If you’ve kept up in the conversation, Vista is considering 3 options as we reach our capacity at Jerome HS: 1) starting a new church in a new location in NW Columbus (church plant); 2) adding another service at our existing location (second service); 3) sharing resources and offering a similar Vista service at a second location (second site).
As we continue to think and pray about this next step as a growing church, a Second Site option is appealing for a few reasons that fit well with the values Vista has held since our beginning. There is something very compelling about a church model that can reproduce in a way that requires fewer resources, and is not locked to a particular geographic location. Our expertise at packing and unpacking the entire church on a weekly basis, gives us a great advantage to go where the Spirit leads, where the people live and where momentum materializes. And if time should reveal that a different location would be better – so be it! Wouldn’t it be great if years from now, you could attend a Vista service at any of dozen location and times? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could tell the neighbor or friend, whom you have been connecting with and asking to come to church, that the church was, “coming to them?!” That’s the dream taking shape in our heart… When someone asks, “Hey, where does your church meet?” that we could respond, “Well, pretty much everywhere! Where do you live?”
If we opted for a Second Site what might that look like? Well, our first most populated geographic center falls west of Riverside Rd, and the second largest geographic center is east of Riverside Rd, north of I-270. So, it might make the most sense to see what would materialize at Dublin-Scioto HS or Worthington-Kilbourne. Both Jerome and a Second Site would share resources, like major programming (Christmas Program and Missions for example), equipping pastors, and central operations. Each site though would be lead by a Site or Lead Pastor who would ensure elements of healthy church like Care, Family Life, and Community Impact.
But, again, maybe the greatest strength of this approach is your church in your neighborhood, available to your friends and neighbors – Vista Everywhere! Interested? Thoughts?