Lots of things. Building things. Money things. Pastoral care things. Mercy ministry things. Missions things. The list can seem almost endless.
There is a lot of talk going on lately about a huge question. Should we build a building? Answer – we don’t know. I don’t know. Do I long for it? Absolutely. Do I think it is wise at this time? Again, I am not sure. We aren’t sure. There are too many unknowns.
Well why then do we have a building committee with subcommittees and why are we doing site clearing and why are we giving reports every third Sunday about building? Because we are believing God that He may indeed want us to move ahead in 2010 and we want to be ready if He gives us the green light.
But understand this. WE HAVE NOT DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PROJECT! The costs incurred right now are minimal to position ourselves for the future. The heavy money gets spent when we break ground, do site work/excavation, pour a slab and erect walls. Nobody knows if God wants us to commit to that extent at this point.
As the elders said in our congregational meeting last March, we’re working off a bare bones budget and monitoring our income/expense flow very carefully throughout the summer with a view to making a decision this fall about God’s timing in pushing ahead with a building effort. We plan to discuss this fully with the flock at our next congregational meeting during the 9:30 hour on the last Sunday in August.
None of us wants to do anything stupid and all of us refuse to forge ahead without significant buy in from the congregation on the project.
So again, I say to you, pray with us for the wisdom of God as to how to proceed and when to proceed given this dreadful economy and our ongoing need for a place to call home. And pray especially for the discernment to tell the difference between what constitutes genuine faith, rank presumption, and/or blatant unbelief.
And may we examine our hearts to see that our stewardship of resources includes adequate giving to our local church, for as you no doubt know, to date we are behind by some $11,500 in our giving. That’s not a lot, relatively speaking, but it’s enough to get our attention as to what God might say to us about building if the deficit persists.