This is the story of a collection of people who follow Jesus. We live in Littleton. We encounter people in the name of Jesus, we allow Jesus to turn us into disciples, we gather often, and we equip people to love and serve other people better.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Our launch is coming soon...

Our team has been dreaming about and planning The EDGE since last fall. What kind of church will God have us be? How will we reach our neighbors and impact our community and our world? How will we show Jesus in genuine and authentic ways? How many pack n plays does a nursery truly need? What exactly is a 501(c)3? At last we are finding answers to these questions.

Who will be on our launch team? Our leadership team has grown from the first four families to around twelve families who have caught our vision to reach the unchurched and dechurched with the love of Christ. Together we have prayed, eaten meals, shared communion, worshipped, laughed, cried, served and marveled at how God has blessed us all.

When will we launch? We are just eight weeks from going public. As you know, we have been meeting on Sunday evenings at The Rock of SW (a BGC church who has been extremely kind and generous to us). These past ten months have been invaluable, and now we feel that we are ready to put our plans into action.

Where will we launch? After much prayer, God has opened the door to the Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing Theatre, at the corner of Ken Caryl Ave. and Pierce. This is a very cool God thing. The theatre is right in the center of our target area of 80128. It seats about 240 and has 3 small Sunday School rooms. It is available all day on Sunday, and, incredibly, the owners have offered to rent the space to us for just $500 a month.

When will we meet? We feel confident that God is prompting us to move our gathering service to Sunday mornings at this theatre and that by doing so, we will reach more people in our community.

What will it take to make this dream a reality? We feel very blessed to have around $20,000 in the bank at this current time. As we launch, this will be spent rather quickly on mailings, sound systems, nursery equipment, and other start up costs. We would also love to hire a few strategic personnel.

Additionally, there is an available space next door to the theatre that we would very much like to rent. It was formally a Tai Kwan Do facilty, and would cost us about $2,000 a month to rent. This space would allow us to have a presence in the community, provide office and storage space, and give us a place for our adults, youth, and kids to meet during the week. Also, in order to gain a spot on the marque of the shopping center, we need to rent an additional space.

Our specific God-sized request is that we could raise $51,000 so that we can rent the theatre and the office space for the first year, and so that our reserves won't be depleted by our launch. If we can raise that amount in the next few weeks, we can enter our launch with the confidence that we can do what we have dreamed of doing.

So, we are asking you, dear and loyal EDGE prayers, to ask God to bring this amount in the next few weeks, and we are excited to see how He will bless.