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Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home,
and spare no expense! For soon you will be bursting at the seams.
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Pastors DERYL & MIM HURST
As Mim and I reflect on our 33 years at DOVE Westgate Church and ponder the many relationships built and lives transformed, we can boldly testify how amazing our God is. We truly affirm He has done, "Exceedingly more than we could ask or think." (Ephesians 3:20)
While we stand in awe and gratitude of where God has brought us, we are deeply convicted that there is so much more He wants to do. In his Pentecost message, Peter said, "...the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39)
These words directly apply to why we are pursuing this significant facility improvement plan. We build not only for us - we are building for our children, our grandchildren, and all who are far off, whom the Lord will call into the fold in the future.
Today we stand on the shoulders and enjoy the fruit of those
who worked hard and sacrificed in the past. Now it is our turn.
May we create a platform from which future generations take
the ministry of our church far beyond where we are today.
We also build for our unchurched friends and neighbors. We
build for the vast harvest of souls all around us and desire to
prepare a place where we can minister to these people who are
so precious in God's sight.
We invite you to become a stakeholder as we embark on this
amazing, "Building for Kingdom Expansion" journey.
Will you join us as together as we expand
the Kingdom of God at home and abroad?
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"I believe many pre-Christians are going to call upon the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior in the times to come and the Holy Spirit will be poured out in a greater way. This Building Campaign personally excites me because I believe it will empower DOVE Westgate Church to disciple these new believers and care for the community in new ways."
Chris Tangert | Associate Pastor
OUR VISION & PURPOSE
We are ordinary people with a mission to transform our community and the world by connecting people with God and each other.
It is our purpose to unleash God’s extraordinary love with the healing, freedom and hope available to all through Jesus Christ.
Our community is in dire need of transformation. Many people are still in bondage, stumbling in the darkness of the world. We believe God has a mandate on our church to reach people with the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ. There is an anointing on DOVE Westgate to accomplish great things in the Kingdom.
We are improving our facility to fulfill that mandate, to better serve our community, and provide an atmosphere to disciple more people who desperately need Jesus in their lives. We believe God has called us to pray the prayer of Jabez that God would, “Expand our territory.” This vision to renovate and expand our facility is only not for those of us who are already here. It is for “our children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)
G O A L S
To reach the lost and unsaved in our community and make disciples.
To serve our community with excellence.
To create a community center that can be used every day of the week.
To have a space where we can grow in number and continue to corporately seek and experience the manifest presence of God.
To create a building that will better serve and bless our youth and future generations.
S P E C I F I C S
A welcoming facility that people can navigate easily and feel comfortable entering.
Warm, inviting café which has the potential to be open during the week and minister to/pray for people.
Proper and safe food service with commercial grade coffee shop equipment.
Greater capacity (seating for around 900 people).
Engaging auditorium with good visibility, even in the back sections.
Improved technology and acoustics.
Large space the Jr. High & Sr. High can call their own.
A fun space youth are compelled to spend time in and invite friends to.
Youth space connected to a gym.
Children’s Ministry Area
One dedicated, securable area for all our classrooms.
Improved classrooms to serve our young families with excellence.
Larger nursing mothers room.
ServSafe professional grade kitchen.
Ability to feed the underprivileged and homeless in our community.
With increasing attendance, continue operating as a church that can spend time together with fellowship meals and fundraiser meals.
Create space our community can use for events such as weddings, funerals, birthday parties, business meetings, and more.
Our current demand for rental space outweighs our capacity.
Host open gym nights and free exercise classes for our community.
Host community volleyball or basketball leagues.
Expand our free events to the community such as VBS, Harvest Festival, and Easter outreach.
Space for our children and youth to enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH WILL THE PROJECT COST?
The project is anticipated to cost between $6.5-7.0 million. This would include fitting out and furnishing as well as sound and media systems.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR CAMPAIGN GOAL?
The church’s commitment to the project out of general funds covers approximately 50% of the project. The Elder Team has decided this is enough to begin the project mid-2018. The church will take out a mortgage to bridge the gap while the pledges come in during the 3 year campaign and ultimately cover any potential shortfall in the pledges. We are believing in faith that we will have the building completely paid off within 3-5 years.
HOW WILL ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION EFFECT OUR CURRENT BUILDING USE?
The project will be done in two phases. During the first phase, which will last 8-10 months, the Cove and everything to the West will be torn down and the new Sanctuary, Cove, and offices will be built. Classes meeting in those areas on a Sunday morning will need to be temporary relocated. Towards the end of Phase One, modifications to the current Fellowship Center and Children’s Ministry wing will take place. We will continue to worship in our current space during Phase One but some adjustments will be required during that eight-month period. Immediately after Phase One is complete and we occupy the new space, Phase Two will begin. Phase Two will last 3-4 months and will create the new Gym/Fellowship Center and Youth area.
WILL THIS CHANGE US AS A CHURCH?
Other than the fact that we are believing for growth, absolutely not! The Elders Team recognizes that we are a very relational church, that small groups are the core of who we are, that we have a heart for short and long-term missions, that we desire to reach out and serve our local community, and that Holy Spirit led Sunday morning services are foundational to who we are. We are committed to the idea that this building expansion will not change the fabric of who we are, but rather serve to enhance who we are.
SHOULDN’T WE GIVE THE MONEY TO MISSIONS OR MINISTRY WORK RATHER THAN SPEND IT ON A BUILDING?
Let’s do both. An expanded ministry facility gives us the opportunity to expand all aspects of ministry, including our giving. This building will simply be a tool to serve the community, our church, and expand every aspect of our ministry. We’ve faced this question before. We have a cultural predisposition to spend money on people, not on buildings, and people will always be our priority. People asked this same question in 2000 when we first purchased this building. However since then, we have been able to give more than ever before to local and international ministries, while expanding our capacity for on-site ministry. Ultimately, we are committed to expanding our mission and ministry both here and abroad through this building project.
WHY SHOULD WE GROW?
It is easy to become complacent and settle into self-focused lethargy. After all, our land and buildings are paid for; and we are doing great as a church; so why should we go through the stress and strain to continue to grow? Because in the Great Commission, our Lord said that we must! We live in a community where many people need to know that Jesus loves them, cares for them, that he is relevant to their lives today. We must be about fulfilling the mandate of our Mission Statement; connecting many more ordinary people to an extraordinary God.
TIM BOLLINGER, ELDER
JOHN & JANNALYN KEMPER
KEN & JUDY WEAVER