God has given Otterbein a God-sized vision for the future to help transform lives, families, our church, our community and the world. We are calling it our TRANSFORM VISION 2020. It is a bold vision that we are trusting God to help us accomplish between now and the end of 2020. Learn more about TRANSFORM VISION 2020 by clicking here.
OTTERBEIN CHURCH WORSHIP CENTER
A major part of the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 is to transform our church facilities and address facility barriers that are hindering our growth and effectiveness. These barriers are:
• children (birth–early elementary) in the same building with adults attending worship services
• additional seating capacity in worship services
• additional parking spaces
• updated and modern facilities to reach the next generation
Here is the vision and plan God has given us:
• Expand, renovate and convert the Otterbein Ministry Center into the Otterbein Church Worship
• Move all of our worship services into the OC Worship Center before the end of 2018.
• Add 100+ new parking spaces on the south and west sides of the Ministry Center.
• Construct a new modern room for worship services that will include 525 seats (135 more than our
current sanctuary), updated lighting, video and sound, and comfortable seating.
• Construct a new nursery, renovate some of the existing children’s classrooms, and construct a new
large, modern room for grades K–3 to learn and worship.
• Renovate a new OC45 room for grades 4–5 to meet on Sunday mornings.
OTTERBEIN CHURCH COMMUNITY CENTER AT WELTY ROAD
We also believe God is guiding us to build a new 13,000+ sq. ft. facility on our Welty Road property that will include a gymnasium, small banquet room for 100+ people, catering kitchen, children’s play area, rooms for childcare during events, and more. The building will help replace rooms no longer available at the current Ministry Center building and provide new and expanded opportunities for our church to serve our community and make a difference in Jesus’ name. Construction will begin as soon as permits are approved and site work is completed.
FOUR SPECIFIC WAYS YOU CAN BE PART OF ACCOMPLISHING GOD’S VISION AT OTTERBEIN
Accomplishing a God-sized vision is only possible with God’s blessing, provision and guidance. It also requires us who are part of His Church to join Him in what He is doing by doing our part to accomplish His vision and plan. When we trust Him to help us do our part and step out in faith, we grow spiritually and the Church’s impact and influence is multiplied and amazing things happen. While there will be many ways for us to become involved in the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 between now and December 2020, there are four specific ways we encourage you to consider being part of it now.
1 Regularly Pray for God’s Blessing and Provision
Prayer makes a difference. Pray for God to continue guiding those in leadership as they make decisions. Pray no unforeseen construction expenses arise during the construction process. Pray that all the required permits and government approvals are completed quickly.
2 Commit to Regularly Pray for and Influence Others Who Are Not Yet Followers of Jesus
Our TRANSFORM VISION 2020 is all about God and people. It is about our church helping as many people as possible be transformed by Jesus Christ so they can have a personal relationship with the God of the universe. We encourage you to commit to regularly pray for and do all you can to influence at least two people who are not yet followers of Jesus and/or don’t go to church with the goal they would begin a relationship with Jesus.
3 Give a Special Offering on May 20
On Sunday, May 20, we will receive a special offering during our worship services for our TRANSFORM VISION 2020 Building Fund. We encourage you to prayerfully consider what God would have you give to help us accomplish the vision God has given us. As you give, please give “above and beyond” your regular church giving, and give “willingly and cheerfully” in response to God’s blessings and generosity in your life (2 Corinthians 9:6–10). TRANSFORM offering envelopes will be available on May 20 at the church. You can also give your offering on the OC App or CLICK HERE TO GIVE ONLINE NOW. When giving online, please choose the “May 20th Transform Offering” fund.
4 Make a Faith Commitment to Regularly Give to the Transform Vision 2020 Building Fund
We also ask you to prayerfully consider how you might invest financially in our vision by regularly giving to the TRANSFORM VISION 2020 Building Fund between now and December 2020. Please keep in mind the following as you consider what you might give:
• The amount you put on the card is a Faith Commitment between you and God. It is NOT a contract with the church. Your Faith Commitment and offerings are always kept in complete confidence. If your financial situation changes, you may increase or decrease your giving level.
• Sharing your Faith Commitment with us by turning in the card helps us plan for our future and be good managers of God’s money and your gifts. It will also help you follow through with your commitment and provide a benchmark for you to see how God provided what you are trusting Him to help you give.
• If you are currently giving to the Building Fund, please include that amount as part of your Faith Commitment.
• If you choose to give stocks, bonds, or assets, please note your desire on the Faith Commitment Card. We will contact you to talk about the best way to make those kinds of donations to the church.
• We will collect Faith Commitment Cards during our worship services on Sunday, May 20. Card will be available at the church on May 20. You can also complete your Faith Commitment Card on the OC App or CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE FAITH COMMITMENT CARD ONLINE NOW.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW YOUR FAITH
God wants us to grow our faith in Him and learn to trust Him more. One of the best ways to grow your faith is to do things outside of your control that requires you to trust in God. Choosing to become involved in Otterbein’s TRANSFORM VISION 2020 and make a Faith Commitment to give financially provides an excellent opportunity to grow your faith.
EVERYONE DO SOMETHING
Our prayer and hope is that everyone who calls Otterbein their church will become involved in Otterbein’s TRANSFORM VISION 2020. We encourage everyone to pray for our church. We encourage everyone to pray regularly for people they know who are not yet followers of Jesus to become followers of Jesus. For anyone not currently giving, we encourage you to begin giving something. For those of you already giving, we encourage you to consider increasing your giving. When we who are part of His Church each do our part, God promises to bless His Church and do amazing things in us and through us!
If you have questions, email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also speak to any member of the church staff or one of the elders on Sunday mornings or by email. Contact information is available by CLICKING HERE.
MORE INFORMATION ONLINE
More information about Otterbein’s TRANSFORM VISION 2020 and our building plans are available online at otterbeinchurch.org.