Chayah House

Rebuilding a house and then rebuilding a life!
Rebuilding a house and then rebuilding a life!

Two Stanford professors, James Collins and Jerry Porras in their 1994 book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies laid out the catchy term (BHAG) or Big Hairy Audacious Goals! These are ideas that may appear impossible, daring, outlandish, but may just be the key to restoration or growth for an organization.

As a church leader my goal is not to be led by a bridle from one trendy cultural idea to another business growth fad, but as we attempt to contextualize the Gospel to a new generation we have to start thinking of ways to allow God’s truth, goodness and glory to be seen! In fact, we serve a God of BHAGs, a God who is the Big Idea, our reason for existing at all, a God who is the author of all things! It doesn’t get much bigger than that! As a result of a small group discussion, here is my first attempt at a BHAG towards the goal of visionary leadership which empowers the spectators in church, engages the skeptics, and enriches the community as we live out the new command Christ gave in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Our BHAG tentatively called, Chayah House, which is Hebrew for to sustain life, would be a residential recovery home for people in our local community who are hard hit by financial, medical, or other unforeseeable life events. The church would buy an empty run-down house close to the church, have church volunteers work on renovations, and then allow a family in need to live in the house, at a significantly reduced rate (based on income), in order to get back on their feet. It would be a place that families in the community could turn to in times of trouble.

The cost of the overall project ranges based on the final selling price of the home in question, renovation costs, and on the amount of donated materials procured. At this current time the best estimate for buying the house would be about $25,000 to 27,000 while renovation costs might vary from $10,000 to $15,000. As a result, we are asking for a grant amount of anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000 to help get the project off the ground.
The major source of financial support would come from mission funds from the church, members special gifts and offerings, and from community support.

We are not a huge congregation, but we serve a huge God! I would love to hear feedback from those of you who have envisioned, planned, prayed and implemented big ideas. Where have you tried similar ideas and been successful or run into roadblocks?

Most importantly, if you would keep praying for our congregation, that our ideas would be from the leading of the Holy Spirit rather than the creativeness of the human mind it would be a huge blessing!

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