On this page, you’ll find information about our proposed plan for a new kids space and foyer as we press on in obedience to Jesus and His mission for us. Take a moment to read through the vision behind this plan, take a look at some design concepts, and ask any questions that you may have. Please make special note of the key upcoming dates for events where more information will be presented.
What is Arise & Tell?
Arise & Tell is the vision behind these changes. Yes, we need more space for our preschool and kids ministries, but this is much more than a building project. We must be ready to reach this generation, so that they can reach the next generation; not just for the future of our church, but for the expansion of His Kingdom.
Building Design Concepts
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need to build?
1. Additional Preschool & Kids Space
Currently, our preschool and kids ministries areas are at or above capacity. They need more room to continue to minister to the kids and families at Stevens Street and space to grow to reach the 40,000 lost and unchurched in Cookeville. Also, there are needed changes to maintain a high level of security.
2. Expanded Foyer & Gathering Space
The current foyer is too small for the traffic flow before and after services. We also need an inviting space for guests new to Stevens Street.
3. Increase the Number of Adult LIfe Group Rooms
Our Adult Life Groups are in need of space to start new groups. With building new space for preschoolers and kids, their existing space can be released for usage for Adult Life Groups.
Who is COSCO?
COSCO is a church design/build firm that is based out of Florida, but they have projects all across the country. Their team is made up of Bible-believing followers of Christ who are actively involved in their local churches. They oversee the entire building process - planning, design, construction, and finishing. To learn more about COSCO & Associates, please visit their website at: www.churchdesign.com.
What is being accomplished through this new building?
New Kids Ministry Area
8 classrooms (increases capacity by 50%)
Secure entry with check-in
Designated Preteen Ministry area
2,700 sq. ft. assembly space
New Preschool Ministry Area
12 classrooms (increases capacity by 40%)
Secure entry with check-in
Jack & Jill bathrooms
1,350 sq. ft. in multipurpose
More efficient space (one story)
Adult Life Group Rooms
Increase surplus of rooms
Capacity for all groups to be in the main building
Expanded Foyer & Main Entrance
Approximately 5 times more space
Safer & less congested traffic flow
Better space to connect with guests
How much will this cost and do we plan to borrow money?
COSCO will give us a final price after all design and bidding is completed. We expect the total cost to be between $7.5 - 8 million. Included in the total cost are all architectural plans, site-work, and construction oversight. The finished building will be a fully furnished, move-in ready solution. We expect to incur a manageable debt that would not burden any current ministries of the church. A capital campaign would begin in March 2019 to raise funds through 3-year commitments.
When would this project be completed?
Construction is estimated to begin fall 2019 with completion set for late fall 2020.
Who is on the Building Team?
Our building team is comprised of members in their 30s to 60+, who have been involved at Stevens Street from 9-30+ years. Their backgrounds include engineering, law enforcement, building & architecture, school administration, and stay-at-home moms.
Team Members: Jon Groves (Chair), Teri Anderson, Philip Baker, Justin Dement, David Dukes, Adam Ely, Andy Hammock, and Michele Wilberscheid
Important Upcoming Dates
Sunday, January 27 at 5:00pm
Q&A Session with COSCO
Sunday, February 10 at 5:00pm
Q&A Session with staff and Building Team
Sunday, February 17 at 5:00pm
Church vote and the Lord’s Supper