Why Awaken is Moving…AgainPosted: August 15, 2011
I joked last week that Awaken is becoming a nomadic church. Like Rick Warren said about the early days of Saddleback, “If you can find us, you can come!” Finding and securing meeting space for a new church is one of the most exciting and frustrating parts of the deal.
We built an incredible partnership with Polo Road Elementary School in the 2 years we met there from our launch team meetings in 2009 to May 2011. Heading into the summer, we needed to find a different location because of renovation work scheduled at Polo Road.
By God’s grace, the door opened for us to meet at Spring Valley High School. This was a huge answer to prayer and put us in an incredible location with a beautiful facility. We experienced a great deal of growth over the summer and hoped to be able to stay at Spring Valley.
We made our request to stay and after a couple of conversations, Spring Valley had to say, “No.” The principal shared his reasons with me, all of which I understand and completely support. In fact, in our conversation, he said we were the best outside organization they have ever worked with and graciously allowed us to stay at Spring Valley until we figured out what was next for us.
“What’s next” didn’t take long to figure out. While we examined a couple of other longshot options, we also checked back in at Polo Road. Their immediate response was, “you know you have a home here and we’d love to have you back.” What a gift God has given us – a public school and a local church enjoying that kind of partnership!
So, it was really a no brainer and we’re very excited about the move back to Polo Road. We’re praying bold prayers, attempting great things for God, and expecting great things from Him.
The week before we found out we could not stay at Spring Valley, our staff visited Elevation Church to worship together and meet with some of their staff. Pastor Steven Furtick preached a powerful message from Judges 6 and the verse that grabbed me was Judges 6:14 (HCSB) – “The Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have…Am I not sending you?‘” That proved to be a prophetic word for me and our church.
Why are we pumped about moving to Polo Road? Because God is sending us. Because He is sending us, then He is with us. Because He is sending us, He has gone before us.
His plan for Awaken Church was not thwarted by a school, a policy, or a decision. He is ruling, reigning, and rescuing and He is the strength that we have because He is sending us!
:: Important Dates ::
- Sunday, August 28 @ 10:30 am :: Final Worship Service @ Spring Valley
- Sunday, August 28 @ 4:00 pm :: Volunteer Vision Night @ Polo Road
- Sunday, September 4 @ 10:30 am :: First Worship Service @ Polo Road followed by Baptism & BBQ
- Sunday, September 11 :: Fall Launch @ Polo Road
Tomorrow, I’ll share more about what we’re doing for our Fall Launch on September 11. He’s sending us and we’re pumped!