Choosing to increase and not decrease is a choice.
As your lead pastor, I have continued to look to the horizon of our path together, contemplating what we should do next in seeking to lift up Jesus, to make disciples, and to increase and not decrease in this city.
As God has given an increase to our flock, we have an obligation to rejoice and make room for his people, and to continue the works of making disciples (Matthew 28) by equipping the saints (Ephesians 4) until everyone is perfect in Christ (Colossians 1) so that his lambs would be protected and fed (John 21).
As we have sought to make disciples by building the church, we have sought 1) to be a teaching church, 2) to be part of something bigger, and 3) to disciple our offspring, not just our neighbors, while "in exile". This has led to a vision to merge these three initiatives when possible in order to maximize our growth and impact in God’s kingdom:
As I have prayed about and contemplated these things over the past five years, I believe that our stewardship points to planting a church on the east side that is a hub of ministry life.
Undoubtedly, there are still a lot of unknowns in this process, including other ministries to partner with, and even another church interested in giving us their building, as well. There are lots of contingencies and questions—most of which we will know the answers to by the middle of March. However, based on what we know now, it is the recommendation of myself and the elder board that as a congregation we vote to receive the Monona Oaks building.
You can read the full version of this letter here:
Come see the Monona Oaks building for yourself!
The Town Hall meeting will explore the invitation by Monona Oaks Community Church to High Point Church to take over their property. We will also discuss the implications if Crossroads Community Church does the same. The Town Hall is the place to bring all of your questions, comments, and concerns. The Town Hall meeting will not be livestreamed, but it will be recorded. A link to the recording will be made available below on February 5.
At the Congregational Meeting, High Point Church members will vote on the motion to accept the Monona Oaks property. The Congregational Meeting will be livestreamed via Zoom, where members can also vote remotely. A meeting agenda and a meeting zoom link will be sent to members on February 11 after services via an email. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, but only members can vote.