“Church facilities and all of the things associated with “story”
and “setting” will not save a person from a life of sin and frustration. But the lack of attention to these things can indeed be the road block to reaching those people that need to hear
the gospel message the most. Don’t minimize their impact.”
– Tim Cool, Why Church Buildings Matter (Revised): The Story Of Your Space
Central Heights Church has a clear vision for the future: a movement of more and growing followers of Jesus, developing healthy churches for the glory of God and the flourishing of our city and the world. We continue to believe God for more. We want to see God glorified, we want to see more people come to Christ and we want to see those people grow in their relationship with Christ.
Since its early beginnings in 1950, Central Heights Church has been built on an intentional desire to reach the world for Christ. Time after time, the committed members of Central Heights rigorously pursued this mission through the support of missionaries, hands-on involvement in local communities, innovative service formatting and facility expansion to impact as many people as possible for Christ.
Fast forward to today. Central Heights is an intergenerational church well-represented by the communities it seeks to serve. Staying true to its mission to engage, equip and empower people to follow Jesus, the church continues to implement new ministries such as the Artists Café, Seniors Café, Mommy And Me, School Breakfast program and more. However, our building has not kept pace. Other than the Women’s Centre and Room 10:14, which houses our elementary school children’s program, it has been 32 years since any significant interior update to our building.
Like those before us, we continue to believe God for more. We want to see more people come to Christ and we want to see those people grow in their relationship with Christ.
Our facility is vital to that vision and mission.
We need a building that invites a new generation, with new expectations, into it.
Just as we don’t listen to cassette tapes or dial a rotary phone anymore, we need to realize that our physical space needs to adapt.
We need a building that is inclusive of those with different and unique needs.
Our washrooms need to be updated to be wheelchair accessible, spacious and parent-friendly, to create a welcoming environment for everyone.
We need a building that fosters a sense of relationships and community.
Our culture looks to open-space environments like coffee shops to build relationships: our Coffee Connection has the opportunity to be a familiar and welcoming environment for newcomers.
We need a building that children can grow up in.
Our children’s ministry is growing and we need to create a space where families can feel confident that their children are learning about Jesus in a healthy, safe and inviting space.
We need a building that allows staff to collaborate to build our ministries and impact more people for the glory of God.
Our ministries depend on new and creative ideas as well as the enthusiasm of our team, all of which can be stimulated with a progressive workspace.
Building for more glory
When people visit us, the impression of our building, from its washrooms to the Worship Centre, either facilitates or becomes a barrier to the message we proclaim. Our Gospel is relevant, but does our building re-enforce what we say
Imagine a transformed Worship Centre; washrooms that are spacious, fully wheelchair-accessible and parent-friendly; meeting rooms that are fresh and properly equipped with audio visual support. From big to small, imagine spaces that serve both our church and our community well.
Building for more followers
Our building should maximize effective ministry
We want to reach more families and to help those families grow closer to Jesus. Our current facility is sometimes a hindrance to that. In order to put their children into their age appropriate areas, a typical family might have to take their children to three different places, some of which are crowded and/or in desperate need of renovation. That hardly inspires the confidence of a parent nor is it a good learning space for a child. Imagine those barriers removed with a Kids Ministry area that is all in one place in an inviting, clean, safe, kid-relevant space that paves the way for Christ-centered ministry.
When was the last time you heard someone ask, “Do you want to go for coffee?” Coffee shops are now our culture’s preference for a place to build relationships. Imagine a Coffee Connection whose open and modern environment is a familiar and welcoming landing spot for those new to church and/or the faith. This open and multi-functional space can also be used to hold invitational events like Alpha and Guest Lunch, so that relationships can be built and people introduced to Christ.
Today’s workspaces are no longer compartmentalized into isolated cubicles or offices but often consist in open spaces that foster collaboration and creativity. Imagine Central Heights’ office hub with a combination of meeting spaces as well as open “neighbourhood” areas where staff can brainstorm and share ideas for more effective ministry.
Building for more flourishing
The renovation has much to do with bricks and mortar, but know that this is a spiritual exercise. It requires vision, faith and real action – God’s work and our faith. We need everyone pulling on the rope together with prayer and giving, encouraging one another and trusting God – ultimately leading to more. More followers, more worship, more glory. We do this knowing that we serve a God who does more than we can ask, think, or imagine. Immeasurably more.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.