New Building Project



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After current facilities, guest needs and developing a long-range vision for the future, Scioto Hills believes God is directing us to construct an “adult and family friendly” conference center that will enable us to expand our ministry and more effectively meet the changing needs of the church. The conference center includes a worship center, dining hall, breakout space and hotel style lodging as well as a new camp entrance that provides direct access from State Rt. 140. While our summer camp remains a priority, we believe a conference center provides a service to churches and para-church ministries seeking a “21st Century” facility for adults and families. 

Studies indicate that church members of all ages are engaging in activities and events away from their church facility, and as a result, desire to partner with like-minded ministries that can provide “modern” facilities in a beautiful outdoor setting.  Our guest group ministry, which includes a growing number of inquires from adult groups, is the fasting growing aspect of our program.  To our knowledge, a facility of this kind does not exist within our region (4-5 hours by car). 

The project will be completed on a “cash only” basis through the gifts of friends and acquaintances. 

The project has been divided into 3 phases. 

Phase One includes the purchase of land, a new road and entrance and the construction of a 350-person worship center. (Scioto Hills has never had a building designated solely for this purpose.)

Phase two involves renovating our Recreational Facility to accommodate our year round ministry and “indoor program” opportunities. 

Phase three includes a dining hall and hotel style lodging connected to the worship center creating an ‘under one roof’ facility.”

Where are we at this time?

We have secured a construction manager who will give oversight to the current phase of the project.  He comes highly qualified and is volunteering his services.  In June, we purchased property that connects us to Rt. 140 (Step 1 of Phase 1 However, we believe the purchase of the two adjacent properties, which we are waiting to close on provides us with the best option for developing a new road (all three pieces are necessary for the best option).  The buyer has agreed to sell  and we thanks to a donor we are ready to purchase the property, but we are currently working out details with the seller.  We have secured a few bids for developing a road that is approximately ½ mile in length.  The estimated cost is 500K but we believe with the help of camp friends and utilizing local businessmen we can complete the project for less.

UPDATE -  We are still waiting to close on the two adjacent pieces of land. The buyer has agreed to sell but we are still working out some details.  (In the meantime, and thanks to a matching fund challenge, we are going to complete several projects that will enhance our current ministry.)