Report: "We Have a Major Problem (but it's a good thing)"

- 8:19 am - July 17th, 2014

Report: "We Have a Major Problem (but it's a good thing)"

July 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM

One of our missionary partners, Matt Lahmann of City Light BC in St. Charles, Missouri, sends along this report.

We Have A Major Problem

but it's a really good thing.

       Over the last 4 weeks we have averaged 63 in attendance on Sunday mornings. people ask how we are doing expecting that attendance is slowing down because it's summer, but the truth is that we growing every Sunday. Last Sunday we had 76. This is the largest attendance since our Grand Opening (86-September 2013) The problem is that we are reaching the maximum capacity of our 3,000 sq. ft. building. We can stuff about 80 chairs in the auditorium. The nursery and children's church room are reaching the limit (set by the Fire Department). We need to expand. Thankfully the 2 units right next to us are open and available. We are looking to rent these spaces for about $600 a month for each. This would give us 2,000 more sq. ft. of space. The space would help us increase our number of classrooms and provide a larger meeting area for the children. This would allow for the children to be in Jr. Church for most of the service and would free up valuable space in the auditorium for their parents. We are currently working with our realtor to negotiate the price as best we can, as well as, work with the fire department to see what they will require from us for this new space. 
         Financially, Things are going well. We have been able to make several improvements inside, and support 4 summer missionaries who are helping us reach about 3,000 doors a week in July and August. 
         I want to thank you for your prayers and support. God has been truly blessing. We have also seen 6 people accept Christ as their Savior over the last 6 weeks. We are excited about several coming baptisms. We have spent the last couple of Sunday nights training our members how to work with new believers one-on-one. I'm thankful that God has surrounded us with 15-20 people who want to help others come to Christ and be discipled. 

           I would like to ask you to consider helping us with our expansion. Because of all the investment in outreach this summer, expanding will make our budget a little tight, but will balance out over the next 2-3 months. If you are looking for a missionary project to give towards this summer, please pray about City Light Baptist Church. Any support given would be used to make the deposit/rent ($2,400) on the additional building space, or would be used to make the necessary construction upgrades (Door ways, flooring, paint) for the new space. 

       The space has been available since March, and I have put off renting it for as long as I can, but our growth demands this next step of faith. Please pray with us as we continue to reach more families with the Gospel.

       I hope you will take a minute to look at video from our services. God has blessed us with a man who is serving the Lord in the area of media. He has greatly improved the videos of our service since joining City Light. Here is a quick link to our latest sermon series, Questions For God.