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Today, we shared HUGE NEWS with our three campuses about MAJOR change for Courage Church in 2013. How did they receive it?? They cheered and clapped! Wow! I love my church SO much!
Beginning on January 6th, our Hamtown AND Mexicantown campuses will meet on Sunday mornings at 11am (currently on Sunday afternoons at 3pm) and our midweek EQUIPs will meet Wednesdays at 7pm in Hamtown and Thursdays at 7pm in Mexicantown (both currently meet at 7:30pm).
And, here’s the BIG NEWS, our Midtown campus will shift to the other 2 campuses and no longer meet at the Magic Stick / Majestic Theater. We are already actively pursuing new avenues to minister in Midtown including the possibility of opening another Courage Coffee, starting campus groups or small groups and eventually finding a church location.
God grew our faith & focus 3 years ago (after 5 years of growth in Hamtramck). He spoke clearly that He was going to give us a church in Detroit some day and we needed to get busy preparing for His provision. So we launched the work in Midtown. This past August, we received opportunity to acquire a new facility (a closed church) in the Mexicantown community of SW Detroit. Now, open and beginning to impact the community, we sense God leading us to shift our people and focus to the two communities where we have buildings and then restructure our ministry in Midtown. That’s what we’re going to do.
We have LOVED our time in the Magic Stick — it, in some ways, may have been the ‘coolest’ church venue in Detroit. But, as we grew in numbers and in families, we realized that we had limited and inadequate space for nursery and children. We had no place to do youth ministry during the week. And, there were other logistical hurdles that made it very difficult to staff & serve our people. On top of these complications, we had NO daily presence in the community other than the 3 hours we rented each Sunday morning.
So, we are following God’s leading and, in doing so, we’re strengthening our impact & influence in the 2 communities where we have property. Our midtown congregation and leaders are SO excited! They will be such assets to whichever campus they choose! And, we’ve also appointed outreach coordinators to the midtown area to ensure that we continue to have a presence in this key location of Detroit!
So, change is happening yet again… and we’re doing it to see eternal changes happen in our city! “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” Colossians 1:6
It WILL happen again, Chilly
Any thoughts or questions?