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Master Site Plan: OPEN FORUM Update (10/10/2017)

Mission & Plans

On October 10th, we held an Open Forum for the Congregation to provide any additional input as well as ask questions about the proposed Master Site Plan for the Resurrection Campus. Attached is the handout from this meeting which outlined some of the comments received over the past three week, as well as questions that various members had.

RLL Open Forum Handout 2017_10_10

In addition to the discussion on the Master Site Plan, there were questions on the overall plans for both campus, school, and potentially a third site.  There were very good questions brought up by members. The discussion of the Master Site Plan has lead to a lot of good discussion on our various Ministries at Resurrection & Life Lutheran, plus the need to have an outline of our 10-year plan. The general feeling from feedback received is that there is still a priority to improve our entry and fellowship area at the Resurrection campus. Also, there is a need for expansion at the Life campus for Early Childhood education purposes (related to Monkey Junction during the week and additional space for Sunday morning education space). The Third Site discussion will be part of the RAMPART (Rochester Area Mission Planting Action Response Team) that is currently being focused on as a collaboration effort across all the area WELS congregations. There is also a strong desire to expand the Preschool, however, more planning will need to be done before formal plans are put into place for any school expansion.

After the Open Forum, the Church Council met to discuss next steps on the Master Site Plan. We agreed that a small committee would be assembled to outline our current Ministry Plans which we can associate to our 10-year plan for facilities improvements. This plan and options will be reviewed with our Leadership teams over the next month, and then will be shared with the congregation.

One final request, members are encouraged to keep this planning in their prayers. We ask God for his continued blessing on our congregation as we focus on “To win and nurture souls for Christ!”

In Christ Alone,
Daryl Schultz, Resurrection & Life Lutheran President

Master Site Plan: Resurrection Campus (Update 9/17/2017)

Mission & Plans

Resurrection Campus Site Plan

On September 17th, a Master Site Plan update was presented to the congregation.  Here are the highlights of the presentation.  Please provide any feedback or questions you have on this Master Site Plan.

First, let’s take a step back to highlight how we got to this point of requesting a master site plan update.  Back in April 2015, our congregation conducted a Self Assessment and Analysis session with Pastor Eric Roecker.  There were various action items that we identified in this assessment.  Of these items, we recognized key areas that need to be addressed if we are going to thrive and grow in the years ahead:

  1. Parking at both locations
  2. Entry gathering space and restrooms at Resurrection
  3. Faith Night bible study space for small groups

A Facilities Committee was formed to investigate solutions to these needs.  In the Summer of 2017,  we also hired an architect to help the committee evaluate the needs and possible solutions.  Here is the prioritized list which the committee focused on over the Summer.

  • Refreshed Facilities Master Plan
  • Expand/Remodel Church Entry/Foyer
    • Create a more welcoming entry and expanded room for gathering/fellowship
  • Expand/Remodel Fellowship Hall
    • Fellowship Hall is multi-purpose room used for many activities; room has become overcrowd
  • Expand/Remodel Church/School side entry (area between the two)
    • Open up for better gathering areas for various school/church events
  • Re-purpose space for additional Classroom
    • Looking to potentially double Pre-School, so need additional classroom to juggle classroom space to accommodate
    • Remodel existing lunchroom area to turn into future classroom
  • Create additional meeting spaces for Faith Night breakout rooms

As the committee was reviewing the options, they wanted to ensure we had a quality master plan so we do not just add square footage that will later get in the way of a good overall plan.  Also, our committee determined within the first or second meeting that the objectives given to them could not be accomplished by simply renovating, so additional square footage would need to be added.

In looking at our financial outlook as a congregation, we just successfully completed paying off our school mortgage one year ahead of time!  Since Debt Reduction pledges are still coming, we converted the Debt Reduction fund to become the Facilities Debt & Capital Improvements Fund.  This currently is being use to pay our monthly Life campus mortgage.  We pay about $72,000 yearly, and currently have a principal balance of $670,000.  If we proceed with any building or expansion, we would launch a new pledge drive.

Regarding existing capital improvements for the year, we will be applying blacktop to the new sections of the Life campus parking lot.  The current outlook for the parking lot update is October 2017.  In addition, this year we would like to determine the direction we take regarding the possible improvements on the Resurrection campus.

In our 10-year plan, what we have been refering to as our Vision/Traction Organizer, we have other future expansion under consideration:

  • Life Site Expansion (Education Center and/or Worship Expansion)
  • Purchase property/space for Third Site worship location
  • Expand Kindergarten & Middle School as enrollment grows
  • Explore High School/Youth Education and Activities Opportunities

In all the planning that our Facilities Committee has put into this Master Site Plan and all the discussion we have had at the Church Council, we have kept our focus on congregation’s mission.  To Win and Nurture Souls for Christ!   It is great to have nice new facilities and spaces, but if they are not furthering our mission, then we need to ask why persue any changes to our Master Site Plan.  In looking at our Core Values, we believe these improvements which are being discussed clearly do help us with our “Connect’ value which is to continue to strengthen connecting with God and others through the study of his Word!  This also ties into more serve opportunities, giving generously, and sharing our faith with more people in our community by using our facilities.

The Master Site Plan has two options for considering how to open up the entryway and expand our Fellowship Hall.

Option 1: Full Remodel – Completely tear down the existing structure between the worship area and school/kitchen area.   Estimated Cost: $2.4M

Option 1

Full Remodel 3D Views

Option 2: Remodel Existing Structure and Expansion on Back Estimated Cost $1.8M

Remodel on Existing

Remodel on Existing 3d Views

School Expansion & Kitchen RenovationOptions added to the overall Master Site Plan  School Addition Estimated Cost: $1.9M     Kitchen Renovation Estimated Cost: $337,054

Master Plan with School Kitchen optionj

Next Steps

Please provide feedback and post any questions you may have about the various site plan options as well as any of the future expansion under consideration in our 10-year plan.  Additional plan views will be in the entrance ways at the Resurrection and Life campuses.  There is an open forum scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00pm

In Christ Alone, 

Daryl Schultz – Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church President

Vision/Traction Organizer (10-Year Plan)

Mission & Plans

Over the past 2 years, we have talked about doing a Ministry Assessment. In God’s perfect timing, we were blessed to have a couple Grace In Action consultants, who work with other WELS congregations, come in mid-March 2017 to work with our Church Council leaders for a weekend. They introduced us to the “Vision/Traction Organizer (VTO)”

So what is this VTO?

  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Help better understand our Church Mission
  • Put vision into plan to help us know where we are going and how we will get there

Vision/Traction Organizer is built on our Core Values:

  • WORSHIP…. Worshiping the Lord
  • CONNECT….. Connecting with God & Other through studying his word
  • SERVE…using our abilities and time
  • GIVE….Giving Generously
  • SHARE…Sharing the Good News of Jesus

Vision/Traction Organizer helps us focus on these Core Mission items:

  • To win and nurture souls for Christ

Our Niche as a church (what makes us unique):

  • Ministry from birth to Grade 8 (Think of Monkey Junction and the Early Childhood Ministries, along with our preschool and Elementary school)
  • We also prayerfully provide spiritual growth from cradle to grave

Vision/Traction Organizer outlines the following:

  • Building a 10-Year TARGET….(where do we want to be in 10 years)
  • Connects to a 3-Year PICTURE…..(where do we need to be at in 3-years)
  • Links to a 1-Year PLAN…. (where should be be in 1-year)

Vision/Traction Organizer is broken out into these 5 areas:

  • NURTURE…..We want to increase our members to be active in worship, connecting to God’s word, serving, and giving
  • EVANGELISM…..We want to excel in outreach….sharing our faith with others
  • SCHOOL….We want a sustainable, and growing/expanding school
  • FACILITIES…..We been discussing the past couple years about improvements to our facilities and possibility growing beyond our dual site
  • COLLABORATION….So much of our ministry here in Rochester community can be strengthen by working with other area WELS church

In addition to the 1-Year plan, we have broken down our objectives into Quarterly Rocks.  So at each Church Council meeting, we will discuss and review our 90-day objectives in our plan. This will help us get “Traction” with our “Vision”

Attached is the formal VTO document.

VTO – Rochester, MN — Resurrection.Life — 2017_07_18

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20,21

Resurrection and Life Lutheran Core Values

Mission & Plans

What are “Core Values”? 

The core values of our congregation are those values we hold which form the foundation on the mission of our church here in Rochester. We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us that through out the changes in society, government, politics, and technology they are STILL the core values we hold firm.

We have outlined 5 key ministry focus areas there at Resurrection and Life Lutheran. These are items which we share with new member as they join our congregation.

1.) Worship…pretty straight forward…focus on public worship here at Resurrection and Life.

2.) Connect…connecting with God and others as we study His Word (think bible classes, Faith Night, and even School)

3.) Service…use our ability and time to serve the Lord

4.) Give…give generously, thankfully, joyfully to the Lord for everything he has blessed us as well as continuous his work here in Rochester.

5.) Share…sharing our faith …good new of Jesus with others in our life

In our weekly Newsletter and various other communications, you will see the following banners. This will help tie back all the various ministries and activities at Resurrection and Life.

WORSHIPWorshiping the Lord


Strengthening by connecting with God & others through the study of his Word


Serving the Lord with our abilities & time


Giving generously


Sharing our faith and the good news of Jesus Christ

Master Site Plan: Life Campus (2010)

Mission & Plans

In 2010, we chose to reach out in a new area of Rochester. God blessed us to open our Life Campus at 4500 60th Ave NW.

Attached below is a full view of the Master Site Plan at the Life Campus. The existing section is in brown on the two pictures on the right side. The white shaded areas are preliminary views of what could be potentially added in the future.

Building Plan with Church