Stonegate, we’re in the midst of an unbelievably exciting season in the life of our church!
On September 24th, we broke ground on our new base for
1. WHAT ARE WE BUILDING ON?
We spent a lot of time thinking and
2. WHAT ARE WE BUILDING?
There are several things to note about the building. It’s roughly 65,000 square feet.
We spent a lot of time thinking and praying about expandability. The auditorium has a capacity of roughly 1100 seats, which gives us plenty of room for growth. If/when we need additional space in the future, we wanted a relatively inexpensive option. To create that option, the auditorium and student ministry space work together. In a relatively simple move, the back wall of the auditorium can be knocked down and the stage moved back (into what is currently the student ministry space) to gain another 400 seats. The last question we had to consider for expandability was the kids’ ministry. Do we build the kids ministry in proportion to the current auditorium size of 1100 and add on to it later or build in proportion to the future auditorium size. We decided on option 2, to build more kids’ ministry space than we need now so we don’t have to add on later.
3. WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
From the outset, our desire was to create a building with a very warm and friendly ethos or vibe. The style, elements, colors all have that in mind. You’ll also notice a large outdoor space. The outdoor space was part of our attempt to create that warm ethos. We see it as a space for equipping classes, gatherings, and for our community to enjoy one another.
4. HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE WITH CONSTRUCTION?
The simple answer is to follow Stonegate Church on Facebook. Every few weeks we’ll fly a drone over or into the construction site to show you the latest updates. Go here for the last one!
5. HOW CAN I BE PRAYING?
I was talking to a friend of mine recently who’s been through a dozen or so building projects over his 30 years of pastoral ministry. He said this:
“At a critical point in the construction process, you will hear from hell.”
I hung up the phone with a renewed desire to pray for our church family. What shape will “hearing from hell” take? I don’t know, but I do believe it’s coming. And when it does we’ll need more than human ingenuity, human wisdom, or human help - we’ll need God!
So let’s pray. Let’s ask for Jesus’ help!
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