Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is our church’s mission, vision and values? How will we fulfill our mission? 


Mission: To know Christ and to make Him known.


Vision: One church with many campuses, glorifying Jesus Christ by transforming lives and impacting our culture with God’s timeless truth and life-giving Gospel, in Northern Virginia and around the world.


Values: Prayer; Christ-like service; Reaching the poor and needy; Vibrant, Spirit-filled worship; Caring, loving relationships; Local and global outreach; Building strong families; In-depth, practical teaching; Authenticity and accountability; Apologetic training for all; Expository Bible preaching; Unity.


How we go about fulfilling our mission: “Gather / Grow / Go” is the strategic framework that will shape our actions.



2. What is the Capital Campaign for? 


To expand the main BCC campus to its natural capacity. Ensure proper balance, better traffic flow, and scale of facilities. Provide three wings: Adult, Student, and Children.


To build the new Adult wing of about 50,000 sqft, including a 14,000 sqft worship center with seating for 1200+. It will also have classrooms, consolidated offices, and other related ministry spaces. The new Adult wing will have about 42,000 sqft of finished space and over 8,000 sqft of useable space in the unfinished cellar to allow for future expansion.


To repurpose the existing Worship Center to be the Student Ministries wing, with multi-purpose and recreation spaces. With sufficient funds for renovation, we plan to repurpose the worship center floor and balcony levels to better suit Student needs.


To convert all rooms in the Children’s wing for teaching and ministry purposes. Repurpose the former Student auditorium and café for use by the children’s ministry. Convert spaces currently used as admin spaces back to use as Children’s classrooms and expanded nursery.


To make other improvements to the facility, such as: 1200 sqft, centrally-located kitchen, furnishings, parking lot completion, and exterior grounds improvements.



3. Why should we build a new building? 


Answers to prayer are leading us on this path. We are focused on His direction for BCC, and on Following God’s Lead. With that as our guiding principle, our vision is to reach Northern Virginia and the world. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)


The current facility is frequently filled, both on Sunday and during the week in service to many ministries. This new facility will provide additional opportunities to better serve the congregation and local community in ways that foster the type of fellowship and community that have always been part of our church’s values. (See Acts 2:42-47 for context).


This new facility builds out our current campus to nearly its maximum capacity from which to support future growth and provides the best use of the land we currently have available. Since growth at BCC may continue throughout the building process, we may be establishing additional campuses in Northern Virginia. We need to strengthen the facilities at the current BCC location to serve as the “Hub” of the spokes of additional campuses that BCC may launch over the next few years to accommodate even further growth.


This expands the reach of the mission of our church “To Know Christ and to make Him known.” Reference John 4:35 “…Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are ripe for harvest.” We can transform more lives and impact more people.


God is at work at our church through Sunday services and the many ministries in the current building. This is an opportunity to meet the spiritual needs of more in the community. We want be good stewards and bless the people God has blessed us with.


God has enabled our church to be engaged in numerous missions at the, local, national and international levels. Growth in the church adds to our ability to grow in our mission work.



4. What is the reasoning behind this design? 


Adult Wing with Worship Center: BCC is touching the lives of more and more people for Christ.


Problems: Our Worship Center has been a gymnasium and multi-purpose room for the life of the church. With the addition of the balcony in 2013, the current Worship Center is now at its limit (720 seats) and is overflowing in two of the four services offered every Sunday. The entrances are chokepoints. Sightlines are limited. The recently expanded stage is too small for many of the ministry events we would like to host.


Design Benefits: The new Worship Center design provides over 1200 seats, with some stadium-style seating along the back wall. The chairs on the flat floor will be removable to provide flexibility in the use of the space. Many more and larger doors will accommodate the flow of people easily. A larger and better-equipped stage will provide broader opportunities for worship, theater, and ministry events.


Student Wing: Our Student ministry programs have been a lamp of Truth and Hope to the teenagers of numerous area schools.


Problems: High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers have outgrown their Student auditorium. They lack robust space to minister to the growing Student groups in Junior High and High School and to invite other church ministries to joint programs. Small groups have few options to meet on-campus and hangout space is limited.


Design Benefits: Repurposing the current worship center triples the space for fellowship and large ministry events. The old office wing can be transformed into small group meeting rooms. The auditorium will connect directly into the new kitchen to make hosting large dinners so much more efficient. The balcony will be reclaimed as fellowship space. Depending on renovation funds available, additional improvements and amenities can be considered for the Student Wing.


Children’s Wing: Families at BCC experience spiritual growth at all ages. BCC has always held children’s education as a core priority and the popularity of our Children’s Ministry programs testifies to this.


Problems: The Children need more room. The Quest program, the key ministry to connect 5th and 6th graders with Christ, has outgrown the basement. The flow of children in the building is awkward and crowded.


Design Benefits: All the rooms in the Children’s wing will be useable for Sunday School and ministry. The ones that have been accommodating other purposes will be converted back to classrooms. Quest will inherit a dedicated auditorium and meeting area (formerly the Student Auditorium and café. The children’s wing becomes a fully integrated facility, with easy access to the new main lobby.


Lobby/Entrance/Offices: Our facility was built sequentially. First the Main building (1980’s), then Children’s classroom building (2001), then the Student section (2005), then the expansion of the stage, lobby, modular classrooms and modifications to the balcony and some classrooms (2013).


Problems: Built in numerous stages over a period of 25 years, the building’s various functions are awkwardly arranged. When new families are drawn to our church, they don’t know where to enter. The offices for pastors and staff are not co-located, but are instead on opposite sides of the Worship Center. The building has limited space for unscheduled, unstructured fellowship.


Design Benefits: The new design integrates the functions of the church facility. The main entrance is re-oriented to be immediately visible when entering the parking lot. The Lobby of the new main entrance acts as a hub for all three wings, Adult, Student and Children. The Church offices are consolidated for efficiency and security. Most of all, the spacious lobby will be a destination all week long for fellowship. It will host a bookstore and a coffee bar, and will be a relaxing place to work and an inviting place to bring neighbors.


Other Areas for Growth: To accommodate 1200+ worshipers, a church facility has to be balanced.


Problems: We have limited kitchen facilities. Baptism happens in a temporary tub. Our Adult classrooms have been making do in the Modular classrooms. There is no room to expand without building.

Design Benefits: The new design triples the capacity of the current kitchen and places it centrally. Modern, flexible classrooms for Adult Bible study will be integrated into the building. The Baptistery becomes a focal point in the new lobby, reflective of the importance of the changed lives of God’s people. In addition, the design includes a 16,000 square foot unfinished cellar for future expansion.



5. What is the history of these plans? 


BCC established a planning committee responsible for building out the site in the mid-1990s. In October of 1999, Fairfax County approved a site plan which included a new worship center, parking lot, classrooms and offices on the spot where we are proposing to build. The church has been in active prayer on this ever since.


In 2011 at the direction of the Elder Council, the Master Planning Committee started in earnest to study possible designs and assess affordability for a new facility. Pastor Marty alerted the Congregation by letter on 12 September 2013 about the goal for Fundraising ($12-13M) and the continued need for prayer.


The Congregational Meeting in November 2013 approved the proposed architectural concept as a new worship center and the formation of a Capital Campaign committee. The Special Congregational Meeting in February 2014 authorized expansion of the parking lot in accordance with the approved site plan. The Congregational Meeting in May 2014 authorized a $13M capital campaign over three years.



6. What will the new building look like? 


It will have a similar style to the current building both interior and exterior.


In keeping with our church’s character and to reduce expense, the new building will not have a steeple or other exterior ornamentation. The interior of the worship center will have removable seating similar to what is in the current worship center. The building will be finished in a tasteful and modest style, with a priority on keeping costs to a reasonable level.



7. How much will it cost? 


All those involved in the project are working hard to control costs as part of responsible stewardship, while recognizing that God’s resources are limitless and that He can provide anything and everything. With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).


The original cost estimates from 2013 projected construction cost at $9M in CY13 dollars for the basic building. Costs for other items, such as design, engineering services, landscaping, and furnishings were in addition to the construction cost. Total project cost was estimated at $13M.


Construction cost estimates were updated in August 2014 to reflect the current design. The total project cost is essentially unchanged, at $13.2M. Inflation cost growth is expected each year.



8. How will we pay for it? 


As authorized by the Congregation, a Capital Campaign for $13M will start in September 2014 and gather pledges and contributions for 3 years. The progress of the capital campaign will determine the start date of construction. Some of the initial costs (~$730K) are being paid for in the budget and with reserve funds.



9. What if we don’t meet our Campaign goals? 


The Council of Elders will allow a mortgage to be taken that will cover the difference between cost and giving. The new annual mortgage payments will not exceed 15% of the church budget. (It was 7.5% of the CY13 budget.) Construction won’t begin until we can ensure any mortgage will fit under this max debt load. The progress of the campaign will be assessed quarterly and reported formally at Congregational Meetings.



10. What if we achieve our Campaign goals sooner than expected? 


God can make His timeline ours. The milestones that drive the elements of the construction can be accelerated by 18-24 months.



11. What about our current mortgage? 


We won’t sign a new mortgage until we completely pay off the old one. As of August 2014, we owe $300,586 and are paying it off more quickly than the amortization schedule. We pay $20K monthly which includes an additional payment to reduce the principal. We plan to retire the mortgage no later than 2015.



12. Why start now? 


Growth is pressuring our campus facilities. A long-term project like this needs to kick off now to meet the growth needs of our church.

It has long been the church’s intent to grow in this way. BCC’s current Site Plan, depicting a large Worship Center addition, was approved in 1999 and was developed after years of work and faithful prayer.


Fairfax County is considering changes to the rules about building. To preserve the maximum capacity of our Site plan (the “cellar” option), we need to submit a site plan amendment, that includes these new designs, by January 2015.



13. When do we plan to break ground on the new building? When could we move in? 


God’s timing is the most important element to answering this question. Right now, there is no planned date to break ground. We now have a design that is about 50% complete and we are launching a Capital Campaign to raise the funds necessary to complete the design and construction. If God moves mightily in the hearts of our congregation and through the Capital Campaign, we could break ground as early as the spring of 2017 and move into the new building in late 2018.


The Site Plan design process started on 13 January 2014. We will submit the Site Plan amendment for approval by January 2015. The new Site Plan, which we expect to be approved in late spring 2015, will enable BCC to submit a construction permit for at least five years. If we wait beyond the spring of 2021 to request a construction permit, we may need an extension of the Site Plan.

Using the approved Site Plan, we can submit for construction permit once the design is finalized. The time from a decision to proceed with construction until completion is about three years and includes completing the design, requesting construction permit, selecting contractor, and actual construction.


As the Capital Campaign nears its goal, a congregational vote will be taken to authorize the completion of the design and the construction. Construction is roughly estimated at 18 – 24 months from ground-breaking to occupancy.


We won’t submit construction permit applications/ break ground until we have sufficient funds in hand and pledged to complete it. We can’t set a date to this until the Capital Campaign progress is assessed. The exact amount of funds required to be on hand before we break ground is straightforward to calculate. However, it requires more precise figures on actual cost and actual interest rates that can only be known closer to the actual ground-breaking.


Two possible schedules are presented graphically: a Nominal Schedule and a Best Case schedule, both with assumptions listed. The single difference is the progress of the Capital Campaign.



14. What have we already committed to? 


The contracts for 50% design and civil engineering have been signed. These are the only contracts to which we have committed thus far. They total about $300K and were approved in the 2014 budget. The 2013 Architecture Concepts design work cost ~$30K.



15. What about parking? 


The County disapproved the sale or lease of the neighboring Fairfax County-owned land parcel.


To support a 1200+-seat worship center approximately 630 parking spaces are needed. After the planned parking expansion, BCC will host approximately 480. The remainder will be accommodated through off-site parking and shuttle service. It is possible, but not certain, that further parking lot expansion at BCC could occur in the future. For the immediate future, we will continue to provide off-site parking at the Rolling Valley Park-and-Ride with shuttle service for overflow parking.



16. How do I participate? 


Through prayer, that God will make clear His Leading in the hearts of His people at BCC.


Through the Campaign website: https://followinggodslead.com/


Through the church’s website: http://burkecommunity.com/#/home/ways-to-give


For online giving: https://burkecommunity.securegive.com


For gifts of bequeaths or of capital investments, please contact Erin Sniffin, bookkeeper@burkecommunity.com or Steffani Mears, steffani@burkecommunity.com at 703-425-0205.



17. What if I have other questions that are not listed here? 


Contact members of the Council of Elders: Pastor Marty Baker, Curt Hammill, Richard Dick, Joel Bales, Gordon Kesting, Allen Miller, Dave Pennington, and Joe Terry.


Contact members of the Master Planning Committee: Jack Law, Kirk Hiles, Steffani Mears, Dick Riordan, Pam Sanders, Paul Schmidt, and Kurt Willstatter.


Contact members of the Capital Campaign Committee: Keye Sabol, Steve Cantrell, Anthony Galassi, Jim Hassett, Chuck Key, Randy Navarro, Lorrie Parker, Erin Sniffin, and Julie Steadily.