first bite: our current facility.

Our current facility is a gift form the previous generation and it's already got a lot more space for people. Like I stated in a previous post, past records show that our facility can handle over 350 people in a single service. In order to justify breaking ground on a new building, we need to be bursting at the seems in this one.

The problem is that our current facility is not maximized for this kind of growth. We're dealing with a lot of issues that are common to a building of our age: Spaces that feel disconnected from the whole, places that are worn or outdated, and areas that do not meet current code requirements.

When that happens, it feels like the facility is working against us, not for us.

Since we were already aware of many of these issues,  we began to "eat the elephant" with an internal review. For that, we needed a team: the Campus Master Planning Committee, made up of David Gallo, Robert Mayo, Jim Larson, Eric Wade, and Emma Garza (not pictured).
This group of people love BNC and were able to add value due to their unique experience or professional background. We began meeting together monthly in 2021 in order to walk through the facility and create a detailed list of desired improvements. We tried to think like someone who was experiencing the church for the first time. Together, we came up with 5 major areas to focus improvement:

  1. Prayer Room
  2. Sanctuary
  3. Exterior
  4. Interior
  5. Offices

You can find the complete breakdown of each item here.

After all of that, we realized we needed help. That's when we turned our attention from the "what" to the "who." Who could come alongside of us as a design-build partner to help us do this right and do it once? That's the topic of our next blog post.

What areas of improvement would you add/subtract from our list?
- Pastor Eric

1 Comment

Dave Kenney - April 22nd, 2022 at 5:15am

Great plan and a great process. As a long time part of BNC (since 1972!) and am very happy with the ideas, but even happier with the process. Well done.