(PLEDGE CARD & FAQ'S BELOW)
More space, for more people to learn about Jesus Christ.
That’s the goal of the Transform campaign. If you drive by our Tuttle Avenue campus in Sarasota, you’ll see a huge construction zone. Sidewalks have been ripped up in prep for the modern front façade and sparkling new bathrooms in the back. The old entries are gone. Soon, concrete will be poured as we move from demolition into the construction phase.
Inside, we’re essentially down to bare walls throughout what will be a new 420-seat sanctuary (a 100-seat increase). We’ve got an engineering feat ahead involving a giant new support beam. But once that’s resolved, things will move quickly, especially major renovations in the student and children’s areas.
We’re planning to return home to Sunday services by year-end… although there will be plenty of outside work in progress. Until then, the church offices are open in the small building facing Arlington Street. Our amazing staff is desk-to-desk inside. The ministries of South Shore continue growing. Be sure to join us Sundays, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at Alta Vista Elementary, just a short distance away.
God is calling us to serve the people of Sarasota; Transform is a big part of that mission.Below are some recent construction photos, video updates, project renderings and importantly, how you can support Transform.We’d love for everyone who calls South Shore home to be a part of Transform, both with their financial support and prayers.
May 20, 2019 UPDATE
We thought you might have some questions about the campaign. Here are some of the answers. If we haven’t answered your question please contact us.
+ Q: Why are we undertaking this capital campaign at this time?
Perhaps you have noticed that we call our campaign, “TRANSFORM.” That is the primary reason we are building now – not only because the physical need exists to repair, enhance and expand our campus, but also because we believe God is calling us into greater service in this community. In order to respond to those needs, we need the appropriate facilities that break down barriers culturally so we can share the Gospel with more people.
+ Q: What is the campaign fundraising goal?
+ Q: Will this project be done in phases?
The goal is to complete transform in one phase. We do have the option to phase it out into 4 phases but by doing this the cost of construction increases.
+ Q: Will be able to stay here during construction?
We will be able to stay on site for most of the construction but there will be a period that we will be out of the worship center. We are still making plans for when and what that will look like.
+ Q: “I am a single parent with several kids and almost no income. But I want to be a part of building our church. How can I give?
A: First, let me commend you for your heart’s desire to give. It reminds me of the poor widow Jesus honored for her faith in giving in Mark 12:41-44:
“Jesus sat near the Temple Offering Box and watched the people put in their money. Many rich people gave large sums of money. Then a poor widow came and put in two copper pennies. Jesus said, I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people together! They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had; she gave all she had to live on."
From this moving example of sacrifice, Jesus taught 3 important truths:
- Your attitude is more important than your amount in giving.
- It is always possible to give something IF we really trust God.
- God measures our faith by comparing what we’ve given with what we have left over after we’ve given.
This is why our theme is “Equal sacrifice, not equal gifts” As you pray about what a genuine “sacrifice “ will mean to you, I urge you to read the Bible story of the miracle that happened when another single parent gave away what little she had (1 Kings 17:8-16). God took care of her the rest of her life. And God is still doing miracles today in the lives of those who dare to trust him!
+ Q: How Can I Give?
To pledge your support for this campaign or for more information, please contact the church office or fill out the form above. You can also visit the donate section on our website to make a donation and automate your giving. Please designate “Transform Campaign” on your check. Checks can be mailed to the church or you can set up reccuring giving online.
+ Q: Can I give non-cash gifts?
Yes! If you are interested in giving non-cash gifts, such as stocks, bonds, personal property, or real estate, please contact the church office so we can help with specific directions.
+Q: Will my commitment be kept confidential?