A Letter from Pastor Jon
Growing up, as most young boys do, I loved using my imagination. I would dream up epic battles in the basement, hitting a home run in the World Series in our backyard, or play guitar as a rock star on the “stage” that was our living room couch. When we’re young, it’s easy to dream, it seems to come naturally, the opportunities before us seem unending, and nothing seems impossible.
This Fall, I believe God is inviting us to dream again. Not about childhood ambitions, but what it looks like for each of us to be a part of a mission that’s bigger than ourselves. As we celebrated our 10th anniversary as a campus this past Summer, I realized God has done things beyond what we could have ever asked or imagined! Marriages restored. Sickness healed. The chains of addiction broken. Those far from God finding faith and community. Hundreds baptized into new life in Christ. Children, students, and adults growing in discipleship. Missionaries sent around the world. Hearts transformed. But the amazing thing is, I believe God’s just getting started!
That’s why we’ve named this campaign “Building 2 a Hope Beyond.” Not only are we embarking on preparing our second permanent facility, but as Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…” We have a God who is able to do far more beyond what we can dream. That’s great news, because it’s time to dream again.
Hope Des Moines has grown tremendously (by 79% in worship attendance over the past four years, as well as through numerous new ministries). In the last four years, children’s ministry has more than doubled, student ministry began and is thriving, and the number of adults in groups and classes has tripled! Because of this continued growth, we are experiencing growing pains (which we celebrate!) in terms of worship space as well as classroom space for many of our growing ministries and outreach.
When you look at these realities, it’s easy to see that our current space, although sufficient at the time we moved in, is an obstacle to carrying out and expanding the mission God has given us as a church in the future. That’s why we’re planning to purchase and renovate the existing building at 1818 High St. directly to the north of our current site. It will be transformed into an almost 8,000 sq. ft. discipleship and outreach center with large gatherings spaces, more classrooms, a coffee shop, and creative workspace for our growing staff.
This Fall, we’re inviting you to ask God what His dreams are for our church, and have the courage to follow along. Hope Des Moines—it’s time to dream again!
Pastor Jon Anenson