Triumph Church currently employs full-time, part-time and
weekend employees. These do not include
the contract employees, 24-hour security, nor the seasonal labor hired during
intense ministry seasons. These salaries
and expenses are covered with regular tithes and offering.
Another significant expenditure is the cost associated with multiple
rented facilities. It would be
short-sighted to suggest that the growth of our church is not intimately
intertwined with our current or past services at the Detroit Opera House, Cass Technical High School, Salem High School
and Faith United Methodist Church. We
have been able to accommodate our growth by renting these facilities; yet,
there are significant costs associated with the rentals and the necessary
planning and labor required to conduct each service with a level of excellence.
XIV. Should I stop giving to the general fund to support the Spiritual
As a giver, your first priority is to God through your tithes and
offering. Giving for the Spiritual Beltway is a sacrifice in
addition to your tithes and offering. If
your situation forces you to choose, pay your tithes first.
XV. How will the church be kept informed of the giving?
The Finance Director will publish quarterly
accounting updates of Spiritual Beltway
giving. These updates will be available
inside the worship service guides on the Sunday following the Day of Sacrifice.
XVI. What are the major Spiritual Beltway dates I should know?
The first Sunday of February, May, August, and November are our Days of
Sacrifice, when we ask members and friends to submit their sacrificial gifts.
XVII. When will we see something start to happen?
Things are already happening.
Keep in mind that for every ribbon-cutting ceremony, that there were
years of previous preliminary work. The
expenses in which we are engaged are the tedious preliminaries required for a
sustainable Spiritual Beltway foundation.
For example with our East Campus, we purchased this 29,000
square foot worship facility for just over one million. The renovation plans of the former Second
Ebenezer Church can be seen with roofing repairs, carpeted hallways, and a new entryway. You will also notice a renovated sanctuary with new carpet, upholstery for the pews, new backdrop, new choir stand and new sound system. Construction
experts agree that renovation projects are less expensive than new
construction – an approach we exercised with this facility.
In weighing the costs associated with new construction and value of
prime real estate, we were able to astutely craft land acquisition deals or agreements for what will eventually become the sites for both our North and West Campuses. Our 13-acre West campus was purchased for slightly
more than two million, while the North Campus is a long-term lease agreement with St. John Providence Hospital.
In 2012, upon prior to finalizing plans for the renovation and expansion of the Geddes Road property, Triumph was blessed with the opportunity to purchase a property with nearly twice the size that was situated just a few miles away from Geddes. The Beck Road campus in Northville was thereafter purchased for around the same price it would have cost to renovate Geddes -- and the facility already had the seating capacities and more room that Triumph sought with the impending Geddes renovation.
Our outlay cost
address current needs, short-term goals and long –term planning.