Our Goal: To raise $6 million

What is the ReBuild Initiative?

We are kicking off what we’re calling the ReBuild Initiative. The purpose is to raise the necessary funds to rebuild Northway’s Worship Center that was destroyed in 2019 by a tornado. Though a portion of the project will be covered by insurance money, budget surplus, and the potential for debt servicing, our goal as a congregation is to raise $6 million toward our new Worship Center.

Why are we doing it?

Just as Northway Baptist Church members before us gifted us with our current space, we believe that rebuilding the Worship Center is an eternal investment that will impact generations to come. We believe the new space will be a resource as we seek to be a trained and sent people — creating a place with plenty of room for our members and visitors to attend our weekly gathering and freeing up current space to be used for the flourishing of our community.

Renderings

FAQs

We are rebuilding what was destroyed by a tornado in 2019. We also believe that rebuilding the Worship Center is an eternal investment that will impact generations to come, just as Northway Baptist Church members before us gifted us with our current space. It’ll be a resource for us as we seek to be a trained and sent people — creating space for members and visitors to attend our weekly gathering and freeing up the current Worship Center building to be used for the flourishing of our community.
Over the last three years, our body contributed their voices to the design of our future Worship Center in various ways, like a formal exercise, a committee, and conversations with staff and elders. All of the input has been considered and distilled into the renderings found on this webpage.
Initial early estimates have been in the $12 million to $15 million range. However it is important to note that these are estimated budget numbers, secured from a few contractors based on high-level renderings. We do not have a firm cost at this point, which would require full construction drawings. We are hopeful this process will start at the beginning of 2023 as monthly gifts begin.
We are seeking to raise $6 million between one-time gifts and three-year monthly commitments.
Currently, from three consecutive years of larger-than-anticipated giving by our body and lower-than-budgeted expenses, we have about $2 million in unrestricted cash, meaning this is money over and above what we have spent in normal operations. Additionally, we have about $600,000 in restricted cash (money that has been given for the dedicated purpose to rebuild).
Since we became an autonomous church in October 2019, our people have given annually between $3.9 million and $4.2 million to date towards our general giving fund. Additionally, our people, without any prompting or fundraising initiative, have given close to $1 million toward rebuilding Northway's facilities after the tornado in 2019.
Yes. While there are many philosophies and theologies around debt, this project will not be possible without considering debt unless the Lord blesses us over and above what we seek to raise. Our bylaws require a vote if our annual debt service exceeds 20% of our current annual operating revenue. For example, if our annual mortgage payments were $300,000 and our annual budget was $5 million, that would be 6%, and would not require a vote.
To date, insurance has paid out close to $8 million, which has largely been spent remodeling the NextGen Building, Fellowship Hall, and the Gym where we currently meet for Sunday services. We are still anticipating another payout of close to $2.7 million, some of which will be set up as an account that we can draw from during construction. It's important to note that we are still negotiating that amount. If we don't rebuild, we will not be awarded the full amount of insurance proceeds that may be available to us.
We are asking you to prayerfully give above your normal monthly contribution for the next three years. We hope to have a $6 million combined commitment from anyone who calls Northway home by November 13th.
No. Please continue to tithe to the General Giving fund. All gifts to the ReBuild Initiative should be over and above your monthly giving. Every gift, no matter the size, will be critically important as we seek to be a sacrificially-generous people through this process.
The elders discerned we should move forward with the rebuilding process at the elder retreat in February. While this does not mean that rebuilding is a guarantee, it does mean that we are moving forward with the fundraising initiative. The initiative will be a "vote with your dollars approach" whereby if membership is behind the initiative, they will be compelled to give. However, we will not have a formal member vote for the rebuilding of a Worship Center unless our needed debt requires annual payments of more than 20% of our budgeted revenue, which such a vote would be required by our bylaws.
The budget vote by our members is required by bylaws. Further, we see a vote on the budget as stewardship and allocation of the money and resources that members have already entrusted us with. If we need to consider a larger debt amount because fundraising efforts fall short, there will be a vote for that as noted above.
We’ll consider that a vote from our people, and the elders will prayerfully consider where God is redirecting us. We do know long-term that if we don't raise enough money for the Worship Center rebuild, we will have to spend substantial money upgrading the gym (lobby, restroom expansions, windows, etc.) to meet our current needs and shepherd the people that the Lord is bringing to us weekly.
If we meet our goal of $6 million and the vote for debt is approved, we will begin construction as soon as possible.
  • Our current Worship Center cannot be expanded or drastically changed from its current state. The renovations required to stay in our Worship Center will displace our people for over a year.
  • Our elders and leaders are compelled by a space that can comfortably fit our people while still keeping the door open to plant churches throughout our city, nation, and world.
We currently have about 1,000 members. We host four membership classes a year with an attendance of about 100 people per class.
We will remain committed to the support of our ministry partners such as Buckner International, Casa del Lago, and YoungLives. Rebuilding our Worship Center would actually open up more space for us to be able to host and serve our ministry partners and the people they minister to.
When Northway Baptist Church was established in 1952, the members made an investment that has blessed this corner of northwest Dallas for the last 70 years. We invite you to be a part of furthering the good news of Jesus for the next 70 years, even if you’re only with us for a short time.
Start by filling out a commitment card, which you can pick up during any Sunday service. This ensures we have an accurate estimate of total contributions before starting the project. After filling out and dropping off a commitment card, you can give your one-time gift and set up your monthly commitment online by clicking the "Give Now" button below. You can also pay by check, made out to Northway Church. Please contact Brett Wiseman at bwiseman@northwaychurch.com to discuss other payment arrangements.
  • Adam Curran - lay elder, treasurer, and ReBuild Initiative Co-Chair - acurran@northwaychurch.com
  • Allison Curran - ReBuild Initiative Co-Chair - allicurran@gmail.com
  • Bethany McGaha - ReBuild Initiative Co-Chair - bethany.mcgaha@gmail.com

If you're ready to give, here's how you can do it: Start by filling out a commitment card. This ensures we have an accurate estimate of total contributions before starting the project. After filling out and dropping off a commitment card you can give in either of the following ways. Remember that your ReBuild gift should be above and beyond your tithe.

Online

Give at northwaychurch.com/give. If you’d like to set up a recurring gift through credit or debit card, you can set this up at the website above.

Check

Payable to Northway Church