It's an exciting time to be part of Cliff Temple. Founded in 1898, we're a historic congregation with a big dream for the future. We are in a "rebuilding" process as we seek the fulfillment of a strong mission: making everyday missionaries to live out the life of Christ in places where we live, work and play.
Whenever I invite people to come along on the journey with us, I often speak to this idea of rebuilding. It’s a different endeavor from being a new church or a church that has never experienced decline. Like our community, we are revitalizing for a new day.
We have plenty of space. There’s no need to build a new building. But there is a need to remodel our current space in order to better serve our congregation and reflect our values. We want Cliff Temple to be a place for our children and grandchildren to grow up in faith and take on the mission of Jesus into the neighborhoods.
To that end, the church approved the hiring of Allen Walworth to lead us through a capital campaign process. This will begin in mid-April with a feasibility study in order to see how much we can raise, then a full campaign in the fall to culminate on our 120th anniversary, November 4. Dollars raised would be separate from our regular giving, which we trust will remain steady and strong.
We're casting vision for several areas. I’m listing them in order of priorities, but each is important:
1) renovated children’s and preschool space to become more secure, attractive and comfortable
2) reworked 10th street entrance with accessibility to the main sanctuary, including an extended foyer/mezzanine level created in the sanctuary
3) permanent space for The Well ministry to people with severe mental illness, creating a day-center and more secure, separate entrance
4) new youth space in the basement, adding square footage and creating more of a youth “center”
5) reworked office space for greater collaboration.
Let’s not miss the importance of this moment: Cliff Temple hasn’t embarked on a capital campaign to enhance our shared space for nearly 4 decades. This is an important step for us as a congregation as we seek to live into what we believe God is calling us to be in the future for our community.
Stay tuned for more information on the campaign, and please pray for our church.
Last Wednesday, as we prepared to consider the hiring of Allen Walworth to lead us through this fundraising process, I shared with the congregation a scripture that has continued to fill my mind. It speaks to the generosity of God and the great dream God has for our church:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is now present in us. I'm excited for our future together. To God be the glory.