Is this a temporary arrangement?
No, this is not like when we planted Victory, sent some people to help launch, and then many of them returned after a period of time. This is a complete merger of Victory with Immanuel.
Who initiated this or how did it begin?
We had initial conversations with Victory when their last pastor left late last year about ways we could partner with them. Their pastor search committee, after a season of prayer, contacted us in June about whether we would be willing to allow Victory to become a part of Immanuel. After this initial contact, conversations began with their church on a broader scale.
What is the overall goal?
To live out our mission - to lead people to Jesus and nurture them in their faith - in two locations.
Will this alter what we do at Tates Creek?
Certainly not initially. This will be a process and will take time. As we become one church in two locations there may be changes, but they should really be minor to facilitate growth at both places. The style and ministries of our Tates Creek campus will continue for the most part as they are now.
How can I be involved?
There are lots of ways, and many of those will be shared in weeks and months to come. You can certainly start praying now. If you have specific interests in serving at a new campus, contact Kevin Spratt (KevinS@ibclex.com). We are developing a list of people and have already had some indicate interest.
What kind of debt or liability are we assuming?
Victory is blessed with a great building in a great location. They have no debt and have done a good job of maintaining their building. They currently have three part-time staff people who will join our staff team. Our attorneys and staff have carefully considered this for the legal and insurance requirements to maintain the integrity of Immanuel and the new campus.
How will this affect our budget?
We are anticipating very little impact on our budget this year. Their giving levels support the general operations there now. We are entering our budget season at Immanuel and will take any additional needs into consideration in this process.
Who will to the preaching at each campus? Will we video or live?
Our plan is to provide live preaching at both campuses. Initially there will be a rotation of speakers at the Victory campus while we are in the transition phase. We will try to provide them with as much continuity as possible, but thankfully we are blessed with a number of people who can preach there on Sundays until the long-term plan is assembled.
What's the next step?
Our transition team has begun working and praying. Initially we want to get to know Victory and let their people get to know us. We are taking a longer-term approach to this to make sure whatever we do is done well and is sustainable. We will keep you informed as progress is made.
When will this be official?
The people of Victory have already voted to become a part of Immanuel. At our quarterly Gather, Grow, Serve celebration on August 20 we will vote to officially welcome the Victory people into our family. Following this vote the final paperwork will be signed by both church’s trustees.
There are going to be a lot of questions you may have which have yet to be decided. Questions such as what the new campus will be called, what programs will remain there, what the worship service will be like at this new campus, and ways you can be involved will be forthcoming as the transition team and staff work toward a plan. At some point, there will be a relaunch of this new campus. We will give you plenty of notice. Be praying now for how God will shape all of this for His glory in the weeks and months ahead.
We have tried to answer the questions we anticipate will be first in people’s minds, knowing there are still some details to be considered. We will have a special question and answer session Sunday, August 20th at 4:30, in the LCA Library (lower level of the middle building on our property between the two overpasses) prior to the Quarterly Celebration time. We hope the formal business meeting time will be a celebration of welcoming the people of Victory into our church family, so if you have questions, we encourage you to email us or attend this special meeting.
We have a very diverse group of people at Immanuel. Our congregation spans all ages and stages of life, so whether you're married or single, divorced or widowed, young or old, we have a place for you.
If you are ready to join Immanuel or have questions about joining, complete the Membership Questionnaire and we will contact you. Or you may come to the front during the response time of our worship services and someone will talk with you.Membership Questionnaire
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