BENEFITING: PACIFIC CHRISTIAN CENTER
Every week America is losing more and more local churches. There are litanies of reasons why this is happening in many cities. Some pastors are simply dissolving their churches due to the lack of having a place to worship, while other pastors are too burdened with the debt of the church building due to the changing economy and society. Every vital church should have a paid off building...mortgage money should be turned into ministry money.
Acquiring a place of worship is without a doubt the number one concern for most pastors. Pastors need a place for the people...a sheep fold..."The House of God." A place that is the training ground for God's army, a place that is a refuge for the hurting, a place where people can go and get help for their marriage, a place where relationships are built and a place where relationships can be restored. It's a place where people can come together for a common purpose and become a part of a larger family...the family of God. It's a place where children can learn and sing about Jesus and build lasting memories and friendships throughout their childhood years while at the same time being taught to be good citizens, to have morals and integrity and to increase in knowledge and understanding. It's a place where in time of desperation a person can turn to the church for hope and encouragement. And most importantly, it's a place where people can hear the Word of God (the Bible) being preached in an uncompromising way; the Word of God that can save souls and make a person whole again.
"Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common...and great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked;..." read Acts chapter four verses 32-37.
Today you can help with a donation to "The House of God" crowd funding project.
That is our God given vision:
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OUR STORY... THE CATALYST FOR THIS ENTIRE PROJECT...
My name is Donald Shorter Sr., my wife and I, and our two daughters were moved by God to start a church in the living room of our home in Puyallup, Washington, (just outside of Seattle) several years ago. As the church continued to grow, eventually we could no longer meet in our home, so we met in a restaurant, and then we moved to a school and to other facilities to effectively help with the growing urgent needs of our congregation as we continued to serve the community on a daily basis. After moving from several locations in 2002, Pacific Christian Center (our church) completed construction of our brand new sanctuary located on eight plus acres of property next to the freeway in Tacoma, Washington, valued at over $6 million dollars at the time. However, in 2007 the Great Recession hit and church property values plummeted all over the nation (including ours). Many church mortgage loans have a five, a seven or a 10 year call on them, (unlike residential home mortgages that can have up to a 30 year term) therefore, churches must be refinanced every five years or so. It is because of these type of loans that churches desperately need to pay off their buildings quickly, especially in this unstable economy and world system. At that time in our nation's history, and sadly, for the first time in the United States, many banks simply stopped loaning money to many churches as well and called their loans due. So, beginning in 2007, for first time in American history, due to the Great Recession, many congregations began to lose their "Houses of God" through foreclosures. Just when people needed hope the most, a record number of churches were put into a position of facing a financial challenge due to the economy nationwide. And other churches are still trying to recover from this devastation. By 2011, due to the reduced property values on church properties nationwide, many churches suffered financially. Though we qualified otherwise to refinance our church building, the "Loan To Value" on our property simply was not there any longer to refinance due to the dramatic change in the economy. But against all odds, our congregation stood the test of time and fought and believed together through the many storms and humiliations. We believed for a miraculous change and we got it! We came through this with a $3.7 million dollar CANCELLATION OF DEBT. It was a miracle given to us by God; as the people of God came together with a common purpose which gave our church the favor to receive the manifestation of what we needed.
I have a desire to encourage and help as many congregations as possible that may be facing this same challenge we once experienced, and as our mortgage is paid off we are committed to financially help return the favor to another church and that church will financially help another church and on and on... And so this exciting crowd funding project was started which is called, "The House of God."
We are still rejoicing over our great victories including the $3.7 million dollar miracle DEBT CANCELLATION on our church building, and now we are in the final stages of paying off the last amount of our church mortgage debt on the house of God! With generous donations like yours, we will achieve paying off the remaining church mortgage balance which is $2,315,000 through "The House of God" crowd funding project. Your generous donation will make an eternal difference in the lives of many people, as you help us turn mortgage money into ministry money. Please donate today!
Pacific Christian Center Inc. is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization recognized by the IRS, all gifts are tax deductible.
Thank you and God bless you.
Pastor Donald Shorter Sr. Pacific Christian Center Church
(To contact Pastor Donald Shorter email: PacificChurch@yahoo.com.)