We at Church Growth Trust spend a lot of effort and time finding and matching up churches and church properties, when we have empty buildings. Sometimes however, after all possible options have been exhausted and we cannot find a suitable church or ministry, we have to make the difficult decision to sell a property.
One such property is Hamstall Ridware Gospel Hall, located in a small village in the Lichfield District of Staffordshire, for which there was no interest from any church or ministry in continuing its existing use. We then sold the property and decided to use some of the proceeds from the sale to provide grants to bless and support four local church projects.
The projects include the employment of a youth worker for one church, a children’s family and community worker for another church (one that is occupying another of our properties), the expansion of a local Foodbank project to provide an area for talking with clients, and a church project focusing on families and their physical, mental and spiritual health. An elder at one church stated: “The grant you have provided will make a difference to some of the most needy families in our town”. Another church leader said: “your grant will go a long way to enabling us to reach people for Jesus and advance to the Kingdom of God”.
We look forward to sharing future stories of the impact and fruit from these blessings.