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Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd Part 4

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If you missed them, check out "Things to know before June 2" , "Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 2" and "Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 3."

Worship is the “tip of the sword” of making disciples on our campus. The
master plan is not focused on increasing our worship capacity but rather
adding to the quality of worship space and experience. This will make us
more relevant and will enhance the overall worship experience by the

 Again…a highly visible and centrally located front door for all
worshippers to enter.

 The quality of our worship experience in the traditional sanctuary will
be enhanced by the new direction of the sanctuary which will allow
for fellowship in the new lobby, closer access to large restrooms,
larger chancel area, lighting improvement, and acoustic upgrades.

 The large new gathering area will encourage fellowship among all

 The larger chancel area will add space for our worship ministry
(orchestra, chancel choir, sacraments, and preaching). As we prepare
to grow our Sanctuary services, our current chancel area is maxed out.
We are stepping on top of each other with a growing orchestra, large
chancel choir, music teams, preparations for the sacraments of Holy
Communion, preparing funerals, and the preaching space needed each

 There is also an access problem in our current chancel area. Choir
members stop singing in the choir because of mobility issues so the
new chancel will allow more space and easier access.

 In reversing the direction of the sanctuary, the problem of the glare
will be alleviated by facing the Ascension stain glassed window of

 The Family Life Center worship space will also be enhanced with lighting
and sound upgrades. Plans also call for new seating which will enhance
the contemporary setting. Also, the new atrium/lobby will be a central
gathering area everyone on campus and will be just steps away from the
worship and family life center. As the fellowship area will be moved to the
new lobby, that space will be freed up for additional seating capacity. This
increase in seating capacity will be available in the future for both future
growth and for larger church and community events.


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Things to Know Before June 2nd - Part 3

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If you missed them, check out "Things to know before June 2" and "Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 2."

  • The question was posed to me if we do not do anything with the Master Plan, what would we miss out on as a church? Obviously, with or without the Master Plan, we would continue to seek making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and to reach, teach, and send for Jesus. Yet…I do think we would miss out on an opportunity to take a major step as a congregation. Below are my four answers to this question: what would we miss if we did nothing with the Master Plan?
  •  We would let a wonderful opportunity pass. I am not afraid of Shalimar UMC stepping out and trusting God. My greatest fear would be holding back, waiting for a better time, and letting a wonderful opportunity pass. Will moving forward with the plans require something of us? Absolutely! Will our faith be stretched? I believe we will spend a few restless days wondering how it will all work out. In the end, I trust the journey of faith more than holding back and waiting. The time is now!
  • We would miss stepping out with God. God is able to do immeasurably more than we think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Why would we not want to step out and have the most influence as a church for the Kingdom! Why would we not want to step out in the mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ?
  • We would miss an opportunity to flourish. God wants the church not only to grow but to flourish (Psalm 91). This planning comes from abundant input throughout our Congregation. The numerous people involved in this process have been chasing God’s vision to fully become the church Shalimar United Methodist is meant to be. How can we be this church if we are not bold and step out?
  • We would miss an opportunity to step up and out when such a step is long overdue. We are ready for a big step forward. The Family Life Center was the last major building initiative and that was 25 years ago.

These are some of my thoughts as to what we will miss if we do not move forward with the Master Plan.

Hope to see you at worship this week and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers this Sunday!


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Things You Need to Know Before June 2nd - Part 2

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As we move towards June 2nd to our congregational vote, I started last week with some writings entitled “Things to know before June 2.” This week I would like to share some additional thoughts. Some would ask “why embark on this master planning and building initiative?” Below are four reasons why.

  1. The time is now. The Kingdom is near. People need the good news of Jesus more than ever! Shalimar UMC has a wonderful past and now has an opportunity to stake a claim into the future. We presently have the strength to take a bold step that will facilitate more disciples both now and in the future. 1993 was the last building program. That was over 25 years ago! The opportunities for discipleship and ministry have never been greater. Let’s step out! And do it for now! For the future! The time is now! The Kingdom is near!
  2. I envision Shalimar UMC, by the year 2022, to have 1,000 persons growing as disciples meeting each week throughout our campus in classes, small groups, Sunday school classes, age-level ministries, studies, serving opportunities, and other ministry and events that are discipleship focused. These plans help us accommodate such a vision. Discipleship can happen throughout our campus in different ways. This includes worship, classes, small groups, special gatherings, events, and Bible Studies.
  3. What we do now impacts future growth! Shalimar UMC will be in Shalimar fifty years from now. What we do now impacts future generations for decades. Our church must build now for growth in the future. What we are doing now is a primer for Shalimar UMC to grow 20-25 years from now. We may not be around to see it but this is our time to make an impact! This is our time to be good stewards, be generous, and to make disciples now and think about opportunities for future generations.
  4. Some would ask “why would we build with less people in attendance over recent years? When I hear this question, I think this is precisely one of the compelling reasons to build now! Do we expect to grow by leaving things as they are? And do we expect to grow without doing something major or leaving things as they are? Now is the time our facilities can be upgraded, updated, and enhanced. As Jeremiah bought the field of Anathoth, we seek to put a stake into the future. It is time to trust God and build with confidence and claim a vibrant future of discipleship making and growing our future.

One other reason as to the why is I fully expect Shalimar UMC to grow in the future. Our congregation is vibrant and alive! I see it every day! We are currently realizing some new momentum with youth and children ministries. Our discipleship making is increasing! Already this year, we have moved into 2019 with 21 days of worship, prayer, and fasting. We followed it with a 40 day of Bible Study of Mark. This momentum is just the “tip” of the sword of things to come! We need to move forward with confidence and God will bring the growth as long as we seek Him and remain humble. The time is now to have confidence in the future.


Check out "Things to Know Before June 2nd - Part 3". Learn more about our Church Conference and the Master Planning Committee's plan here.

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