Christian group that moved its headquarters from Colorado Springs after three a long time, Colorado Springs Information
The Christian and Missionary Alliance has put its national headquarters, which the organization established 31 years ago at 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, up for sale and is preparing to relocate all operations to Columbus, Ohio.
In the early stages, less than half of the 130 employees announced they were moving, said Peter Burgo, director of storytelling and media relations.
“Some of our employees have chosen not to move because of their love for this community and the beauty of the Pikes Peak region and the Colorado landscape,” he said.
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Employees will make final decisions in March. The closure and relocation of the office are scheduled to begin in the summer. Historical archives and a foundation will be left behind for a while, Burgo said.
The organization is leaving Colorado Springs largely for the same reason it moved here from metropolitan New York, which was founded in 1887: A lack of affordable housing for employees, Burgo said.
The cost of living in and around New York City continued to rise in the 1980s, making it difficult for the nonprofit to pay its employees enough to afford housing and other essentials, he said.
Over the past three decades, Colorado Springs has grown, and residential property prices are making it “increasingly difficult for our team members to find affordable housing in this community,” said Burgo.
“It has brought us back to the situation we were in over 30 years ago.”
The Christian and Missionary Alliance is both an Evangelical Christian denomination with 2,000 churches, including five in Colorado Springs, and a ministry that does missionary work and provides emergency relief worldwide.
Executives also wanted to be closer to a major airport, with frequent staff and sales force travel, Burgo said.
Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s board limited the choices for its new office to three cities, and Columbus prevailed.
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In addition to lower living costs, around 800 Alliance churches are only a day’s drive from the city.
The organization is negotiating the purchase of multiple lots in Ohio for a total of 15 acres compared to the 5 acres in Colorado Springs. Alliance leaders plan to build an event center on the site and convert existing buildings into offices.
“We have a different approach to office with shared workspace options and more interaction with the local community than we have seen in the Sources at our current location here,” said Burgo.
Since it was listed on the stock exchange in early November, the Colorado Springs building on the Briargate Business Campus has had potential buyers who toured the building every week.
The estimated market value of the property is $ 8.6 million, according to the El Paso County Assessor’s Office.
The department was “welcomed” by the Colorado Springs Trade and Economic Development Company when they selected the city as their headquarters 31 years ago, Burgo said. The Prime Ministers have not spoken to the Chamber or the EDC about the upcoming move, he added.
Chamber and EDC spokeswoman Andrea Mensink said the organization did not want to comment on the move.
Another major Christian organization that has been based in Colorado Springs for years, the Christian Booksellers Association, recently shut down as an economic downturn in the industry hit Christian publishers and booksellers.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance was one of many evangelical Christian organizations that moved their activities to Colorado Springs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The concentration earned Colorado Springs a reputation for being a hotbed for conservative Christian development.
Focus on the family, The navigators, the International Bible Society, Compassion International, Young life, Every home for Christ, World Radio Missionary Fellowship and others have kept their headquarters in Colorado Springs.
“Above all, we leave the sources with a tremendous spirit of gratitude for the way this city has hosted our ministry for more than 30 years,” said Burgo.
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