In Spring of 2017, WE will break ground on our building. It’s 23.3 acres of land on Harrison Street between 195th and 198th Streets. For decades it was a farm that fed hungry people. Now it is a different kind of farm. It will still feed hungry people. Just a different kind of hungry.
People who are hungry for God.
People who are hungry for deeper and better relationships.
People who are hungry for more of life.
People who are hungry for healing.
WE don’t exactly know what the entire site will look like yet, but we are excited to see what develops over the next few decades.
WE imagine a new kind of church facility and property. A new kind of church that will exist ten or twenty years from now.
It will be a place where extraordinary moments happen…weddings and baptisms and the acceptance of hope and the forgiveness of sins.
It will be a place where cool things happen…people worshiping God, kids learning, students hanging out, strangers making new friends, hungry people being fed.
It will be a place where ordinary things happen…kids playing on a playground while parents talk, people walking on a trail through the campus, students studying, friends meeting for coffee, gardeners working alongside each other.
Like other churches we will have spaces for worship and gathering and classrooms for kids. But all our interior and exterior spaces will tell God’s story and help us live out our vision of relentlessly pursuing a transforming relationship with God, generously extending hope to the hurting, sacrificially serving our families, and radically investing in the next generation.
WE don’t believe a church is a building and never will. The buildings will only be a vehicle to help us live out our vision.
And one more thing: WE are a church for everybody and everybody means anybody. The thing that excites us the most is that from now on, a cross will rise high above Harrison Street signaling that Christ is present to welcome all. The broken and the blessed. The healthy and the hurting. The young and the old. The resident and the traveler. The sinner and the saint. The disciple and the seeker and everybody in between. And you.