Forming and Sending
Please take a minute to watch this video that describes the heart behind Christ the Redeemer’s ongoing Forming and Sending capital campaign.
Look around Christ the Redeemer on a Sunday morning or on special occasions and you will see a perfect illustration of the phrase “busting at the seams” — musicians preparing for services in common spaces, adults futilely hunting for places to talk and, most important, children gathered for Christian education in inadequate, improvised spaces including a walled-in stage and a trailer. The church offices are in rented space several miles away. Having more people than space is a wonderful challenge, but one we need to do something about.
Happily, a solution is in the works.
A Campus Advisory Team consisting of church members with relevant expertise is working with other Christ the Redeemer leaders to put the final touches on an economical plan to create the physical space we need for worship, teaching and other church functions. Stay tuned for more news about the project and how you may play a role in bringing it to fruition.
Update – January 10th, 2021
A lot has happened since this most recent update. Some of those milestones:
- Planning Board Approval from the Town of Danvers
- Conservation Commission Approval from the Town of Beverly
- Imminent Conservation Commission Approval from the Town of Danvers – have had multiple meetings and additional site surveys to answer questions and expect approval this month.
- Architectural drawings 90%+ complete and in discussions with contractors for site-work pricing.
- Preliminary loan proposal in-hand for financing.
- We have raised 74% of our Pledged Goal and we are 67% of our way through the Pledging period so we are ahead of schedule.
Maybe more importantly than any of the above progress, we have been able to interact with dozens of neighbors and dozens of town officials and building professionals through this time. We’ve seen neighbors remember fondly their interactions with our church over the years; we’ve had current CTR members testify during town meetings about what CTR has meant to them and their families; and we’ve been able to intervene and solve tangible problems in the community like helping the police address a long-running public safety concern on one of our neighboring streets. We can be reminded of Isaiah 58:12 in how God is already using this project in our community:
“And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.”
Please pray for all the details to come together for us to be able to break ground as soon as possible.
Update – July 6th, 2020
Praise be to God we submitted our application with completed Civil Engineer plans to the Town of Danvers on June 26th and we are scheduled for a public hearing August 13th. We are working hard to schedule a meeting with neighbors sometime before the August 13th hearing.
Our Architecture and Civil and Mechanical Engineering teams are continuing to refine details of the building plans so as to be ready to submit those as soon as the Civil Engineering plans are approved. Geotech Drill Rig will be on site this week.
It is still very difficult to predict the future. The very earliest we could break ground is 3 months from August 13th. Given the Approval Process and Winter weather, it is possible ground-breaking won’t happen until Spring of 2021.
Our Civil Engineering team has worked diligently and creatively through what have proven to be complex site dynamics from the standpoint of parking and drainage, in order to produce a workable plan. This delay is an unfortunate consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Town of Danvers has completely halted any of these types of projects since mid-March.
We are thankful and are breathing a sigh of relief that our application is in process. Please pray our neighbors see this project as a positive contribution to their community and pray that the Town approves the application quickly.
Update – December 3rd, 2019
New classrooms are complete! Praise God and thanks to your generous contributions and to those from our congregation who played an integral part in the construction – Matthew Trumbull, Jim Kreyling, Mike Reid, Jon Whitney and Joshua Eipper.
After preliminary review of our construction budget and our 2019 year-end financials, our bank is favorably disposed to a loan amount and terms that will allow us to progress with construction of the new building while still collecting our Forming and Sending Campaign Pledges. We will finalize financing options after we have permits and formal construction bids.
Our Civil Engineers, Meridian Associates, have been working diligently on a site plan and permit application and have been in regular dialog with the Town of Danvers Planning, Conservation, and Engineering departments. They have not yet submitted the permit application as they are working with the Town of Danvers to address any areas of concern prior to formally submitting the permit application. There are some options on the table related to storm water drainage that they are currently discussing with the Town and hope to have clarified in the next couple weeks.
We are in communication with our neighbors and will be organizing a meeting with them as soon as we have worked through the scenarios with the Town regarding the site plan.
The architectural drawings are almost through the Design Development (DD) stage. Our architect, Al Fine and Associates, has been working with Mike Reid and pulling in the Campus Advisory Team as appropriate to finalize some technical details of the design. This process has been moving forward as planned and scheduled. We will not actually submit the architectural permit application until we are through the site permitting process with the Civil Engineers. This is to avoid any potential re-work that might be required as part of the site permit application process.
All-in-all the process is moving forward as planned where we anticipate breaking ground in the Spring or Summer of 2020. Pray for good relationships with our neighbors and pray for good progress with the Town of Danvers on our proposed drainage plans.
Update – August 19th, 2019
Update – August 2nd, 2019
Update – April 28, 2019
Eric Keifer, leading the Campus Advisory Team and Mike Reid, developing the conceptual designs for our Campus Expansion, presented options for the Parish Hall classroom space that allow us to continue using the Parish Hall for large gatherings. See conceptual drawings below.
We are moving this process forward with full architectural drawings and will be submitting for a permit for the Parish Hall by the end of May or early June at the latest, in anticipation of building these classrooms this summer.
Regarding the larger Campus Expansion, we have selected and engaged an Owner’s Project Manager and a Civil Engineer and we are narrowing down on selection of an Architect. These key members of the team are a huge answer to prayer.
Please pray for favor with the Town of Danvers in the permitting process for the Parish Hall.
Update – March 3, 2019
We took the opportunity to review revised designs for the new building and they look beautiful. We will be able to achieve the goals we set out to achieve with the project and stay within our budget. This is a real answer to prayer. Part of the solution will include partitioning a portion of the Parish Hall for classroom space. See revised conceptual designs of the new building below.
We are actively seeking an Owner’s Project Manager to help us through the next phase of sourcing the right general contractor and design team. Please be in prayer for that.
Update – January 27, 2019
The Vestry, in consultation with the Finance Committee, the Campus Advisory Team, and others, has decided to move forward with the project.
We are pleased to report that there are a few revised design scenarios under consideration that will allow us to achieve the goals set out in the Forming and Sending Campaign and at the same time maintain the churches long-term financial strength.
Please continued to keep this work in your prayers and look for more updates in March.
Update – December 11, 2018
On behalf of all of us at Christ the Redeemer Anglican, I thank you for your generous pledge to our Forming and Sending capital campaign. Because of your sacrifice and the sacrifice of many other members of our congregation, more than $1.9 million has been pledged over the course of three years towards enabling us to complete our campus. Thank you for your act of faith and sacrificial commitment! I am excited for the good work of ministry, especially in formation, that we will be able, by God’s grace, to carry out because of your and others’ commitment.
The Vestry, in consultation with the Finance Committee, the Campus Advisory Team, and others, are working on how we best go forward at this point. We are having detailed discussions with multiple lenders about various options; we are looking at some options related to phasing construction; and with all of this we are evaluating the best timing of breaking ground vis-à-vis the receipt of the first year’s contributions.
Dear friends, our Lord Jesus is with us in this and we are committed to moving forward.
Do begin your schedule of contribution, whatever you have chosen to do is, as soon as you are able. The more contributions we receive in the coming 6 to 12 months, the stronger the financial position we will be in as we work on our next step.
Once again, thank you for your generosity and devotion to our church’s mission and vision.
May Jesus Christ be praised,