On Monday I had the pleasure of hanging out with all the pastor’s (Chuckk Gerwig, Ben Hartel and Danny Bennett) who made our combined teaching series in May – 4 pastors from 4 churches teaching 1 message of God’s heart and vision for Santa Cruz. If you want to listen to all four messages you can listen for free at the Faith Community Church podcasts. It was a ton of fun debriefing with all the guys about our experiences sharing each others pulpits over the course of a month. Everyone was so positive about the good things they experienced at each church and so encouraging about the cool things they learned as their “take-aways” at each church visit. The whole experience was such an amazing positive experience that we all agree we want to do again.
We started talking about what God might have us do next – in addition to just getting together and praying once a month. One of the things we talked about was the fact that: 1) It would be incredibly cool, with more church planters being led by God to come and plant churches in Santa Cruz, to help these new faith communities get into old church buildings owned outright by local churches who are physically dying off and only have a few people remaining and 2) How tragic it is every time one of these pieces of property, that have a history of being used as an outpost for God’s kingdom work in the community, gets sold off (many to a particular family that is turning them into hotels) and the kingdom loses valuable land that could be used for ministry.
Just yesterday Danny Bennett sent me a link that showed me this picture of an old Foursquare church building near Shoppers Corner market that’s being sold for $1.2 million. Sadly this is another piece of kingdom land that will probably be snatched up by investors who will do something else with the property. But what if a bunch of churches bought that land and held onto it for kingdom use, maybe a new church plant, and didn’t lose the property to a new hotel? If anyone knows a person of means who has a heart for the kingdom, tell them about this property, have them buy it, rent the connected small house to a local family and then hold onto it for the sake of a new church plant. Click on this link to make contact with the Real Estate Agents. What do you think?