When we first began work on the Life Center to get it ready for the pilot phase of Encounter (learn about it), we had a sense that God had more in mind for us than what we could see at the time. Those involved in the planning just had a sense that Jesus was up to something exciting and that we were going to get to be part of it!
Fast forward a few months…
The pilot phase for Encounter went tremendously well. Plans are being made to add Encounter to the regular weekend schedule in the Fall, as well as a new, relaxed Traditional service at 11:00 am. We think we see more of what God has planned.
And then Pastor Greiner gets an email from the Arlington Heights Ministerial Association (a group of local clergy that meet monthly to share information and encourage each other). Since he gets a lot of emails, he tends to skim over the ones that don’t seem urgent…but something catches his eye. Pastor Ed Taylor from Quest Church, whom he had met at the AHMA meetings, was asking for help in finding a new place for his church to meet.
Pastor Greiner pauses…thinks about it for a minute…and fires off an email to Pastor Ed saying, “Not sure if this would even work (our building is being used almost constantly), but I’d be happy to get together with you and talk. Maybe we could help.”
After walking Pastor Ed around our campus, showing him the rooms that might be available on a Sunday morning (very few!), Pastor Greiner assumes it just won’t work. That is, until Pastor Ed comes back with the idea of having Quest meet, not on Sunday morning but on Sunday afternoons. “In that case,” Pastor Greiner says, “you could just use the Life Center. It will be sitting there empty most Sunday afternoons, already set up for worship.”
And a new friendship was born.
Starting on Sunday, September 6, Quest Church will be renting the Life Center and a few adjacent classrooms from St. Peter. For Quest, the space is a gift from God. For St. Peter, the space sharing is a logical extension of our conviction that our campus doesn’t just exist for our needs. It has been given to us by God to be used to bless those around us…including another church!
So St. Peter People, when you see Quest Church members around town or at St. Peter, introduce yourself. Welcome them warmly. Get to know them and what they are all about. We don’t know how long they will meet at St. Peter, but we know that, while they do, they are our guests! And we are privileged to bless them and their ministry with the space God has provided us.
More than we had imagined… God is good!
If you would like to get a taste of the Quest community, you are invited to Quest Fest on Saturday, September 12, from 3:00-6:00 pm, on St. Peter’s south fields. Learn more at www.Quest-Church.com.