FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 27, 2018
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NORTHSTAR CHURCH PAYS OFF $6.8 MILLION IN DEBT; LAUNCHES GLOBAL IMPACT PROGRAM
KENNESAW, GA. – – – NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga., announced on Sunday, August 26, that it has retired the debt on its buildings and property, located at 3413 Blue Springs Road. The announcement came at the conclusion of its worship services, when Senior Pastor Mike Linch and Pastor of Stewardship Jamie Maddox shared the stage and symbolically wiped out boxes that measured 9 feet, 8 inches in height, representing the “giant of debt” the church faced when it began the BOLD stewardship campaign in February 2013 (Note: Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior who David slayed with the slingshot and stone measured at a height of 9 feet, 8 inches tall).
When the BOLD campaign launched five and a half years ago, the church owed more than $6.8 million on its 40+ acre parcel of land and two buildings on campus. At that time, NorthStar’s leadership team had made the decision to focus its resources on eliminating the debt, rather than to further expanding the development on the campus with more buildings, parking, or other construction projects that would increase the financial liability of the church.
As part of the launch of BOLD, church leaders shared openly that nearly $47,000 each month was being paid to the bank on interest payments on the loan. Linch and the NorthStar staff and management team began to present this question to the church family, “Imagine what we could do each month if that money remained in our budget, instead of going to the bank?”
The biggest question in the church leaders’ minds was not, “Is this the right thing to do?” The question was, “Will NorthStar families and the community respond to a stewardship campaign centered around eliminating debt, when there are no building projects tied to it?” As it turns out, the answer was a resounding “Yes!”
Mike Linch believes that NorthStar families buying into a debt-elimination campaign says something special about them.
“It shows their passion to reallocate the money we have been in paying debt payments to now be turned out to bless others,” said Linch. “They believed what could be, and now we get to experience what will be! Their love for this community and our global community is huge!”
Jamie Maddox echoed Linch’s sentiments, and agreed that the families who participated in BOLD were focused outward instead of inward.
“Previous campaigns focused on our building and property assets, and how they would be used to affect everyone who came in contact with them,” said Maddox. “So, they were really about people coming to us. BOLD was about paying off debt, so that we could take that money and use it to affect the surrounding community and our world.”
Robert Ingram, a long-time community resident who serves on NorthStar Church’s Management Team, sees a bright future for the church and the community.
“I am a fourth generation Cobb Countian and I’ve been active in several Cobb churches throughout my life,” said Ingram. “Never have I seen a church with more passion for reaching the community for Jesus Christ by demonstrating God’s love through acts of kindness, whether it be supporting local schools and athletic programs to supporting families in need during a time of crisis. Retiring the debt means the church can be even bolder in its outreach and support to the North Metro Atlanta Community.”
In conjunction with the celebratory announcement of the debt retirement, NorthStar shared with its congregation that is has launched the BeBold Global Impact Program. Each month, NorthStar Church will invest $30,000 into local and global organizations it can partner with and support.
In its first month of BeBold, NorthStar announced partnerships with the following organizations. Each organization received a check for $10,000 to support their ministries.
- Starpoint Church in Clifton Park, N.Y. and Senior Pastor Roscoe Lilly – Starpoint was one of the very first churches that NorthStar Church partnered with and helped launch in 2003.
- NorthStar Haiti in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti and Pastor Steve Saintus and his wife, Esther Saintus – NorthStar Haiti was launched in 2013.
- Greater Church in Acworth, Ga. and Senior Pastor Cheno Echevarria – currently meets at Baker Elementary School
Pete Douglas, also a part of NorthStar’s Management Team leadership, is an Acworth resident and has raised his family at NorthStar Church. He and his family have been a part of the church for more than 18 years, and as much of an impact the church has made in the past two decades, Douglas believes the future is even brighter.
“The most exciting thing to me about the future of our church,” said Douglas, “is that the church dug in and dug deep to wipe out millions of dollars in debt and release the potential that had been stymied by this debt. Imagine what the possibilities are for Northstar! It gives us a new freedom to help, support and serve the communities and missions that NorthStar has worked so diligently for over the last 20+ years.”
Linch said NorthStar Church, which was founded by Dr. Ike Reighard, had always prayed that the church would be the first call for help in the community, and by paying off the debt, has the ability to now do even more to help others.
“The BeBold program will change the church in huge ways,” said Linch. “We now will be able to love our community in a bigger way than we have ever have in our past 21 years. It makes us more agile as a church to do things that may come up unexpectedly to bless others. I believe the community will feel the effect of our people being so BOLD five years ago when we launched this campaign. Lots of lives will be changed instead of just a mortgage being paid!”
Despite the new financial freedom the church will now experience, Linch emphasized that the ultimate mission of the church will remain the same.
“Our job has never been to reinvent the wheel, but rather come alongside others that may be making a difference and help even more! Our passion is to help as many people as possible find their way HOME to a relationship with the Lord that they may not have even known they needed.”
NorthStar Church’s Mission is to help people find their way Home.
NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144
NorthStar Church on social media: @nsckennesaw