BUILDING the Good News

by The Vestry on March 31, 2016
St. Margaret’s is moving forward with exploring the possibility of a proposed capital campaign to fund the expansion of our church home. We have engaged the Episcopal Church Foundation and their consultant Sarah Townsend, who will lead us through the journey toward a proposed capital campaign.
The Episcopal Church Foundation’s three-step approach ensures that our entire congregation is aware and has been invited into the process for input into the plans for renovation and repair. The three phases are discern, study, and ask.
First Phase
This first phase of exploration is called discernment. During this initial phase, our primary goal as a congregation is to prayerfully consider what God is calling us to do and be in the world. Now is a time for us to dream big and take time to develop a vision for the future of St. Margaret's ministry. During the next month, you will be asked to join us at a discernment meeting to share your voice. The schedule of meetings and sign-up lists will be available next week.
What’s next…
At the end of discernment, we will have engaged as much of the congregation as possible to hear your thoughts about St. Margaret's future and we will have a full list of potential projects the congregation would like to consider with corresponding cost estimates.
Should we agree to proceed with exploration around a capital campaign, in the next phase, feasibility study, we will ask your opinion and your level of commitment and support for proposed projects once more using an email and print survey. This second phase would begin in late Spring or early Summer. At the end of the feasibility study phase, we will have a right-sized financial goal and a list of projects that will be supported, both of which will lead us into the third phase, solicitation or ask. Should we decide to proceed with a capital campaign for the restoration and renovation of our historic church home, in the ask phase, we will celebrate our future and make individual financial commitments to the future of St. Margaret’s, each according to our own means.
Pray and participate!
You will be hearing much more about the proposed capital campaign Building the Good News in the months to come! Let us prayerfully consider together what our future holds for God’s works in Little Rock.