After losing close to 50% of their ministry and well over a third of their members, UCG thinks it needs to build more buildings in Cincinnati. Pretty soon the UCG will start a new building campaign for funding and chruch members will start lining up to donate. Well, at least some of them blindly will. Others are disgusted by the proposition of more HQ space being built.
As we strive toward our goals, the administration requested the Council consider plans to expand the home office. This is primarily being driven by our need to have expanded areas for our Media and Communications Services department to more effectively and powerfully preach the gospel of God’s Kingdom. The department is currently over capacity.
There are many needs, including a larger and more effective television studio and a bigger meeting hall (which could double up as a permanent Feast site, allowing 500 people to meet). There is also a need to provide additional space for our young adults and ministerial education programs. Initial plans would enhance this area, as well as our media department.
Some Council members expressed caution on taking on a loan at a time of economic uncertainty. So after a great deal of discussion, a decision was made to go ahead and hire an architect to draw up plans to give us a more accurate estimate of costs. After seeing more concrete costs, and if the project is approved by the Council in February, the money for it will be included in the 2012-2013 budget for approval by the General Conference of Elders in May. This will also give us time to raise the funds in order to move forward in a measured way. We would appreciate input from you and from our members, and are open to a collaborative approach as we move forward. More information will be forthcoming. We estimate that the final cost will be about two million dollars.
Maybe it is time for the members to give UCG brass a wake up call and call halt to this program. Why dump all of this money for new facilities when there is no need other than to pump up the egos of HQ brass so they can look more important!.