The mission of Peoples Church is to help people see God and participate in His redemptive story. This is a sincere, deeply felt, and compelling belief that has its roots dating back to the establishment of Peoples Church in 1954.
But something has been preventing us from making the impact we feel called to today. In the process of discovering what our next move into the future would be, we sent out a survey to those who have recently attended Peoples Church, and those who are intimately aware of the week-to-week ministry on campus. We wanted this project to be about responding to what we have heard from you, rather than telling you what we want to do.
Believe Campaign Testimony
Moving the G.L. Johnson Chapel
What we learned was this: People find our campus difficult to navigate. They find it disjointed, with a lack of smooth traffic and flow of people. For some it has become a barrier, especially for those who need to drop off their children before a gathering begins.
Knowing this, we knew something needed to be done. How could we allow the people who come to church with their families be bogged down in this way? Why would we keep things the same when it’s making it difficult for people to enjoy their experience at Peoples Church?
So the question is: What can we do to meet this challenge?
The solution is to reconfigure our layout to cultivate connection—connection with God, and with each other. That is what Peoples Church is all about. We believe that God has given us this mission. We are tackling this project to take us to a place that will make us more impactful as a church!
Frequently Asked Questions
Through consultation with Generis, our stewardship firm, we believe $18 million is an attainable goal. Evangelical churches typically raise around two to three times their annual giving in a financial campaign. For Peoples Church, just two times our annual giving would be $17 million. Mature disciples of Jesus Christ are generous with their time, spiritual gifts and financial resources. Sacrificial giving looks different for every person. If we give sacrificially, we will not only easily meet our goal, but exceed it, experiencing God’s amazing blessing in the process.
The most important place to begin is by completing a Commitment Card where you can indicate what you plan to give over the three-year campaign period. This card is vital as it informs Peoples Church what to expect and how to wisely plan expenditures.
When the time comes to begin giving, a number of methods are available:
- Online giving, which can be used for all giving to Peoples Church
- Using giving envelope with the Believe designation
- Text giving
- Stocks/non-cash gifts. To arrange a stock or non-cash donation, contact the Business Office.
We do not expect Believe giving to have an adverse effect on the normal operating or mission budgets. We believe that as we faithfully follow the Lord’s leading and as we mature in our understanding of generosity, giving to the annual budget will remain strong and we even expect it to increase.
Peoples Church has a long heritage and passion to believe for greater impact on our city, valley and region. We want to passionately invest our time, talents and treasure in our church, our community and around the globe. So, with this project, we are asking our church family to join us in not only expanding our facilities, but also the reach of our ministry as we advance the gospel. We know we can’t do that without surrendering our lives to Jesus on a moment-by-moment basis. That’s why we’re calling it “Believe, More Than Ever.”
Let’s start with the “why.” Quite simply, our Children’s area is outdated and extremely difficult for our guests to find. As more and more young families are drawn to our Faith Family, we are seeing classrooms that are over capacity. While that’s “a good problem” to have, it’s still a problem. We also have little to no community space.
To meet these pressing needs, the project will add new and significant Children’s space and create community and connection space both inside and outside.
We see this expansion project as a wonderful opportunity to make room for those God is calling to Peoples Church. It will provide much-needed space for years to come.
We anticipate the move of the GLJ Chapel will start in the summer of 2018 and be completed by Christmas of 2018
We anticipate the remaining construction to start in Spring of 2019 and take roughly 18 months to complete.
We expect minimal disruption to the ministry schedule and only small inconveniences elsewhere. We will not be able to use the G. L. Johnson Chapel for up to six months. During that time, the activities and classes will be moved to the Auditorium, Student Ministry Center, and PC Gym.
As construction of the new area begins, there will be seasons when the flow of traffic coming and going into the building will be modified. However, no significant ministry change will take place.
We have two distinct issues here on the property. Our current Children’s Ministry areas are disjointed and difficult for our guests to find. Also, there is very little space on this property for our Faith Family to gather, talk and develop relationships. The centerpiece of this project will be the Children’s Ministry and Community and Connection space.
Also, years ago, the front of our property was on Herndon Avenue but now the overwhelming majority of traffic is on Cedar Avenue, this has become the front of the property. One of the advantages of the Believe Campaign will be allowing everyone traveling on Cedar Avenue to see our multi-generational church. They will be able to clearly see the front of the G. L. Johnson Chapel on one side and the Children’s and Student Ministry areas on the other.
Of course! Unforeseen circumstances may cause you to want to increase or decrease your giving commitment in the future. At any time during the 36 months, you can review or change your Believe commitment online at peopleschurch.org, or you can ask for another commitment card and turn it in with your revised commitment!
Even in times of scarcity, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite did not make a very big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. Believe is about all of us coming together, giving generously and trusting God to do the rest. It may mean God is asking you to trust Him by making a faith commitment that you do not know how to fulfill right now. God has supplied our every need in Christ, and we trust He will honor a heart that wants to give generously in response to the gospel.
There may also be ways to be sacrificial with your lifestyle to create margin for generosity in your life. Some will cancel cable television, and some will ditch the smartphone plan and return to a basic mobile phone. Others will play a little less golf and still others will forego a few caramel macchiatos every week. Some families will buy a smaller home or rent a smaller apartment to be able to give generously for the progress of the gospel. Find ways to involve the entire family in the process of giving generously. Use this as an opportunity to teach children and grandchildren to obey the Lord with a generous heart and to trust Him. This is a great opportunity to take a look at our overall stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us.
The current direction of Peoples Church has been steeped in prayer asking for discernment, direction, courage, and unity. Multiple teams of ministry leaders, as well as our Pastors and the Church Council, have joined together to ask what God wants from us at this time. The direction of Believe is the result of these prayers.