More Idlewild FAQs

Visit the More Idlewild page to read plans, watch a video, and see architectural renderings. Head to the Questions page to submit specific questions or comments.

Why now?

The economic downturn of 2008 ended our original kickoff, but we’ve continued to monitor the economy in Memphis. Our facilities are aging and repairs are mounting, and our current campus is negatively impacting Idlewild’s ability to serve our community.Idlewild’s most recent capital campaign was in the 1980s — a generation ago.

What happens if we raise more than is needed?

We’ll be able to add the funds to the endowment to help offset increased operating costs.

What is the pledge payment plan?

Pledges may be paid within five years (or by 2021).

When will it get started, and how long will it take?

It’s expected to take eight months to complete design and start construction, then take another 18-24 months to complete the construction. The construction phase begins in February 2018, with completion estimated the end of 2018 or early 2019. The new Children's Center is expected to open January 2019.

How will construction impact our facilities and programs?

Construction will be phased to minimize the impact on the church’s operation and activities.

How will the operating budget be impacted?

We expect that efficiency will make any increases negligible in the short term. But in the long term, we’re estimating it will cost an additional $50,000 annually. Raising deferred and testamentary gifts will allow us to increase our endowment and have additional money each year to offset the added expenses.

Is this just ‘for us,’ or is there an outreach component?

Yes, there are several outreach components. 

The main one addresses one of the greatest challenges we face in Memphis and Shelby County, the enrichment of lives of children and families.Our redesigned preschool will set a new standard for education for children from all backgrounds with a focus on early brain development and health. 

Our vision of a Children and Family Enrichment Center (CAFE, for short) embraces both children and families. A parenting center will be open to all families, and the CAFE will incorporate our current recreation programs, tutoring, gardening, healthy cooking and church education. Studies show that offering early childhood care today can benefit our community in many ways in the long run, and that’s precisely what our outreach component is designed to address.

Other aspects of outreach in the campaign include improving our facilities to accommodate both existing and yet-to-be-created outreach programming.

How do I learn more?

Visit the More Idlewild page to read about the plans, watch a video, and see architectural renderings. You can also visit the Questions page and send in a form with specific questions or comments. 




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