North Langley (B.C.) Community Church members voted “yes” on a multi-million dollar expansion plan with emphasis on ministry, renovation and refreshment rather than campus expansion.
NLCC members formalized “Vision 2017” in a vote on Dec. 6, 2015, committing to a plan that was long in the making. North Langley has already started on their capital and pledge campaign to make up the gap between their estimated $3.8-million costs and the $1.8-million previously pledged toward new outreaches.
The major, ministry part of the expansion plan focuses on a desire to plant a church, probably close to NLCC’s existing campus, to give effective management to a parish model of multiplication. (Jeff and Michelle Renaud have already been hired as NLCC’s church planting couple.) The target to launch the new venture is September 2016.
The overseas outreach portion will build on a church team’s visit, made last summer. North Langley will partner with Wellspring Foundation to provide schooling to children in Rwanda.
“Vision” also embraces improvements to current outreaches to NLCC’s own community. Among the ministries to be augmented are “Catalyst” events:
- Super Single Moms’ Saturday, held annually in May,
- “Advent Conspiracy,” a November-December giving program (to “give Christmas away”),
- “Making Spirits Bright” concerts, fellowship and dessert nights in mid-December ,
- Summer Day Camp expansion to minister to 300 neighbourhood children.
It will be NLCC congregational volunteers, not staff, who will carry most of the responsibilities for these events.
Existing facilities will be updated and enhanced to maximize ministry potential. A modest, 4,000-square-foot addition will be built as part of church’s overall redesign.
It’s not a large extension, says executive pastor Steve Boakes, because North Langley regards its building as “just a tool for ministry.”
Finally, Boakes says, because “our website is part of our foyer,” the church will spend some Vision funding on rebuilding its website and adding a databank.
“This is worth it, friends,” says lead pastor Matthew Price. “Let’s make this happen!”
—Barrie McMaster, B.C. correspondent