A Kingdom Build Steering Committee Report June 2019

This has been a busy year for the Steering Committee for ‘A Kingdom Build’ as we continue working to advise on options for the renewal of the physical facilities of Philpott Memorial Church. Our primary objective is to determine the best means of facilitating ministry and reaching the city with the good news of the gospel of Christ.

The Steering Committee comprises Stuart Archibald, Ralph Benedict, John Benoit, Frank Borger, James Dean, Larry MacDonald, Tim Owen, Malcolm Sears, Jeremy Siemens, Heather Smithson and Heidi Wilton.

Over the course of the last 12 months, with regular monthly meetings, much has been accomplished, leading the committee to bring a number of different options to the Board and to the congregation for discussion. Foremost among these activities has been an evaluation of our current properties, both in terms of their long-term usefulness if renovated and restored, and in terms of their capital value if a totally new building is deemed appropriate. These issues were discussed with the congregation in a series of Town hall meetings in January and February, and will again come to the congregation in the next few months for review and decisions as to next steps in this long process.

Three major options are under review:

·         renovate existing building

·         develop a new church on the current site

·         sell one or more existing properties and build nearby.

Through all this, we are reminded that ‘unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain’. Our objective remains to provide a long-term home base for our congregation through which ministry will flourish and continue to impact the city and surrounding areas.

Malcolm Sears (Chair, AKB Steering Committee)

Congregational update on building: The Steering Committee for ‘A Kingdom Build’ will host a meeting immediately after the Sunday morning service on June 23, 2019 to share information on recent discussions & outline next steps in renewing our facilities. All are invited to attend.

More information coming soon ……….