Missional instinct has marked our churchs history for decades. As a young church, we made the courageous and counter-cultural decision to move from all-Dutch services to English. This move, which seems simple in today's world, was shockingly out-of-the-ordinary in that age. It was a stretch, a sacrifice, and a huge endeavor.
Why did we do it? We wanted to make the gospel as accessible as possible.
That same tenacity and passion to do whatever necessary to bring the gospel to our neighbors still exists today. We want our neighbors, our community, and our world to know Jesus, to love him, to follow him...
And we need a more inviting space to make that happen.
God's church is not a building - it's a body of believers acting as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. But to do that, the church requires a central meeting place to hold worship, store resources, welcome guests, host small groups, share meals... the list goes on and on.
We have loved and cared for this building for 60 years but it's time for a restoration. The vision of Project Renew is twofold: to address immediate problem areas of our facility and to renovate our space for future work in our community.
Project Renew, a $1.5 million investment opportunity, is a facilities enhancement endeavor. That means long-term improvements for long-term ministry. Project Renew will enable us to better support our current ministry while also preparing future generations for continued faithfulness to the mission of Fifth Church.
As with any new undertaking, we are well aware that these carefully-made plans do not guarantee success. But after much prayer, wise counsel, and conversation, we feel that this is the path God has laid for Fifth Church!
Proverbs 16:3, NIV
"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."
Updates to our physical space will remove perceived and actual barriers while delivering greater opportunities to extend Christ's love through hospitality. Proposed renovations will create enhanced physical accessibility, a larger and more functional community gathering space, enhanced audio/visual technologies, improved aesthetics, and more.
How we gather, what we sing, how we build our common spaces, how we speak of God, and how we live and worship together shapes our sense of the nature of God. Our church facility empowers our ministry to "make disciples of all nations" by creating space to support and encourage members of our congregation in their faith journeys. This includes space to connect, to teach, to listen, and to celebrate.
Our church exists to serve and love our neighbors, both locally and globally. How we welcome the stranger, enfold new families, practice hospitality, and make space for a variety of people and perspectives shapes us and our ministry. This project will help us reach and serve and love more people, as we focus on equipping the church for mission.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to open everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28: 18-20, NIV