From Pastor Ed
The story of God demonstrated through Family Church has been an incredible story of faith. In 2006, just a few years after completing the Auditorium and ministry facilities at the Sutherlin Campus, we were faced with a dilemma. The Chapel of the Firs Mortuary (which provided a large percent of our parking) was up for sale. We couldn’t afford to lose the parking, so we purchased the property for $650,000 which seemed insurmountable to our congregation of 400. Under God’s leadership, we took steps of faith and launched a “Making Room” financial campaign. In March of 2007 we raised $700,000 in financial commitments to be paid out over the next three years. One year later, the economy crashed, people lost jobs and finances tightened for everyone. But God and his people were faithful as we completed the campaign on time. April 2010, we celebrated the financial miracle of God’s provision and the church grew from of 460 to almost 700 in average weekly attendance.
We learned many valuable lessons in this faith journey. The most important lesson; God has a God-sized mission for His church and He wants to demonstrate His power to a lost world through His church. Following God’s mission leads us into the impossible, faith is required and God is able to accomplish His mission.
In 2011 we took another faith step. Following God’s mission led us to prepare to launch a campus in Roseburg. After much prayer and preperation we were finally ready to open the new campus on Easter of 2013. God directed us to a location in the Green District where today our Green Campus has an average weekend attendance of about 300.
Today, God’s mission is calling again and we are making plans to open new campuses and raise money to make necessary improvements to the Sutherlin and Green campuses. Again, what may seem impossible is not only possible with God but is the next faith step in following God’s mission.