Okay so it’s time to land the plane on this story I’ve been stringing along all month. Just to catch up, read my post “When God Closes A Door . . .” Danny Bennett prayed and prayed and then set up a meeting to talk with Michael. His skate ministry needed a space, and needed it asap and Michael had a building but Danny didn’t want to force the issue. So they met and Danny nervously asked, “A few weeks back you told all of us pastor’s that God had given you a clear message of what was next for you and your ministry. I just want to ask – if you’re okay telling me – what did God tell you?” Here’s what Michael Howard told him, “It’s more than okay to ask because God made it very clear to me that I need to give you the building! We’ve been taking care of this building, not understanding why because it’s really not a fit for what our church needs. God told me to give you the building and that I would know when the time was right to say something and hand you the keys.”
Danny was blown away. Did that just happen!? Yes! Michael handed over the keys for the building to Danny and Santa Cruz Hope Church. It actually was that simple because Santa Cruz Hope and Santa Cruz Foursquare were part of the same denomination that owned the old “Lighthouse Church” building and so badda-bing-badda-boom God solved the problem. Michael was released from the burden of being a care-taker for a building that didn’t fit his mission and Danny was given a building that he could transform into an indoor skate-church ministry that could house all kinds of other ministries for Santa Cruz Hope. To me that is one of the coolest stories I’ve heard in a long time. God knows, God sees, God cares, and God knows how to make things happen for the sake of His kingdom. I want to honor Michael Howard for his humility and responsive heart that listened to God’s Spirit and then obeyed. I also want to honor Danny Bennett for his commitment to be sensitive and respect a pastoral brother and not push his agenda even though he was in real need. That’s how churches in a community can and should be working together. I’m praying that more crazy church unifying events like that will continue to happen. Thanks for reading.