Our commitment at River City Church has been, and continues to be, to prioritize ministry that focuses on people: helping them encounter the radical Love of the Father, live in the liberating Power of the Holy Spirit, participate in the world-wide, kingdom-restoring Mission of Jesus, and build a growing, dynamic, authentic Family of Faith. As part of this journey, we have done our best to leverage our ministry budget towards ministries that prioritize these efforts — which, when it comes to leasing facility space, has been to keep those costs as low as we can. Physical space (i.e. “brick and mortar”) has a place in ministry, but we are all about maximizing our spaces and being wise stewards in budgeting for buildings that house growing ministries.
We have been grateful for the facilities God has provided over the years such as the City Rescue Mission for the first four years of ministry, and our current space which we moved into December of 2009.
We want to provide an update on where we are at in regards to our lease and highlight some options that we are prayerfully considering. As part of this, we want to invite you as a church family to pray for God’s leading and provision in this matter, as well as to ask questions and to provide input. So here is an overview of where we are:
Our current lease ends on September 30th, 2019. Our facility was recently purchased by Acorn Property Holdings.
Over the past year we have started prayerfully considering and exploring options as a leadership, which have included: lease renewal (staying put), moving into a more strategic “neighborhood” area of town, purchasing our own facility, sharing a church facility with another church (i.e there are a number of great church facilities that have very small congregations, some of which are open to housing another church family), and so forth. We are grateful for the help and guidance provided by Brad Chrischilles of the Foundry Commercial (they have a lot of experience in the church world) in this venture.
Part of the discernment process has been to assess that if there is a move for River City Church in the days ahead, what is the best timing for such a move, especially in light of the lead pastor transition we are in. For example, do we see if we can get a lease extension on our current space until we have our new lead pastor in place, and then revisit/reboot the, “to move or not to move” conversation?
Currently, we have a team of people with real estate experience who are helping drive this process (in partnership with our elders, staff, and MLT). Those individuals are Taylor Smith, John Germaine, Charles Chupp, and Allan Love.
As noted above, we invite you all to pray over and for this journey we are on. We desperately need God’s wisdom and direction! We want to be in the right place, at right time, for the right reasons! Additionally, if you have questions, thoughts, ideas and/or know someone that wants to donate a facility to RCC :), please contact Allan Love at allan@rivercitychurch or feel free to speak to any member of our Facility Search Team.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your involvement and investment of time and resources — we could not do it without you!! Ultimately, we are about Awakening People to the Transforming Presence and Power of God’s Love! We believe that our mission originated in the heart of God and that as we move forward in the season ahead, our prayer is that it will be orchestrated by the hand of God — which will include the right facility space for us!