Record has been our home for nearly 6 years and while we are forever grateful to God for his provision and to the team at Record for allowing us to meet in this amazing space, we are ready for permanence–our next step–and we are ready NOW!
While this space is not our forever home, it allows us to grow, to have a permanent location, and to continue to save money that will make our forever home a reality.
Yes we are still building our future home, but with rising interest rates and cost of goods, we would not be stewarding what God has given the church as wisely as we believe that we should be.Thank you for your continued generosity and we can assure you that all of your brick-by-brick donations will STILL go directly to the building of our Future Home.
SOCO began as a portable church in January 2018. After five and a half years, WE HAVE SIGNED A LEASE on the building located at 3201 S Walton Blvd.
This newly leased space is ~16,000 square feet which is double the size of our original location at Record in downtown Bentonville. While this isn’t the forever home of SOCO, it allows us to solve most of the problems that come with being a portable church.
In 2021, SOCO purchased 5.3 acres located at the corner of 14th Street and Been Road. Located on one of the most traveled streets in Bentonville, our future home will have exposure to over 30,000 cars per day.
SOCO has architectural drawings and renderings for a church that is ~28,000 square feet. Our future home will include a 700 seat auditorium, a wing dedicated to SOCO Kids, office space for our staff, plenty of lobby space, and a full-service cafe. We have also designed this building to be multi-phased with add-ons for such things as a youth center. SOCO Is currently in a giving campaign called Brick By Brick that is raising money to invest in our future home. Those who contribute to Brick By Brick are called brick layers. To become a brick layer, fill out digital connect card HERE. For any further questions, please email email@example.com.
How You Can Be a BRICK LAYER
1. Pray Continually
Commit to pray that the MEANS of this project will be provided, that the MISSION of SOCO would move forward, and that our MOTIVE stays rooted in the heart of God.
2. Tithe Regularly
Commit to follow the Biblical principle of the tithe by giving your first 10% back to Him. This allows SOCO to continue changing lives while we plan for all that is to come.
3. Give Generously
Commit to invest in the HOME of SOCO by giving above your tithe as God leads you.
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Can you tell me about the new building?
The building located at 3201 S Walton is ~16,000 square feet which is twice the size of Record. It is easily accessible and has great visibility to the community. We will have parking dedicated to our church. We will have a SOCO Kids wing that will have classrooms and not put together with pipe and drape. Our auditorium will seat ~500 people. This will be a permanent space that can host Discovery, multiple community groups at once, our weekly Youth program, SOCO Kids, worship and production rehearsals, etc.
What is the plan for the Brick By Brick campaign?
SOCO will continue our Brick By Brick campaign to build our future home on the corner of 14th and Been. Everything given to Brick By Brick is still designated to that campaign. Our priority for Brick By Brick in the near future is to pay off our land so when we are ready for construction we own the land and do not have to roll it into a construction loan.
What is the benefit of the new building and why now?
There are several benefits to this. First of all, we want our church to be healthy. Right now, every team must load in and load out their equipment, which limits the amount of people that can serve and people experience burnout quicker. A permanent space will eliminate most of the loading in and out and will allow the same number of volunteers to serve a larger service. Second, our equipment depreciates at a rapid rate due to the loading and loading out process. A permanent space will reduce the wear and tear on our equipment and, more importantly, reduce the risk of injury for our team. Lastly, as of August 2023, the rate of construction for a commercial building at the PRIME rate is between 9% and 9.25%. Supply costs have risen ~40% since this project started. We want to make sure we are making wise decisions of your stewardship to ensure we are not crippling our future.
When will we be in the 3201 S Walton building?
This depends on a number of things: changing occupancy type from Commercial to Assembly, the city approving buildout, and the actual buildout of the building. The process could take as little as 45-60 days; however, we fully expect to be in this building in 2023.
What do we think the timeframe is to build our future home?
That’s a great question and dependent largely on the market and economy. We are committed to building our church. We believe that in the best case scenario this sets us back one year. This allows us to see if the market adjusts while we continue to save for the right time. Also, this gives us an established building where we can grow in a healthy manner.
How can I help or how can I get involved?
There are four ways that you can help or get involved.
One of the ways we will be able to save money is by completing portions of the buildout ourselves. Be on the lookout for requests to help with demo, clean up, landscaping, and other jobs where we can jump in and help.
Is there something you can donate? Are you a licensed professional in some area? This will reduce our cost to remodel the building. If you can donate building materials or your labor, please email Jared Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a team today! We now see a finish line at Record Downtown. Help us get to that finish line by joining a team today and make sure we transition to our new building well. There are some great opportunities to get involved both at Record and at the S. Walton building. If you haven’t gone through Discovery, now is a great time to sign up for that by scanning the QR code in service or visit www.soco.church.
Have you pledged to Brick By Brick? If so, hopefully this encourages you to continue your pledge through 2024 as we are committed to building our future home. If you haven’t pledged to Brick By Brick, now is a great time to invest in the future of our church, both in the new S. Walton building and our future home at 14th and Been. You can fill out digital pledge card HERE