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- BEL AIR CHURCH VISION CAMPAIGN -

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Watch this NEW video for an exciting campaign announcement from Pastor Drew and Pastor Kim. (SPOILER ALERT: We’ve reached a $10 million milestone on the way towards our campaign goal of 100% participation!)

When Bel Air Church began in 1956, we were all about following Jesus in our everyday lives. We took seriously God’s call on our lives to be a people that knew Jesus intimately and loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

Today, the world looks very different but the call to all of us as a church family is just the same. 

A Church At Work is what God is calling us to become...

When we understand this, we begin to realize the truth that church is so much more than a building or an hour on Sunday. Each of us are called to join God in work that is meaningful, is eternal, is for God’s glory, and is for the flourishing of others. 

If you consider Bel Air your church family and you have said yes to Jesus then YOU are the church.

Because we are the church, our campuses are our resources...

Our physical campus and digital community both exist to be a resource to our church family and to help facilitate God’s vision for us to become a Church at Work. Bel Air Church is a family of people choosing to follow Jesus every day and everywhere with everyone, wherever that might be. 

The success of this campaign will enable us to:

Mend past damage to our physical campus and expand space for kids + students.  

 Reduce our current long-term debt. 

Invest in our future with new technologies to enhance our digital community.

Physical Campus Improvements Video

Bel Air leadership gives you an inside look at important maintenance projects that will be funded by our Vision Campaign.

Join Peter Starrett in the Sanctuary; Pastor Kim Dorr-Tilley in our Discipleship Center; Drew Walton (Director of Student Ministries) in Evans Chapel; Drew Sams on our Patio.

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Want to learn more about campaign projects? View our campaign brochure:

God is calling you to make yourself known as the church...

Each of us is called to join God in the work that He longs for us to accomplish. Taking those first steps out of anonymity can be daunting, so here are a few ways for us to get to know each other:

Looking for a way to plant yourself into community? Volunteering with Bel Air Church opens the door to our family and to realizing the significance of YOU within our church. Each of us are indispensable and we all must play our part in achieving God’s vision for us to be a Church at Work. Help us resource this vision – bring your unique talents to our church family by volunteering today.

Dig even deeper in a Life Group. These groups are designed to help you connect with God, our church, and your neighbors. Let’s promote love, grace, and the power of the Holy Spirit TOGETHER, as we become the Church at Work. New Life Groups are always forming, so now is the perfect opportunity to plant yourself into community and get growing!

Still not quite what you’re looking for? That’s okay. We firmly believe that church isn’t something to attend, but rather an instrument through which God works. We cannot be Bel Air Church without YOU! God made you perfectly, just as you are. So please connect with us, and allow us the honor of getting to know you.

Thanks to your incredible generosity, we surpassed our interim goal of $8.5 million and we’ve raised over $10 million! Our total goal is to raise $14 million. Will you help us bring our vision to life?

Everyone is known.

Everyone is defined by Jesus.

Everyone participates in God’s work through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We encourage you to check back throughout upcoming weeks to learn more about the Vision Campaign and what it means to be a church at work!

FAQ

A to V: Answers to your Vision Campaign Questions

Missed our event on April 18? Click below to view a recording of this meeting:

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We encourage you to check back throughout upcoming weeks to learn more about the Vision Campaign and what it means to be a church at work!

Why is Bel Air Church conducting a Vision Campaign?

The objectives of the Vision Campaign are threefold:

  • To equip our members to be the Church at Work
  • To bless our city with a welcoming and well-maintained campus
  • To alleviate long-term debt left over from previous leadership in order to free up future ministry resources.

Where will the funds raised go?

The funds raised for the Vision Campaign will go to specific predetermined projects in three key areas:

  1. Physical campus improvements
  2. Digital campus expansion
  3. Paying down historical debt

How much is Bel Air Church Planning to raise?

The goal is to raise $14 million dollars earmarked for the Vision Campaign (not from regular tithes and offerings).

What is the timing of the campaign?

  • The Vision Campaign will be gradually rolled out through the first quarter of 2021.
  • In early 2021 all congregation members and supporters will be asked to support the Campaign.
  • We look forward to receiving gifts and pledges to reach our goal within the following months.
  • As the pledges are paid over the next five years, Vision Campaign projects will be initiated and completed.

Why conduct a Vision Campaign now?

The leadership of Bel Air Church has been exploring and preparing for conducting a campaign like this for many years. There are many significant projects outside of the scope of our operating budget that need to be addressed and will continue to increase in cost if not addressed soon.

The current public health, social, and economic situation has not noticeably deterred, and has instead often inspired people to support causes, organizations, and institutions they believe in.

How will funds raised beyond the $14 million goal be used?

  • A number of church projects were not included in the Vision Campaign.
  • If Bel Air Church does exceed the $14 million goal, Church and Vision campaign leadership will prioritize how to allocate funds among these projects.
  • Changes to the campaign projects will be communicated to the donors and larger church community.

What happens if not all the funds are raised?

  • If Bel Air Church does not reach the $14 million goal, Church and Vision campaign leadership will prioritize how to allocate funds among the campaign projects.
  • Changes to the campaign projects will be communicated to the donors and the larger church community.

Are the funds strictly designated for the projects listed? Can they be shifted to other emergencies that arise?

Church leadership has committed to directing campaign funds exclusively to the projects described as components of the Vision Campaign.

Who will be asked to support the campaign and why should they give their support?

Bel Air Church leadership, congregation members, supporters, friends and staff will be asked to support the Vision Campaign to strengthen Bel Air Church’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision to be a “Church at Work” in Los Angeles.

Why does Bel Air Church continue to request annual support during the Vision Campaign?

Bel Air Church continues to have ongoing ministry and operating costs that will be created with fiscal excellence and impact in mind.

The Vision Campaign will fund special projects and expenses above and beyond annual operating expenses.

Will a portion of the regular tithes and offerings go to support the Vision Campaign?

No portion of regular tithes and offerings will go towards the Vision Campaign.

Ongoing regular contributions will continue to fund our current ministries and operating budget.

We do not want to detract from this important work in order to accomplish campaign goals so we are asking supporters to consider how they can stretch their giving beyond what they normally give, not to redirect their regular offering to the campaign.

Will there be any borrowed funds?

The leadership of the church and the Vision Campaign have committed not to borrow funds and not to spend any money against pledges, scheduling projects only after dollars are received. We will consider multi-year pledge payments as we plan when we can schedule projects.

When should I make my gift to the campaign?

You can make your gift or pledge to the campaign now. We hope to receive all campaign pledges by June 2021, the end of our fiscal year.

What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?

While a gift is usually paid outright, a pledge is a commitment which is paid over time, giving the donor the opportunity to plan and budget by spreading out the payments.

How long do I have to pay off my campaign pledge?

Pledges can be made for up to five years and can be paid on varying schedules over those five years.

How can I make my gift to the campaign?

There are many ways to make a gift to the campaign including:

  • Cash and/or real estate
  • Appreciated securities
  • Donor advised funds
  • Charitable distributions from IRA
  • Paid off life insurance
  • Other planned or deferred gift arrangements

Please contact Becca Nelson for more information: becca.nelson@belairpres.org

How much of my gift will go into fundraising and overhead expenses?

Fundraising and overhead expenses for this campaign have been funded in advance by a generous Bel Air Church family, so 100% of your gift will go towards the campaign projects.

Will there be naming opportunities available as a part of this campaign?

All donors to the Vision Campaign will be invited to share their story by recording a personal video that will be available within a permanent Celebrating Generosity interactive display.

Why isn’t funding an endowment included in the campaign?

Church leadership feels that paying down debt and addressing deferred maintenance is the most prudent use of donated funds at this time.

Does that mean Bel Air Church will not be funding an endowment?

Gifts to the endowment will continue to be accepted and welcomed, however gifts designated to the endowment will not count towards the $14 million Vision Campaign goal.

Will Planned Giving be a component of the Vision Campaign?

Planned gifts (such as deferred giving through estate plans, charitable trusts or paid up life insurance) that are pledged in writing and paid within the five-year payment period of the Vision Campaign can be credited towards the Vision Campaign goal.

Why are we thinking about putting money into improving the Bel Air Church physical and digital campuses after we stopped investing in something as critical as our Outreach ministry?

The perception that we “stopped investing” in our Outreach ministry is so important to hear and address. While it is true that as we faced financial challenges last year (2020) and made the difficult decision to press pause on all our local and global financial grants, we by no means stopped investing in these partnerships.  We have been ardently pursuing a strategy known as “Missional Engagement” that leads with our hearts rather than our purse-strings.  We are looking to put more people into meaningful relationship with our local and global partners, creating networks of advocacy, and truly knowing more about what these ministries are devoted to. It takes time to build into this new strategy but we are endeavoring to build it. An incredible team of lay leaders, with Pastor Kim Dorr-Tilley and Joanne Marcos on staff, are working toward developing new ways to create and invest in this paradigm.  This doesn’t mean we won’t return to financial investment in these partnerships. In the interim,  we have been able to spotlight a few of our partner ministries (Family Rescue Center, FosterAll, Los Angeles Mission, the Congo, etc.) during our Sunday broadcast worship services along with facilitating designated giving opportunities. More of these opportunities will be coming. Also, the Vision Campaign goal of debt and interest expense reduction will free up financial resources to support programs like Outreach. We are finding our way. Necessity has been the mother of invention for us as we invest human and relational resources into Outreach and see real fruit coming from this strategy. We invite you to visit belair.org/Outreach or contact Pastor Kim Dorr-Tilley at  kim.dorr@belairpres.org  to learn more about the possibilities and health of this strategy and how you can get involved. 

When will the projects begin?

Project timing will be affected by two primary considerations: construction sequencing (some projects must be done before others), and funding, (Bel Air has committed to spending money only as it has been received so full funding for the project – cash not pledges- must be received before the project is initiated.)

How long will the projects take to complete?

Projects will be undertaken and completed over the next five years as pledges are paid and cash becomes available to fully fund each project.

What will Bel Air Church look like after the campaign?

The Bel Air Church physical campus will not look drastically different, but will have a refreshed and welcoming look as a result of campaign projects.

For details on the projects please see the brochure featured above.

When will the projects begin?

Project timing will be affected by two primary considerations:

  • Sequencing (some projects must be done before others)
  • Funding, (Bel Air has committed to spending money only as it has been received so full funding for the project – cash not pledges- must be received before the project is initiated.)

How long will the projects take to complete?

Projects will be undertaken and completed over the next five years as pledges are paid and cash becomes available to fully fund each project.

If the Digital Campus has already been launched, what are these additional funds for?

Our church has been very blessed to be able to borrow and rent at a reduced rate much of the equipment that is currently being used to produce our digital content. Much of this equipment has been available due to the reduced production happening across our city during the pandemic and shutdowns. While we are grateful for this, we know this equipment will not always be available to us, and the Vision Campaign funds designated for this category will allow us to invest in equipment we can use to continue to produce and expand our digital content.

It seems like we are coming out of the need for quarantine and will be able to return to “business as usual,” why should we still invest in the digital campus?

The leadership of Bel Air Church has been exploring and preparing for conducting a campaign like this for many years. It has been our vision to use digital resources to increase our outreach and to find ways to draw people into relationship with Christ and community within the church. Over the past year (2020) our reach has increased eightfold (!!!) as a result of our ability to pivot and offer high-quality digital content. We want to continue to work at being the church by offering these and more great resources to continue to engage our city, nation and globe in relationship with God and one another.

Why is Debt Reduction included in the campaign?

Reducing the debt will reduce interest payments on current loans. Bel Air Church can then allocate these funds towards current ministry.

Why aren’t we paying off the entire debt?

To maximize impact, the Vision Campaign will be funding a balance of the debt – payment for past ministry, plus technology and the capital projects – an investment in future ministry.

I thought we burned the mortgage, where did this debt come from?

Although the mortgage for building the sanctuary was paid off, when building costs for the Discipleship Center went over budget, the church assumed new debt under previous leadership.

If you need assistance, please contact visioncampaign@belair.org,

or call 818-788-4200, x144

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