Falls Creek Centennial Campaign

At the February meeting of the board of directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), the directors approved construction plans for Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center and the launch of a capital campaign. Named the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign, the project will pay off the existing $2.52 million debt of the R. A. Young Tabernacle and complete the funding of the construction of the Mathena Family Event Center, the Thompson Family Lodge and the Jordan Welcome Center, among other key improvements. “We don’t want to build buildings just to build buildings,” said Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer. “These facilities will greatly enhance Falls Creek’s capacity to share the Gospel, and to have events, retreats and other ministry functions during the non-summer months.” During the same day of the vote, Jordan announced to the board a $2.3 million matching gift from Gene Downing and his wife, Jo. “Every dollar given… they will match it, up to $2.3 million,” Jordan said. “This matching gift will be the catalyst for seeing the projects finished and the debt retired on the tabernacle.” Jordan announced that day to the board that the Mathena Family has generously agreed to fund an additional $430,000 toward the Mathena Family Event Center thus bringing their total giving toward the project to an astounding $7.43 million. According to Jordan, the Falls Creek Centennial Capital Campaign will fund what has not already been raised toward other new construction. “The Centennial Capital Campaign will raise $4,762,142, plus a challenge goal to be announced that will raise funds to make other needed improvements,” he said. “Phase Two of the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign includes the remodel of lodges one and two, a remodel of the Moorer Lodge, as well as work toward a Central Plaza and Recreation Fields pavilion,” said Jordan. “We do not know an exact dollar figure for these, but have all the faith that God will provide through His people the funds we need to complete these projects.” “I have run out of adjectives to describe the ways God is blessing Oklahoma Baptists,” said Jordan. “The reason we do all that we are doing is because every time we build a facility, that gives us the ability to expand our ministry,” said Jordan, “We have the opportunity to share the Gospel with people that they might come to know the Living Savior you and I worship and serve. The fact is, we build these buildings so that we can train and develop people to walk with Jesus every day.”   Falls Creek Centennial Campaign Frequently Asked Questions Q: What is the financial goal of the Centennial Capital Campaign? The Centennial Capital Campaign will raise $4,762,142 toward new construction at Falls Creek plus the elimination of the Tabernacle debt. There also will be a challenge to raise funds to make other needed improvements at Falls Creek as part of Phase Two, which include the remodel of the Moorer Lodge, and the building of a Recreation Fields Pavilion. Jordan reminded the BGCO Board of Directors that prior to the Centennial Campaign’s launch, approximately $10.7 million has already been pledged and given toward the new construction projects at Falls Creek.   Q: What projects and new construction is included in the Centennial Campaign? The Centennial Capital Campaign includes the elimination of the Tabernacle debt and the raising of the balance of the cost of the building of the new construction. Recall that the BGCO Board voted to construct the Falls Creek Mathena Event Center, Thompson Lodge, and Jordan Welcome Center.   Q: How will these buildings be used? “We...

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Perspective: We can do it together

We have known it to be true that generations have watched the Hand of God at work at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Year after year, for almost 100 years, God has used these conference center grounds as a place of encounter and blessings. Lives have been transformed for eternity, and the number of pastors, staff, and missionaries who have heard their call at the Creek is legion. In more recent days, God has opened His hand to provide facilities that will serve present and future generations of children, youth and adults. God has been on display and has received glory through obedient and generous servants. Now, we are within sight of the Centennial Celebration (2017) of the mighty work of God at Falls Creek. We are also near the achievement of remarkable advancement in facilities and of seeing them debt free by, or before, the Centennial Celebration. The Falls Creek Centennial Capital Campaign has begun. The campaign is divided into two phases. Phase One goal is $4.77 million, which will complete three new buildings and eliminate the debt on the tabernacle. In a remarkable display of the grace of God, $10.72 million has been given or pledged to complete the new buildings. Last week, we were privileged to announce that as the Centennial Campaign begins, a matching gift of $2.3 million has been given. Thus, every $1 becomes $2 and will be applied to the $4.77 million goal of Phase One. Phase Two has not had construction costs fully assigned. However, this phase will provide for a recreation pavilion, a central plaza and the renovation of three lodges. We have already had $500,000 pledged toward the renovation of Lodge I. I am convinced Oklahoma Baptists will unite to meet the Phase One goal of the Centennial Campaign well in advance of the Centennial Celebration, which would mean that every new building at Falls Creek would be paid in full. The tabernacle that has meant so much to our ministry will have the debt retired! Now that would be cause for a celebration! But do not forget that this campaign is not about money, it is about ministry—it is not about buildings, it is about changed lives. The advantages of the new facilities are many. The Thompson Family Lodge will provide adult housing for a multitude of events. With the remodeling of the lodges in Phase Two, the conference center will have the capability to host significant adult gatherings with top-notch lodging facilities. There will be opportunities for marriages to be strengthened through retreats and times of rest. Personal retreats will be possible that result in an individual’s walk with Jesus being revived. Staff retreats for churches will be well accommodated. Sunday School conferences to train leaders can be held. Falls Creek will have the capacity to host family reunions and retreats. One of the most important uses of the lodges will be to provide housing at low or no cost to pastors and ministry leaders needing a nice place to rest and reinvigorate their spiritual lives. The Mathena Event Center will be a multi-use facility. This event center will allow for worship experiences where the Gospel is proclaimed for groups under 1,500, as well as rooms for break-out sessions. This building will allow simultaneous events and groups of more than 1,000 people to be on the grounds at the same time. Falls Creek will then have a dining facility to feed thousands who attend large retreats. One of the major side benefits of the event center is in its dome design, which is rated by FEMA as a...

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