FAQs about the Centennial Campaign

/// What projects and new construction are included in the Centennial Campaign? The BGCO Board of Directors voted to construct the Mathena Family Event Center, Thompson Family Lodge and Jordan Welcome Center at a cost not to exceed $12.96 million as part of Phase One of the Centennial Campaign. Phase One also includes the elimination of all previous debt from the For the Sake of the Call Campaign of approximately $1.9 million. /// Why are these buildings so important? These buildings will enable us to host a wide variety of events at Falls Creek throughout the year, not only during the summer months. These events include leadership and marriage retreats, ministry training opportunities and church events, all in addition to existing major events now hosted at Falls Creek, such as the annual women’s and men’s retreats. The Mathena Family Event Center will provide adequate space to serve meals to large groups of people, a functionality that Falls Creek has lacked up until this point. The 50 rooms in the Thompson Family Lodge will also be useful for a variety of events, and the Jordan Welcome Center will create a new “front door” and central point of information and arrival at Falls Creek. /// How much is going to be raised in the Centennial Campaign? The Centennial Campaign will raise $4,762,142, plus a challenge to raise funds for 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. /// What are some ways I can give? The Centennial Campaign calls for a three-year (36 month) pledge, although any length up to five years is acceptable. Pledges will be counted toward the campaign at the full face value of the pledge. You determine the frequency of the pledge payments based on what best fits your particular situation. Another popular option is the “Save-A-Seat” sponsorship, whereby a donor sponsors a seat for $500 and a personally inscribed dedication plate is placed on that seat in the tabernacle. And remember, with the Downing Matching Gift Fund, your $500 gift is doubled to $1,000. In fact, any amount you give to Falls Creek is doubled as well. So a $5,000 gift becomes $10,000, and a $50,000 gift becomes $100,000, and the Downing Matching Gift Fund will keep on giving, up to a total of $2.3 million. /// Where can I get more information? To receive more information about the Falls Creek Centennial Campaign, visit www.fallscreekok.org or contact Marty Harkey at 405/516-4868 or...

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Under Construction

DAVIS—The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of Falls Creek. Known throughout the world, Falls Creek holds a prime place among Oklahoma Baptists. The vision that God gave to J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer in 1917 has blossomed into a reality that can be attributed only to God.  Their vision was for a place where young people could come to learn about Baptist distinctives, about missionary service, and to understand who they were in Jesus Christ. From that original vision has come the world’s largest Christian youth encampment, one that has been the site God has used to call thousands of people into full-time ministry. “From the first meeting 97 years ago to today, Falls Creek has continued to have a rich spiritual history and has reached the world over,” said Anthony Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) executive director-treasurer. According to Falls Creek records, since the opening of the R.A. Young Tabernacle in 2007, 51,000 young people have heard God’s call in this hallowed place; 17,000 have answered the call to salvation and 8,000 have answered the call to ministry. “Fifty-one thousand. 17,000. 8,000. Just let those numbers sink in a moment,” said Marty Harkey, BGCO chief development officer. “Since 2007 alone, Falls Creek has touched an amazing number of lives. More people have surrendered their lives to missions at Falls Creek than any other place on the face of the Earth.” /// The Centennial Campaign As the BGCO Falls Creek Building Committee met, they began to seek the face of God for a picture of what Falls Creek needed to look like today. Out of those meetings, the Centennial Capital Campaign was developed, which includes the Jordan Welcome Center, the Thompson Family Lodge and the Mathena Family Event Center. Because of the generosity of the Mathena family, the Thompson family and the Downing family, a majority of the funding is in place for the $12.96 million project. What remains is $4.7 million to complete these three projects and pay off the remaining debt from the R.A. Young Tabernacle. Harkey presented a report at the 2014 BGCO Annual Meeting about the Falls Creek Centennial Capital Campaign. He said, “To date, we have raised almost $1.6 million toward the $4.7 million goal, leaving $1.9 million on the original tabernacle debt. But the great news is that every dollar you give today toward the campaign will be matched by the Downing matching fund, doubling your gift.” D. Scott Phillips, BGCO Church & Family Equipping Team leader, has overseen the construction projects connected to the Centennial Campaign. “The Mathena Family Event Center is a 35,000-square-foot, tornado-proof facility.  Joined with the Thompson Family Lodge and the Jordan Welcome Center, the new facilities are designed for the future, and ideally suited for hosting mid-sized and large groups,” said Phillips. /// The ministry potential Current ministry that takes place at Falls Creek each year includes: Eight weeks of youth camp during the summer Hispanic Family Camp week Indian Falls Creek (The nation’s largest Christian Native American gathering) Associational Children’s Camp, (7,000 participants) Rewired Men’s Retreat (3,000 attending) Women’s Retreat (2,500 attending) Individual Church Retreats Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) Events Many others who utilize the Watson Challenge Course for Team Building Falls Creek is not just a summer camp; it is a year-round conference center and hosts more than 80,000 people annually. With the expansion due to the Centennial Campaign, there is the potential to see more than 120,000 people every year. /// Eternal impact “The Centennial Campaign is not just about constructing buildings, it is really about the people who are reached...

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Centennial Campaign Update

These construction photos show the exciting changes happening at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. The external changes create opportunities for eternal changes in the lives of people coming to Falls Creek. Since the R.A. Young Tabernacle’s opening in 2007, 17,000 people have answered the call to salvation, and 8,000 have answered the call to ministry. More people have surrendered to missions at Falls Creek than any other place on the face of the Earth. The Jordan Welcome Center, the Thompson Family Lodge and the Mathena Family Event Center will only increase the opportunities for thousands more to hear the Gospel. Your gift to the Centennial Campaign is not about the buildings, but about the lives of people who are eternally changed in those buildings. The use of these year-round facilities will mean more people will hear the Gospel. Your gift will help the continued advancement of the construction projects, ensuring that they will be completed and usable as soon as possible—saving time, dollars and, most importantly, souls for Jesus. Because of the $2.3 million Downing matching funds, your gift of any size will also be doubled, which means that $1 becomes $2 and $10,000 becomes $20,000. Consider a pledge today and make the most of your gift dollars with the Downing fund’s doubling...

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