Church of God Ministries Announces Relocation Plan
In consultation with the Ministries Council and a variety of advisors, Church of God Ministries has made the difficult decision to relocate from its present location. The decision was reached following months of meticulous research, dialogue with ecclesiastical and community partners, and careful consideration of every plausible option. Due to the excessive and increasing costs of building operation and maintenance, the Ministries Council unanimously endorsed the decision of the Church of God Ministries executive team to relocate the organization. A five-year lease is now pending with the Madison Trace office complex located near Exit 219 along Interstate 69.
It is with great reluctance that Church of God Ministries leaves the historic location adjacent to the Anderson University campus on Fifth Street. Nevertheless, good stewardship of ministry funds requires a move to a more affordable space. Originally built near the start of the last century, and subsequently expanded to make room for a booming publishing company, the scale of the present facility is no longer necessary for current ministry functions. Boiler failure, leaking single-pane windows, and a host of growing structural deficiencies continue to drain annual resources otherwise used for ministry. Necessary repairs were estimated at more than $2.5 million. Recent departures of two major tenants have accelerated the need for relocation.
Among the considerations for a new location were interstate access, affordability, presence of fiber-optic data cable, ability to accommodate ministry partners, and the landlord’s commitment to build out space to meet the organization’s needs. “Mothballing” the current facility (turning the heat down to forty degrees), and moving all tenants into a facility that offers a fixed occupancy cost, is estimated to save the Church of God at least $1 million in operating costs in just the first four years. Keeping the present facility in the hands of the Church of God offers Anderson University the option of acquiring the facility in the future.
In a visible expression of unity, Church of God Ministries celebrates the decision of agencies Christian Women Connection, Warner Press, and Servant Solutions to relocate and occupy the same office space. Though offered the opportunity to relocate with Church of God Ministries, Children of Promise, an affiliated agency of the Church of God, made the decision to stay in Anderson proper to remain in close proximity to its extensive local volunteer network. Church of God Ministries remains committed to working in strong collaboration with this vital child-sponsorship ministry of the movement.
Limiting confusion, Church of God Ministries is pleased to announce that its mailing address will stay the same: PO Box 2420, Anderson IN 46018. Ministries and staff remain invested in the greater Anderson community, a community which has blessed the Church of God for more than a century.
The year was 1906. The Gospel Trumpet Company had completed a decade of ministry in Moundsville, West Virginia, but they had outgrown their facilities—both existing structures and structural additions. Looking back at the company’s journey from Rome City, Indiana, to Moundsville—by way of several temporary locations—it certainly was not unusual for the publishing work of the Church of God to relocate hundreds of miles at a time when it benefited the ministry to do so. In 1997, the General Assembly of the Church of God passed a resolution for “sweeping change” to the national structure of the Church of God agencies. As a result, Church of God Ministries, Inc. came about, relocating the once-separate agencies to the present facility. In 2016, Church of God Ministries’ expected eleven-mile journey across town puts the work of the Church of God in a better position to change the world by making Jesus the subject.
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