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1 Good News in the Church: Vibrant Connections

2 Surviving to Thriving Outline Hitting Bottom The Turning Point Connecting With the Community Intercultural Success Leveraging Our Investment from Predecessors Immediate Future – New Building The Long View – Ministries to the Community Moving Forward

3 Surviving to Thriving Hitting Bottom Preservation Mode – Ageing White Congregation – Resisting Change – Focused on Keeping the Presbyterian Culture Declining Numbers – We need more people (just like us) Ageing Congregants – We need young people (just like we were) Financial Distress – $30,000 in debt and bleeding at $3,000/month

4 Surviving to Thriving The Turning Point Pressures to Close – Sell the (really valuable!) property – but were so small – the church is no longer relevant in the city Desire / Intent to Continue – A strong heart for Christ – Passion for ministry and mission – Willingness to quickly raise the necessary funds Help (yes, really!) from Presbytery, Synod, and Canadian Ministries – Financial – Assistance and coaching from appointees – Aid in developing a plan – Need to be relevant to the community in which you find yourself. The Commitment – To Thrive, not to Survive – Raise the needed funds (did so, in a week!)

5 Surviving to Thriving Connecting With The Community - 1 The Stone Table – Coffee House drop-in centre successful and active for several years Community Breakfast – Monthly, Sunday immediately before cheque issue Wed. – 250-300 people served 8:00am-9:30am – Multi-congregation involvement – Lots of lay people, international students, … Sandwich Ministry – Make sandwiches weekly evening, take and hand out to street people Food Bank – Host Site – Volunteers – Interdenominational (client-splitting with St. Pauls Anglican)

6 Surviving to Thriving Connecting With The Community - 2 Bread Ministry – Pick up end-of-day from Cobbs Bakery, distribute to all International Student and Immigrant Ministry – ESL, Immigration Issues Community Group and Event Hosting / Participation AA, Karate School, Candidate Debates, Polling Station, Civic Open Houses AGMs: West End Business Improvement Association, Mole Hill Housing, Community Police Office, Vancouver Pride, … Wellness Days, Davie Days, Palliative Care Parking Youth Mission Trips, Bike-n-Build Child Care – Day Care, Out-of-school Care – Montessori School

7 Surviving to Thriving Intercultural Success - 1 A Classic Beginning – Korean (Galilee PCC) Congregation renting space Primary motive was need for $$$ – The usual irritations (as seen by Central) Lack of respect re time, noise, property Insufficient financial support and participation – The usual irritations (as seen by Galilee) Rigid, inflexible, business over gospel Being nickeled and dimed to death – The Inevitable Falling Out It was not pretty

8 Surviving to Thriving Intercultural Success - 2 A New and Better Model – The Landlord/Tenant model cannot work Financial need is the totally wrong reason for intercultural/intercongregational Rigidity is the opposite of grace – Replaced with Shared Ministry Central shares time + space Galilee shares burden of upkeep Key principle: We are co-workers in the Kingdom of God. A Success Story – More than a decade now – Has survived several changes in leadership – Better partners than ever – Jointly Hosted BC Synod meeting – Hosted first joint Leading With Care Workshop – We are all enriched by the experience

9 Surviving to Thriving Leveraging Our Investment - 1 A Classic Urban Mainline Church Situation – Land rich; cash poor A Vision / Dream of Redeveloping, but … – Cost of purchasing adjacent apartment building – Cost of temporary relocation – Unable to even consider mega-$$$ mortgage Then God intervened …

10 Surviving to Thriving Leveraging Our Investment - 2 Contact with Architect The Choices 1.Sell property, add $5M, get larger church 2.Rezone, sell property, get larger church 3.Be the developer, get larger church plus apartments plus retail 4.Do nothing, spend $2M on current building upgrade The Congregation Takes the Plunge – Option 3 (We are after all, Presbyterian!) – Redevelopment Team – Minister + 3 Elders – Unanimous Congregational Approvals at each step

11 Surviving to Thriving Leveraging Our Investment - 3 An Excellent Project Development Partner – Bosa Properties – Excellent reputation – Understand church A New Path to Denominational Approvals – Reverse order from usual – Great cooperation from all – Presbytery, Synod, National

12 Surviving to Thriving Immediate Future – New Building The Proposed Building Project – Larger Church (by 1/3) plus more useable space – 42 Apartments for Affordable Housing – Child Care to Current Standards – Retail Space (income generation + community contact) Financing – The Building: 3D subdivide: land -> air space parcels – Market housing pays for the project – Temporary Relocation: a Canadian Ministries grant via inter- congregational cooperation – No mortgage – No government $$$ (except small CMHC seed grant) – Ongoing: Net Positive Revenue

13 Surviving to Thriving Immediate Future – New Building

14 Surviving To Thriving Immediate Future: New Building

15 Surviving to Thriving Immediate Future – New Building

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17 Current Status – Purchase, Sale, and Development Agreement – Implicit Approval from City re Rezoning – Working on: Detailed Designs for Development Permit (and church approvals, e.g. Natl Committee on Architecture) Central-Galilee Building Management Society Non-Profit Housing Society BC Community Contribution Company re Retail Foundation

18 Surviving to Thriving The Long View – Ministries to the Community - 1 The Vision: Recapture Concept of Church as Community Centre – Community Gathering Place Worship Education Meetings, Dinners Clubs, Associations, Groups, Community Celebrations, … – Ministry to the Vulnerable Seniors, Working Poor International Students, Immigrant Families Child Care Transitional Healthcare

19 Surviving to Thriving The Long View – Ministries to the Community - 2 Features of the New Building – Modern, flexible sanctuary (seating to 300) – A Chapel (seating for 90) – Enhanced Gathering Spaces (acoustic separation) – 42 Apartments for Affordable Housing – A Community Interface Room (breakfasts, food bank) – Better Community Meeting Facilities – Commercial-grade Kitchen – Spaces for Education, Counseling, Prayer, Reflection – Retail Space for Income and Community Familiarity – Enhanced Web Presence: Webcasting, Hosting

20 Surviving to Thriving The Long View – Ministries to the Community - 3 Ministries the New Building Will Support – Worship, Celebration, and Faith Development – Affordable Housing (primarily for Seniors) – Day Care, Out-of-School Care – Transitional Housing for Dr. Peter Centre Patients – Food Bank, Community Breakfast – Community-Building, Lunches, Dinners, … – Education (Christian, ESL, Parenting Skills, … ) – Town Hall Meetings – Mission group hosting – Skills Development for International Students

21 Surviving to Thriving Moving Forward Leveraging Our Past Into Our Future – Weve been here for the past 100 years – and we plan to be here for the next 100! Re-Defining What It Means to be Presbyterian – Recapturing our powerful social justice history A Renewed Model for (Urban) Ministry – Multi-use Facilities – Multi-congregation Partnerships – Intercultural Cooperation – Christs Hands in the Community


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