Campaign Goal: $3 MILLION
FIRST AND PRIMARY GOAL | $2.7 MILLION
Pay off remaining debt by 2020.
Trinity's potential will always be limited until the remaining debt is retired. Paying off the remaining debt in three years versus 20 years will save the Church $1,000,000 in interest expense. Furthermore, $126,000 is allocated in our current annual budget for interest only debt service. Once this debt is paid, these resources will be freed to invest in other ministries, some of which have been cut in recent years. Every dollar given during this campaign will go directly to paying down the amount owed on the project. We believe that God is calling us to be faithful to the work started years ago by finishing the task and paying off the debt.
SECOND GOAL | $300K
New ramp at front entrance to sanctuary.
We also want to make our church more accessible to those with limited accessibility. Therefore, in addition to the debt retirement, we want to renovate the front entrance of the sanctuary to provide easy, handicapped accessibility to the front door of the church so that ALL are truly welcomed into God's presence for worship. Many of the members who sacrificed so generously to build the Trinity we see today are now facing mobility issues, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to come to worship.
THIRD GOAL | ADDITIONAL FUNDING
Allocated toward VISION 2020 goals.
Further, we believe that Trinity's best days are ahead and not behind, and we want to be faithful to the vision that God has given to this church. Our vision for the future includes ministry to Montgomery, to the hurting, to the military, to the leaders of Montgomery, and to the lost around the world. There are significant and needed updates and upgrades to the sanctuary that need to be done. Oftentimes ministry requires resources and we want to free resources to fund the ministries God is calling Trinity to take up. Additional funds raised over the goals could be allocated to:
• Funding a ministry to the hurting in the Church and in Montgomery
• Increase funding to world-wide evangelization
• Development of ministries that reach Montgomery for Christ
• Improve our sanctuary audio and visual system and acoustics
HALLELUJAH! | $3 MILLION +
Faithful: with little, with Much, with All.
Stories of Trinity Presbyterian Church
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are we trying to raise?
$3 million or more
How will the money be spent?
• $2.7 million ... retire the remaining debt on the property
• $300,000 ... renovate brick entrance to the sanctuary
• Additional funds will be allocated toward needed repairs and improvements to the
sanctuary and to fulfilling our Vision 2020
How much has already been paid on and raised for the project?
• Contributions received 2004-2016 = $14,517,429
• Interest earned 2005-2009 = $442,825
• Church funds from the tithes and offerings = $722,403
• Bequests = $545,000
• Outstanding pledges from previous campaigns = $449,738
• Total given and raised = $16,677,395
When will the new entrance be built?
The Session has determined that we cannot begin work on the entrance until the overall debt has been reduced to $1,000,000. Therefore, the church will not begin work on the entrance until at least $2,000,000 has been raised.
Why do we need a new entrance?
There is no ramp to the entrance of the Sanctuary. Many of our members and guests cannot navigate the steps up to the Sanctuary and are therefore forced to travel long distances just to get into the Sanctuary for worship or either not attend worship at all. Jesus Himself commended the faith of those who go to great lengths to come into His presence (Luke 5:17-19), and we believe that this is the greatest need facing our church body at this time. Furthermore, the entrance has not been updated since 1953 and is in need of repairs. The new entrance will solve both of these problems and serve as a beautiful invitation for all to come and worship God with us.
What will we do if we raise more than $3 million?
If we raise more than $3 million the first we will do is give thanks to God! Then, depending on the amount raised, the session will decide how to allocate those funds toward needed improvements in the Sanctuary such as a new coffered ceiling, updated lighting and audio systems, and new flooring. These updates and enhancements, estimated at $400,000, will greatly improve the acoustical and functional quality of the most important space on our campus, our beloved Sanctuary.
Can we really do this?
No, but God can! In fact, we are not trying to do anything without Him! All we want to do is be faithful to what He is asking us to do. This is God's church, God's building, and God's campaign. We trust Him to lead us and we only want to follow where He leads us! Having said that, we do believe that this is an achievable goal. Trinity has approximately 443 family units. That's a lot of giving potential! If we all do our part, we believe we can reach our $3 million goal! As an example, look at the chart above to see how 443 families with varying giving capacities can work together to reach a really big goal!
I cannot give very much, so should I even bother?
The most important thing is that everyone gives, not how much they give. Remember, not equal gifts ... equal sacrifice! Having said that, it is amazing how small gifts add up over time, especially when we all pull together. For example:
• A $3,000 pledge works out to be about $19 per week for three years! So, a $20 bill
per week can have a huge impact if we all pull together!
• A $50 per week commitment will add up to almost $8,000 over three years!
• A $10 per week commitment results in a $1,500 pledge. One cup of coffee per week
at Starbucks can have a huge eternal impact!
How much should I give?
Consult our giving guide in Thoughts on Giving for some insight on how you can determine your gift.
Can this be a part of my tithe or regular giving?
It is extremely important that the funds given to this campaign be over and above our regular giving to the church. Regular tithes and offerings support our ministries, missions, building, administration, and staff. We need giving to the general fund to remain steady and for the gifts to this campaign to be from extra sources.
Is my gift confidential?
Trinity is continuing its longstanding policy that all pledges and gifts are kept in the strictest of confidence. Only our two financial staff are allowed to see the financial and pledge information of contributors.
How to Participate
In the event that you missed the ALL Church Dinner and Information Meeting as we launched our “Faithful” capital campaign on January 25, there will be other opportunities to attend an information meeting at 6:00 on Wednesday evenings, February 1, 8 and 15, in the Westminster Room. Please plan to join us to learn all about this campaign.
As you consider involvement in the “Faithful” campaign, pray that the Lord would give you guidance about what your participation will look like. If you are married, pray together with your spouse about your contribution.
On Commitment Sunday, February 19th, bring your pledge card to the morning services, and place it in the offering plate. This is a three-year campaign, so please consider your pledge in terms of a three-year commitment.
From Our Senior Minister
Entering the season of a capital campaign can easily conjure up mixed emotions that range from fear to guilt, from distrust to manipulation. I hope as we enter such a season at Trinity Church, you feel none of the above. Rather, my hope is that you sense excitement, peace, joy, calling, trust, openness, and benevolence. I hope that you feel a pull to something eternal and spiritual; something that links generations.
I am not sure one could adequately quantify the amount of real ministry that has taken place within the walls of our new building. It is hard to believe we moved into our "new building" seven years ago - October, 2009! Since then, literally tens of thousands of people have enjoyed conferences, Bible studies, small groups, food, fellowship, concerts, banquets, programs, Sunday School, iLife, Midweek, Vacation Bible School, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, leadership retreats, counseling, prayer, teaching, and officer training.
Thousands of our own members as well as thousands outside our church have experienced tangible and intangible ministry to their own souls; seen and unseen; offering a beautiful gospel message in aesthetically beautiful surroundings. Truly, we are blessed.
And I have no doubt but that our loving, humble, thankful congregation knows we do not deserve such a beautiful campus at which to worship God and enjoy one another. Since 2009, we have grown spiritually and numerically; we have reached out and reached in; we have ministered to our own without losing that missions-minded staple of Trinity Church! To God alone the glory!
May I state it plainly: we need to get out of debt. Retiring our debt will free up monies in our budget that have quite honestly left us strapped. We need, by the grace of God, to loosen this grip that debt has held over us these seven years. We need it for ministry. We need it for missions. We need it for our children. We need it for peace of mind. We need it to free us to move forward with a proactive vision to have our greatest impact on Montgomery and to reach the world for Christ.
Some of you have given above the call; some have simply given within their means; some have given sacrificially; others have yet to pledge one dollar. And yet, Trinity shines as a bright beacon on a hill - a very strong tower and rock of stability in Montgomery, AL. Here is your opportunity to join those in the past to make a difference in the present and future of this very fine, Spirit-filled, Spirit-blessed institution that means so much to so many.
We are HIS Bride! Let's pay off the debt and move forward in unity, love, and kindred spirits.
Claude E. M cRoberts, III
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24