The Story of Messiah’s House & Hillside Christian
…the Elders were convinced the Lord was saying, “Prepare to move.”
In January of 2016 the Messiah’s House Elders took a retreat to seek the Lord’s heart for some very specific areas of the church. Because of growth and lack of space, especially in all the children’s areas, something needed to happen to add additional space. At the retreat, the Elders were convinced the Lord was saying, “Prepare to move.” With that directive, they set out looking and praying about opportunities and availability of property that would offer the space we would be needing in our future.
In early October of 2016, Pastor Rick Trafton of Messiah’s House and Pastor Brad Ingram of Hillside Christian Church began a very casual conversation about church growth. Rick mentioned that MH had grown to the point of needing to move; and asked Brad how Hillside had ended up with several locations in Amarillo. Brad mentioned Hillside’s leadership had been discussing the fact that the locations they currently occupied did not fit their vision for Amarillo. He offered to talk to Senior Pastor Tommy Politz about whether there was any specific reason to begin conversations about a specific location.
“In March of 2017, Pastor Jason had double knee replacement surgery. He began extensive physical therapy and found himself sharing the same therapist as Pastor Tommy who had suffered a bad knee injury while snow skiing.”
In November, we looked through the Hillside South building with Pastor Tommy. This campus is only 2 miles from their Main West Campus; and their vision was to have something more in the southeast quadrant of Amarillo. This set into motion much prayer and fasting to see what the Lord might be saying about MH and this location. Messiah’s House currently is using about 32,000 square feet and the South facility has about 75,000 square feet… a HUGE jump for a relatively small church!
In March of 2017, Pastor Jason had double knee replacement surgery. He began extensive physical therapy and found himself sharing the same therapist as Pastor Tommy who had suffered a bad knee injury while snow skiing. Today, MH sees this as a real-life example of God working all things for good. (Romans 8:28) Tommy and Jason began to develop a friendship through their time of rehabilitation. During this time, Tommy inquired about our interest in the South building and discussions became very purposeful.
“With all of our hearts, we believe only God could put this size of project, with so many individuals and perspectives, together like He has done this one!”
After reviewing three prior years of giving, INJOY Stewardship Solutions advised us that we should be able to raise $1,100,000 with a really good campaign. If there was tremendous buy-in with our people, there was a maximum projection of $1,400,000. On October 22nd at our “Reveal” service… we were able to announce to the people they had pledged over $1,600,000! There was no question that God was in this move and the people were committed to the vision set forth by Pastor Jason and the Elders!
The Elders of Messiah’s House put together the biggest offer we could possibly commit to; and with much prayer, the Elders of Hillside Christian Church said they were willing to take less than we offered! With all of our hearts, we believe only God could put this size of project, with so many individuals and perspectives, together like He has done this one! Hillside will assume ownership of the current MH facilities, and we will make our transition April 15, 2018.
From April 15th to approximately Labor Day, MH will share the Bell street location with the Hillside South church family. MH will have our regular Wednesday evening activities for children of all ages at the South Bell campus through May 23, 2018. From April 15th to approximately Labor Day, Hillside South will continue Sunday morning services and Messiah’s House will have its weekend worship services beginning at 5:00pm Sunday evenings. Our two churches will be great partners, co-laboring for the Kingdom through the summer. Approximately Labor Day will trigger the Hillside South community moving to a separate building located on the southwest corner of the campus. At that time, we will be great neighbors with our own facilities with no more sharing of space… only sharing of parking.