A Tale of Two Cleveland Cathedrals

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A Tale of Two Cleveland Cathedrals

  1. 1. A Tale of Two Cleveland Cathedrals Realities And Opportunity
  2. 2. First Church <ul><li>1986 began with less than 50 people and an annual giving of $17,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio of 4.2 Million. </li></ul><ul><li>23 years to develop a growing, inclusive, urban congregation which CONTRIBUTES $531,148 in annual giving to the budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Top 10 contributors give $158,100. </li></ul><ul><li>Average gift of 169 pledging units is $3,143. </li></ul>
  3. 3. First Church <ul><li>Outstanding and Inspiring Giving indicates something of the enthusiasm and spirit of dynamic congregation. </li></ul><ul><li>Only urban congregation in city supporting its physical plant operation costs from ITS CURRENT GIVING. </li></ul>
  4. 4. First Church <ul><li>This said, THE REALITY IS THAT AT CURRENT COSTS, the congregation is serving the BUILDING in terms of maintenance and operations. </li></ul><ul><li>Program dollars and staff salaries are frozen. Mission and outreach (growth) is not budgeted. </li></ul>
  5. 5. First Church <ul><li>ANY change – by way of REDUCTION – in ANY giving unit of our church has a significant impact on the possibility of needing to draw on a portfolio that is valued at $500,000. </li></ul><ul><li>ANY change – by way of REDUCTION – in ANY giving of the top ten units guarantees a draw on the portfolio. </li></ul>
  6. 6. First Church <ul><li>The likelihood is that there will be a significant decrease in the giving by several giving units currently in the top ten in the next year is a near certainty projection. </li></ul><ul><li>While persons are always “moving up” in giving and we are growing, the likelihood that we will “raise what we lose” in the near term would be delusional thinking. </li></ul>
  7. 7. First Church <ul><li>PROJECTION IS: First Church will continue to grow in numbers but the rate of growth will continue at the present pace and therefore not enable us…….. </li></ul><ul><li>TO BREAK FROM THE FIXED, GRUELING EFFORT TO SERVICE THE DEMANDS OF THE BUILDING IN WHICH WE WORSHIP. </li></ul>
  8. 8. First Church <ul><li>In the longer term, (5 years) what decisions do we make NOW for </li></ul><ul><li>SUSTAINABILITY </li></ul><ul><li>GROWTH </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION THAT MATTERS </li></ul>
  9. 9. Epworth-Euclid <ul><li>There are 63 giving units that contribute $100,267 toward the annual budget. </li></ul><ul><li>The top ten givers contribute $50,100.(top 10 givers of First Church give 100,000 more that total Epworth gifts to budget). </li></ul><ul><li>The average giving is $1,892. </li></ul><ul><li>The congregation is drawing $300,000 per year on a portfolio presently valued at 1.2 million </li></ul><ul><li>To balance budget, 106 additional giving units are needed at $1,892. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Epworth-Euclid <ul><li>Present Sunday attendance is between 25 and 60 persons in worship in a sanctuary that seats well over 700 persons. </li></ul><ul><li>UNDER THE MOST HOPEFUL EXPECTATIONS, EPWORTH-EUCLID DOES NOT HAVE 23 YEARS TO REBUILD A SUSTAINABLE CONGREGATION. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Epworth-Euclid <ul><li>Unless there is immediate intervention with a significant influx of congregation and support, financial resources will be exhausted…IN THE SHORT TERM. </li></ul><ul><li>THE SITUATION IS DESPERATE </li></ul>
  12. 12. Epworth - Euclid <ul><li>Possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Location and building. Significant structure in the most vibrant “neighborhood” of the city. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. University Circle relationships and institutions make Epworth-Euclid a “destination” location. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Neighbors – Pentecostal Church of Christ and Judson Manor hold important opportunities for collaboration on the most significant challenge…. PARKING. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. PASTORAL RECOMMENDATIONS <ul><li>Cannot support TWO CATHEDRALS AND IN PRESENT CONFIGURATION…EVEN ONE! </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning July 1, 2009 work to create the Cleveland Metropolitan Parish to take effect January 1, 2010. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative plan. Staffing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two “campus sites” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>East 30 th and Euclid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>East 107the and Chester </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Cleveland Metropolitan Area Parish <ul><li>Congregations merge in worship, administration and mission at University Circle sanctuary at E.107 th and Chester beginning January, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Campus site at E.30 th and Euclid be developed for direct, social service outlet and educational endeavor support. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cleveland Metropolitan Area Parish <ul><li>Sanctuary at E. 30 th and Euclid be developed for specialized program use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging program possibilities </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Cleveland Metropolitan Area Parish <ul><li>Sanctuary and Related worship space at E.107 th and Chester be modified, as appropriate, to accommodate various worship expressions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional worship service offerings developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church school space and community gathering space modified as appropriate to accommodate immediate influx of people and designed for growth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiations and plans with stakeholders for parking development to begin immediately. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Cleveland Metropolitan Area Parish <ul><li>If you do what you did, you’ll get what you got. </li></ul>

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