EXPLORE THE MERGE
As of October 18, 2020, Hill City Church & Capitol City Christian Church are merging together!
Over the last three months, our two leadership teams really set out to discern whether this would be the best decision for God’s Kingdom. We’ve prayed, fasted, discussed, shared with our churches, and solicited feedback. Another step we’ve taken is to read the book Better Together. It has been an incredibly helpful resource for discerning and outlining a merger process. The authors talk about how the most successful mergers are mission-driven. This means we aren’t just weighing the practical matters like attendance and budget, but the kingdom metrics of discipleship and evangelism. This is a mission-driven merger.
You might be wondering what this next season of transition is going to look like? The transition is going to take some time and we need your help. The plan at this point is for both congregations to continue meeting in their buildings through the end of the year. We will do a joint Christmas Eve service in the Capitol City building. Then in the new year, Capitol City will start meeting with Hill City at the building on Bogus Basin Rd. Our landlord has graciously agreed to allow us to go month to month in our current space. This will allow us to do some of the renovations to the Capitol City building. Once we have a more solidified construction timeline we will schedule a move-in date and have our first services at the Capitol City building all together, both congregations together as one. We are incredibly grateful to be moving into a beautiful, historic building that is fully paid off! We are humbled by this monumental gift that will allow us to dedicate substantially more of our annual budget to growing the Kingdom of God.
As you can imagine we’ll need help with moving things, building projects, and all that goes into this process. So if you would like to help let us know by clicking the Volunteer button below. You can also donate specifically towards renovations by clicking the Give button and selecting the “Building Renovation” designation from the drop-down menu.
We’re so excited about the direction that God is leading us. We invite you to partner with us as we help more people follow Jesus with everything because He first loved us.
October 18, 2020
Why did they reach out to us at Hill City Church?
In March 2020, the lead pastor of Capitol City was called to a different congregation in Oregon. The elders at Capitol City have discussed several options for their future. They believe that a merger with Hill City Church is their best option. They see great alignment with the mission and vision of Hill City. They are excited to explore joining with a church that is effectively reaching the North End for Christ by making and growing disciples that follow Jesus with everything. All of the meetings between the two leadership teams have gone great and only further confirmed our alignment.
Who is Capitol City Christian Church?
Capitol City is a congregation of about 50 people. The demographic is an ethnically mixed and intergenerational ranging from young families to Christians who have been following Jesus for decades. The same congregation has been meeting in this building since 1910 and has gone through three different names: First Christian Church, Central Christian Church, and Capitol City Christian Church.
How would church leadership look after a merger?
Hill City would continue to be governed by the current Pastoral Leadership Team according to the structure described in the Bylaws. Two of the Capitol City elders would join the leadership team. This would allow for the Capitol City leadership to continue to have a voice as we merge churches.
What does a “merger” mean?
Who would preach each Sunday?
What ministry opportunities are available?
There will be many opportunities to prayerfully consider. Volunteers will be needed in leading worship, children’s ministry, students, Life Groups, and so on.
What are the financial implications of the merger?
Members of our finance committee have reviewed this proposal and are excited about the possibilities of what God can do in Boise through a potential merger. The Capitol City church building is paid off and has a relatively low monthly expenditure.
What would happen to Capitol City staff and volunteers?
What is the building like? Would it need renovations?
The building was built in 1911 and is a registered historic landmark. It is a large, beautiful building with seating for over 500. It's also contains a well equipped kitchen. The plumbing, electric, and geothermal heating have all been updated recently.
Would there be enough parking?
How will people feel about a traditional church building?
When will we start meeting the people from Capitol City?
What are the some of the steps in a merger timeline?
How have we discerned God's will in this?
What would happen if the merger doesn’t work out?
Why are we considering this merger?
HOW TO PRAY
Please be praying for God to guide us through this process. Here are a few bullet points of specific prayer needs:
Mission - Pray that we would be able to see the mission of God grow through this opportunity.
Discernment - Pray for the leaders to continue to have the wisdom and Holy Spirit guidance needed to make the right decisions.
Relationships - Pray for people from Capitol City and Hill City to begin building a community together.
Unity - Pray that God would give our church a great sense of unity in this season.
COVID-19 - Pray that God would continue to sustain both churches as we navigate the difficulties of ministry during the coronavirus.
Provision - Pray for financial provision to be able to take care of any building improvements.
Future - Pray that our best days as a church would be ahead of us.