Our goal has been to “open a new front door” to Metro Washington, a new door through which the surrounding community might be attracted to us and through which we might be called to the surrounding community. Considering the cost of “doing business” in our mission field, opening this new door is a daunting undertaking, but the job is nearly done. The combined pledges of G2G and G2G2 are just about $1 million from what we need to begin construction. We are less than a tithe (1/10) away from our $10.5 million goal. Many doubted our capacity to come this close, and God is clearly doing something amazing in the life of Columbia!
Reflecting on the past three years through both phases of the building campaign, G2G and G2G2, it’s easy to become overwhelmed in consideration of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon individuals and on Columbia. I can’t help but consider, what Jesus taught in Luke 12:48b, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Victory Sunday was on October 16 and there was a lot to celebrate! As of today (10/19/16), we have pledged $9.4M of our $10.5M goal and we have over $4.6M of our $4.5M goal already in the bank; only a small gap in the pledged amount remains. This means that as soon as we hit the pledged goal, we can break ground on the new building and we will be one step closer to “opening our new front door”.
If Sunday’s G2G2 Commitment and Celebration Sunday had to be summed up in two words, they would be unity and inspire. Unity is defined as “the state of being united or joined as a whole”. When a community as diverse as Columbia comes together unified over a shared vision and passion, powerful things happen. In fact, the Spirit is given freedom to move in powerful, powerful ways. We saw this over and over in the days leading up to this weekend’s celebration as long-time, faithful members of Columbia stepped forward to give generous and transformational gifts to G2G2. Then on Sunday morning, family after family walked to the front of the worship center and intentionally, purposefully and joyfully placed their cards into the slots in one of two doors prepared for the occasion.
In order to join those who faithfully and generously gave through the first phase of our building campaign, G2G, Columbia staff, members of the G2G2 Campaign team and key ministry leaders have boldly taken their next step by turning in their G2G2 pledge cards in advance of commitment Sunday. Combined with the G2G pledge total of $5.5M, these leaders have laid a foundation on which all Columbians are invited to build upon in order to ensure the forward progress of “opening a new front door to metro Washington and the world”!