A church building is a “ministry tool” that can either empower or hinder the fruitfulness of the church’s ministry. Like any ministry tool, the building should be regularly evaluated and adjusted to maximize its effectiveness in helping us make disciples. Friedens has undergone several major building projects in the past, along with numerous occasions when parts of the facility were repurposed. Yet as ministries grow and usages change, we must recognize that there comes a point when repurposed and makeshift solutions are inadequate. Except for the sanctuary and maintenance, it has been nearly 30 years since Friedens’ building has received any significant updates. When a ministry tool remains unchanged for that long, it is due for some major revisions.
is blessed to have a unique church building with a beautiful sanctuary and a
rich heritage. However, in its current
form, Friedens’ building presents serious hindrances and liabilities that negatively
impact the experience of visitors and the effectiveness of our ministry. The building project will ensure that the building supports rather than detracts
from Friedens’ commitment to welcoming people and making disciples.