Why aren't we building a permanent auditorium?
- Our most critical need is space for Student Ministry, specifically small group rooms, and space for Connections (First-Time Guests and Starting Point).
- Regular attenders indicated that our current auditorium is not their biggest concern when inviting guests. By adding a third service we’ve been able to delay the need for more auditorium seating.
- A future auditorium addition (new construction) will better suit our needs than an auditorium inserted into our current unfinished space with restricted size, ceiling height, and layout.
When do we anticipate a permanent auditorium being built?
As soon as we can afford to do so. It will be costly, but as we grow, and with the continued sacrificial giving of our attenders, we hope the time will come within the next few years.
Will there be as much physical/manual labor with this project as there was with the last project?
If we raise the funds needed, and we believe we will, then the overall scope of volunteer work in this phase should be considerably less than the last phase. We will still be involved in theming and final touches.
Why is this project so costly?
Estimates are not final, but we believe the current estimate is a good guess based on the cost of construction in our area. This will be a very nice facility, but the finishes will not be elaborate or inappropriate.
Why is it important for us to do this now?
- We need it.
- In order to stay focused on our mission and continue the momentum of our church as we reach the unchurched people of our community, we need to stay focused and finish what we started.
- The unchurched people of our community need it.
- There are approximately 50,000 unchurched people in South Okaloosa County. Although there are a lot of good churches in our area, Beachside is one of the only churches that was created as a church for the unchurched. They may not know it, but they need us.
- The middle and high school students in our community need it.
- There are approximately 12,000 middle and high school students in our area. Most do not attend church. 60% of those who do will likely leave the church by college. This is a crisis and we can help.
Why can't we offer student environments at other times to create space, rather than building a new facility?
- Our current student space is in the wrong location. This may sound trivial, but it’s not. Currently, our middle and high school students borrow space from our elementary area. It’s embarrassing for a teenager to invite their friends to come to church in a kid’s area.
- We currently do not have any small group space for students. This is a big issue. The best gift we can provide to a teenager is a space to have safe conversations with a trusted adult. That’s impossible to do in one large room.
Who has been involved in the process of determining our needs and direction?
- Our Beachside staff and elders
- A team of Beachside attenders, including bankers, accountants, real estate professionals, architects, and corporate CEOs
- A group of experts from North Point Ministries
- The architect who designed the last several Atlanta area campuses for North Point Ministries