UPDATE - DECEMBER 2020
The end of December marks the conclusion of our OVERFLOW campaign. In 2017, many in our church began to give over and above their regular giving, in faith, towards a vision of church planting and resourcing at SCC.
This is a “Thank You” for your ongoing support of the mission and ministry of Shuswap Community Church. Specifically, we want to thank you for your participation in the vision of OVERFLOW.
A lot has happened over the last five years. Here’s how we arrived at where we are:
Feasibility Study. In 2015 we conducted a formal feasibility study to help us determine how much money could be raised through a capital campaign. At that time, the vision was primarily centered around buildings and property; it was taking the shape of a traditional “building program”.
Re-shaping the vision. In 2016 we began to see a greater interest in ministry development, rather than buildings and property. The vision was re-shaped to include 3 major components: multiplication (i.e. church planting), facilities, and centralizing. Effectively, all components of the OVERFLOW vision would be accomplished through the creation of what we now call “SCC Central”.
Pledges received. In 2017 we received financial pledges towards the OVERFLOW vision. Doing so allowed us to plan according to the resources that would be available. While the sum of the pledges didn’t reach the goal indicated in the feasibility study, we believe that God deemed it enough to accomplish what He was setting out before us.
Pledge fulfillment phase. While some gifts were received in 2017, most pledges have been fulfilled over the course of the last three years (2018-2020).
Over these last three years, all components of the OVERFLOW vision have been achieved including:
CHURCH PLANTING. SCC Chase was officially launched in the fall of 2018, funded by OVERFLOW and in partnership with Fellowship Pacific. https://www.febpacific.ca/. Currently, we are taking “next steps” towards planting another SCC campus in Enderby.
FACILITIES. Utilizing an existing foundation on the church property in Salmon Arm, we were able to complete the construction of a 4000 square foot building which houses both church office space and the counseling center. This building was completed on-time and under-budget in August 2019 and was funded by OVERFLOW, supplemented by the proceeds from the sale of the residential property adjacent to the church property.
CENTRALIZING. One of the most visible and important components of the central resource structure was the creation of the Christ-centered, Church-based, gospel counseling ministry which officially opened in December 2019. While an integral part of Shuswap Community Church, Redemption Counseling Shuswap is also part of a broader network of counselors in BC. Take a look at the website - https://redemptioncounseling.org/locations/shuswap/
God in His faithfulness deemed the amount given “enough” to pursue this vision. Incredibly, all of this has been achieved without incurring any debt; in fact, SCC is currently debt-free. Indeed, God did deem it enough. Once again, thank you for participating in this God-given vision for SCC and the greater Shuswap region.
As the official pledge fulfillment phase of OVERFLOW draws to a close, we would like to invite you to consider carrying on giving by faith. There are a couple ways you can do that:
- Continue designating your OVERFLOW gift to support the ongoing ministry of SCC Central including the counseling ministry, continued church planting efforts (e.g. Enderby), and other centralized resources.
- Redirect your OVERFLOW gift to the general fund of your local campus.
If you are giving automatically, and we do not hear from you, we will default to option number 1 and continue to designate your OVERFLOW gift to the OVERFLOW fund.
Of course, if you sense God calling you to give to His mission elsewhere in the world, simply let us know and we will cease the automatic withdrawals.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and prayerfully consider the options outlined above. Please know that your financial contributions have made an immeasurable difference in people’s lives and we humbly ask for continued participation as we seek to continue to declare and demonstrate the transforming power of the gospel.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.