Exploring Deep Waters of Faith in Action
Northern Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio has grown from a small neighborhood church to a strong regional church. While much of that growth has been outward, Northern Hills recently decided to reach back to its roots.
In February 2015, the congregation put faith into action when they decided to purchase an electric supply warehouse building in a neighborhood just a few miles south of the church’s original location. The decision was widely supported as the needs of its former community became evident to the congregation.
Still, it took courage and conviction for the congregation to commit its spiritual, human and financial capital to serving the needs of the community its church had grown away from, literally, more than a decade earlier. “We realized the many good blessings God had bestowed on our church,” explained Northern Hills Senior Pastor Rev. Milton Lewis. “With those blessings come gratitude, and a desire to express that gratitude by serving others.”
After working for months to raise the financial resources, followed by deliberate, comprehensive discussions about services and staffing, Northern Hills broke ground in October 2016 and started construction on a new Ministry Center. The new facility will include a multipurpose room that can seat 200+; a chapel; a local food pantry with a kitchen; clinic space for health screenings and nursing care; and six large classrooms.
“We own a 13,000 square foot building in the midst of a sea of human need: physical, emotional, and spiritual. We’re a small boat in a big sea. But our faith-history is of a God who accomplishes a lot with a little,” Lewis observed.
The new Ministry Center will benefit from Northern Hills long-established partnerships with other local organizations in order to provide a range of services to neighbors, including the San Antonio Food Bank, the Texas Diaper Bank and Methodist healthcare.
We have returned to our roots with no agenda other than to serve and fulfill our congregational mission ‘to love the world for which Christ died,’” said Lewis. Northern Hills UMC has been working with TMF since 1996. Church leadership understands that the benefits of a loan with TMF make an impact beyond their congregation.
“We are very aware that the interest we pay to TMF serves a larger purpose,” said Dudley Harral, Executive Administrator at Northern Hills. “Our loan helps other congregations reach out to serve their communities. It’s all about furthering ministry, and fulfilling the vision of ‘what could be.’”
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