I will be posting some thoughts throughout the next week on why Grace is launching a second campus in Harborcreek this spring. Today I answer the question, "Why?"
WHAT MOTIVATED US TO START A NEW CAMPUS?
1. God is leading us to do it.
The leaders of Grace believe that this is what God is calling us to do at this time. This may sound overly spiritualized - but it is absolutely the leading reason. Our staff and Elders have been in a season of waiting prayer for over 2 years now - and we are in 100% agreement that the time is right to take this step. This move is fully in line with our mission, 'to make and to be fully devoted followers of Christ.' We believe that at this point in time the best way to reach people who don’t yet know Christ is to start new campuses. God has confirmed this decision dozens of times and in amazing ways during the past 6 months. The time is right.
2. Grace is ready to do it.
Grace Church is ready – we are resourced to accomplish a new campus on many levels. The giftings and the spirit of our people are evident. We have risk takers, many potential new leaders, an abundance of talent, and a church at Grace McKean with solid staff leadership who can resource the ministry staff at a Grace Harborcreek. Our church stepped up during a fundraising effort this December and raised $100,000 to get this new campus off the ground. Pastor Mike Watson - who will serve as the Campus Pastor at Grace Harborcreek - has been on our staff for nearly 15 years and is so ready to do this! He will carry the Grace DNA and is ready to lead the charge.
3. We are rejecting the temptation to coast.
Grace moved in to our new facility just over 3 years ago. It was such a monumental effort and was such a relief when we finally arrived. We took a big risk. The tendency in churches is to not take another big risk for a while. Just relax, enjoy the fruits of your labors, soak it in for a while and coast. We refuse to coast. Grace has a long history of playing offense and not defense and we want to carry on that tradition. We want to keep pressing forward, keep taking risks, keep making sacrifices to reach more people. The gospel is worth it.
On Easter Sunday 2011, Grace Church will launch a second campus in Harborcreek, PA. We will meet at the Harborcreek High School at 11:00 AM each Sunday.