I can barely contain my excitement about a new building. Our search for the location that God wants us to have has been long and arduous, but He wanted us to be patient and trust in Him. And because we have done that, God has provided an incredible opportunity beyond what I ever thought was possible. Now that all important question rolls around in my head, “Can we afford it?”
We are in a great financial position because of the generosity of people like yourself, starting the process with a million dollars in the bank. We have had conversations with local banks and because of our financial position, they are eager to partner with us as we look to borrow part of the building costs. That final piece, when we as a congregation step up and give in ways many of us have not before, that piece has me excited as well. What will we see God do? What stories will we hear of people giving for the first time, giving regularly for the first time, giving extravagantly for the first time? I’m looking forward to being overwhelmed by the steps we as LifePointers will take together. LifePoint has a history of people being generous and I have no doubt that will continue.
As we move forward with the building design process, costs are never far from the discussion. I have been humbled by the desire of our design team to create an incredible facility, yet always centered around being good stewards. Being good stewards doesn’t mean being cheap. We want to create a space that glorifies and honors the God we serve and we believe in being excellent in all we do. It is a delicate balance, and I have been overwhelmed by our team’s ability to accomplish this balance.
As our design team, our staff, and our elders continue to work hard to make the entire process, from purchasing land to our first service in our new location, as seamless as possible, please continue to pray. Pray that God will use this new building in a mighty way. Pray that the community around us will be changed because of our presence there. Pray that we as a congregation will be overwhelmed by the generosity of our church. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!