This post was originally published on Omaha.com. By Susan Skinner / Gretna Breeze Editor
Journey Church is looking for a place to call home.
Members of the Gretna church have pledged $1.2 million, with about half of that already received, to purchase land that will eventually be the site of their own building.
“We’re actively looking for land,” senior pastor Phil Human said. “If we found something today, we’d buy it.”
The church started in Gretna about seven years ago and currently meets at Gretna Middle School on Sundays. The church also shares office and meeting space with Acts 2 Church on Husker Drive during the week.
“We can’t stay in the school forever,” Human said. “We want a permanent home, so we can be here for generations and generations.”
During the church’s first year, worship services were held at Thomas Elementary School, but the congregation quickly grew too large for the space and moved to the middle school where more than 500 people currently attend services on Sundays.
Once a site is found and purchased, the church will begin to raise funds to construct a building on the land. The church would like to build something more than a Sunday meeting place though, Human said.
“We’re hoping to do something somewhat unique. We’re looking to build some type of community center,” Human said.
“We want it to be a building for the community. We want it to be something that doesn’t sit empty all week.”
The church’s vision for the building stems from its focus on helping others. Since it started, Journey Church has undertaken a number of outreach and mission projects both locally and around the world.
“Now it’s time to do something for our kids,” Human said. “We help a lot of people. Now we want to help our kids, to do something for them and their families.”