As we get set to move into our new building on Sunday, we first wanted to take look back. and celebrate God’s faithfulness. We’ve come a long way since lawn chairs in the parking lot and we are so thankful for all the ways you have sown into and invested in this building journey. We can’t wait to celebrate together on Sunday! In the meantime, check out our journey over the years:
Our current building was originally an old grocery store
Our first services were held in the parking lot and everyone brought their own lawn chairs.
In 2012, we officially put a stake in the ground and began the journey!
The arch was moved from the old building to the front of our new campus.
We are so thankful for the construction workers who have faithfully worked on our building throughout the years
In 2014, the exterior of our building was fully funded!
The interior of our building is our final stage.
The chairs have been put in and we are ready for May 1st!
Just in case you missed the announcement on Sunday, we raised all the money needed to meet the July deadline, which means the construction can continue and we are still on schedule to be in the new building on Easter of 2016. We are so thankful for your generosity, sacrifice and commitment to what God is doing among us. It is an honor to be part of this church family with each of you.
Check out some of the latest construction photos and a breakdown of what’s ahead.
Site of future bathrooms. Can we get an amen from all the ladies who are excited about the 300% increase in bathrooms?
Making progress with the plumbing.
The wood framing has started going up throughout the building.
The air ducts are going in.
“Let’s get to work!”
That might be something you hear a coach bark at players on the field, or something a teacher says to encourage students when they are ready to move forward with applying some newly learning skills in the classroom. But, it’s also my sentiment today about our building project.
Back in November we reached our goal of $1.5 million cash towards Phase 1 of the interior of our building.
Since then, four contractors had to firm up their prices (since they were originally from three years ago when we started the building project!) in order to have the contracts executed. Materials have now been ordered and our first worker was spotted in the building this past Wednesday (as you can barely see in the pic)!
This first interior phase will get us a lot of rough-in work for HVAC, electric and plumbing. We will see some walls forming with some framing! And, some fireproofing…you never want to skip that step.
As the contractors focus on the physical building, we need to focus on being “undistracted for Him and them” as Jimmy shared on Sunday.
We can trust in Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” That verse can give us confidence that God will provide for us if we focus on the right things.
We are currently raising funds for Phase 2 of the interior (the goal is $2.1m…and we currently have $250,000 towards that goal.) We’d love to have that in hand by April so the interior work does not have to stop. I know this project has taken a little longer than we would have all liked. But, we are 65 percent of the way there!
I’m thankful for a process that has drawn our people into places of greater dependency on God…and moved us toward becoming a more generous people!
By Jeff Abshire, Executive Pastor
We’ve recently made a lot of progress! The exterior of the building is fully funded and we already have more than $57,000 toward the next phase. And, all the brick is up! Check out the latest update – including what’s next for the project, ways you can pray for this journey and fun facts about the new building.
Our Next Giving Day:
Giving Days are a time for us to come together and give above and beyond! Our next giving day is February 23rd and it will focus on our Kids Ministry and the impact the new space will have on the next generation.
We are so excited about the brick that has been laid!
Please join us as we pray for financial provision in the building process. And if you haven’t filled out a commitment card, you can do that here! Thanks, Antioch, for coming together as we obey God’s call to feed the 5,000.
Have you ever wondered why we are building a new building?
When Antioch Community Church began, a theme emerged as various and unconnected sources sought the Lord. The theme was related to the story in Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9 and John 6 where Jesus feeds the 5,000. Because this encouragement came from several different sources, the leaders believed God was speaking to them to prepare to reach and care for 5,000 people.
At that time, the church was in its infancy and was reaching roughly 400 people on a given Sunday. And though this word from the Lord felt clear, we set it aside and waited for God to bring it back to focus according to His timing
As Antioch has experienced consistent and healthy growth since its inception in 1999, our facilities have been stretched, and we have added additional Sunday services to accommodate this growth. Our kids ministry has had the most growth and has felt this “facility strain” most prominently. On occasion, we have had to turn families away because we simply did not have room to receive and care for their children.
In 2007, in response to God’s leading, Antioch’s leadership spent hundreds of hours working on a strategic plan. We began by looking back at the first 20 years of ministry, dating back to when Jimmy and Laura Seibert began planting the seeds for what would become The Antioch International Movement of Churches. God was also leading us to look forward for 20 years so we would continue to build in ways consistent with His purposes. A part of this look forward related to our facilities, and it was evident that to continue to grow, we would need a campus to facilitate all God had for us. At that time, God brought back into focus the theme of feeding the 5,000.
Coming out of this strategic planning season, we engaged local architects to help us think through what facilities would be appropriate. They came up with a long-range campus plan which included, as a first major step, the building of a large worship center allowing us to more than double our capacity in worship and to repurpose our current worship space to triple our capacity to care for children.
With much prayer and an extended time of waiting on the Lord, we felt confident this was His leading.
So, the short answer to the “why we build” question is that, it is an act of obedience. God speaks, we respond. There are many practical reasons to support this response, but none as important as believing this is what God is leading us to do as a body. Thank you for your faithfulness in responding to God wholeheartedly in your own journey of obedience. God is building His house through you!
By Pat Murphy
Dear Antioch Family,
I hope this letter finds you filled with the abundant grace of God.
As we communicated a couple of weeks ago, we are all living stones in the house of God (1 Peter 2:4-6). When each one of us is rightly fitted into God’s purpose and plan for our lives, we become a beautiful display of His glory in the earth. When God gives us opportunities like building this campus, everyone is needed and part of the team. It is so important that we all do our part.
Last Sunday, we asked everyone to fill out a commitment card, and we had 227 households turn one in. We want to give you another opportunity to respond. If you haven’t had the chance, I encourage you to take some time and ask God what your part is to play in the building process and fill out this online commitment card. We are asking everyone to turn a card in and let us know what you plan to give – whether that commitment is weekly, monthly, yearly or as you’re able. Please turn in a card even if you turned one in two years ago when we began this journey. Knowing your commitment will help us tremendously in the planning and building process. Again, it’s not just the dollar amount, but it’s the coming together around this commitment to see this journey come to pass that will give us not only faith, but the clarity needed to move forward.
In His Strength and Love,
Everyone has been able to see the progress our building has made in the last year. We’ve watched the foundation get poured, steel beams go up and now the entire structure is enclosed and under a roof. But what you haven’t really gotten to see is the progress of what is happening inside the building!
We thought we’d treat you to a look from the inside-out.
Please continue to pray as we move forward in believing God for our expanding campus!
Way to go, Antioch! Last week, we raised a total of $139,143 towards our current goal of $375,637.
That means we only have $198,949 left to raise in our current phase as we put up the exterior shell of our building. In the past two weeks, we’ve started roof installation, framing of the exterior walls and pouring concrete onto the second floor of the auditorium! Keep praying – we know Jesus has every moment and dollar of our building journey planned!