Saturday, April 25, 2015

Building Update

We had a great meeting last Sunday as our architects and building team presented the most current proposal for our master plan and phase one of the master plan. The development and building plan are a work in progress. I encourage you to visit our web site,, for the most recent updates.

The turnout and participation for the meeting was outstanding: 170 people submitted 515 comments. Many of you affirmed the work of the building team and architects. Others offered helpful suggestions. Each of the comments were reviewed. Many were grouped with other similar comments. These comments are an essential part of the design process. Both the site plan and phase one are being improved because of your vision and thoughtfulness!

Here are the next steps:

1. Pray

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. -Colossians 4:2

Pray often. Pray for this development process. Pray for your part in this process. Pray that our church continues to grow to be more like Christ during this time. Pray that our ministries, both external and internal, serve and love and comfort and develop people. I encourage you to walk around the church property and pray.

2. Participate

Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. –Joel 2:28

In the next month, there will be more opportunities for feedback—both in large group and small group formats. Because of the size and diversity of our church, none of us will have all our preferences met, but everyone will be listened to. Share your hopes and dreams. Share your questions and concerns. We are all in this together. You may also email any feedback to

3. Prepare

Prepare yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. –Joshua 3:5

The Water’s Edge has a rare opportunity in front of us. Your commitment and God’s provision has given us an incredible piece of land. In a few years this property will be surrounded by thousands of houses and apartments. It will be the only Protestant Church within miles. For generations to come, a safe and sacred space will exist in a bustling area of Omaha for God’s purposes. WE have overcome adversity and met every challenge and opportunity WE have ever faced. Developing this property will be our biggest challenge ever is simultaneously our biggest opportunity ever. To pull this off, most of us will have to make the biggest investment we have ever made in a ministry / non-profit. We will need more leaders and new leaders. We will need more servants and new servants. What WE are trying to do won’t be easy, but nothing great in life comes easy. 

The best is yet to come…


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