In the mid 2000’s, Ankeny First’s growth had created a capacity problem. The leaders at the time had a vision, not only to solve the problem of space demand, but to meet the growing recreational needs of a such a fast-growing city as Ankeny - and so the Christian Life Center (CLC) was born.
Since then, the CLC has exceeded expectations in every way:
¨ Over 500 people in worship each week
¨ Nearly 100 people in Alcoholics Anonymous and recovery groups each week
¨ Over 350 people in senior adult fitness each week
¨ Over 50 people in adult fitness classes each week
¨ Over 300 children in soccer and nearly 50 children in basketball each year.
With so many amazing ministries happening, not just at the CLC but across our 3-site church, our congregational leaders agree that as long as the mortgage exists, there is the possibility that we would need to choose between the mortgage and the ministry to which our whole church has been called.
We believe that focusing financially, just as we have recommitted to focusing in ministry, will continue our church’s great momentum. Rather than worrying about debt, we dream of focusing our creative energy on mission and ministry that changes lives.
Our Plan with REACH BEYOND
¨ Focusing on paying off the $1.8 million principal in three years through the REACH BEYOND campaign and paying the $70,000 in interest expense per year through the operating budget.
¨ As our interest expense decreases each year, we will continue to budget at $70,000 annually to prepare for capital improvements such as major repairs in the future.
¨ We will save $200,000 in interest payments that can be freed for mission giving and local ministries.
¨ We can focus our future creativity and financial resources on reaching the still rapidly-growing city of Ankeny and surrounding areas.
After seeking God through prayer, I/we want to partner with Ankeny First and give to the Reach Beyond Capital Campaign.
During the REACH BEYOND capital campaign, we will be encouraging one another to pray “Lord, what do You want to do through me?” This prayer will lead us toward a life more fully lived in Jesus, finding meaning and purpose in knowing God’s love and sharing it with others.
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