20/20 Vision

DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION?

I TELL YOU, OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AT THE FIELDS! THEY ARE RIPE FOR HARVEST. JOHN 4:35b

 

REACH

Help REACH new people for Christ by establishing four new campus locations in four years.

REMOVE

Removing current debt in order to free up more money into reaching more people for Christ.

All by 2020.

RENOVATE

Renovations to campus locations and technology upgrades that will help reach people for Christ and incorporate them into the life of the church.

REACH PEOPLE

 

REACH

Reach new people for Christ

In response to God’s clear leading and work, we are seeking to advance the multi-campus strategy by establishing four new campus locations in four years (two new regional campuses, a permanent campus in the Dominican Republic, and an Internet campus) as well as opening a family shelter in downtown Elyria, all to reach people. Although the multi-campus strategy of going to the “next town” (Mark 1:38) has been very successful in reaching people, we have learned that we need to better prepare financially for future regional campuses. We recognize the realities that there are many who do not currently attend our church due to location and distance. Instead of waiting for people to come to us, Jesus calls us to go to them, opening churches in the “next towns” all over our region and opening our arms as wide as we can to welcome them with God’s love. By design, we have now depleted all our new campus development resources and will need to secure funds, in advance, to successfully launch future campuses that will extend the ministry to new communities. Thus, resources available on the front end will enable us to be ready as God opens the way to establishment of our next town” campuses, starting with Lorain, and including another campus east of Elyria by 2020.

In the Dominican Republic, we will purchase a permanent facility, enabling us to establish a viable campus down the street from the extremely small rented house they are currently meeting in, dramatically opening up ministry opportunities in the bustling city of Santa Domingo as well as providing free housing for any mission trip teams.

We will launch an Internet Campus, updating and purchasing necessary technology and designing an integrated interactive website and mobile app to facilitate online community and ministry. Launching an Internet Campus will enable us to open a digital door to people who otherwise would never walk through our physical doors and positions us to reach people all over the world. The Internet Campus is for people who because of their health, job, or distance can’t go to one of our physical campuses. It also is a wonderful way to be an open door to people who might be reluctant to visit a physical campus.

The final component of this part of the 20/20 Vision is reaching out a little closer to home by opening and running a family shelter home in Elyria. This home is designed for homeless families in transition that takes the best practices of successful family shelter models and incorporates Open Door’s DNA of relational discipleship and excellence, enabling us to reach whole families for Christ.

 

Cost to REACH NEW PEOPLE for Christ: $1,225,000

 

HOW WILL THE MONEY RAISED FOR THE 20/20 VISION BE USED ?

Lorain Regional Campus:  $325,000

Dominican Republic Campus: $210,000

Internet Campus & Tech Upgrades: $165,000

“Next town” Regional Campus: $325,000

Elyria Family Shelter: $200,000

* These are all estimate amounts.

 

REMOVE DEBT

 

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Remove Debt in order to free up more money into ministry.

Reaching more people for Christ through our multi-campus strategy requires wise stewardship of our resources. We want to devote as much money as we can to reaching new people. One of the limitations to this is our current debt load, requiring monthly repayment using funds that could otherwise be used to reach people for Christ. The 20/20 Vision  makes possible paying off that debt 4 years early, saving tons of money and making us much better stewards of the money God has entrusted to us.

Since we will be completely debt free this releases an additional $225K into ministry each year.

Cost to Remove all debt: $815,000

 

RENOVATE CAMPUSES

 

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Renovate existing campuses with much needed improvements

While we desire to reach new people for Christ through our new campuses, we have people visit our existing campuses every week. We want to reach these people for Christ and incorporate them into the life of the church.

Each of our current campuses needs improvements to help make their space more welcoming and inviting. Renovations in Elyria include the bathrooms, the CrossRoads and the seating in the Main Auditorium. The RNC needs painting and repairs and other minor improvements to it’s CrossRoads area. Our Vermilion campus desperately needs to pave it’s parking lot, and our Avon Lake campus needs significant upgrades in our Adventure World Kids Ministry along with some minor renovations to the Auditorium. In addition, as we add more campuses, we will need to add staff, needing to make room for them in our already crowded staff areas.

 

Cost to RENOVATE EXISTING CAMPUSES with much needed improvements: $460,000

 

HOW WILL THE MONEY RAISED FOR THE 20/20 VISION BE USED ?

Elyria Campus Improvements: $190,000*   (CrossRoads, Restrooms, Senior’s Room)

Vermilion Campus Improvements: $130,000*   (Parking lot and sidewalks, Senior’s Room)

Avon Lake Campus Improvements: $100,000    (Kid Ministry upgrade, Auditorium Stage expansion)

RNC & venue improvements: $40,000  (Painting, Cross Roads West, Senior’s Room)

* These are all estimate amounts.