Build The House

On November 28/13, Evangel purchased a retail facility downtown
after raising 1.1M towards the project. Renovations are in process and
scheduled to be completed this Summer, 2014.

Build the House Update

It’s been a great journey so far with Build the House. Hardly a day goes by where I’m not slightly "caught off guard" by the fact that we did it! After 30+ years of dreaming, praying, and planning, Evangel has at long last expanded facilities into a beautiful home in the heart of the city of Fort St. John. With a new auditorium that seats up to 500, creative facilities for families, and breath-taking spaces to gather throughout, it’s a…

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Building Blog #21 – Clueless

I’m sitting here in a quiet house, drinking a strong coffee, the day before Evangel’s first Sunday in the new downtown facility. All of the checkboxes have been ticked, occupancy has been granted, final details have been seen too, the stage is set, and we’re good to go. At last. It’s been quite a ride getting to this point (to say the least). We have literally seen a dream become firm reality. Ironically, I’m really not stressed about our tomorrow’s…

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Build the House Report: Silver Lining in the Korean Community!

Came across this super cool story last week, another little silver-lining in this unique season where Evangel has been “homeless”. There’s a Korean community within the Evangel community, though you won’t necessarily see them in our regular Sunday gatherings. They have their own Korean-language meeting after Evangel’s regular Sunday gatherings. Of course, with Build the House, they too found themselves in a place of mobility, and opted to meet in Pastor John’s home. The number of people was relatively small,…

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Latest News & Announcements

Hi House! Hope you’re having an amazing summer. Sara and I just recently returned with our two youngest from a very refreshing time down south. I think it’s almost time to ramp things up again :), and we’re feeling ready for it! A few things: Church in the Park This Sunday (August 24) we will be having church in the park for the second time this year. Centennial Park, 11am. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on! At 1 pm,…

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Downtown Revitalization – Christian, please read

Slogan for a recent initiative called Energize Downtown. I’m a pastor in Fort St. John. Have been for 11 years, and frankly, I’m tired of the never-ending stream of negative horsepoop that is spoken over our city, even if it’s only about the weather (how many times do you have to complain about the cold – If you don’t like it, well, leave or something). And of course, the new plan on deck to energize our downtown core is getting…

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Building Blog #20 – Are we there yet???

Remember asking that question as a kid on long (and even not so long) journeys? I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record to the guys that are front-running Build the House renovations. Are we there yet? The answer is, like it was when I was an 8 year old kid, difficult. We’re definitely moving in the right direction. Almost all of the light fixtures are now installed. Almost all of the flooring has been laid. Almost all of…

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Egads! – Last Sunday In Central (June 22.14)

A church which pitches its tents without constantly looking for new horizons, which does not continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling. We must play down our longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and experiment.                                ~ Hans Kung (The Church as the People of God) It’s bittersweet.   Most of us would agree that, though our time in the…

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Following Jesus: Brilliant but Dangerous

Following Jesus, is the counter-intuitive, but also brilliantly intuitive approach to life, where you actually believe that you can hear God’s voice and you follow that inner sense of guidance (Holy Spirit), wherever it may lead.  All the while shoring up confirmation in your life by walking in friendship and community with like-minded people, lining up with the unerring plumb-line of God’s Word, and connecting like a body-part to the local church.   But know this, the path is dangerous, narrow, and…

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No WAY It’s Worth It For a Bigger Building!

I just spent the weekend with a number of great friends who lead churches just like Evangel.  It was a time of encouragement, learning, and accountability: as each of us shared our story – the victories and the struggles.  When my turn came, I shared how  my number one tension in pastoring these days has been coping with the size of the project we are now in (Build the House).  Of course that included accommodating growth, meeting deadlines, raising finances, interim…

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A Prophetic Picture of Build the House

There are no simple coincidences.   That’s how we all felt about an opportunity that came our way a couple years ago.  I’d met this short-in-stature, huge-in-spirit Oaxacan pastor in Mexico.  He needed a new church building, and badly, so Evangel picked up the baton and ran with it.  We pooled resources, assembled a team, and headed down in the fall of 2012.  It was the fastest church-build I’d ever seen, and the project was completely in 4 days, from…

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Building Blog #18

​It’s been awhile since I’ve last blogged, but trust me when I say it’s not indicative of inactivity – there’s a lot going on!  Let me highlight a few things: OCCUPANCY IS IN SIGHT!   By occupancy I’m referring to that Sunday in the near future when we can actually have church in our new facility.  In fact, all our efforts and priorities right now are to get us to this point.  Hopefully we’ll see this happen sometime in July.…

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Evangel Downtown – The Dream

A year ago we sat down with some of the movers and shakers of our community, and entertained the idea of having a church in the downtown core at 10040 – 100 St.  At 3 Sunday morning services (to accommodate our growing church family), we really needed to consider a larger facility.  This building came up as a possible solution to a growing church.               "Does a church like Evangel fit the direction of…

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Build the House – News Update

I’ll never forget the day.  It’s November 17 and the house has gathered together at the Pomeroy banquet hall,  to make their pledges and commitments to Build the House, Evangel’s expansion project.  The goal: to raise 1M toward the purchase and renovation of a retail block in the downtown core of our city.  And we did it!  Since then Evangel has gone into a mobile phase, with Sunday services taking place in an elementary school, and our offices spread out…

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We Passed the One Million Dollar Goal!!

If you’ve been tracking with the journey so far, in late September, we launched an initiative to raise 1M towards Build the House.  Those funds would be used for the anticipate renovation on a downtown facility.     Here’s the timeline of events so far.     – September 22     Launched Giving Drive – October 17          Official Decision to Purchase Downtown Building – November 8        Leadership Advance Giving Event    …

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Evangel Leadership Team Commits $560,000 To BUILD THE HOUSE!!

Who’d a thought giving away money could be so…well, fun!     On November 8, a handful of leaders in our church committed $560,000 to Build the House!  Some will undoubtedly think we’ve lost our marbles – maybe we have :-).  Here’s why we’re so ecstatic – there is MASSIVE, outrageous joy in generosity!  And this is what Jesus was talking about when he said, “You’re far happier giving than getting”.     And just so you know, our happiness isn’t cause…

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Build the House – What is Being Asked of Me?

Thanks for taking the time to explore BUILD THE HOUSE. We believe God has an incredible next chapter planned for our church and we want to invite you to play an active part in it.  This is our chance to be part of something bigger than ourselves by investing in growing God’s Kingdom in the City of Fort St. John so that more people can be introduced to a life changing relationship with Jesus. I’m inviting you to participate in what I…

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