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Our Mission Isn’t Changing

It’s Monday and I am sitting in my office thinking about the monumental event that just occurred yesterday, our Reaching Beyond Giving Sunday. Emotionally, I’ve been up and down in the past few weeks. At times I have been nervous and anxious, wondering what is going to happen on Giving Sunday and wondering whether the money will come in. I’ve been excited and hopeful, knowing that renovations could bring significant benefit to the ministries of the church. Giving Sunday was the most significant Sunday since I began attending Grace Polaris Church four years ago, and I imagine many of you share that sentiment.

That being said, I am reminded of a significant truth that brings stability to that roller-coaster of anxiety, excitement, nervousness, and anticipation: our mission isn’t changing! In fact, while a building renovation could aid our mission, our success in that mission will not rise and fall on whatever happened yesterday.

Grace Polaris Church exists to honor God by multiplying devoted followers of Jesus. Grace is pursuing new life, new growth, new leaders, and new churches. We are driven by God’s Word and His command to “go and make disciples of all nations,” and we will press on in that mission regardless of the final count from Sunday’s financial gifts. It’s reassuring to know that very little is really changing!

Recently, on March 12, we had a gathering called Church Planting 101 where over 60 people from Grace gathered together to discuss the next steps in multiplying churches in Columbus and around the world. It was awesome to be in a room with people who are enthusiastic about making disciples and planting churches locally, regionally, and globally for the sake of the Gospel and the glory of God among the nations! As we await the final count from Giving Sunday, we know that this mission isn’t changing.

I don’t need to sit nervously awaiting a final count from Sunday’s offering because I can be energized, invigorated, and excited about what God is doing in and through our church. God is using us to make disciples of all nations, from our neighborhoods to the nations, and that isn’t going to change either way! We get to be a part of God’s plans and purposes to exalt His name throughout all the earth!

Until we get the final number and even after, let’s be reminded of what God has truly called us to…not a building, not a capital campaign, not building our own kingdom. God has called us to multiply devoted followers of Jesus, and we are committed to chasing after that calling no matter what! A building renovation sure won’t hurt, but we don’t rise and fall on these things. God has called us, God will lead us, and we trust Him to use us for His purposes.

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Dustin Speaks is the Mission Mobilization Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren, and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, the Speaks went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports—basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.


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3 Responses

  1. Rick Stewart says:

    Maybe I’m jumping ahead and there is more information coming soon. The announcement was made about the plan to start improvements next March 1st, 2018.
    Will there be a plan to corporately give again? Will there be an appeal to systematically give between now and then? Is there some other plan I am not aware of?
    Glad to continue raising the funds necessary for this project, looking for direction.

    • Mike Yoder says:

      People will continue to have opportunity to give to Reaching Beyond throughout 2017. Additional money given will determine the scope of renovations. In light of the overwhelming response on Giving Sunday, we remain confident that the remaining funds will be given by hundreds of people at Grace. We will outline various ways in which individuals can save and allocate funds for future donation, either systematically throughout the year or as 2017 comes to a close. Thanks for praying for our collective response! More plans and communication is forthcoming.

    • Dustin Speaks says:

      Rick, the best place to find current information related to the Reaching Beyond campaign is at Renovation.GracePolaris.org. On that page you will be able to get more details and get regular updates that should answer many of your questions. Thanks!

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