God On the Move: An Expansion Update
We have been in a season of prayer and expectation for many years, and now God is answering. Our 2017 prayer has been for God to move in us, for us, and through us. Well, God is moving, and we are called to follow: after 11 years as a church, we have an opportunity to move into a larger church space!
Expansion has been on our minds for a few years now. It’s clear that Real Life is reaching people. You can see it in the attendance at our summer kid’s programs, the number of people who get baptized each year, and the crowded Sunday mornings. You can see the number of people who have come to know Christ when you witness how many are worshiping and celebrating at our worship nights – not just how many people are in the room, but in how their hearts are involved. You can see our growth in how we confidently pray for each other, how we invite others to experience the truths we’ve learned, and how we trust God’s hand at work in our lives.
But the simple truth is, we have outgrown our space. We made a little room by buying our current chairs in 2013 and, more recently, by changing service times so we have room to add a third service if necessary. Our prayer behind each of these decisions has simply been that we can help more people meet Christ and show them the hope and peace He offers. Our expansion has been a slow process, but God has walked with us the whole time.
If we stay where we are, we don’t grow. That’s as true for us as individuals as it is for our church. If Real Life doesn’t move and grow, we simply don’t reach as many people. We leave people out. We’re not willing to live with that – and we’re pretty sure that, despite the heartache you may feel at leaving our current building behind, you’re not willing to live with that, either.
We will all miss our original building. It was our home for over a decade, and we all have memories of love and life change associated with it. In our new building, though, we’ll have a much bigger and much more flexible space with a fellowship hall, dedicated youth space for RLSM, kitchen, offices, conference room, prayer space, and more. Best of all, we can remodel and customize this building to suit our people. Real Life won’t have to change much – in fact, we’ll have even more flexibility in how we put on the services, activities, and programming that have helped make Real Life so successful!
So we ask you to move forward with us, patiently and with prayer. We make no decisions without His guidance, and we trust Him in this, as in all things. The building, the chairs, even the people are only the components of a church. God is what makes it church. His message of love, peace, and purpose is why Real Life exists. Sharing that message is what matters, and that is what Real Life will continue to do, regardless of which roof is over our heads.
We are having an all-church meeting to go through the specifics of this opportunity on Wednesday the 17th at 7pm. Childcare for kids 5th grade and under will be provided. We encourage you to attend this meeting and to be in prayer, and to join us Sunday the 21st, when Real Life Owners and attendees will get to vote on whether or not to take this step. The voting process and timeline of the move will all be laid out at the meeting on the 17th, so don’t miss it! We are excited for what this step has in store for us, and we hope you are, too.
We love our church!
-Jeff and the RL Staff