Making Space for Today and Tomorrow

There is a great sense of excitement regarding what God is doing within our church body. We are privileged to not only see general growth in our spiritual family but also growth in ministry areas reaching our younger generations. On top of this, we are seeing growth in our adult ministries as well. Some Vineyard Classes and other “smaller” events have upwards of 100 adults in attendance, which becomes a challenge to fit in our largest classroom. Additionally, we are seeing more young families joining our church who desire to gather in Vineyard Groups. We have found when there is an option that makes childcare space available at the church, participation and commitment increases. 

Psalm 78:1-4 reads, "My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old … We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done."

The NextGen Initiative includes a building expansion that will allow us to keep saying YES to all the opportunities ahead, and especially those to directly impact “the next generation.” 

About NextGen Initiative

  1. Expanded Atrium
  2. Larger Chapel 
  3. Centralized Storage
  4. Five Additional Classrooms
  5. Larger Nursing Mom's Room
  6. Additional Restrooms

 

The estimated cost of the NextGen Initiative is $3,350,000. However, because of the generosity of the Vineyard Church family over the years, Vineyard is able to contribute up to $2 million out of savings! In order to raise the remaining $1,350,000 in 2024, it will take some form of financial participation from hundreds households. 10% of every dollar donated to NextGen will be sent outside the walls of the church to areas of need in our community and around the world. If you call Vineyard your church home, please pray in consideration of what you are able to sacrifice for the vision of NextGen. 

10% of every dollar donated to NextGen Initiative will be sent outside the walls of the church to areas of need in our community and around the world. So far, raised funds have been sent to:

  • Hope for Joy (Entebbe, Uganda)
    Built new septic latrines for Mkumba School students to have access to safe and hygienic latrines. "Thank you so much for making a tangible difference in the lives of the people in our community." – Jumba
  • Kingdom Closet (South Bend, Indiana)
    Bought clothing racks and three months of rent for a temporary space while they prepare for what is next following a fire destroying the Kingdom Closet building in January 2024.

Because this expansion will impact every person who walks through the doors of The Vineyard, there are opportunities for every family unit within The Vineyard to get involved. Here are steps to get involved:

  1. Pray and consider committing financially during 2024
  2. Fill out a NextGen Commitment Card
    Commitment Card
  3. Throughout 2024, donate through the regular giving options:
    • Cash: Place cash in an envelope and into a NextGen giving box
    • Check: Write "NextGen" in the memo and place into a NextGen giving box
    • Online: Select NextGen Fund

If you have questions, please email Pastor Steve Huffman at