This past weekend I made a big announcement at The Door about some major changes that are coming up. The following is an overview of what I shared during that service. I wanted to let everyone know as clearly and as effectively as possible about some of the changes that are taking place.
Over the past two years our ministry, Take the City, has had the incredible privilege of partnering with Teen Challenge in the use of their building off Hurst Drive here in Columbus, GA. We were informed this summer that because of some big changes within their ministry and because of growth they now need to assume full use of their building. They have given us until September 1st of this year to use the building for our regular ministry activities like Take the City Weekends and The Door Sunday night services.
First off, I just want to say how thankful we are to Teen Challenge for all of their support! The use of their building has been a blessing for a long list of reasons. We have thoroughly enjoyed being able to be there and totally understand their need to use the whole building. Our plan during our final The Door service at Hurst Drive is to take up a special love offering to bless them and their ministry. God is doing amazing things there!
Secondly, I want to share a little bit about how this transition will affect our ministry and the various things that we do each month. Starting in September we will no longer host our Take the City worship, prayer and outreach events at that location. Our plan is to host our events for the rest of this year in various local churches in our area. Also, The Door, which is our Sunday night encounter service, which includes people from various churches all over the area, will cease to meet after our August 27th final gathering.
So what’s next?
After reading this announcement you may have some questions so I want to address some of those…
Our plans for a future building are under way currently but the process is probably going to take quite some time to find a suitable place, secure the location and do the necessary renovations so that we can begin to use the building. We hope that by next year we will have a ministry center located somewhere in Columbus that will not only host our various ministry activities but even house other ministries and initiatives in the area.
Our plans for The Door is to take a season to step back and pray. We will stop hosting these Sunday night services starting in September and enter into a season of prayer about what is next. We’re currently considering: stopping The Door services permanently, maybe hosting them again in the new building or possibly doing something similar but with changes to the name, time and day of the week. Right now we don’t have a concrete plan for how to move forward except that we are going to simply begin to pray about what God would have us do. We want to ask you to please be in prayer for our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers as we seek God’s instruction on what is next!
A few more thoughts…
This has been a big change and we have had to make some really hard decisions especially over these past few weeks. We know that through this transition that God has plans to bring us into even greater things than we could even imagine. Our dream is to forever see this city and cities around the world transformed by the power of God’s love as revealed in the Gospel. We know that the gospel is the only hope for our city, nation and the nations of the earth!
I want to ask anyone reading this letter to simply add comments below if you have any questions. Also, feel free to reach out to me directly.