Salt + Light Project Updates
The Salt + Light Project Launch – February 27, 2022
Will you partner with us to see this project become a reality?
If we live out our values of Open Bible, Open Life, and Open Faith, how will that impact the world around us?
The Salt + Light Project is about how we live as representatives of God’s Kingdom in the places we live, work and play.
It’s about how we impact the community around us.
God has called us into our communities to be agents of hope, healing, and truth.
Our presence is a tangible expression of God’s Kingdom.
Being Salt + Light combats the brokenness, decay, and lies of the world.
Take a look at the slides above 0r to the left of this text to get an overview of what this project is all about.
Scroll down to engage with us about ideas for the future development of our property.
Pray with us for God to guide every step of this process.
Commit with us on Sunday, April 3 (or earlier if you’re ready)!
So that all may TASTE + SEE the glory of King Jesus!
Pray With Us
For the community. God desires to see people transformed by the power of the Gospel at work in their lives. We do too. Pray for our neighbors to taste + see the glory of King Jesus. (Eph 2:1-10)
For the broken. The good news is that God is in the business of healing & restoration. Pray with us that God would help each of us see where He is calling us to be salt. (Matt. 4:23)
For truth. Finding our identity, hope and purpose in God’s truth is good news. Pray for the ways our church family walks & talks in the ways of truth, filled with love, grace & kindness. (John 8:31-32)
For unity. This project is about way more than a building! Pray for the unity of our church as we partner generously to live on mission. (John 17)
For clarity. There’s a lot of moving pieces with the building plans. Pray for wisdom and clarity each step of the way. (Prov. 16:9)
Our Vision + Priorities
The church is not a building. The church is God’s people living on mission. However, a building can be an effective & helpful tool on that mission.
We envision a place that brings people in from all over our community. A place that’s open and inviting. A place where salt and light pours out from every corner… because you are there.
How might these buildings & this property become a Salt + Light filled community hub?
Jump into the conversation by sharing ideas & voting on ways that a building + property can be tools for community impact and engagement below or right here.
As we dream about a building, one thing I am excited about is the opportunity to offer support to men, women and children in our community who are struggling with the life changing impact of divorce. Outreach ministries like Divorce Care provide a safe place for men and women to find hope, encouragement and compassion from leaders who have already walked this road with a guided curriculum and support group. Vulnerable life situations have a way of opening doors in people’s lives that might have been previously closed because when you are hurting and brokenhearted, you very often find yourself searching for answers and meaning. I can think of no greater joy than to take what was the worst season of my life and let God use it for good to walk with others and offer them hope not only for their present heartaches, but eternity. Perhaps the question each of us at NW needs to consider as we prepare to build a permanent home is: What hardship has impacted my life and drawn me to Jesus in such a way that the natural response is to turn and serve someone walking that same path? I find great comfort in knowing that God was with me, always working and fully aware of my every hurt and He delivered me. I want to offer this same hope to others who might not be able to see that far down the road!
What has impacted my life and drawn me to Jesus in such a way that the natural response is to turn and serve someone walking that same path?
Project Goal: $4+ million
Cash on Hand: $700,000
3 Year Building Giving Goal: $1.5+ million
Expected Long Term Loan: $1.8 million
IT TAKES US ALL!
God has provided us with an asset and improvements worth more than $4 million.We have the opportunity to establish a permanent place on this corner for even greater Gospel impact in this community!
WILL YOU PARTNER WITH US?
We’re inviting the Northwest family to prayerfully consider how you might give towards making this project a reality.
Over the next 3 years, our goal is to raise an additional $1.5 million (above and beyond our operating budget).
We’re inviting you to commit with us on April 3 to being part of the Salt + Light Project with a financial partnership.
Below you’ll find some additional FAQs about our project, finances and giving, etc…
Questions, Answers & More
Did you know there are potential tax advantages to donating non-cash assets to Northwest?
It’s simple enough to simply sell an appreciated investment and donate cash proceeds to Northwest. However, you’ll likely be liable for capital gains taxes on the appreciation. (This is not tax or legal advice, please consult with your financial or tax professional)
Instead of selling an appreciated asset yourself, you can choose to donate it to Northwest. You’ll be able to claim the full market value of the asset on your taxes and Northwest will sell the asset for full market value. Neither you, nor Northwest, will pay capital gains tax.
If you have any giving related questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Our timeline is very fluid, but with each step of the project it’s becoming a little more firm.
Planning, Budgeting + Funding Stage (Winter/Spring 2022)
We’re in the planning and funding stage of our project. Before we can move onto the Development Plan stage, we need to ensure our plans are realistic as it relates to funding strategy. There are two critical pieces we are waiting on in this phase:
1. Pricing of our Plans (3 General Contractors are currently pricing out our building & site development plans)
2. Funding Capacity (This capital campaign is a critical next step to ensure our ability to adjust the size/scope of the project as well as to secure short & long term funding for construction.)
Finalize Development Plan (Spring 2022 – 5-8 weeks)
Once we release the engineers & architects to finish our plans, we expect an approximately 5-8 week window to finalize drawings to the level needed to submit to the Town of Cary.
Development Plan Approval/Additional Due Diligence (Spring/Summer 2022 – 9-12 months)
Our plans need to be submitted to the Town of Cary for their approval process. During this process, additional design work will be completed by the architects & engineers to ensure that we will be ready to move to construction. We’ll also be securing our funding, interviewing general contractors, tightening up budgets and more.
Construction (Spring/Summer 2023 – ?)
It’s hard to know at this point how long construction will take. Previous estimates for this project were 12-24 months for construction. As we work through the previous detailed phases, we’ll know more about our construction timeframe.
We are building a building that allows for growth, both in the initial phases, as well as in leaving opportunity for future expansions/additions.
Our projected size would allow for simultaneously up to 300 people to be seated in the sanctuary with another 100 people in kids spaces.
The immediate plan for growth would be to move to a 2 service format to double our capacity.
Additionally, our team is committed to prayerfully considering when and where and with whom God might call us to plant churches in the future.
For Sunday Mornings, we have two primary needs:
– Large Group area for our worship gatherings
– Rooms for NW Kids classes
In our current design, we are planning for space for 300 people in our sanctuary space and around 100 people in NW Kids spaces.
Outside of Sunday mornings, these spaces will all be designed to be flexible and multi-purpose. Student Ministry will like take over all of these spaces at different times of the week. Classrooms will be available for Bible Studies or other types of meet-ups.
During the week we anticipate keeping the building open for impromptu gatherings as well as reservable for events and meetings. We imagine people might stop in to use spaces for co-working, book clubs, a rest stop along the trail, an afterschool meet-up with friends, or any number things.
The requirements for developing our property are regulated by the State of NC and the Town of Cary (yes, Cary, not Apex even though we have an Apex address).
Those requirements include connections to our nearby roads, driveways that provide adequate traffic access, etc.
We are also required to have the pond for stormwater run-off. The size of the pond is determined by the amount of “impervious surfaces” (roads, parking lots, buildings) on our property.