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If you have a question about the building, timeline, or anything related to the construction process, please submit your question here. We’ll do our best to answer your question, and we will continue to post the most common questions from the congregation in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we’ve answered a number of the most common questions regarding the upcoming Leawood Campus building project.

Why are we building a new sanctuary and remodeling our existing space?

The driving reason for a permanent sanctuary is the role it will play in helping fulfill our mission and vision as a church. We believe buildings are tools for ministry, and this project will help us have right tools for reaching future generations and continuing to fulfill the church’s vision.

  • Worship services and classrooms for children and adults under one roof – Older adults will be able to worship and attend classes in the same building. Parents will be able to drop their children off in KiDS COR and worship or attend a week night class in the same building.
  • Fellowship space and kitchen facilities to build community –Thursday Care Night, which provides a meal and support groups and classes, would be able to expand, and we will also be able to offer fellowship meals, conferences and programs on other nights.
  • A sanctuary with more intimate and sacred worship space –Our current sanctuary was designed to become a fellowship hall, and to serve only as a temporary worship space. In the new sanctuary, the architecture and art will create a sacred space, drawing people to God. At the same time seats will be in smaller sections and a wraparound balcony, bringing people closer and creating a sense of community.
  • Expanded missions and ministries beyond our walls –By removing barriers and creating the right spaces for the future, Resurrection will continue to be a vital, growing congregation. This means that over the next 50 years we will give $1.2 billion to missions and ministries beyond our walls, ten times what we spend on the building. Over the next 100 years that number rises to $5.6 billion.

What will the new sanctuary look like? Will there be anything unusual about the exterior?

Our new sanctuary is designed to tell the story of our faith. The simple limestone base of the new sanctuary, thirty-five feet high, is constructed of local limestone reminding us of God the Creator and Calvary, where Christ was crucified, which was a limestone quarry. Seven panels rise above the limestone base and represent each day of creation, the wholeness of life, and the seven days of Holy Week. The eighth panel is The Resurrection Window, telling the story of Easter. It features a 3,400 square foot stained glass installation that contains three scenes – each set in a garden and telling an overarching scriptural narrative of creation, redemption and hope. When complete, this will be one of the largest and most meaningful and noteworthy stained glass installations in the Midwest. [Learn more about The Resurrection Window]

At 3500 seats, will the new sanctuary be large enough to allow us to continue growing?

Yes. With the opportunity to run concurrent services in both sanctuaries and a chapel at multiple worship hours, we will dramatically expand or worship capacity. In fact, we will be able to accommodate more than double our current average worship attendance while also providing more intimate settings, putting worship under the same roof as classrooms, and reducing the walking distances for young families and the elderly.

What will the current sanctuary be used for?

Our current sanctuary was designed to be temporary and was a functional compromise— well built, but with a minimalist exterior and interior. When the construction of our new sanctuary is completed, we will begin remodeling the current sanctuary. The mezzanine will be removed and replaced with a two-story adult Sunday School wing with 20+ classrooms. The front seating area will be replaced with a flat floor for fellowship events and Vibe worship. Additionally, there will be kitchen facilities, a permanent home designed specifically for Matthew’s Ministry, and expanded cafe and an indoor play area for kids.

What’s the construction timeline?

Groundbreaking was on March 1, 2015. For a project of this size, construction will take approximately two years, allowing us us to move in so we can host our first worship service prior to Easter in 2017. The reconstruction of the current sanctuary will begin immediately following the opening of the new sanctuary and will last about nine months. This phase will include the conversion of our sanctuary into 20+ additional adult classrooms, a fellowship hall, a home for Matthew’s Ministry and kitchen.

What is the cost of building and how do we plan to fund it?

The new construction plans plus the renovation of our existing building is a significant financial investment in our future. The current combined cost estimates, including changes to the site plan, the addition of new buildings and the renovation of our current facilities are$93 million. More than $64 million has been committed through the 10,000 Reasons Capital Campaign and the remainder will be financed through indebtedness and a capital campaign in 2017.

Would the money for this project be better used for missions?

Resurrection is more committed than ever to missions, ministry with the poor and giving ourselves away for others. It is through growth and vitality of our congregation that we have been able to provide so generously to missions. This concern was raised in 1992 as the church approached its first capital campaign. Since that time, Resurrection members have contributed millions of dollars and tens of thousands of hours to serving locally and globally. This would not have been possible without a commitment to constructing spaces that draw and engage people in worship. Over the next 20 years, we anticipate giving $200 million to missions and ministries beyond our walls. That number rises to $1.3 billion over the next 50 years and over 100 years (the expected lifespan our the building roof) we will give $5.6 billion to missions. Another thing to note is that the money raised for the building project, particularly from the major gifts, is not money that would have been given to missions. It represents gifts over and above our regular giving and, at least among the large gifts, much would have been given as charitable gifts to universities or the arts.

What types of energy efficient options will be used for the new sanctuary? Are we pursuing LEED certification?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is transforming the way to think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed and maintained. LEED certifies a green building that addresses the entire building lifecycle and implements best-in-class strategies. When selecting our architect and construction management firms, our Building Committee considered each firms’ experience in sustainable buildings, and both have successfully managed LEED certified projects. However, the administration, commissioning, modeling, review and certification fees associated with achieving certification can be quite expensive, costing as much as $200,000 dollars in fees for a project like ours. The building team weighed the benefits, and opted to pursue energy efficiency methods consistent with certified projects, but without expending the additional funds to apply for LEED certification.

The master plan calls for an office building west of the Student Center. Will it be built in this phase?

We would like to build this part of the project as soon as possible in order to bring our staff back on site. The Building Committee has deferred this part of the project in favor of other aspects of the project, particularly those associated with the construction of the new sanctuary and the remodeling of our current facilities. The office wing is an important part of our master plan, however, and will likely be funded through the 2017 capital campaign.

Can you tell us anything about what is being planned for the Orchestra and Choir space?

In the “back of house” there will be rehearsal rooms designed to accommodate both the Orchestra and Chancel Choir as well as space for bands, hand bell choirs, children’s and youth choirs and vocal ensembles. There will also be men’s and women’s robes rooms with lockable storage for personal items and instrument storage areas. The architects are also studying a potential stage lift system for the orchestra pit that will also help transition large items to the basement from the stage.

We have talked about retrofitting the current education wing of the East Building for Saint Paul School of Theology. Who will be responsible for the costs associated with the improvements for the seminary?

Currently, Saint Paul is reimbursing the church for the direct operating costs associated with their use of a handful of classrooms in the East Building. Over time, Saint Paul will become increasingly responsible for their own costs, including construction and remodeling of the space that will include offices and a more extensive library. Donors from outside Kansas City have pledged significant support for this project to facilitate Saint Paul’s expansion because they believe this project will equip Resurrection with tools to help other Methodist churches.

What other plans does Church of the Resurrection have to grow outside of the Leawood campus?

We have funds set aside for a Resurrection South on 175th Street in the future. Resurrection may also be invited to plant new campuses elsewhere around the Kansas City community or beyond. Our strategy with new campuses is to provide seed money to help the new campuses grow, and then to have the campus become financially self-sufficient as soon as possible. Each of our regional campuses raise their own money for building campaigns. They also manage an annual budget that helps attain their goals and, ultimately, provide additional support for expansion to new campuses

Will there be any additional Memorial Garden space added?

Yes. Our current Memorial Garden space is meaningful and beautiful, but space has become very limited. Our Trustees are currently developing plans to expand the number of niches in the existing garden. Also, our architects are designing a beautiful memorial garden between the sanctuary and 137th Street, just beneath the new stained glass windows, that will be a wonderful final resting place for thousands of our congregants.

How will we manage to the cost targets for the building project?

We are working in close alignment with McCown Gordon, our construction management firm, throughout this project in an iterative process designed to arrive at optimal building designs materials and construction methodology. A Guaranteed Maximum Price has been set, which puts a ceiling on the costs of construction. Additionally, there are generous contingency funds in the budget to ensure proper buffers exist throughout the design and construction process.