After actively seeking the Lord's face in this process and making our commitments as members of this church body, it is exciting to see progress taking place as all of the planning becomes reality on our campus.
It’s time to create the space to reach our Jerusalem.
- 300,000 PEOPLE live within a 5-mile radius of our church.
- More than 80% of these people are unchurched.
- While we believe in church planting, no church plant is a substitute for the evangelizing our church must do in our own neighborhoods.
- We must create the space so we can do the ministries that are necessary to reach our present world. Our present facility leaves no room for the demands of the future. These would include an addictions ministry, parenting and family discipleship, ministry training and equipping, and others. New applicants to our Christian School are on a waiting list due to lack of space. And of course, we need the space to worship together. We must grow.
It's time to be one church again.
Even the early Jerusalem Church thought it was important to meet together weekly as a single congregation. The book of Acts communicates this priority clearly (Acts 2:44-46, Acts 5:12, Acts 15:22 and 25, 1 Corinthians 14:23). The New Testament images of a church communicate as single unit whether as a single flock (Acts 20:28), a single body with many parts (1 Corinthians 12:14- 27), a single building with many stones (Ephesians 2:19-22), a single family with many members (Ephesians 2:19).
It's time to fellowship as one body again.
- The two service format prevents vital personal fellowship ministry for many.
- The mature, solid, first service crowd, needs to have fellowship with the newer believers that more often attend the second service. These groups need to minister to each other for proper discipleship to occur.
- Our present fellowship hall is too small even for the smallest church-wide events. This project provides a new, large, and versatile fellowship facility.
It's time to think about more than personal convenience.
While the two-service format is convenient, serving God has never been about convenience. We must never sacrifice Great Commission effectiveness for personal convenience. God blesses congregations that make His priorities their priorities.
It's time to follow the Lord in what He has already been doing.
- God has blessed in amazing ways so far!
- He, through you, paid off the old mortgage two months earlier than our most aggressive goals! That was over $300,000 in less than a year!
- He answered prayer in bringing the City of Phoenix archaeologist to the property (never happens) and giving us a waiver (saves thousands of dollars)!
- He answered prayer in lowering the expected requirements for frontage improvements!
- God has done wonderful things in our history; we want the next generation to see God do those things in their lives.
It's time to take a step Together by Faith.
When the little boy gave Jesus his five loaves and two fish, he was making a sacrifice. He was going to go hungry. If he had been older, he would have done the math and understood how small his gift was compared to the needs of more than 5,000 people. He trusted Jesus and gave up his lunch, not knowing what Jesus would do with it. Jesus did much more than the boy could have imagined.
It's time to give.
- We are planning a project that will cost around $3 million.
- You will be given the opportunity on Commitment Sunday, November 17, to commit to give beyond your tithes/offerings/missions giving over the next three years. Please prayerfully consider what God would have you give in order to prepare for the blessings ahead.
- This project is as much about our own personal growth and discipleship as it is about the building that is needed. Do not become overwhelmed by the scope of the project. You do your part. God will do His. Step out on faith and watch God do great things.