Beyond These Walls
What it is
Beyond These Walls was a three-year initiative to eliminate the mortgage on Chapel Hill Church’s physical campus and redeploy debt-service funds into service for God…investing those newly available resources into ministry beyond the walls of our church.
Beyond These Walls enables Chapel Hill to generously live out God’s call for making disciples, sending leaders, and loving our neighbors. In doing so, we’re guided by the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 13:8: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other.”
You can be a part of this ongoing commitment!
Make disciples: We will focus on evangelism, host Alpha courses, empower members and LifeGroups to serve, and plant new worshipping communities to meet the needs of Port Orchard, Kitsap County, and beyond.
Send leaders: We will raise up church-planting interns to multiply faith communities, help people recognize their call to ordained pastoral ministry and respond to it, and develop new approaches to pastoral training.
Love our neighbors: We will empower local and regional organizations and equip our people to show the love of Jesus Christ to our South Sound neighbors.
How it works
Now that our debt is retired, the annual budget reserves 15% of our general fund to go “beyond these walls”. Chapel Hill has established a process to evaluate BTW investment proposals and to assess those approved. The Session (the body of elected, governing Elders) of Chapel Hill has appointed an Advisory Committee to screen opportunities, review existing projects, and cultivate future opportunities. The committee reports directly to the Executive Council of the Session.
Each year, we will make specific BTW investment decisions for the coming fiscal year, while keeping a reserve for opportunities that arise during the year.
To ensure our investments align with Chapel Hill’s mission and the BTW mission to make disciples, send leaders, and love our neighbors, the program is administered through five distinct funding categories:
Faith-based initiatives: investing in community organizations in alignment with our beliefs through large, pledged gifts of significant impact (like YMCA Seymour Scholars, Tacoma Rescue Mission FISH Food Bank)
Community initiatives: supporting community organizations with whom we share alignment in community impact regardless of belief system (like local service clubs, Peninsula School District, municipal projects, nonprofits)
Evangelistic initiatives: growing evangelical opportunities through various environments with the purpose of advancing God’s Kingdom (like Alpha, church planting, training and sending leaders, and livestream resources)
Member-empowerment grants: providing smaller grants to Chapel Hill member-led initiatives (like LifeGroup-initiated ministry opportunities, Empowerment Groups like Street Ministries, Comfort Quilters, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, etc.)
EPC church grants (Evangelical Presbyterian Church): providing high-impact/”tipping point” grants to EPC churches, typically in the Pacific Northwest (like Logos Presbyterian Church)
Where you come in
Do you have an idea for a Member Empowerment Grant? Learn more about Member Empowerment Groups and consider submitting an application for a Member Empowerment Grant.
See our digital brochure.