This past Sunday, July 31st marked the end of our six month fundraising initiative to EXPAND our Children’s building and parking lot, and add a baptism pool to the back patio. It was also the official groundbreaking day! You didn’t know about that? Our kids did. You’ll see more about that this coming Sunday. Site work then began on Monday morning as a bulldozer scraped the top of the building pad in anticipation of construction that will begin as soon as we receive the building permit.
EXPAND is a relatively small piece of a much greater emphasis our church places on reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday hundreds of volunteers arrive on our campus ready to love the next generation toward Jesus. Once school begins in a few weeks scores more volunteers will meet with students’ grades 7-12 and college in small groups around the southern part of the county.
About the time we began the EXPAND Initiative our church’s leadership decided to create a new staff position called Next Gen Pastor. This pastor will combine our Children and Student Ministry Teams into a new Next Gen Team. They will guide all our Next Gen volunteers and provide support for parents as together we guide our children to take their next steps with God. The Next Gen Pastor search has been a challenging one for which we have called on God for breakthrough. I have an exciting update for you on that this Sunday …along with a challenge to continue saying yes to the next generation.