By Cameron D. Jackson, Donor Relations
Ladies and gentlemen, my back hurts.
And I’m pretty happy about that.
As you are no doubt aware, Hour of Power and Shepherd’s Grove are moving to a beautiful location in Irvine. The last couple of weeks have seen our first church services and recordings at our new home, which has been an absolutely monumental feat, to say the least.
But we’re not done yet! We have staff, desks, filing cabinets, files (lots and lots of files), and a few dozen other odds and ends to move.
Thus, my back hurts. As to the happy part? Well…
The big words buzzing around my head during this move have been “good stewardship.” The search for this new location began as a desire to save. We’ve been leasing the property we’ve been using, and the price has gone up significantly.
To be perfectly transparent, the running of a ministry and television program our size takes a lot of resources. We are acutely and gratefully aware that what we do is only possible by the generosity of people who believe as we do: God’s love is for everyone, and every person deserves life-changing dignity.
So, this move is in many ways a response to that abiding faith, and every aspect of it has this same question at its core- How can we best serve this community of believers, to grow and reach more folks than ever before as we move forward?
Everyone (and I do mean everyone on our staff) has stepped up in ways well beyond what their job description says. We’re carrying boxes by hand, lifting desks out doors we have no idea how they originally fit in, coming early and staying late, sharing meals and rubbing shoulders.
My back hurts, and I am happy because every piece I move and every ache I endure is one less thing we have to pay to have done. I believe in this church and this ministry. I believe that no matter how amazing our history is, we still have better days to come. And I am fortunate to work alongside men and women who believe much the same.
Members of our staff aren’t the only ones stepping up either. For all of our hands-on labor, there are just some things that can’t be avoided when building into a church home, especially one that’s never been set up to film for over two million people every week! Ultimately, we will be saving a substantial amount every month, but we have to take these necessary initial investments in our future.
So, for those of you looking for an update on the move, it’s happening, with open hearts and aspirin bottles. It’s not done, no matter how polished our fantastic production team has made it look on TV already… but it’s far from just getting started as well. We’re in the middle, which is usually where the best parts of any story happen.
If you have the means and want to invest alongside Pastor Bobby and our staff as we move forward together, now is an excellent time to give. We picked up the mindset of “possibility thinking” a good long while back, and we have no intention of stopping now. Our next possibility is happening now, and we are so grateful to have you walking with us.
If you feel led to give, please click here.
From all of us here on staff, God loves you, and so do we.