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.
I believe that God is now calling 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, to make an impact that will last for generations to come-to dream about what He wants to do through us as a church. As we have recently celebrated our 10th anniversary as a campus, I realize 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 moving into 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…
God’s not done yet, because there are still thousands of lives just waiting to be transformed through His church. We have a God who is able to do far more beyond what we can dream. I want you to know there’s no other group I’d rather be on this adventure with than all of you! Because you’ve always been a church that’s put God’s mission ahead of comfort, convenience, preference or opinion. You know that a church is not defined by it’s size—bigger is not better, smaller is not better, better is better—and by better we mean more effective for the kingdom of God. That’s what this opportunity is about.
You also know the church is not defined by a building, but the mission of its people. That’s why you’ve worshiped in a school gym and a car dealership, why you’ve taken risks for the Kingdom, befriended those unlike you, and served the city for over a decade. Because church is God’s idea, not ours.
Hope Des Moines—it’s time to dream again!
Pastor Jon and Tiffany Anenson