Dec 2018 – Dec 2019
We’re asking every person who calls Bridgetown Church home to participate in this giving campaign. Whether you have a lot or a little to give, we’re all in this story together. The building campaign is included in our budget for 2018/2019, so simply give to “Bridgetown Giving” on our online giving page. All giving is tax deductible.
Holladay Park Church of God
After a season of prayer and discernment, we have made the nearly unanimous decision to buy Holladay Park Church of God. Even though the building is worth much more, the leadership of Holladay Park Church of God have offered to sell at the reduced rate of $3 million. Now we need to raise the money. Since we’ve been praying for an opportunity like this for a few years, we’ve built up a reserve of $1 million that will cover the remodel; we just need to raise the money for the building itself. Our dream is to own a renovated building, debt-free, by Jan 1, 2020.
We’re asking for every person who is a part of the Bridgetown Family to give in some way. Please go before God with this campaign, pray about what he would lead you to give, and then fill out a commitment card so we can plan accordingly.
Progress & Renovation Costs
Campaign Update from July 30, 2019
The total renovation cost is now anticipated to be $2.8 million (that is an increase of $1.8 million to our original budget) and for construction to be completed by the end of January, 2020. Renovation now includes bigger bathrooms, installation of fire sprinklers, and removal of hazardous materials, along with other projects that contribute to the safety and functionality of our new church home.
While we wish this cost increase were less, it’s in the best interest of our church to make these renovations now, saving us time and money on projects in the future. We believe this is the most responsible way to steward the building and our finances well.
The goal of the Building Campaign remains the same, to raise $3 million, the cost to purchase the building.
When the Building Campaign ends this December, and as God continues this move of generosity in our church, we will begin a payment plan for any remaining debt not covered through your giving. Continue placing your finances before God and asking him how he would have you participate in this campaign.
Why do we want to buy a building?
1. Symbol to the City
Church buildings like this are symbols to the city. But tragically, they are becoming symbols, not of the life of the gospel, but of the death of the gospel. Every time one is sold off and torn down for condos, or turned into a pub or yoga studio, it’s a tragedy for the gospel. It says to the city, the church is a part of our past, not our future. We feel a spiritual responsibility to re-capture this building as a symbol to Portland of the life of Jesus’ community in our city.
2. Work for the City
A building would enable us to expand the breadth of our work beyond Sundays and Communities to a more holistic, integrated model of church. Our dream is to show hospitality and justice to refugees, foster children, families in need, and houseless people. We want to create visitation rooms for DHS, build a fifty foot table for Alpha, open a community garden, start a co-working space, host conferences, and much more.
3. Place in the City
A building would give us a rooted presence in the city. There’s a difference between renting and owning; the key isn’t so much financial as emotional. And we can’t think of a better location. Holladay Park Church of God is on the edge of two neighborhoods. To the north is Irvington, upper class, educated families who have been in Portland for a long time; to the south is Sullivan’s gulch, all apartments, more single people and couples, less wealthy, and people new to the city. It feels like the perfect cross section for our church.
Features & Amenities
Built in 1954
NE 21st & Tillamook St.
68 Parking Spots
700 Seat Auditorium
6,000sqft Fellowship Hall
2,000sqft Hospitality Space
26 Office or Classrooms
Near Hwy84 & City Center
On Bike Path
Let us know if you have any questions about the Bridgetown Building Campaign, or need help on how to give.