Thursday, July 06, 2006

Things You Might Want to Know

After talking with many of you, it seemed like there is an interest in knowing more about our future office location. Where we're moving to? When we're moving? What we're doing? Why we're moving? Here are some things you might want to know.

Where? Sellwood--a fun, eclectic and up-and-coming neighborhood on the eastside of Portland. It's about a 10 minute drive from our current office on SW Kelly. Not only is it in a prime location, it is located above a Columbia Outlet store--one of my favorite places to shop for clothes.

When? August 1st is the official day that we begin our lease contract with our new landlord, though I and a team of staff will be moving furniture, equipment, supplies and other items before then.

What? There is still a lot that needs to happen for us to move. Not only do we need to move some furniture, equipment and files, but we also need to get rid of much of what we currently own. I consider them two different phases: Shedding Our Old Skin and Establishing Our New Home.

Why? There are many reasons for our Regional Office moving. Let me just mention a few here.
Size--we are growing and increasing the labor force on the field and the office needs to be able to support these new ministries across the Northwest.
Productivity--our old office with all its charm and appeal was hard to organize in a way that helped us get our work done.
Appeal--though this may seem a minor issue to some, I consider it very important. Our ministry is of utmost importance to the fulfilling of the Great Commission. In light of this, our office needs to be an attractive place and reflect a professional attitude.
Motivation--Though our region has been through some rough waters recently, I believe we are experiencing fresh wind in the sails of our ministries. With this new fervor and passion comes a need to leave the old behind and start anew.


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