THE STRATEGIC PLAN (CCC 2015) identified three areas of ministries most needful of additional budget, staff, program, and capital support — FELLOWSHIP, YOUTH, & OUTREACH.
This Capital Campaign seeks to raise $8M (of the $15M required) to renovate and build new space for these ministries.
THE CENTRAL GATHERING PLACE AT CHRIST CHURCH IS ITS BEAUTIFUL NAVE, WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE as a worship center and a place of quiet inspiration for all who enter. The lack of adequate, well-planned space beyond the Nave, however, has become an urgent need. ADDITIONAL SPACE IS NEEDED TO accommodate parish-wide events and large gatherings, including civic meetings and cultural events. As the Cathedral of the Diocese of Tennessee, Christ Church should be the hub for diocesan gatherings, but the current parish hall will not accommodate all who wish to come for ordinations, the Diocesan Convention, and other important events.
Christ Church needs a larger and more accessible space to host full parish gatherings devoted to the work of Fellowship.
The changing demographics of the parish and of downtown require it. 50% of the congregation is in place for 2 - 15 years (transient), 50% of the congregation has deep roots in the Nashville community. The work of fellowship will assist in nurturing the ties that hold these groups together.
The Parish Hall, and Cheek Hall represented attempts to provide this space for earlier generations. They’ve never quite fulfilled the need for this community.
Now is the time to build a larger space for corporate gathering and one that is as inviting as the Nave, one that allows Christ Church to host its best hospitality.
FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, CHRIST CHURCH HAS RENTED SPACE FOR ITS GRADES 6–12 youth programs in the 810 Building across the street from the Cathedral’s main campus. The cost to the operational budget to rent this space is more than $80,000 per year. DURING THAT SAME PERIOD, the building has changed ownership twice. Christ Church has no control over the space; ownership could change and the lease could be terminated, leaving the youth with nowhere to gather. Even greater than this arrangement’s financial price tag has been its spiritual and emotional cost. Moving the youth programs away from the main campus has had the unintended consequence of placing the youth on the sidelines of the parish.
The project funded by this Capital Campaign would renovate and build space for youth ministries on the campus of the 9th and Broadway.
This will allow to move the Youth ministry from rented space below ground of the building next door and so honor the youth and their families with a place for ministry in the center of our life.
It will release the Cathedral from the obligation of a lease payment for the rooms in the building next door.
It will create a safer space (no street crossing) for our youth to meet.
It will allow us to build/renovate uniquely suited to the demands of youth ministry.
Now is the time to affirm the advances made in our youth ministry and equip this division of ministry with the capital resources to further its development.
CHRIST CHURCH HOSTS DOZENS OF OUTREACH MINISTRIES PROVIDING SHELTER, FOOD, AND CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS, REFUGEES, AND OTHERS IN NEED. PROGRAMS LIKE ROOM IN THE INN, which offers over- night shelter for the homeless on cold winter nights; the Wayfarers ministry, which provides a listening ear, prayer, and assistance for those in need; and 12-step programs for recovering addicts are but a few of the many ministries operating at Christ Church. But despite its long history as a mission-minded church, Christ Church has no space specifically suited for the staging of outreach. Those in need are often counseled or provided clothing or supplies in the church vestibule, an area that offers no privacy. There is no storage space for donated items until they can be distributed.
After the experience of worship at Christ Church, many parishioners are next most proud of the congregation’s commitment to community outreach.
As congregation we funnel $2 million dollars back into the nonprofit economy of Davidson County every 10 years.
We frequently and quickly respond to regional, national, and international crises with fund drives and in kind drives.
Christ Church’s advocacy for the reform on unjust societal structures, frequently leads the Church to host organizing meetings for marches, vigils, appeals, and local organizations similarly committed.
We have, however, never built space for the purpose of staging outreach ministries.
Now is the time to arrange our campus in a way that encourages more hands in service that will follow the dollars of support we give. Now is the time to have our campus more accurately reflect our ministry commitments.
The proof of concept architectural presentation was given to the parish at the 2018 annual parish meeting. The new and renovated spaces are estimated to cost $15M. A newly constructed building (location to be determined on parking lot A or B) is estimated to cost approximately $8M. There may be a need to phase in construction.
A readiness and feasibility study conducted by Bob Hotz at the American City Bureau after interviews with 75 plus families and a detailed review of past giving records confirmed we should be able to conservatively raise a minimum of $6,000,000.
THIS IS ABOUT THE BIG VISION FOR CHRIST CHURCH. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL ALLOW US TO TOUCH THE HEARTS, MINDS, AND SOULS OF THE PARISH AND OF PEOPLE BEYOND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AFTER DREAMING OF THIS FOR YEARS, IT’S TIME. It is our hope that ALL will consider making a sacrificial gift.
This is a bold vision and a bold ask. Our campaign holds out the possibility of realizing the vision of Christ Church Cathedral in the future by having appropriate spaces that support the functions of fellowship, youth formation and outreach. These functions are currently hobbled and now is the time embrace the future together and set the course for generations to come.