September 8, 2019 Update:
Ken Sanders, Director of Operations, gave an update about our building during the Gathering. You may remember in June we shared news that Grandville Public Schools asked to buy part of our building because they are in desperate need of space for their Preschool and Community Programming. Many of you shared words of encouragement to move forward. We are happy to announce we are officially under contract to sell part of our building to Grandville Public Schools. Click below to watch Ken’s entire announcement and see what part of the building we are selling and what portion we plan to enhance.
MAP OF BUILDING DIVIDE
July 1, 2019 Update:
Thanks to everyone who has submitted questions and words of encouragement. We have an update to share with you. Over the last month, we engaged a commercial realtor and began formal negotiations with Grandville Public Schools.
June 2, 2019
Since Mars Hill moved into 3501 Fairlanes, we have been prayerfully discerning how to best steward this building for the Kingdom of God. Seven months ago, Grandville Public Schools approached us about the possibility of co-owning part of our space because they desperately need room for their Preschool and Community Programming. The Elders and Executive Leadership Team, along with staff, sensed this partnership could be the answer to prayer we have been seeking for many years.
We know you call this building home so we will be completely transparent as we go through a deliberative discernment process. We know you will have many questions, and we promise to do our best to answer each and every one of them. However, since we are in the discussion phase, there are some questions that just don’t have answers yet.
Most importantly, we know Mars Hill is not going anywhere. We plan to stay in this location, and your experience on Sunday morning in the Shed will remain the same. We also know this building is underutilized during the week and a significant cost to maintain. Selling part of the building would provide funds to dream about new ministry and missional impacts while also providing an innovative way to partner when our community has a significant need.
Mars Hill, we have been a family for twenty years, and we cannot wait to see what the next twenty will bring. We hope you also welcome the invitation to imagine, to color outside the lines, and to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world. As new information becomes available, we will provide updates every Monday on our website at marshill.org/building.