I would have to say that these last few months as a member of the Leadership Team, have felt to me like my early days learning to drive a stick shift car—very slowly and deliberately; I would get the gas and clutch pedals just right so the gears would align properly, and then, whoosh, the car fast is off only to get to the next stop light to go through the entire process again. Careful and deliberate...fast...careful and deliberate...fast...
As the Leadership Team thoughtfully and wisely discusses and thinks through particular decisions that have to be made regarding the many facets of making our land available for workforce housing and our building to be shared with many nonprofits, we begin carefully and deliberately. We get as many expert opinions as feasible, discuss as many options available, run ideas by as many subcommittees as necessary, and pray without ceasing. It’s like getting all the gears lined up and synced so the clutch engages quietly and smoothly. Then we are off and running until the next situation reaches our table and the process starts over again. It’s quite a ride!
Yet as I review these past few months, what astounds me as much as the projects are the people who have stepped in with extraordinary amounts of expertise and time to make this all happen. One cannot miss the hand of God in this. Not only do people give, but they do so with true joy and excitement—it is a wonder to see people work in their “sweet spots”. And because of the many varied careers and capabilities within our congregation, we also have access to many outstanding outside professionals and resources.
I want to highlight two subcommittees that have continued to meet at least weekly for over a year now to research, study, discuss, distill, and then advise the Leadership Team with regard to the the many options, questions, and challenges that come before us. The Facilities Committee (Chair Ezra Bartsch, Frances Woodson, Maddy Grimmer, Doug Vigoren, Charice Deegan, Brian Ogren, Dan Collison, Roger and Chris Fossum, Suzanne Begin, and Kori Sheldon) is charged with coordinating and directing many of the activities required as we seek to effectively utilize space in our building by establishing partnerships with organizations consistent with our church’s mission to our community.
The Site Redevelopment Committee (Co-chairs Kevin Frazell and Carina Aleckson, Brian Wass, John Schrager, Dan Collison, Brian Ogren and Chris Fossum) has responsibility for studying, planning and negotiating the use of our land and other physical assets to position us to minister well in the 21st century to the city in which God has placed us. I wish I had space to tell what each individual has uniquely brought to the table. But suffice it to say that we not only have many uniquely talented individuals, but they have just the expertise needed to meet the challenges that continue to arise. Some day we will look back and really tell the story that needs to be told in detail, but for now, I am continually humbled to say that we are an extraordinary church full of very special people following an amazing God in redeeming this city for His glory.
And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare. ~Jeremiah 29:7