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DeForest Campus Site Update

Updates for the future DeForest Campus site

May 2018

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Moving Heaven
DeForest Campus entered a 10-week prayer initiative called Foundations, helping to center and focus the church on God’s heart for the DeForest/Windsor community. This initiative was established on the conviction that lasting ministry must be built on a strong spiritual foundation and aligns with Door Creek Church’s value of “Persistent Prayer.” 

Moving Earth
With humble prayers going up to God, it was time to begin to move dirt on the site of the new campus. A joy-filled groundbreaking was held on Sunday, May 20 with approximately 125 people in attendance.

April 2018

A Month of Milestones
On April 9, 2018, DeForest’s Village Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the site plan for the new campus in the Bear Tree Farms neighborhood of Windsor.

Financing has been approved, and the construction contract for the 14,000 square foot building was awarded to 1848 Construction of Madison, Wisconsin.  

With these major milestone achieved, the dream has become reality. Builders estimated that Door Creek Church’s DeForest campus may be able to move into the new space by spring of 2019.

September 2017

As skyrocketing costs have impacted the construction market, a decision was made to revisit the design of the DeForest Campus' future site. We hope to get new bids that would allow us to break ground in the spring of 2018 and be worshiping together in the new building by Christmas 2018.

May 2017

From the beginning, there has been a hope and dream of a permanent residence for DeForest Campus. A 24/7 presence in the communities of DeForest and Windsor would allow us to reach and engage with the community that we have come to love and feel called to reach. This continues to fulfill our mission injoining God in changing people into devoted followers of Christ who change the world with His love.

 

Prayer and a Gift

We asked the church to pray for God’s direction and He heard and answered those prayers! We were offered 10 acres of land located at the intersection of Hwy 51 and Windsor Road.

We are excited to take the next steps in building this permanent residence! As we look to the future, we see more than services and a building. Door Creek Church will be able to reach and serve the community through ministry in a way that we are not able to do now - weddings, funerals and community events.

As new homes are built around the church, people will be able to walk to a place where they know they belong and can hear about a God that loves them. By God's grace, we desire to be a Christ-centered church for all people where the gospel is continually transforming lives, renewing our city and changing the world. 

FAQ

How did we decide on this site?

Door Creek Church has been searching for a permanent home in the DeForest area since we started meeting as a new multi-site campus in February 2011. The leadership and campus pastor have investigated several existing buildings and potential sites. They were looking for settings that would provide:

    • Adequate parking
    • High visibility
    • Accessibility
    • Room to grow

During this process, the church was offered 10 acres of donated land to build a church. This gift of land is located in the Bear Tree Farms development off Highway 51 and Windsor Road site. It meets all of the needs we've been searching for and will uniquely position the church into a neighborhood that will surround the site in a highly visible location.

What is the timeline for the new building?

Construction will take approximately about 9-12 months. We hope to celebrate Christmas of 2018 in the new space, however much of the timing will be determined by hitting key benchmarks for construction to commence, including securing financing and raising additional funds. It is a little too early to provide a specific construction start date.

What will the building include? 

Our new facility will include an auditorium that seats 350 people for worship, wonderful spaces for children, students and offices. There's plenty of room for future addition on this 10-acre site. 

What is the cost of this project?

We have been given the unique opportunity to lease the space with an option to buy. The developer who gifted us the 10 acres is going to finance this project with the hope that we will purchase it in the near future. The land and building will be valued around $3M and the mortgage will be around $1.5M. We are raising $620,000 to pay for site development, fixtures and furnishings, bringing the total building cost to just over $2M. To date, we have all but $75,000. 

Where is the new site located?

The gift of land is the 10 acres located in the Bear Tree Farms development southeast of the intersection of Highway 51 and Windsor Road.