I put the application in for the West Valley church plant office (per my Jan 10 post)… You know, the one on Emmaus’ main street, right on the Triangle. The beauty of it is this: 7 guys joined me last Thursday night for a walkthrough and to assess location-location-location. Is it really as intriguing as I think? Is said office spot really advantageous to being a gospel-kingdom blessing to the people who hang out in the coffee shops and developing retail marketplace of the Triangle?
Yes, so it seems. After walking through – we hung out next door, chatting and listening to the live music at Mas Cafe. Not bad. Quite mellow actually. To a man, we agreed that the space is ideally suited for the plant, well-priced, and even more, that timing (we will not be worshiping as a new body until the Fall) should not deter our acting on it. The next step, then, is to formally address the CPC elders about their backing.
But is it a blessing to the West Valley, particularly Emmaus? (it is nice to consider this question before we even exist)
One of us asked the realtor if he thought we would be a blessing or if we were taking a prime spot for retail that would benefit Emmaus’ economy in a way that we simply couldn’t. He made the point that the space is zoned commercial, not retail… The owner of the building does not want to make the changes to rezone it. He indicated that most small commercial offices don’t bring people to the downtown (i.e. the previous lessee didn’t, as he ran an internet book store). In contrast, he thought our church’s office most likely would. He thought the blessing would be apparent. Thanks be to God.
There are details yet to be worked out. It is not done by any stretch, but the possibility is more than a thought now… and I thought some of you might like to know-pray.
This is just the beginning of re-routing where we (I) walk and talk for the glory and extension of Christ’s kingdom of grace and justice and mercy. Just the beginning.