Can you provide an update on the evaluation of sale/lease of part of the property?

With the help of a real estate professional, the elders evaluated the feasibility of both large-scale leasing and selling parcels for home construction. These options were actively discussed and researched, and required a land survey which added very helpful information to the discussion. Money was donated to the church to cover the costs of the survey. After considering all factors it was determined that not enough money would come in to make the sale or lease of the property worthwhile. This process was helpful in deciding to lease our property on a smaller scale (the charter school 1 day/week), in addition to helping us be prepared should the church decide to further pursue the sale or large scale lease of the property in the future.

What are the revenue streams that are available to the church outside of giving?

Our calling as a church is to make disciples of the nations. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)

Our property allows for many potential revenue streams, but very few which fit our calling.  Selective small scale leasing of our property is one such opportunity, and we are thankful we had more leasing opportunities in 2017.  We continue to pursue opportunities which fit with our mission and distinctives as a church.

What’s our monthly mortgage payment and what is left on the principle?

Currently we have 22 years left on our loan. Our monthly payment is 33,265.12. The principle is $4,489,832.84. We are praying that God would retire this Worship Center mortgage by 2025.

What is the status of the legacy project for the pool area?

The legacy pool project is currently considered complete. The funds received were used in order to renovate the condition of the pool and make it available for use. We would like to proceed at some point in the future with the pool house renovation, when the church budget and spending priorities can support it.

When can the music pastor go full time? What’s the plan on that?

We are thrilled and thankful to have Steve Sandy as our new worship pastor and our desire as a pastoral team is to make him full-time. Unfortunately, like so much ministry, the timing depends on the financial realities of the church. As making this change would mean an increase to our budget well beyond one year, we are committed to continuing to ask God for his leading, timing, and provision.  

What percentage of people return the stewardship card and does the church rely on that in some way or is it just used as a personal tool?

A small percentage of people return the stewardship card, but many have said it is an excellent discipleship tool to step out in faith and see God’s faithfulness. Those who are new to Biblical stewardship have said it is extremely helpful.

Why have you changed the giving report in the bulletin?

We continue to refine the most effective way to communicate our financial need and God’s provision. Our focus right now has been the quarterly financial thresholds with the up to date income and need.

What is up with the Spanish Ministry? Where do they meet? How are they doing?

Over the last 5 years the Spanish ministry has transitioned from a “service” to a HUB-like Bible class. They are very active and meet in the White House and they continue to make disciples and equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Rudy Gramajo and Alfredo Ontiveros are doing a great job leading this ministry.

Why haven’t we done some events (such as Trunk or Treat) recently?

Three years ago we hired Ministry Architects to evaluate our children’s ministry. One of the things they challenged us with was our capacity to continue all the ministry and events we had going on. As we have charged Devonna Drey, our Children’s Pastor, to focus her teams and energy on Sunday mornings, events like Trunk or Treat have not been a priority.

Can you explain the meaning and significance of the new logo?

The logo is a clean and simple arrangement of our initials COD and an “open door“ that comes from John 10:9 and Revelation 3:8. Its simplicity speaks to our church’s integrity maintained through all these years. As the founders of our church have said, Jesus has set before our church an open door for service to reach out to the unchurched of the San Gabriel Valley. Our calling is to present Christ as an open door to all who will enter.