Dear New Vintage Friends,
Through the past month, the board, the staff and I have been wrestling and praying through a critical decision that affects our church. Our lease ends on June 30th at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and we have chosen not to renew. We will move to our Sonoma & Yulupa Campus and our first Sunday at that campus will be on July 3rd. There are two reasons we felt that God was leading us in this direction.
1. We cannot create the environments that we want at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Our Road Crew & Production Team have done an amazing job over the past two years of using the materials we have to make the space inviting and warm for our guests, but the bottom line remains that the building itself is just cold and uninviting. We can’t create the Waumba Land, UpStreet, InsideOut, Next, Starting Point, Volunteer Central, Coffee Bar, and Information area environments that we know we can create in the building we own.
2. We realize that the culture in Sonoma County is geared towards small businesses. We love boutiques, we love to know the owner wherever we are. God has led us to embrace the idea that “Small is the new Big.” That means when we outgrow our facility at 3300 Sonoma Ave, instead of finding a bigger venue, we will create a new campus in an area or city in which will make it easier for those people to invite their friends to the church down the street, rather than the one 15 minutes away. Our new strategy is not to get a bigger facility to reach more people, but to get more facilities to reach more people in their own communities. Our strategy is now a multi-campus strategy where each campus is aligned under New Vintage Church and has the same vision, mission and strategy to reach the people of Sonoma County.
At our member’s meeting, the response was overwhelming and we are making this move with momentum. My only concern is that half of our church is new and it will be a difficult move for them. If you were a part of the group that moved out to Wells Fargo, you know how difficult that move was. That’s how this move will most likely feel for our new people. We are drawing a good crowd from north of Santa Rosa and we’re asking them to drive an extra 10-20 minutes. They haven’t experienced our Sonoma & Yulupa Campus and they’ve loved being a part of our church at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
The last two years have been an amazing journey. I would not have done anything different because God had a purpose in our being at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and now He has a purpose for our new multi-campus strategy. Thank you for partnering with us to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, by creating environments where people can building intimacy with Jesus, community with insiders and influence with outsiders.
Leading with Peace and Confidence,