SENT is our future-forward vision for God, for People, for a Change. We are saving funds for the construction of our forever church home one 52nd Ave here in Allendale, 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. Over the next few months you'll hear more about the vision and then in February we'll kick off the next big step in the journey which will get us to 52nd Ave!
In a step towards generosity, we make a point to make this campaign about more than just the exciting idea of a new building. 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. We are also in the process of forming new mission partnerships that we're super excited about.
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 year. The last thing we want to do is slow or stall this growth. In order to avoid this, we have chosen to increase our attention towards the Valley Kids, Student Ministries, 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. 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 building 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)