What is Vision for the Future?
Vision for the Future is about developing property to deliver programs to reach people to accomplish God's purposes. In order to expand the reach more people, we need more space to do ministry. Through careful stewardship and building projects, we are creating an environment to care for everybody that God brings to us.
There are a couple answers to that question. First, we haven't reached everybody in the local community with the Good News of Jesus Christ. In order to do that, we need more space to minister to them. Second, we are bursting at the seams in our Kids area. If we don't have room for the kids then we won't have the opportunity to minister to them or their parents.
What are we Building?
The new building project will greatly expand our Kids space (over 25,000 square feet), provide dedicated space for Students, expand the auditorium (1200+ seats), create larger lobby area with multiple areas to connect, provide more meeting rooms, create additional staff offices and provide a dedicated counseling services area. Construction is under way and we hope to have everything done by early 2021.
How can I help?
We have the construction piece under control. We have an architect that is an expert in building churches like Grace. We have a contractor that does great work. As we continue through the process, we want to be good stewards of the resources God has given us and yet still have enough faith to build what we believe He is calling us to build.
Pray that God guides and directs every step of this project. Without Him it will fail and we need to be open to however He leads. Please pray for the wisdom and guidance of the architects, contractors and construction workers as they build our new facility. Pray for the health and safety of every construction worker that comes onto the campus. Also, pray for each worker that they may see Jesus here at Grace and want to meet Him or get to know Him better. And, of course, please pray for good weather so everything stays on schedule. Finally, pray that God continues to provide the resources, financial and otherwise, in His perfect timing. Please pray for the people that God will bring to hear about Jesus because of our Vision for the Future.
Many people came before us and gave sacrificially to build our current facility. Many of us found Jesus here at Grace because of their generosity and what it makes possible. We are asking everybody who calls Grace their home, to do the same. Give sacrificially above and beyond to create a place where the local community can come to hear about Jesus. It's our time to help the next generation at Grace.
Although construction has started, we are praying for continued generosity to help offset the cost of the project. To put numbers around it, the project is roughly $12 million. Through saving and good stewardship we have $1.4 million in the bank. Over the next 18 months we want to raise an additional $1.6 million (above and beyond our regular tithes and offerings.) This allows us to have a very manageable mortgage and the ability to expand our ministry efforts.