This heartbeat is part of a series that was first published in the church bulletin when Covenant EFC embarked on our Seed Fund Faith Journey.
“If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.” – Numbers 14:8
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD.” – Haggai 1:7-8
We believe that God has led and gifted Covenant EFC to be One Church with Multiple Centres. This led us to plant Covenant East in 2016 with a pioneering group of about 250 members. On November 4, 2018 Covenant East celebrated its second anniversary with over 700 members in average worship attendance. God has truly blessed! We are thankful that as the team laboured, God causes the growth. Soon, our Covenant East will exceed the capacity of its current rental facility at Changi Business Park.
For a number of months now, the Property Committee has been seeking the Lord and exploring potential sites for a new worship centre in the East. By God’s divine favour and timing, two property possibilities have emerged and the committee is in the process of conducting the necessary due diligence and preparatory work. The first is a commercial property available for sale in Bedok, which was previously used by a church for worship services in the weekends. The other is a HDB place-of-worship site in Ubi vicinity, to be released for public tender as a multi-church hub in first half of 2019. It appears the Lord is leading us into unchartered territory as both property possibilities are relatively new concepts for our church. God is setting the bar higher. We are to arise with greater and bolder faith in response. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to direct the Property Committee and Church Board to be wise and diligent in assessing the options and to discern His will.
God will certainly “bring us into this land” in His time and in His way. Each one who calls Covenant EFC home and believes in its vision will have to pray and “consider our ways”. God calls us to be His faithful and obedient stewards, and to set aside the resources needed to “build the house, that I may take pleasure in it, and that I may be glorified”. We have a vision to raise a Seed Fund of $40M in this faith exploit. This will enable us to act swiftly should God give us the new land. Let’s be faithful to bring the best of our firstfruits to the altar by February 2019. God is no man’s debtor!