In March of this year God opened before New Venture an opportunity of its lifetime. That opportunity was to acquire property for current and future development. Progress and growth had, let’s be generous with this statement, leveled off for an extended period of time. Something was needed to produce forward movement again in the life and direction of the church. Momentum was lacking and all efforts to generate it were falling short.
God, in his timing and wisdom placed before us this open door. With a tremendous amount of faith the church accepted the challenge, rallied its resources and energy and stepped through the door. In six short months the church has gone from a zero position of standstill to acquiring 5.9 acres of land for current and future ministry development.
Here’s the timeline He has taken us through:
Early March, property purchase presented
Mid-March, offer made on property and accepted
April, lending institutions approached and funding secured
May, first three weeks, capital campaign presented
May 19, commitments made by New Venture for more than $250,000 to the project
May through August 18, $92,000 collected for down payment
September 10, 4:00 PM closing on property takes place
So, from early March through early September God took New Venture Christian Church from 0 to 5.9 acres and a ministry center in 6 months. Isn’t He awesome? Only he could have done this in this way.
Now, here is the timeline for the rest of the year.
September 13, dumpster arrives for demolition job on the house
September 14, preliminary demolition day
September 21, all church demolition day
October 5 second demolition day if needed
October-November, remodel house/ministry center by contractor with church participation
November, move into new ministry center as base of operation for New Venture Church
So if it has been 0 to 5.9 in 6, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.