A. We want to rekindle the original
mission which was exemplified by how FEC Glendale started FECSGV 20
years ago by an act of faith and sacrifice.
B. We want to be faithful in reaping
the plentiful harvest in the strategic location where God has situated
C. We want to create space for
future generations, and not limit our growth to current needs and
2. Do we grow or plateau?
A. We need to develop an unshakable
conviction about growth that is based on God’s commitment to glorify Himself
through His church by fulfilling the Great Commission entrusted to His people
(Eph. 3:10-11; 1Thess. 1:7-10).
B. The Lord calls His Church to aspire to
greatness in His name. He intends His people to be strong, like a mighty
warrior, filled with gladness and joy, and raising up a generation of children
who share their enthusiasm for the work of the Lord (Zechariah 10:6,7).
3. Do we want qualitative growth or
We want both.
The two types of growth are NOT mutually exclusive. It is the nature of healthy
churches to grow numerically and multiply. There is an analogy: when I fish, I
not only want many fish, but also big fish.
4. Do we pursue a larger church or keep
the existing size and plant new churches?
A. It is not our goal to seek to grow to a
certain size as an end, but rather it is our goal to grow to be healthy and
effective in our ministries and mission.
B. Church-planting is NOT a substitute for
local church growth. In fact, church-planting has to be the outcome of healthy
C. Our multi-congregations and
multi-generations church require an optimum size of 1300+ to provide “economies
of scale” and synergistic deployment of resources to sustain ongoing growth
where we are and start a church planting project elsewhere.
5. If Glendale can plant a church with only 500
members, why can’t we do it now?
A. Church planting is not just a matter of
splitting members based on its size. It needs a target area, and enough current
members in the target area.
B. 20 years ago, Glendale
church identified San GabrielValley as a growing area
for Chinese immigrants.
C. Today, no major population shift has impacted our
location, and we have not reached our potential optimum size yet because we are
situated in an area with a growing Chinese population.
6. What are the benefits of growing our church to 1300
A larger church can provide
more services to its members and surrounding communities, and thus make a
greater impact. More membership from different areas increases the possibility
for future church planting. Using the existing property to double our current
size is also the most economical way of growth.
7. What are the factors that favor or limit our church
grow to that optimum size?
strategic location, right in the
middle of a growing Chinese population, presents untapped potential for further
free status allows us to consider
facility developments with less financial burden.
We have sizable
members and offering.
We have a
faithful pastoral team and church leaders.
God is with us.
shortage of facilities: classrooms, chapels etc., and the projected shortage
of spaces in near future can curtail or stifle any growth initiative. The
potential growth of our existing outreach ministry (such as after-school care)
and other new outreach ministries are limited by our current space
deficiency restricts any
possibility of the City approving any building expansion that may be needed for
the projected growth.
office deficiency limits our
8. What can we do to resolve the space shortage issue?
We may resolve some of the
space issue by multi-services in the short run, but to fundamentally resolve
this issue we need a building expansion plan.
9. What is the parking deficiency issue?
A. Currently we are short 148 parking spaces by
building code. During Sunday peak hours, too many cars park on the streets,
which has created a strained relationship with City and our neighbors.
B. The City of Rosemead will NOT approve any of our
building expansion plans unless we resolve our parking deficiency issue first.
10. What have we tried to do to resolve the parking
A. We have asked both the school district and the
owner of Rosemead Square
for Sunday parking. Both were sympathetic, but they won’t sign a lease or
B. Even though we parked by the school for many years,
the City will NOT recognize those parking spaces as ours.
11. Can we tear down the two houses and the garage to
solve the issue?
This will only provide us
with less than 40 additional parking spaces, which are insufficient to cover
12. Can we stagger our Sunday services and implement
parking control to solve this issue?
While the feasibility of
multi-services is still being considered by the pastoral team, this solution
will only ease the parking congestion problem during peak hours on Sunday; it
will not resolve the parking deficiency issue per city code. We should
implement parking control measures to create spaces for more newcomers.
We also need to find the solution for our deficiency issue.
13. What are the 4 options the Task Force has
recommended for our expansion problem?
Option 1: Build a new
building with underground parking on North side.
Option 2: Buy vacant land
and build new facilities and parking.
Option 3: Buy an existing building
Option 4: Lease SCE land
and build on existing church property.
14. Option 1: Can we build underground parking in
north parking lot to solve both space and parking issues?
Yes. We had commissioned an
architect in June 2004 to design a plan of underground and ground level parking
and a three-story ActivityCenterBuilding.
Because underground parking is very expensive, the project cost estimate was
about $8 million.
15. Option 2: Can we find vacant land and start anew
to solve both issues?
A. This is possible, but not practical. Based on paper
analysis, this option will cost an estimated $13 million to purchase land and
build. With a projected sale price of $6 million for our current church
property, we still need another $7 million for this option.
B. Moreover, the availability of a large parcel of
land near our location is limited. If it is available we need to compete with
other users and be able to act quickly.
C. If we go farther out to find land and build, we
will lose our current strategic location and most of our membership.
16. Option 3: Can we find a large building with ample
parking and renovate to solve both issues?
This option is not
practical for the same reasons as Option 2. On paper analysis, this option will
cost an estimated $14 million to buy and renovate, thus requiring another $8
million after the sale of our current church property.
17. What is the story about
the Southern California Edison Company land?
While our Five Year Plan
Task Force was looking for land and building opportunities for our church in
October 2004, they learned that a 4-acre parcel of SCE land on Marshall Ave. was
available to lease. Task Force members immediately contacted SCE, and explored
the possibility with the City, and recommended this option to the Joint Board
as one of the 4 solutions for our parking and expansion problem.
18. What is the opinion of the Elders’ Board on these
A. The Elders’ Board agrees to reconsider and evaluate
the building needs as a separate but related project to the SCE parking lot
B. We will consider multi-services and other
creative solutions to meet our space needs first before committing to a
C. The options for building expansion include the
above options, but are not limited to these.
19. What is the Lease and Option Agreement we signed
There are two parts: Part 1
is Option Agreement, and Part 2 is Lease Agreement.
Part 1: We pay $50,000 for
the option to have one year to seek the City’s approval to build a parking lot
on the land. If the City rejects the application, we will get our option money
back. If the City approves the application, SCE keeps the $50,000, and we are
bound by the Lease Agreement (Part 2).
20. What are the terms of the Lease Agreement (Part
Part 2: The length of the
lease is 10 years, and with five additional 10 year options, the total maximum
term is 60 years. Annual rent for this 4-acre parcel is $50,000 with a
10% increase every 5 years.
21. Can we lease only a portion of the land and not
the entire 4 acres?
A. No, 4 acres of land can provide more than 300
parking spaces which is more than we need in the near future, but SCE will not
partition the land for lease.
B. We can develop Phase 1 for the our parking needs to
satisfy the City’s requirements and develop Phase 2 a few years later when the
22. Can we sublease a portion or all of the land?
Yes, we can sublease all or
a portion of the parcel to another tenant, subject to SCE approval of tenant
qualifications and the City’s use permit.
23. Is it worth it to lease for the long term without
For investment purposes, we
usually would not lease land if we can buy it, but this is NOT an investment
project. The Elders’ Board deliberated over this issue and arrived at the
following pros for this project:
A. The long term spiritual impact that
we will make on the community cannot be quantified by normal cost-benefit
B. We will strengthen our commitment to reaching
the community as we make this long term “investment”.
C. The project connects us with the community,
providing opportunities to engage our community and increase our
D. This project provides a good solution for our
long term church growth needs.
E. This project may be a good stimulus for us to
F. It will also create ownership of the mission
and vision of the church, as well as space for the next generation.
24. How do we satisfy the parking requirement after
the termination of the lease?
• Plan A –
A. Lease SCE lot for 10 years. Build Phase1 parking at
SCE site and a building expansion at South Campus.
B. Buy two more houses adjacent to our North Campus
so that we can tear down 4 houses and turn them into parking spaces, then
terminate the SCE lease.
• Plan B – Tear down the two existing houses to build
a one-story building with a two-level underground parking structure in the
North Parking lot. There would be no need to lease the SCE lot.
25. Why don’t we simply adopt Plan B without having to
lease the SCE project since the latter is only an interim solution?
We believe there are
overwhelming reasons that Plan A is better than Plan B:
A. The current City Administration supports Plan A. In
the past, they have indicated their reservations regarding our building plan at
the north lot.
B. It will be more difficult to get Plan B approved by
C. If we cannot get the city’s approval on Plan B,
then we basically have to go back to Plan A, but without the SCE option, and
waste about 2 years of time.
D.On the contrary, if we pursue Plan A now and acquire
the lots later, we can develop and apply for the “North Campus Master Plan”
from the City. Even if the City rejects our application, we still have the SCE
option, and the option to turn those houses into parking spaces.
E. The SCE Project presents greater flexibility and
freedom in timing, budget, design and during construction:
o Timing: Plan
A, once approved, allows us to control the pace of development in the next two
years. Plan B stops everything until we get approval. If the City rejects Plan
B, then we need to buy the two houses before we can add any spaces to our
o Budget: Plan
B costs about $1 million more than Plan A due to the underground parking
o Design: Plan
B requires us to work with a smaller L-shaped lot in the North Campus while
Plan A will present us with a larger square lot with more design possibility
o During Construction: The SCE land can provide parking during the construction period with
Plan A, while Plan B will require us to find parking somewhere else for the
whole church during the construction period.
26. What is the impact of environmental issues such as
Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Induced Voltages?
A. EMF is everywhere; we have FCC, FDA, OSHA to
regulate the safety issues of those products that generate EMF and IV,
including high voltage power lines. The World Health Organization has a
continuing worldwide study on EMF and health related issues. We all need to
educate ourselves about the latest scientific research on this issue to dispel
any undue fear.
B. A good place to start is at:
27. Can we wait for opportunities to buy smaller parcels
for parking instead of leasing now?
A. It is possible, but very unlikely. To provide only
100 parking spaces we will need to assemble 4 to 5 houses together and tear
them down to create a parking lot.
B. It could cost more than $3 million and it is
very difficult to obtain the City’s approval.
28. How much will cost for our future building
A. While we have not decided on our final building
plan yet, we do have a design submitted to the City with SCE parking
B. Assuming we build a 3-story 15,000 square feet
building, and Phase 1 parking, the total construction cost estimate is about $3.5
29. What is our cash need for our total capital
improvement project in the next few years?
A. The total budget estimate for our main sanctuary
remodeling project, north parking lot resurfacing project, south campus
building and face-lift project are about $5 million in the next few years.
30. We don’t have a Senior Pastor now, who will lead
us on this project?
A. While the role of the Senior Pastor is critical, we
cannot be paralyzed by the absence of a Senior Pastor in working towards plans
for growth and expansion.
B. Our God-given vision to grow must be more enduring
than any staff change, sustained by our corporate conviction of and commitment
to God’s purpose.
C. The biblical paradigm of a healthy church is that
of a fully-functioning body in which every member does its part to contribute
to the growth of the church (Eph. 4:11-13, 16; 1 Pet. 5:10-11).
D. Moreover it is Jesus Christ Himself who is
committed in building His church (Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:18), enabling and
empowering His church to fulfill His mission (Acts 1:8; Eph. 3:20-21).
E. In the absence of the Senior Pastor, our Joint
Board has taken up the leadership role to execute our vision for growth.
31. Many of our lay leaders and pastors are new. We
don’t have experienced leaders now. Can we take on this task?
A. Joshua, the “inexperienced leader” is not wearing
Moses’ shoes, but keeping in step with God’s call and promise (Josh. 1:1-9).
Likewise we need to refocus our faith in God’s leadership and promise to finish
what He started.
B. God always give us a task that is bigger than us so
that the glory belongs to Him alone. Our sense of inadequacy should turn us to
depend on God to accomplish His purpose.
32. Didn’t Jesus teach us “to estimate cost before we
start building, lest we cannot finish”. Shouldn’t we wait until we know we can
A. Jesus used this parable to ask the multitudes to
think twice about the price they have to pay to become a disciple. This is not
a proof-text for financial considerations in church-building projects.
B. A compelling vision will motivate members to give.
About 20% of the church is supporting 80% of our current operational costs.
There is potential in giving yet to be tapped.
C. No ministry of God is ever started on the basis of
having adequate funding. “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack
His supply.” – HudsonTaylor
33. If some members are still not feeling comfortable
to move ahead, what the church should do?
A project like this will
never get 100% agreement in any congregation. There will always be ambivalence
in any communal discernment of vision. Our basis to proceed will be based on
our communal discernment that this decision will:
A. Honor God’s reign in our church.
B. Provide continuity to the Spirit’s guidance and
work in our church.
C. Receive endorsement by the community.
D. The final decision to proceed or not proceed is
in the hands of each and every member.
34. If I have other opinions or suggestions, what is
my channel to express it?
A. We believe our congregations are not only smart but
also love God and our neighbors. We believe you will contribute many constructive
ideas and suggestions in the coming months.
B. Please submit your ideas or suggestions to our
Joint Board, addressing them through our Elder Frank Leang (email@example.com).
We will review and respond to your input.