2006 was a difficult year for our church. We'd been beyond capacity in our current facility for years, which meant we'd had to worship in four, five, or even six worship services—which strained both staff and congregation. Further, with our church situated in a residential neighborhood, we didn't have enough parking spaces. Too frequently, visitors would drive into our parking lot, see nowhere to park, and turn around and leave.

We had long dreamed of expanding our current facility, with a large sanctuary and increased parking, so that we could worship altogether as a church family and have more room to be welcoming. But our neighbors were horrified at our expansion plans. Then, the budget for the plan came back at an overwhelming number. And on top of this, there were some tough staff transitions.

So, in 2006, we had to scrap our dream. But out of this, the Lord gave us a new vision and an exciting opportunity. What if we went multi-site? When we looked at the geographic make-up of ...

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