SENT is a two-year long vision and initiative for ministry, mission, and multiplication. We are saving funds for the construction of our forever church home, and we need your help to make it happen. As Luke 10:2 says: "He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." At Valley, we don't want to just be a bunch of saved people; we want to be a bunch of sent people. Our vision to accomplish this goal is divided into three elements: Sent for Mission, Sent for Ministry, and Sent to Multiply.
In a step towards generosity, we make a point to make this campaign about more than just the exciting idea of a new building and new missions. We do this by giving part of our SENT campaign funds to our current outreach efforts. These efforts include mission trips, the Diaper Ministry, and a variety of charitable events for at-risk students within Allendale Public Schools.
It is essential that we keep maintaining our growth within our ongoing ministries while we raise money for our future. In the last 3 years, we have grown by 5% each yer in matters of attendance, group participation, church-wide giving, and amount of volunteers. The last thing we want to do is slow or stall this growth by introducing an overwhelming project to the mix. In order to avoid this, we have chosen to increase our attention towards the Valley Kids and College Ministry programs. It is deeply within our interest and values to continuously nurture and energize these ministries throughout this process!
There is always room at the table of God. making this a reality is a significant challenge in our current home. We have made multiple changes to our home in an attempt to combat the lack of space, but we often face barriers being in a rented, commercial building. Being able to fully own a building will give us the freedom to adjust the space as our needs arise and adjust. Most importantly, it will allow us to expand the table and invite more people to learn of Christ's grace, hope, and love.
Despite how awesome it will feel to have our own building, we want to express that a place is not the focus of our ministry; rather, it is a tool for our ministry. Reaching more people for Jesus is always the vision. A building will simply provide us with more opportunities for this vision to flourish!
We're glad you asked!
Our new address will be just a few miles down the road from where we are now, and
just steps away from the campus of Grand Valley State University!
Here's some concept photos for the new building! (Colors and other small details are subject to change)