May 13, 2011
Dear Members and Friends:
Since the release of the ARKS Report in October 2010, we have been involved in an ongoing period of prayer and dialogue. I would like to thank all who participated in that dialogue through the ARKS survey, calls, e-mails, letters, etc. I would also like to express my appreciation to the many pastors that I have been privileged to share with face-to-face during these months. Your voice and prayer support are an important part of this process.
I want to take the opportunity to share with you the results of the ARKS Survey and bring you up-to-date on where we are in this period of discernment:
1) Considering the current market conditions, the prospects of finding a suitable buyer for the International Offices building seems unlikely. In this economic environment, we would be better served to renovate the existing building over a three-to-five-year period, as funds are available.
2) A recommendation will not be made to the Assembly to sell Fields of the Wood. Presently, support from the field seems to be the best way to deal with the ongoing budget deficit for the park. We will continue to maintain the park, and the level of support will be monitored. Consistent support from the field is imperative.
3) It would seem that the Tomlinson College Campus can serve the needs of a college and provide an ongoing revenue stream. A period of discernment is still needed to determine the best uses and develop a strategic plan for this property.
Please continue to pray that God will lead us as to the best use of our properties. We want to be good stewards of our resources and remain faithful to the pursuit of our core values—prayer, the harvest, and leadership development.
Executive Director of Finance & Administration
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