South Campus: MultiSite

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“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”  Matthew 25:29

 
Everything we have is a gift from God. The Chapel, the people, resources and opportunities—are all God-given. And we know the mission He’s called us to as a church: To bring people one step closer to God, to each other and to freedom in Christ.

We believe God has opened a door and entrusted us with an opportunity: to make more room for people on their spiritual journeys. Our desire is to “use well what He has given.”  We want hearts of grateful risk-taking, rather than hearts of fearful safe-keeping.


MultiSite means we’re going to take a part of who we are, a slice of The Chapel, and set it in a new location. This location in a nearby community would have:

  • The same vision, values and mission
  • The same feel and atmosphere
  • Some of the same staff and volunteers
  • Some of our Worship team
  • Greeting/Hospitality ministries
  • Kid’s Celebration
  • Coffee
  • The same Chapel heart

Our hope is that when people walk into in this new Chapel location, they will experience the same Chapel “atmosphere” as the original campus.

Different location. Same vision. Same heart.


Our hope is that when people walk into in this new Chapel location, they will experience the same Chapel “atmosphere” as the original campus.

Different location. Same vision. Same heart.

In reality, The Chapel is not going into another community as a new endeavor; we are already there. A significant number of people drive here every single weekend from those areas in the south. They will now have a new accessibility to Chapel life. They can become more involved in church programs, events and volunteering opportunities.

In fact, MultiSite will affect everyone in our congregation and the surrounding communities. There will be new places to serve at the current Chapel as well as Chapel South. We will all have an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to know the joy and deep satisfaction of partnering with God in the work of His church.

 

In the eight years The Chapel has been in this building, God has greatly blessed and expanded our church. And just as we experienced in the previous location, we are now “full.”  The room only has to be 80 percent full, experts say, for it to feel crowded and unwelcoming.

To build or add-on to our current facility, it would cost about 6-8 million dollars. If we rent or lease a building 20-30 minutes from our current location, where a good number of Chapel attenders already live and work—we’ve not only lowered the price tag, but have opened the door to allow those current attenders to invite their families, neighbors and co-workers to church. By bringing a slice of The Chapel closer to them, we can bridge that barrier of distance and allow more families and friends to be involved in a loving community. MultiSite means more space is immediately available, both at this location and in the new location—more room, more opportunity to be the church God has called us to be.

IS THERE REALLY A NEED FOR ANOTHER CHURCH IN THE NORWALK AREA?

In reality, The Chapel is not going into another community as a new endeavor; we are already there. A significant number of people drive to our campus in Sandusky every single weekend from those areas in the south. They will now have a new accessibility to Chapel life. They can become more involved in church programs, events and volunteering opportunities. On average about 80% of the population is disconnected from the life of Christ and involvement in a church family.  There are 59,000 people currently living in Huron County, 17,000 of those live in the city of Norwalk. This means that on any given Sunday, approximately  47,000 people in Huron County are not connected to a church body. In Norwalk alone,  this means approximately 13,000 people are not connected to a church body.  

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER CHURCHES IN THE AREA?

We have talked with some of the other area churches in Norwalk about our plans and will continue to do so as we work together. When The Chapel first came to the Sandusky area there were already several churches in the area, all of those churches are still existing and some have continued to experience growth. The Chapel has always had a “Kingdom” mentality that is much larger than any individual church. With 8 out of 10 people in Huron County Unchurched, there are certainly plenty of people for all of us to reach.

 

A significant segment of The Chapel family live to the south of our current location, beyond the 20-minute range. Several hundred people who love The Chapel, and attend regularly, deal with the barrier of distance. A 25-30 minute drive seems to be the point where it grows more difficult to stay connected and involved in a church. Since our desire is to eliminate that distance barrier and create more room for others, we have prayerfully decided to move first to the south in the greater Norwalk area. This new facility will be called The Chapel South Campus. We are currently pursuing a building at the corner of Rte. 250 and South Norwalk Rd. This building was previously owned by Blelie Supply. This new facility will be called The Chapel South Campus.

Many factors are still yet to unfold, but we hope to open The Chapel South Campus sometime in 2012 with 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

-   If you live in or near Norwalk, consider becoming part of the South Campus.

-   Get involved in a serving team right now so you can help lead and serve when we launch the new campus.

-   Pray that many more people would  take “one step closer to God, to one another, and to freedom in Christ.”

-   Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the new Chapel South Campus and invite them to be a part!

-   Like us on Facebook at The Chapel South Campus to keep up with all the things happening on the campus.

For more information contact, Todd Nielsen, South Campus Pastor.