Over the past 20 years, God has continually blessed us as a church family in a number of ways – not just in the number of people he has called to this church, but more importantly, in the stories behind those numbers.
Most recently, we have seen God show up in big ways through an opportunity to grow with our newest campus, Hope Waukee. Launched just shy of one year ago, we have watched as this community of believers has faithfully gathered to praise God at Shuler Elementary, growing to worship more than 400 people every weekend. The growth we have experienced spurred us to seek temporary office space for the fall, allowing us to not only come together on the weekends, but also to add weekday classes and programming for children, students and adults. We also began dreaming about what a permanent location in this part of the community might look like.
And, this is where God showed up big time.
Last month, we were approached by an existing church within Waukee, Point of Grace, to see if we would have interest in purchasing their building (located off Hickman Road just east of Warrior Lane). Due to various reasons, their senior pastor and church council had made the decision to seek an alternative worship space that would allow them to better serve their members and community, and knew they wanted to find a church to purchase their space to ensure the building was used to expand the Kingdom.
“When we came to the decision to sell our current facility, we contacted several area churches we thought may have interest,” Brett Black, Senior Pastor at Point of Grace, said. “Hope was the church that came back with an offer that we felt was a win-win for both of us, and will allow each church to move forward and share God’s love for many years to come. It’s pretty cool to see the body of Christ come together, impacting our community in a positive way.”
Since being approached by Point of Grace, we have prayed, toured the building, reviewed financial models, consulted with our church council, and discussed what this new opportunity God is providing us with could mean for Hope’s presence to the west. And, we are very excited to announce that as of Oct. 1, 2015, Hope Waukee will be moving into this space as a part of an initial leasing contract, which will let us first seek congregation approval to purchase the building, and (if approved) launch a capital campaign this fall. If the pledges of the campaign are above the set goal, we will plan to close on the sale of the building before the end of the year.
“This is a very unique and exciting opportunity that we have been provided, and we are thankful that Point of Grace thought to come to us after they made the decision to sell their building,” Chris Gunnare, our Executive Minister – Operations, said. “Unlike with previous Hope campuses where we have purchased land to build, we will be inheriting a new, fully constructed church building that will allow us to start doing ministry seven days a week right away, versus the three to four years following our traditional model, while also saving us more than 5 million dollars.”
In Colossians 4, God calls us to “make the most of every opportunity.” We are excited, and feel very blessed, to have been presented with this new opportunity for Hope Waukee, and look forward to seeing what God will continue to do through us as a growing community because of it.
More information will be announced in the coming weeks about our new Hope Waukee location. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to email Pastor Pat Quaid, Hope Waukee Campus Pastor.
Thanks for being such an amazing church, and for continuing to trust in God’s plan for us as a family!
The Hope Senior Leadership Team