Why is the building committee called FaithBuilders?
We knew God would be primarily building the faith of the people of Chapel by the Sea as we walk this venture with Him. That's the real bottom line of this stewardship of our campus. We fully expect the faith of the people to be built up greatly, and this is already happening!
From the beginning it was obvious that any attempt at campus development and improvement would need a foundation of prayer. Prayer was the first thing we did when the people who meet at Chapel by the Sea made a firm decision to build.
As we thoroughly studied the book of Nehemiah and prayed, two key terms - faith and build - morphed into a single one: FaithBuilders. (If Nehemiah and his co-workers weren't FaithBulders, then who is?) We knew from the beginning that this is 'way too big for mere people. It's God-sized. We knew we must rely on Him.
Early in the prayer process, it became clear that God's first priority was to build His Church. That is, the people. We began praying earnestly about that. And, surprise of surprises, He moved us to plan the first-ever Chapel congregation-wide retreat. Its theme was unity. Eighteen months later we had a second one, with humility as the theme. These were designed to build up the people. (Whoever heard of a building committee planning retreats?)
Further along the journey, we came to understand through prayer that we must maximize what we have as we move forward to eventual replacement of some facilities! Do the best we can where we are! Thus there have been several improvements in our facilities and space use.
A second surprise came along. God opened an opportunity for our small locked-in campus to expand significantly when the property to the north became available. A faithful couple in the Church was moved to donate two-thirds of the cost, and we acquired The Haven debt-free. It's now used for storage, and for some classes and meetings.
We can't wait to see what God does next. We do know that our plans are very small compared to His great ability and resources.