The Moving forward campaign is an 18-month campaign, beginning September 17
There will be a time during the Moving Forward weekend message series that will help to give you time to pray, strategize, and commit to what your contribution will be in reaching our financial goals.
We are setting out to raise $3 Million in order to build our third building, "The Landing", which will be the Kids church facilities for grades 1-6 on the weekends, and be used for a variety of different adult ministries during the week. We are also expanding the parking lot by adding 190 parking spaces, allowing us to continue to grow at this location.
We will raise $2 Million which will go toward future expansion/location of the Napa Campus. The facility we're currently meeting in has been a blessing for over 7 years, and our attendance has grown to over 800 weekly. But we're not stopping there. We're currently on the hunt for a new facility, and this $2 Million will help us with tenant improvements in a new home that will enable us to reach more people who are far from God in the Napa Valley.
Our goal is to raise $1 Million toward future expansion/location of the East Bay Campus. We were blessed to be able to launch in the beautiful, brand new, Pleasant Hill Senior Center, where we've grown to over 400 in weekend attendance. However, we know the potential is huge to minister to many more people, and we need to prepare for a move to a new location to help facilitate that. No more set up and tear down each weekend!
I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.
Philippians 3:14-15 (MSG)
A little over four years ago, our church set out on a journey to build our current facility in Vacaville that would enable us to minister to thousands more in our community as well as people from all over the globe who connect to the ministries of our church. We set out on two financial campaigns to see this vision to come to pass. In the midst of a "down" economy and all the reasons the naysayers said it wouldn't happen, we raised $10.5 Million to see our first two buildings on 22 beautiful acres come to fruition! WOW! What incredible sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to God's vision for our church!
Looking at the incredible milestone moving to this new facility has been for our church, it would be easy to look with awe at what God has done and say, "We did it! We're done!" We did do it. And we have reached an important milestone. Almost 1,000 more people have been added to our church since we completed our last campaign and moved into the new buildings in Vacaville. Hundreds have been baptized. We've already been able to host some amazing conferences and events.
But we're not going to stop. There is more God has for us, in all three locations. The Kingdom of God is advancing, and that's why we've determined that we won't stop now – we are Moving Forward.
In Phil. 3:14-15, Paul writes, "I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us." (MSG)
I love Paul's determination. He had accomplished much in his life, but rather than get stagnant and be content to stay in the things God had called him to then, he pressed on to take hold of the things God had for him still. That would be my encouragement to everyone who calls The Father's House home – let's be grateful for what God has done but let's keep focused on what He has called us still to do.
Let me remind you that there are still hundreds of thousands of people within the reach of our three campuses who do not know Jesus and are living life far from God. Remember our Mission: "The Father's House exists so that people far from God will find life in Christ. There is still much work to be done.
So, we're Moving Forward – we're not stopping. The Kingdom is advancing, and we're determined to be a part of it. We have a God-given vision to expand each of our three campuses to accommodate more in our community who need to experience the life of Christ.
We stand, today, on the shoulders of the sacrifice of many in our church who sacrificed and asked a simple question: "God, what do you want to do through me?" Because of the faithfulness of many in our church, we stand where we do today – three locations, ministering to thousands, and a couple really awesome buildings in Vacaville.
But what I'm asking every person in our church to pray, consider, strategize, and commit to, is to ask – once again – "God, what do you want to do through me, to see our church continue to increase so that we can care for thousands more who are far from you?" Some reading this have participated in the past, and I thank you. Many more, you have enjoyed the fruit of what has gotten us here, and you want in on this journey of faith.
And so, as you read the Commitment Guide, join us on this journey, and participate in faith, keep in mind that your sacrifice and generosity today will affect thousands who will be touched by God in our church. Join us, as we set out on this 18-month journey in Moving Forward.
Pastor Dave Patterson, Lead Pastor