May News Regarding the Foundry Management Board

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Foundry Management Board confronts $320,000 shortfall in Mission Possible pledge fulfillment

The Foundry Management Board, a nine-person elected group, meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding the management of the church. This article reflects the May 24th meeting.

Foundry is on track to open its new fellowship space in September, but church leaders expressed concern about a $320,000 shortfall in pledge fulfillment at the May 24 meeting of the Management Board.

“The only thing that keeps me up at night is Mission Possible,” said board treasurer Matt Hansen, referring to the name for the multi-million dollar renovation project that was launched earlier this year after a three-year capital campaign.

The fundraising effort resulted in $3.1 million in pledges. As of Feb. 29, the church had received 2.9 million in donations.

“It is a serious concern, and we’re working with the Mission Possible [ministry team] folks on that,” Foundry executive pastor Dawn Hand told the board.

In a May 21 memo to associate pastor/chief operations officer Al Hammer, Paul Hazen, Mission Possible chair, said that the group is working with Foundry senior pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli to collect the outstanding balances, which have been noted on Foundry members’ quarterly giving statements.

“The Mission Possible Team has worked with Pastor Ginger on a strategy to follow up with each individual,” Hazen wrote. “This effort needs to be intensified as we have not received much of a response to emails and announcements.”

But Hazen is optimistic that the money will start coming in.

“I still feel confident that the people who have indicated that they will fulfill their pledge will result in $150,000 to $200,000 [being received] in 2016,” Hazen wrote.

Construction of a new fellowship space down the hall from the sanctuary – stretching from what was the Laws Gallery through the former Helen Harris Parlor – is scheduled for completion in September. The first phase also includes several other infrastructure improvements, such as overhauled bathrooms.

“We’re very excited,” Hand said.

In other business, the board:

· Discussed a new strategic calendar that would formalize its annual planning process

· Discussed a new Audit Committee charter

· Discussed the ongoing church consideration of redesigning the Sunday worship schedule

· Conducted a closed session about personnel matters


~ Submitted by Mark Schoeff Jr. on behalf of the Strategic Communications Team.