Why Do We Invest In A Building?
Dear Members & Attenders,
Buildings are tools. And thankfully our church building is a valuable tool to help us to get done the work we believe God has called us to do. We don’t merely host worship services. Our physical home is a base for ministries to Trinity’s children, students, women, men and beyond. We’ve hosted a myriad of other ministries (like Parker St. Ministries, counselors, SeeJesus staff members, and other church plants).
Our facility has helped us to also be a good neighbor because we want to be a blessing to our city (read more about that here). So we routinely host meetings for Leadership Lakeland, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, McKeel Elementary School, and other city-related organizations.
Add to this that our building is really a miracle. When we were able to purchase our facility in 2002, we paid about $1.2 million as the previous owners basically needed to bail out as their business was collapsing. Consider this – that the land alone is likely worth that much AND that to build our facility would cost easily over $6-7 million! So a facility worth nearly $8 million cost us a fraction.
This has freed up funds for other efforts. I think it’s no accident that as we (and two of our daughter churches) have gotten established into good working facilities, we have been freed up for church planting. Both Redeemer Winter Haven and Christ Community hired church planting apprentices after they had established a good base for operations.
So a repaired, well-functioning facility does not need to hamper our church planting efforts; it can actually help us to accomplish them better. As we move into only the second capital campaign in our church’s history, I want you to understand why we’re doing this. We want to get our facility repaired so that it does not distract us from the work we’re called to do; and we believe that if we get these repairs and improvements addressed, it can actually help us. Our facility will remain a great tool to help us fulfill our mission and vision.
Things to pray for:
– Thanksgiving for God’s rich provision.
– Vision to share what God has entrusted to us. Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see the spiritual need in our city, and our opportunity to be a blessing to our city.
– Wisdom for all parties involved. Ask the Father to give us wisdom – from leaders determining projects and costs, to builders working on our facilities, to donors determining what they can share.
– A generous spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help us to be open-handed with everything we have – including our facility. Pray that we would only grow in our eagerness to share our money, our people in new church plants and our building with our city neighbors.
Tim Rice, Lead Pastor & Director of Church Planting
Trinity Presbyterian Church
301 N. Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801