The Building Committee is excited to announce that research and analysis related to potential building projects is fully under way! The following is a summary of what has transpired since the Church Council initiated a facility needs assessment for the church and school last fall;
- November 2015 – the Church Council approves having a Facility Needs Assessment performed for the church and school.
- December 2015 through March 2016 – discussions are held across a wide spectrum of the congregation including the Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, Board of Education, pastors, school faculty, school principal, women’s bible study group, and the secretaries regarding their ideas related to the present and future facility needs of Mt. Olive Church and School.
- March – A summary of those discussions is compiled and presented to the Church Council and a decision is made to move forward with the formation of a Building Committee. A Building Committee Structure and Guideline is also created for the Building Committee to follow.
- April – a 10 member Building Committee is formed, along with subcommittees for Publicity, Fundraising, and Construction.
- April – an Open Forum is held between services to share the first four bullet points shown above with the congregation.
- April 17th Voters Meeting – the Church Council presents the voters with a proposal to “Approve funds up to $10,000 from our Capital Expenses to be used for preliminary architectural plans” related to potential building projects that may be identified by the Building Committee. The voters approve that proposal.
- May 22nd Voters Meeting – the Church Council presents the voters with a recommendation for the designation of $300,000 in restricted funds from the Mueller estate. Their recommendation to designate $100,000 to mission and outreach projects and $200,000 to building projects/improvement is approved by the voters. This $200,000 designation, plus another $107,000 in unrestricted funds also received from the Mueller estate, results in a total of $307,000 that is authorized for use towards potential building projects that may be identified by the Building Committee.
- May and June – the Building Committee has met several times during this period to conduct an in-depth evaluation and analysis of the Facility Needs Assessment document. The following has taken place during those meetings;
- A review of several past efforts related to potential facility needs dating back as far as a long range planning document that was prepared in 2008
- A SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) of Mt. Olive Church and School was conducted to create a measuring tool that all potential projects identified by the committee would be measured against.
- An in-depth analysis of the Facility Needs Assessment document was conducted followed by prioritization of the various needs and ideas identified in that document. These needs and ideas were examined and prioritized based not only on the frequency with which they were mentioned by the various groups, but also on how well they served to address the weaknesses and opportunities of the church and school that were identified in the SWOT analysis.
- As a result of that analysis and prioritization, facility needs involving additional school space and construction of a new main entrance to the church and school facing McConnell Street have been identified as the top two candidates for further research and analysis.
- June – results of the various committee activities were shared with sub-committee members to bring everyone up to speed and provide clarity and understanding of what has taken place thus far.
- June – Publicity subcommittee meetings have taken place to discuss various channels such as the Church website, the Olive Press, weekly bulletins, and various social media platforms that would reach all age groups and members to supply them updates and information on committee activity and any potential building projects. Potential vehicles for receiving input, questions, or concerns from the congregation have also been discussed.
- June – Fundraising subcommittee meetings have taken place to begin planning for a fundraising effort should a building project be identified and receive approval of the Church Council and the voters.
- Establish all lines of communication to the congregation for providing updates and information on committee activity
- Complete a detailed list of the specific needs associated with the possible construction of a new main church/school entrance and additional school space
- Enlist an architect to draw up plans related to these projects