Building up – Living it Out
To equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
(Ephesians 4:12 – 13)
Since the day Trinity Community Church began, it has been our vision and desire to be faithful to our Lord’s Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, our Trinity church family continues to experience the blessing and joy of seeing the fulfillment of that vision — making disciples and seeing God touch and transform lives for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ.
With our Lord’s disciple-making vision in mind, our Elders engaged an architectural firm which surveyed our Trinity staff regarding our growing space needs. With this information, a plan and design for additional Discipleship Ministry facilities has been completed and approved. After much prayer and careful consideration, we believe God is telling us that now is the time to build these new Discipleship Ministry buildings.
- To make a lasting and eternal difference with the resources God has entrusted to us.
- To expand our ability to disciple our children, students, adults, and families.
- To leave a Christ-honoring witness for future generations.
In April 2000, God gave our then small congregation our “Building for New Life” miracle, with $1.6 million committed and given over the ensuing three years toward the construction of our 16,000 square foot Worship and Children’s Ministry Center. This beautiful new building was completed for move-in and dedicated to the glory of God on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2003.
“And the people of God celebrated the dedication of the house of God with great joy!” Ezra 6:16
Pay-off of the $850,000 debt on our 22-acre property soon followed, and in January 2011, a final payment was made on the Worship and Children’s Ministry Center, making Trinity completely debt-free! Thanks be to God for what He has made possible and accomplished through the vision and sacrificial giving of those who have gone before us.
We are now standing at the threshold of incredible opportunities to share Jesus’ life-saving, disciple-making Gospel with people all around us — people whom God loves and for whom our Lord Jesus gave His life on the cross. In order to realize and accommodate those opportunities, we need space to grow.
“For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ.”
(I Corinthians 3:11)
People of all ages tell us they feel they’ve “come home” when they worship with us for the first time. We have never sought to be a big church, but we are committed to being a biblically faithful church. We believe that if we continue to focus on the quality — building a biblically faithful, Gospel-centered church — then God will take care of the quantity. If God’s people are taught, encouraged, and equipped properly, then they will want to reach out to others as well. Well-fed sheep reproduce themselves!
The plan below includes two new buildings, connected by a beautiful Plaza area. The building on the right will be the new “home” for our growing Junior High and High School Student Ministries. Just across the Plaza is the new Discipleship Ministries Center, which will include classrooms for adults and children, as well as a Multi-Purpose Room for larger adult classes, seminars, fellowship gatherings, dinners, receptions, and other special events. Together, these buildings will provide much-needed space for the hundreds of children, students,and adults who gather on our campus for Bible study, discipleship, ministry, and fellowship, not only on Sundays, but throughout the week.
From Our Trinity Elders
For a church our size, the “price tag” for this new project may seem overwhelming. But Trinity has a history of seeing God accomplish the impossible by faith, and we believe God is now calling each of us to make a sacrificial commitment “above and beyond” our regular giving and offerings so that the “Building Up, Living It Out” vision can be fulfilled for the continuing growth of our church and the glory of God!
What Is My Part?
When we invest in God’s work, we’re investing for eternity. While we cannot all give the same amount, we can all sacrifice in some way. For some, a sacrificial gift given over three years may be $1,000. For others, a sacrifice may be $50,000, $100,000, or more. We are praying and trusting that God will impress the specific amount on each of our hearts as we sincerely ask Him to speak to us.
Building Financing Guidelines
As we anticipate the addition of new buildings on our Trinity campus, it is helpful to remember that, by God’s grace, we are currently debt-free. For this reason, we will not begin construction until one-third of the total building project has been funded by cash in-hand, and the remaining two-thirds, by a combination of pledges and any additional cash in-hand.
Based on the gifts and pledges received, our Elders will determine what we are able to build. We will contract with a lender for construction financing for the three-year pledge period. Once all pledges have been fulfilled, we will again be debt-free. We are trusting God to provide what is needed for this disciple-making vision and building project.
Give a Cash Gift
Ask God for creative ways to increase your cash giving beyond your current giving to the Church. You might consider income from savings, tax refunds, garage sales, reducing expenses, selling a property, or deferring a major purchase. Take this opportunity to involve your whole family in the blessing of giving in faith.
We can sometimes give far more when it’s spread out over time. The chart on the right shows how this option can increase and even multiply your gift.
Give a Gift of Assets
You can also donate real estate, retirement plan contributions, stocks, bonds, etc. All gifts of real estate are subject to approval by Trinity’s Finance Committee. Gifts of stocks, bonds, etc. need to be publicly traded securities.
“Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
(II Corinthians 9:7)
This is the most important step in preparing your heart to respond to God’s call to act in faith. Ask Him what He would have you give to make this vision a reality for His Church. We encourage you to involve your children and students in this entire process, beginning here, with prayer!
Nowhere does the Bible teach equal giving, but God does honor sacrifice. There is no limit to what God will do in and through those who commit themselves to sacrificial giving.
Leave Room for Faith
Trust God to provide what He impresses upon you to give, even if the amount is greater than the resources you can readily identify. Trust Him for a miracle!