When RPC began 17 years ago, it wasn’t actually RockPointe Church. It was a few people at a dinner at La Hacienda. A little while later, a small group met in someone’s living room. From there, what was then known as The Church at Lantana, moved into Rayzor Elementary. As space needs continued to increase, a name change was also necessary when the church moved into space at Briarhill Middle School – you can’t really be The Church at Lantana if you’re meeting in Highland Village.
Through God’s sovereignty, a crazy story played out – that’s one for another day and a lot more words. It’s a story that allowed RPC to purchase more property than we should have been able to afford given fair market value, in a better location than we should have been bold enough to consider.
We built on this property and built some more. Each time, it was our children’s ministry that would reach capacity first, and each time it happened faster than demographic trends would have predicted. Clearly, it was God’s hand growing our church, not population booms or great marketing.
Every step of the way, we’ve trusted His hand and walked in His sovereignty. And here we are, in the same situation again. Our children’s areas are overflowing. Our student areas are as well. And their overflow has left us with no room for the adult programs we value.
Over the last several years, RockPointe Church experienced an average of 11% growth year after year.
Five years ago, we moved in to 30,000 square feet of new space. Recently, our ministry leaders have sought any creative and efficient uses of space, on Sunday morning and throughout the week. We added parking places and parked cars on the grass. But none of these are nearly enough. We regularly run children and student rooms beyond maximum capacity, limiting our options to “make more and better followers of Christ.”
Last fall we assembled a diverse team tasked with strategically assessing available expansion options to respond to our need for additional space. Suggestions evaluated were building on our current land, renting and renovating a vacated grocery store building, and building new on land nearby. A tremendous opportunity presented itself only three miles down the road at Parker Square. This opportunity would quickly double our space allowing us to invite more people, and provide more space for classes and equipping opportunities.
RockPointe has always been a receiving church. It’s the heart of who we are to welcome new people — people new to the area, people new to church, people new to faith in Jesus. And we’ve always considered that the first step – not the final goal. Once you’re here, you’re family, and we want to equip our family to do all the things Jesus is calling us to do — as a church and as individuals. And once equipped, it only makes sense to use that equipping to impact our community and beyond with the truth of the gospel.
And, quite frankly, we’re out of room to do those things. We can’t continue to receive because we don’t have any more parking spaces. We can’t improve on our equipping because we’re out of space in the building. That makes it increasingly hard to impact, and to send. It makes it hard to invite those we’ve committed to pray, invest, invite.
We need more space. And, we have what we believe is a God-inspired plan to provide that space at 500 ParkerSquare.
This space will allow us to do all the things we currently do, for all the people we currently serve, and to do more things, for more people.
We’ll finally have space to make our Special Needs ministry what it’s clearly becoming. Its growth exceeds the space we can give it, but the need is there, and many of the laborers are, too.
We would have space between two college campuses. The largest unreached population in the church is the 19-25 year olds. Again, we have people with a heart for this ministry, we would be in a location filled with this demographic, and we would have space to host them, which we currently lack.
We’ll have room for all the adult classes we want to offer.
God has opened another door for RPC.
What will we do with it?
It’s time to consider the information and decide whether we’ll move forward in God’s leading.
We held a vote in services last Sunday, and the preliminary results for the Parker Square Project are in. At this point, 518 members have voted to take this step, and 24 have voted against, meaning about 95% are in favor.
For any member who was not able to vote in person, we established an online, absentee voting mechanism. We ask that you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, you must include your name and whether you are in favor of or opposed to the resolution brought forth by the Elders. This must be submitted by May 18 at 11:59 pm.
If you know of any member who was unable to vote, please let them know that the absentee voting information is on our website and is also being sent to all members via social media and email.
The church’s vote will be tallied on May 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm.
Before you vote (if you haven’t already) please make sure you’ve taken the time to look into the matter and have all your questions answered. You can visit our website for all the details.