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Preparing one of Boise's oldest churches for the

NEXT 110 years of sharing the Good News of Jesus.

42%

+ 16%​ in

pledges

$210,085 given

(+$80,000 pledged)

Updated 2/24/21

$500,000

 

OVERVIEW​

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.

 

One way everyone can help is through prayer. Be praying for God to continue to lead us from this point forward. Check out some specific prayer needs in the How to Pray section.

 

If you want to stay in the loop with our communication make sure you follow us on social media @hillcityboise or fill out an online Connect Card with your name and email to stay in the loop.

 

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.

 

Video Updates

February 17, 2021

December 1, 2020

October 18, 2020

 

FAQs

General

Why did they reach out to 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 the best option. They see great alignment with the mission and vision of Hill City. They are excited to be joining with a church that is effectively reaching the North End for Christ by making and growing disciples that follow Jesus with everything.




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 by three different names: First Christian Church, Central Christian Church, and Capitol City Christian Church.




How will church leadership look following a merger?


Beginning Jan 1, 2021 the two congregations will officially merge and become Hill City Church. At that point, the newly united church will be lead by the Pastoral Leadership Team. This team will be composed of the original five Hill City Church leadership team members as well as two of the Capitol City leadership team members. This team will be governed by the structure described in Hill City Church Bylaws.




What does a “merger” mean?


In the summer of 2020, Capitol City Christian Church invited Hill City church to prayerfully consider merging with them at their location at 615 N. 9th Street. On October 18, 2020, the two church congregations have officially decided to merge together. While the necessary vote has now taken place, the merge will become effective on Januaray 1, 2021. At that time the two congregations will begin meeting together and be known as Hill City Church. All current members of both congregations will be asked to recommit to the mission and vision as members (to be called Partners) of the newly merged church. The church will use Hill City’s mission, vision, statement of faith, and all other governing documents.




Who will preach on Sundays?


Hill City Church lead pastor, Josh Branham, will continue to preach the majority of the time. We will continue to occasionally have guest speakers from inside and outside of the church.




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 both leadership teams are excited about the possibilities of what God can do in Boise through this merger. The Capitol City church building is paid off and has a relatively low monthly expenditure. Currently at the Bogus Basin location, Hill City Church expenses nearly 40% of it's monthly budget on facitily-related expenses (lease/maintenance/utilities/insurance). The leadership teams and finance committee now estimate that figure will drop to roughly 10 % of the monthly budget following the building renovations at 615 N Ninth St. This single change will create massive opportunity for our combined church to advance the strategic mission of walking with God, connecting with people, and impacting the world!





Building

What is the building like? Would it need renovations?


The building at 615 N. Ninth St. was built in 1910 and is a registered historic landmark. It is a large, beautiful building with seating for over 500 people. The plumbing, electric, and geothermal heating have all been updated recently. It also contains a well equipped kitchen. The building is in need of some renovations. The leadership team is working with a highly respected designer with an expertise in historic buildings. The team is also working with a project manager to coordinate the design and contruction teams. Some of the more immediate renovations will include the children’s area and classrooms, sanctuary, lobby, stage, and additional bathrooms. With all of the renovations, the vision is to restore the original beauty of the building and set it up for ministry use the next 110 years.




Will there be enough parking?


Designated parking is limited, but there is a decent amount of street side parking. Capitol City has been allowed to utilize Boise High staff parking lot for Sunday gatherings. Beyond that, there are several other potential parking opportunities in the nearby area.




How will people feel about a traditional church building?


The leadership team has solicied feedback from people - both young and old. The feedback shows that people would be very excited to worship in a church building that has a more traditional look and so much history. The stained glass and natural acoustics of the sanctuary create a great atmosphere for worship. We anticipate many people wanting to attend services for the experience of worshiping in one of Boise’s oldest churches.





Timeline

What are the important dates to note regarding the merger?


In the summer of 2020, Capitol City Christian Church invited Hill City church to prayerfully consider merging with them at their location at 615 N. 9th Street. On October 18, 2020, the two church congregations officially decided to merge together. While the decision has been made, the merge will become effective on Januaray 1, 2021. At that time the two congregations will begin meeting together at the Bogus Basin location while contruction begins at the 615 N. Ninth St. location. While it is too early in the planning process to nail down a building renovation timeline, it is anticipated that contruction will take several months and the move in date will be sometime in early 2021.





Discernment

How have we discerned God's will in this?


The leadership teams have been and will continue to be meeting and praying for God's leading throughout the entire merge process. Thus far, there have been numerous confirmations that God is orchestrating, protecting, and guiding the two congregations into and through the merge. We anticipate much more of this as the leadership teams and congregants continue to pray, seek and act on God's leading.





 
 

BUILDING FEATURES & AMENITIES

Built in 1910

Downtown & North End

Kitchen

350+ seating capacity

Office space

Paid off mortgage

On stage baptismal

16,520 sq. feet

Two restrooms (+2 more to come)

View of the state Capitol

Street-side parking

Cyclist friendly

Neighbors to Boise High School

Geothermal heating

Beautiful stained glass

 

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 the mission of God would grow exponentially 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 these two congregations 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 the best days of the newly merged Hill City Church are ahead and that God will use this congregation to strategically impact the Treasure Valley and beyond.

 

Get Involved

Volunteer

Calling all workers! There are going to be numerous opportunities to get involved. The button below provides a place where you can sign up to volunteer your time, skills, and/or equipment. Thank you!

Give

Help prepare this historic church building for the NEXT 110 years of sharing the Good News of Jesus! Many people have shared their excitement and asked how they can give. Below we've listed several of the easiest ways to give. 

Online

 

It's quick, easy, and secure. Give with your debit card, credit card, or bank account number using our online giving software.

*Select Building Renovation in the drop-down menu.

Check

 

Checks can be sent to our mailing address.

 

*Write Building Renovation in the memo line.

Hill City Church

615 N. 9th St.

Boise, ID 83702

Stocks

 

To give via stock transfer, send us an email.

Mobile


If you have the Church Center App, you can easily connect to Hill City Church and manage giving inside the app.