FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our current lease expires in October 2025 and we fully expect to renew it. However, in the meantime, we want to negotiate long-term solutions to meet our growing spatial needs. To meaningfully negotiate, it is important for us to be in a financially strong position and have funding that allows us to move forward in a redevelopment project.
Island ECC is responding to God’s call and trusting His guidance. We believe this is the right time for the church to move from rent payment to a long-term lease on a Government Institutional Community (GIC) building and in due course, enabling our income to be more fully devoted to ministry.
Island ECC has been financially stable over the last 20 years, paying lower than market rates in Quarry Bay, and meeting the church’s financial obligations annually. Church leadership does not believe that leasing additional commercial floors (subject to availability) will meet the growth of congregants in a financially and logistically sustainable manner.
We also believe that acquisition of a building is good stewardship practice. After searching for a building along HK Island for the past 6+ years, there is not yet a suitable premise (e.g. commercial, industrial, school) available for church.
The GIC redevelopment opportunity is a unique opportunity for Island ECC to partner with two social service non-profit organizations for spreading the gospel in Hong Kong (and overseas through church online), serve the community and expand on the church’s social service programs and activities in certain locations in Hong Kong.
Island ECC will not be going multi-site due to the higher operating costs incurred, particularly staff resources and facility costs. The redevelopment building will be the church’s main location to support all ministry activities and outreach in Hong Kong and abroad.
God has provided abundantly through the years and church leadership has been wise in determining budgets. We are therefore in a sound financial position. For those who would like to see our audited financials, you can request a copy from the Finance Department via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kairos time is before us as Island ECC can develop a strategic location for all the congregants to worship and live out their Christian faith in serving the people in the community. The church’s mission is to reach out to people in Hong Kong by living and speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ, impacting and transformed lives through providing social services.
For more than a decade, Island ECC’s social services primarily served the community in Shum Shui Po and some other districts in Kowloon and Hong Kong. The new building is a divine opportunity for Island ECC to serve the city by extending social services with a broader reach throughout the communities in the Eastern District which consists of a large and growing population of elderly, special education needs and families throughout Hong Kong.