"What do y'all think?"

Presently, we have an opportunity before us to purchase property in the heart of our community. Many of the details are listed below, but first we draw your attention to the sketch on this page. This sketch is NOT our church. It is, in fact, St. Peter's Church in Dundee, where the 19th Century Scottish Minister Robert Murray M'Cheyne preached during his brief ministry (he died when he was 30 years old). This church still stands today, and in many ways it still represents M'Cheyne's ministry style and impact. His style was simple: exegetical preaching, regularly feeding God's people with His Word. During the short time in his ministry in Dundee, many were converted and built up by this steady testimony of faithfulness to God's Word. M'Cheyne's church, and more importantly his style, was an inspiration to those who founded our church in its earliest days, and by the Lord's grace, we have had 20 years of faithful, ordinary ministry in our city, even without a building or a place to call our own. As we consider the possibility of a property, we should pause and give thanks for the faithfulness of the Lord to His people and His faithfulness through the ordinary regular preaching of His Word for two decades in our little congregation.

The posture with which we are approaching this opportunity is very simply, "What do y'all think?" 

We have an opportunity, and financially we are close. But we will also need to raise some funds and leverage some expertise and volunteer services in our body to turn around a quick timeline on this potential real estate deal. Here are some of the particulars:

  • 3.4 acres of undeveloped land in the heart of our target area, located on a major avenue in East Dallas. (We cannot publicly disclose the location presently, but contact Alex Dean or Jeff Murray for more info)
  • Purchase price of $3.3 million
  • Estimated soft costs of up to $100,000
  • 60 days from execution of contract to do our due diligence and move toward closing. (Due diligence to include items such as: soil & environmental samples, survey, zoning, etc.)
  • Current Property Fund: $2,559,451
  • Need to Raise: $790,459

Track our progress here:

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How to give

There are a few ways to give to this effort:

  1. You can click the link below ("Give Here") to give immediately.
  2. If you would like to pledge a gift within the next 6 months, you may fill out this form.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we need the money?

Ideally, we would have the full amount in cash by late February, when we hope to close on the property. However, we may also be able to draw on some cash reserves if we have pledges in hand by that date. To pledge a future gift, see the form above.

What exactly will we vote for on December 4?

On December 4, we will have a congregational meeting to vote on the execution of a contract. This does not mean we will close on the property, but instead that we will enter the "due diligence" period of 60 days, at the end of which we will need to make a decision (through the leadership and property committee) to close on the property. Your vote on December 4 will be to empower the Session and the property committee to move to closing on this property.

Should we purchase land if we don't know how much it will cost to build?

Our real estate team is in the process of gathering some rough estimates on construction costs. However, whether or not we are able to build (we hope we are!), purchasing this piece of land is a good investment and would prove to be an appreciable asset given the trajectory real estate in Dallas. In other words, our hope and plan is to build. But even if that is not possible, we believe it is wise to put our property fund into this land, because we'd be able to sell for a profit in the future.