FBC and the International House: an incredible gesture of generosity
This past spring, leaders of the Eugene Community Church approached First Baptist Church (FBC) regarding their desire to hand over their ministry and property of the International House (I-House), which they have owned and operated for nearly 30 years, to another ministry of the Lord’s leading. Their heartbeat was to pass it on to a ministry that could use the resources, as the Lord would lead, to impact the lives of college-age students of all cultures and nations. They also expressed that they would expect the physical assets of the International House (located at 560 E. 11th St., Eugene) to be used in a manner consistent to further those plans and aims of the ministry who received the I-House. After a number of conversations (both in person and via phone), the leadership of Eugene Community Church sent FBC a “letter of intent” expressing their desire to entrust the ministry and property of the International House to First Baptist Church, should we choose to accept it. They established a selling price of $120,000 (far below market value) which would cover their remaining mortgage (approx. $69,000) and allow them to offer a severance package to their lead pastor, due to the official closure of Eugene Community Church in these coming months. We informed them that our decision would take some time as it would require due diligence on our part, leadership approval, and a congregational vote. They agreed to the steps we would need to take and left the “ball in our court” to decide. After much consideration, research, and prayer, it is the recommendation of the Elders that we accept this unique opportunity to purchase the International House.
Our By-Laws state that any acquisition of property by the Church must have congregational approval. As part of this process, two Q & A sessions regarding this recommendation are scheduled for today, Nov. 10, and next Sunday, Nov. 17, in Room 104 at 10:00 a.m. and in Room 127 at 11:30 a.m. The FBC family will then be asked to vote on Sunday, Nov. 24, regarding the Elder Board’s recommendation. (Absentee ballots will be available at the Info Desk on Nov. 10 and 17.) A helpful FAQ document regarding this incredible gesture of generosity can be found as an insert in your Church bulletin today. Copies of the FAQ will also be available at the Info Desk and the Church Office.
Blessed to be seeking to live, love, and lead like Jesus with you,