Bruce stated in a recent sermon that “God is always in the business of doing something new” – and lately this seems very evident for our church. At the recent Prayer Summit on January 24th, one of the items identified was a unique possibility for Site 3 that we prayed into that night, without giving any details, as we were not yet able to go public with this information. This past week, we have formally been invited by both Living Hope Church and the Sask MB Conference to establish a third site at the current location of Living Hope Church at 102 Goerzen Street in the north end of Saskatoon under the umbrella and ministry model of Forest Grove Community Church. We are humbled and excited about this possibility, recognizing the difficult journey this church has gone through in order to come to this place.
In June 2010 our church made a significant change to our strategic plan in how we would move forward as a church in the future. We made a faith step to become a multi-site church – as one church in multiple locations – as we felt God was leading us in this direction. For the past six years it has been exciting to see the growth and development of the Gathering at Broadway as our second site and the establishment of a healthy, vibrant congregation. We now have a significant and exciting opportunity to multiply again to the north end of the city, establishing a completely new congregation and unique vision in another location.
We will continue with various assessments of this opportunity in order to more fully understand the challenges and opportunities that this entails. At the March 13 congregation meeting (5:30 chili supper), council will be coming to the congregation with more information and provide an opportunity for discussion. Council plans to come back to the congregation for a decision in the coming months.
We would invite each of you to consider an expression of prayer and fasting for this season of Lent that will help you to focus on what really matters in this discernment. Even to set aside one meal per week for more intentional prayer and time in seeking God’s face and leading. We will provide a number of opportunities for questions and interactions in the weeks ahead leading up to the congregation meeting – on our website, through Facebook and other means. You are always able to contact council or the staff directly as well.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)