Next Up FAQ

Here are some helpful answers to some of the most common questions IBCers are asking about Next Up and what it means for IBC.

  • What is Next Up?

    Next Up is our initiative to raise the level of our next gen space. Our plan is to build a new two-story, 33,000 square-foot children’s ministry building here on our campus. As began to cast and work toward our new vision—A Transformed People, A Transformed City—it became clear that new children’s space is a vital next step for IBC.

  • How much will the new building cost? Are we going to go back into debt?

    The projected cost of the project is $7.1 million, but we won’t go back into debt in order to build. That’s why we need your generosity and support now, before we build, rather than after.

  • What is the timeline for construction?

    Once funds for the new building have been raised, construction will require an estimated 12-15 months.

  • Why the need?

    There are two limitations of our current space: quality and quantity. Regarding the quality of our children’s space, most of our kids spend their Sundays at IBC in space that was built in the late 1970s and served as a corporate training center. We’ve repurposed the space as best we could since arriving in 1998, but the inherent aesthetics and layout limit our ability to welcome kids and lead them in large-group worship and small-group connection experiences. We’re here to help kids learn to trust and follow Jesus, and the quality of our space works against that mission.

    Regarding the quantity of our children’s space, we’re currently at capacity in most of our age-group areas. In fact, our preschool space is the only place in which we have any room to grow. That means we can’t welcome and serve the new families God is bringing to IBC while still maintaining recommended square-feet-per-child ratios. We’re here to help kids learn to trust and follow Jesus, and the quantity of our space works against that mission.

  • How was the Next Up decision made? Who was involved?

    Our elder board has been navigating this decision for two years. From the beginning, the project has been driven by our desire to serve families and children well. From a ministry standpoint, our leadership engaged our staff, volunteers, and parents to better understand our needs and limitations. The elders invited congregants who specialize in real estate, architecture, and engineering into the conversation as well. As we began to take steps forward, we involved an expert in church construction to assist us in imaging and creating space that is welcoming, secure, and conducive to discipleship. Our goal has been to find the most creative and economical way to improve our next gen space.

  • Did we consider renovating more of our existing space?

    Yes. We actually spent the first 9 months of this journey exclusively exploring the renovation option. Ultimately, we discovered that new construction, not renovation, was the best option for IBC for three main reasons. First, the cost of renovating existing was significantly higher than new construction due to extensive infrastructure upgrades that would be dictated by current building codes. Second, renovation would have reduced or eliminated space that currently hosts vital student and adult ministry gatherings. Third, renovation would necessitate prolonged disruption and displacement on our campus—severely impacting our ability to serve families for the duration of the project.

  • How have we invested the money we used to put toward our mortgage debt?

    When we retired our mortgage debt, we freed up $1 million a year in our operating budget for strategic ministry investment. As we’ve shared in our worship services since becoming debt free, we’ve been able to make significant gifts to some IBC ministries such as Arise (which serves families with special needs), as well as to some of our local (such as Family Promise of Irving) and global (such as My Refuge House) mission partners. In addition, we’ve had the honor of supporting, training, and launching two cohorts of church planting residents, and we’ll continue to support these fledgling expressions of gospel community—The Well Church of Keller, RED Tu Iglesia, and Epiphany Church—with some of the money that would’ve otherwise gone toward our mortgage. Also, these funds made it possible to bring much-needed transformation to the Commons, West Wing, and Next Gen Wing—spaces that serve students, adults, 2435 Kinwest programs, and outside events throughout the week.

  • Will there be space in the new building specifically built for families with special needs?

    Yes! We want to be intentional about reaching out to families in the community who have special needs, so we are going to design a space that lets them know they are welcome. Small details can make a big difference for someone with a physical limitation or sensory processing disorder. We are thinking through everything from the paint color to the light switches, from how big the doorways are to how the bathrooms are set up—all this in order to design a space that shows God’s heart and care for all of His children.

  • What will this make possible?

    We’ll have space that communicates to families and to our community that kids are welcomed and loved at IBC. We’ll increase our capacity to serve kids on Sundays. New space will open new doors for us to reach our city through community events, ministry programming, and partnerships like our work with The Arc, which gives us the honor of hosting programs for families with special needs on weekdays. We’re also working on how to best reallocate our existing space that will be vacated by children’s ministry, and the focal point of these efforts is dedicating space to support and partner with organizations that are doing life-changing work to transform our city. In all of this, our aim is to more fully into our calling as a community of missionary disciples following Jesus. Together we’re pursuing his vision for IBC: A Transformed People, A Transformed City.

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