An Outbid Turned Blessing
March 23, 2022 |David Graf
For more than 10 years, Missio Community served the city of Portland without a permanent home base from which to do ministry. The church was founded in 2010 as a network of small groups called “missional communities” that met in homes for fellowship and Bible study. After just one year, Missio Community began renting a location for monthly Sunday evening gatherings. By the congregation’s second year, it was meeting in an elementary school every Sunday morning.
. . . the large “Sunday expression” had become a challenge for the young families the church was reaching. As a congregation, they began praying for a more permanent home.
Throughout this time of rapid change, Pastor Dominic Kan said, “God kept multiplying us.” By 2018, Pastor Kan and the rest of the leadership team at Missio Community recognized that setting up and tearing down for the large “Sunday expression” had become a challenge for the young families the church was reaching. As a congregation, they began praying for a more permanent home.
The new church home for Misio Community
With financial backing from Orchard Alliance, Missio Community tried to purchase an existing church building in the area but was outbid by another buyer. Just a few weeks later, God provided a different church building with a 300-seat auditorium, parking, and a parsonage—for half the cost of the previous property.
Pastor Dominic Kan
Today, Pastor Kan says, “I see God’s goodness and God’s faithfulness in this journey.” With a permanent ministry facility purchased in partnership with Orchard Alliance, Missio Community is well prepared to fulfill its mission to be “an authentic community that makes Jesus fully known so others may come to fully know Him.”