Schools are the heartbeat of any community. As go the schools, so goes the community. Several years ago, Quincy took a risk: an $89 million investment in our schools, our community, and the future of Quincy. As we now know, one of the new elementary schools will be located at 42nd and Harrison, directly adjacent to LifePoint’s new property. This school is projected to enroll 586 students from across the city’s south side in 2019. Over the next decade, it’s easy to imagine that thousands of families from our community will be impacted by what happens at this single school.
As our community enters a season of expanding development and investment, the question that keeps resonating in my heart is this: will the church be there? For our elders and staff, our proximity to this new school site is no accident. We want to be there – loving and supporting our neighbors. This is an opportunity to lean into one of our core values: We are for the city. Our love for God must overflow into a real and meaningful love for our neighbors. Our love for our city is a rugged commitment to serve those in need, to care for the overlooked, to bind up the broken. Our desire is to bless Quincy for His name’s sake. We want to be a part of restoring God’s vision of what it means to be a neighbor, and what it means to see our city flourish in Him.
In short, we want to be good neighbors. We want to serve and give and care – because that’s what we do as followers of Jesus. By building our future church home next to a school, we are saying, “We’re here. And we’ve got your back.” This is one way that followers of Jesus live out that central teaching of Jesus, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This may mean after-school programming, mentoring in the classroom, or packing weekend lunch packs for students. The opportunities are limitless, but the bottom line is clear: we want to care, serve, and love the students and families of this school that way the Jesus would. And I know that Jesus’ love is radically committed, deeply personal, and self-giving to the core. LifePoint, may we love like that!