Category Archives: God on the Move

God On the Move: The Next Steps

On May 21, Real Life voted to take an opportunity to move into a new, larger church facility on Mill Plain. In the time since that vote, all the necessary paperwork to transfer the title of the new property to Real Life has been completed. We’re now working with a lawyer to submit all the required items to the title company, and we hope to have the title within 30 days.

After that, things get a little more fun and interesting: we’ll be contracting with an architect and designers to help us shape our vision for the new building and develop floor plans and more. This is a great opportunity to maximize space in the new building and to finally create things like a dedicated youth space and fellowship hall that we’ve never had the ability to offer before!

We would love to have you join us in prayer as we move forward in this amazing opportunity:

1) Pray for the sale of the property. We have had positive first steps in our meetings with developers. Pray for bounty, for wise land use on the part of the developers, and for a smooth sale process.

2) Pray for funding for closing costs. We will need about $200,000.

God is leading the way in this adventure and we can’t wait to see how He moves next!

God on the Move: The Votes Are In

i5bridgeThank you for gathering this morning and helping us determine the direction of Real Life! We’re grateful for your patience and your enthusiasm over the last couple of weeks. The votes are all counted: fully 100% voted “yes” to move to the new building! Thank you for choosing to trust in His works and being willing to change and grow! We’re so excited to see how God is going to move next!

Jeff: The Importance of Celebrating! from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

God on the Move: The Moving Cloud

One of the verses that has shaped 2017 for us is Numbers 9:22-23:

22 Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.

Throughout 2015, we prayed for God to move in us, for us, and through us so that we could learn more about Him and share how He has changed our lives. Last year, we prayed for double portion: double the people attending on Sundays, double the people choosing to align their lives with Christ, double the involvement and willingness to grow. Now, in 2017, we’re seeing those prayers continue to be answered in the form of this new church space we have an opportunity to move into.

We just wanted to say thanks for coming to the meeting on Wednesday, and thanks for being patient with us! We hope the meeting answered your questions, but if you have more, or couldn’t make it to the meeting, feel free to email us. We also hope you will join us Sunday because both services will incorporate your chance to vote on this move!

We’ll leave you with this word from Karadee, whose family has been connected to the Real Life property for generations:

“Having been a part of this church my whole life, literally helping build our little white box, I have a lot of emotional attachments to the property and many memories here. I have all sorts of reasons to say we should stay. However, I have reminded myself that the church is the people, not a structure, and we are supposed to go where God leads us.   God is answering our prayer as a church in a BIG way and we need to go where he’s calling us to go. My entire family and I are so excited for the opportunity he’s providing for us to move and the opportunity to continue to share Christ with our community.”

We’re thankful for the ways God has blessed us over the years, and we’re excited to see what He does next! See you Sunday!

Greater Things Have Yet To Come

Tonight, the whole church is invited to a meeting to learn about Real Life Church’s opportunity to move into a larger building. This is your chance to get the full story on this opportunity and get all your questions answered! We hope you can join us tonight at 7. 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 this Sunday, 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 tonight, so don’t miss it! We are excited for what this step has in store for us, and we hope you are, too!

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