What Is Cultivate?
Holding steadfast to the guiding principle of focusing on health and allowing for growth, there are 3 goals in 3 years that define our Cultivate campaign:
- The First Fruit of $500,000 from Cultivate will be strategically invested into local gospel-centered initiatives
- Renovation of the Fig Garden Campus, accomplishing a multi-use kids facility and classroom expansion
- Relocation of the North Campus, accomplishing the first phase of a multi-use spiritual training and community center
How Can I Get Involved?
Cultivate is all about strengthening this generation and growing the next generation into a deep, abiding relationship with Christ. Our hope is for you to get involved in spiritually forming relationships and grow to maturity in your faith because mature disciples reproduce themselves and are generous with their time, talent and treasure.
Cultivate will make room for tremendous growth, but growth requires additional leaders, additional support structures, additional teams, and additional opportunities to serve, which means we also need the body of Christ to step up and use their gifts.
You are, of course, invited to get involved financially in one of the largest kingdom investments our city has ever seen, but beyond the finances, we would love to see you join a Life Group and serve on a team. We will continually need support in the ongoing work of ministry throughout Cultivate and long after the projects are completed.
Why Renovate the Fig Garden Campus?
Though the Fig Garden Campus has tremendous character, the facilities are dated, tired, and in need of renewal. Renovation of the north and south kids’ wings, including classroom expansion, provides increased gospel impact to over 7,500 kids and students within one mile of the campus. While allowing us ample space to grow a thriving middle school ministry, renovation also offers increased capacity to grow our adult ministries as well as double our potential reach into the Hispanic community with our Spanish ministry, La Fuente.
Where are we with the Fig Garden Campus Renovation?
Due to the generosity of those who have already participated in Cultivate, we have been able to fund this project so far without taking on any debt. Renovation of the south kids’ wing was completed in August, 2019, and the north kids’ wing is estimated to be completed in Spring, 2020. You can see photos of the progress at thewellcommunity.org/cultivate, or even better, see it for yourself at any Sunday gathering.
Why Relocate the North Campus?
We are out of room. Since its launch in 2007 with a single morning gathering, the North Campus has seen a 300% growth to date, now hosting 6 gatherings each week with upward of 3,500 kids, students and adults in attendance.
We have made our kids play in overcrowded classrooms and our middle and high school students play in the parking lot on separate nights. Our Women’s Bible Study equips over 500 women each semester, and because they are forced to meet in the current sanctuary, they are limited in depth of conversation, authenticity and vulnerability. Adding to that, our re:generation recovery ministry has exploded with over 400 attending weekly and is hosting small groups in storage closets.
For years, we have squeezed, adjusted, modified and maneuvered growing ministries to resource God’s calling. How can a church experiencing exponential growth transform the next generation if capacity hinders the ability to reach new people for Christ?
Relocation allows us to focus on health and allow for growth by alleviating barriers of parking, attendance and safety. While providing space for our many adult ministries, it also allows us to focus on the generations to come.
The new campus is strategically located with over 26,000 kids and students (kindergarten through 12th grade) and nearly 30,000 college students within a 3-mile radius. With space available to invite their friends, our gospel reach of kids and students has the potential to grow by hundreds or even thousands, providing desperately needed hope in Christ to a post-Christian culture.
What Is the Timeline for the First Phase of the North Campus Relocation?
Financial commitments toward Cultivate will dictate how aggressively we can begin on the design, development, and infrastructure improvements for the new property that will become the Clovis Campus. Construction is projected to begin as early as mid-2020, with occupancy as early as Spring, 2022.
You can find blueprints and elevations for the first phase of development of the Clovis Campus at thewellcommunity.org/cultivate. Plans may change depending on building costs and funds raised, but the heart of the development is, and will remain, a community gathering space that reflects our values of simplicity, authenticity and mission. As we make a diligent effort to keep the costs down, we invite you to continue to be generous, and let’s see what God has for us.
What Will Happen to the Current North Campus?
The completion of Cultivate will trigger relocation of the entire North Campus, allowing us to pursue the sale of the current property to another gospel-centered church in our community. The sale of the current North Campus will help lower the total financing need of Cultivate.