Well we just got started with our 4 church, 4 pastors, 1 teaching series yesterday. Our series is called “Cruz” and it’s all about our heart for what God can do here in Santa Cruz. I want to also tell a very cool story that probably isn’t going to be told during this series. One of the pastor’s who joined our time of prayer is Michael Howard of Santa Cruz Foursquare. Michael is a straight shooter. You never have to guess what he is thinking because he tells it to you honestly. I like that about him! He always helps us cut through the bull in our times of prayer by just being so honest and so real with the rest of us pastors.
Michael doesn’t have a vision for a giant church (lot’s o’ bodies, building & bucks). He has a vision for a thriving house church, that can grow into a network of tightly bound missional house-church communities all throughout Santa Cruz County. I’m not sure, but I don’t think owning a building has ever been a part of Michael’s heart and vision. And yet, the Foursquare denomination gave him this building. The former “Lighthouse” church building in the middle of Soquel (the former porno movie theater house) that had gone through numerous attempts to re-boot which didn’t really work out. So the denomination gave Michael the keys to the vacant building to do something with it. The fact is, Michael didn’t really know what to do with the building because it really wasn’t a part of his vision. But he, and his church, felt that God really wanted them to “take care of the building.” So Michael took the keys to the building to take care of it and they began to meet on Saturday nights, and they rented to a theatre group to use the space on Sunday. I think Michael would tell you that possessing a building wasn’t exactly the best fit for him and his people. What in the world was God doing in this?