CCC's Capital Campaign

To Chapel Hill and Beyond

On September 8, 2013 we launched our Capital Campaign, “To Chapel Hill and Beyond.” We in Christ Community Church (CCC) believe God is calling us to have a place of our own in Chapel Hill where we can more effectively glorify him by “connecting the riches of Christ to the realities of life.” Check out the Campaign pages for answers to many questions about why we believe Chapel Hill is where God is calling us and our vision to have a place of our own.

Why Chapel Hill?

Why are we so intent on establishing CCC as a church within the town limits of Chapel Hill?
Chapel Hill evokes memories. It’s where you discovered your calling, met your spouse, did that research that put you on the map in your field. It’s where your uncle received life-saving cancer treatment and your brother earned his law degree. It’s basketball, enormous oak trees, sweet tea alongside robust progressivism.
Chapel Hill brims with potential and exerts disproportionate influence in our state. Young people pour out of the flagship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to launch their lives and careers. Older people find the town’s beauty and resources attractive. The town is growing up (literally), and reaching forward to embrace the economies of healthcare, research, and entrepreneurship. 
We believe God has called Christ Community Church to locate in the town limits in order to be a light to Chapel Hill. We want the memories of the thousands that launch from here to be infused with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We want the potential of so many to be realized as they are transformed through Word, Spirit and visionary gospel community. A place of our own will root Christ Community Church in this town for enduring gospel impact, God willing.
Chapel Hill needs what CCC has to offer: Applied Reformed theology that connects the riches of Christ to the realities of life. This is our unique calling and the core of everything. Our preaching centers on sovereign grace, but is combined with a focus on covenant community and living out the gospel in an oath-bound community. We are strongly dedicated to the Great Commission, particularly church planting, and see ourselves as not just living, but living with a mission.

 

We believe God has called Christ Community Church to locate in the town limits in order to be a light to Chapel Hill. We want the memories of the thousands that launch from here to be infused with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We want the potential of so many to be realized as they are transformed through Word, Spirit and visionary gospel community. A place of our own will root Christ Community Church in this town for enduring gospel impact, God willing.

Why is it so hard to get land in Chapel Hill? Years ago, town council established a “Rural Buffer” zone around Chapel Hill. No sewer or water will be extended into that buffer—thus, no real development. So the town is “landlocked.” This is why we are seeing buildings like Greenbridge and 140 W. Franklin rising in the town. There is little available land, so developers are beginning to build ‘up’ now that town council has given the green light to buildings above 5 stories (the previous limit).

 

What makes us think we can get land if it’s so hard to find and so expensive to buy? We are believing God to arrange this for us. We have the premier commercial real estate company in the town working with our Meeting Space Team (MST) for property. 

Why don’t we just go over the line into Chatham or Durham counties and get cheaper land and go ahead and build? In most cases, going “over the line” puts us in a sort of “no man’s land”—an area that is not obviously identified with either Chapel Hill or Durham or Pittsboro. The cost of property “over the line” might be slightly lower, but the cost of losing a strategic advantage with a particular community is much higher. Focus and location matter. By trying to serve “between” communities we end up serving neither very well.

We have invested lots of time and energy in Chapel Hill already—ministry, relationships, visibility, and more. Many seeds have been sown. Much effort has been given to turning the flywheel. We are starting to see a return on our investment. The opportunity cost of picking up and going elsewhere, only to start over again, is very high.

We believe God is calling us to locate within the town limits because of the opportunities cited above. We realize this is an expensive and difficult calling, but God has convinced us that we are to connect the riches of Christ to the realities of life in Chapel Hill. We believe it is our calling to walk this difficult road for the generations that will come after us. If not us, who?

Our Meeting "Space" Team

Jeffrey West (chair), Brian Farley, Rebecca McCorkle, Greg Norfleet, and Jessie Stewart. 

The Meeting Space Team (MST) is commissioned by the congregation to search for permanent meeting space. We meet monthly and work with a local commercial real estate broker. The MST evaluates land or facility opportunities and brings those with real potential that are in line with the session’s vision to the congregation. The congregation ultimately chooses what opportunities to pursue.

THE PLACE

In keeping with our church’s vision to be a light to Chapel Hill, we are looking for space either within the Chapel Hill city limits or near enough so as to be readily identifiable as Chapel Hill.

THE SPACE

We seek a space to accommodate 400 congregants and their vehicles (this could be in multiple services). We also consider smaller spaces that could serve as an interim home while we grow.

THE POSSIBILITIES 

We are open to raw land, repurposing an existing building, or partnering in a mixed-use development.

THE COST

It has been our experience that a likely minimum amount to feasibly obtain any of these options in this market is about $2 million.

THE TIMING

Currently, we have a lease with EV throughJune 2014, with the possibility to extend.

THE PROVIDER

Please pray with us for God to provide space where and when He will.

Raw land is not plentiful in our target area. It is expensive to purchase and requires costly preparation the land even before constructing a church building. We have considered several promising sites that have not worked for various reasons (purchase price too high, town not interested in selling, engineering for ingress/egress too expensive).

There is at least one, and potentially as many as three, mixed-use developments that could be built in Chapel Hill in the next 10+ years. CCC may be able to own or lease space long-term in one of these developments. At this stage, we are watching the town approval process closely and keeping in touch with developers. Once the town approves a development, we can continue conversations with the developer.

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