For they gave according to their means…, and beyond their means, of their own accord.
2 Corinthians 8:3
Beyond: Something New
Nearly 15 years ago, a downtown Kansas City church community was formed from a diverse group of people: different ages, ethnicities, life experiences and defining moments. These people may have slept outside under a bridge or in a penthouse apartment. However, in spite of their differences, they are fiercely loyal to each other and love growing closer with one another. This unified group constantly invites others to experience the way life is meant to be… in a loving community.
This “something different” idea has been resonating. Since 2019, Sunday morning attendance has more than doubled and a third service has been added. This humble downtown church, network of neighbors and Kingdom partners are building bridges for people to experience the love of Jesus.
Beyond: Opportunity to Partner
Partnering with nearly 20 outside organizations, it’s estimated that over 23,000 people have walked through the doors of New Life CityChurch in 2021. To facilitate this growth, we need more space to gather for worship and teaching, to congregate in community and collaborate with ministries.
We’ve consulted with architects, engineers and developers to re-imagine our building layout and make the best use of our space. The planned expansion will provide:
- More than 50 additional seats
- Expanded office and conference space
- Coffee shop and increased common space
In addition, this project will add value to our church family by providing:
- Long-term financial stability by trading lease payments for equity in owning our own property
- Enhanced audio/visual experience with better sound and screen visibility
- Common space more suitable for conversation, fellowship and connection
- More efficient office space
- Defined meeting spaces
- Renovations and updates to KidCity
Beyond: The Plan
We will leverage $350,000 in savings from our current lease combined with $275,000 we are praying to raise in this capital campaign.
70% / $437,500 – Auditorium / Lobby renovation
20% / $125,000 – KidCity Renovation
10% / $62,500 — Offering
We will commit 10% of what we raise as an offering. We plan to give this money to Faith Comes By Hearing, a ministry that spreads the Gospel by providing God’s audible Word in over 1,500 languages, giving hundreds of millions of people around the world an encounter with God’s truth in their heart language.
New Life CityChurch will participate in this amazing and heart-altering endeavor by adopting and funding the Gola language of Liberia. We hope this effort will also deepen our existing relationships in Liberia and lead to a permanent missional investment.
Beyond: Join us
You can join us in our vision to better facilitate our mission of developing communities that inspire people to know and follow Jesus and bring about our vision that every man, woman and child in Kansas City would know and experience the love of Jesus by partnering with us in the following ways:
Pray – Commit to join together in prayer over this project for 40 days, starting October 31, 2021.
Share – Commit to sharing this vision on social media between October 31 and December 12.
Give – Commit to give by faith beyond our means (2 Corinthians 8:1-7) by pledge for the next 12 months (December 2021-December 2022), or a one time kickstart gift to assist with upfront costs such as purchasing materials, obtaining permits, hiring necessary professionals and a down payment on our loan.