I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to take a brief moment to update you about what has been happening at Missiongathering in regards to our lawsuit against the City of San Diego and the future of our campus at 3090 Polk Avenue.
Since we officially filed our lawsuit over two months ago, there has been almost nothing to report. The City has until the end of November to respond to our claims against them, either deciding to settle out of court or proceed forward with the lawsuit and offer a defense. When there is movement on that front, I plan to update you immediately. We have also begun working to resolve the major violations that were noted in our Civil Penalty Notice. We are working with engineers and contractors and expect to be in full compliance with the City’s orders by the end of the year.
Also, in this interim we have decided to begin pursuing new ways of generating income for our ministry to replace the funds lost when the City forced us to shut down The Irenic. The Board agreed to move forward with our Realtor to find other faith communities to rent space on our campus for their worship gathering when Missiongathering wasn’t using the campus. These kinds of rentals are allowed within our zoning (which permits Religious Assembly) and would help us be good stewards of our campus by ensuring it didn’t sit empty throughout the week, but was being used for likeminded ministry and generating income to support our church.
A few weeks ago, at the advice of our realtor, we placed a For Lease sign on the side of the building. Our realtor ensured us that this was the best way to attract potential renters for our campus. However, despite attempting to communicate this clearly to the church to avoid any speculation that we were leaving or losing our campus, the sign seems to have cultivated a great deal of confusion in our church and the surrounding community.
So to be clear, we are not currently seeking to leave or sell our campus. Our goal is to continue to work until the end of the year to find new streams of income to support our ministry by utilizing our property. Lord willing, by year end there will be new tenants on our property that will help us accomplish this goal. However, we do plan to remove the sign in the coming weeks in order to send a message to our neighborhood that we have every intent of staying here at the corner of Polk and Illinois for the forseeable future.
This season has been a bumpy one, but please know that we are incredibly hopeful. This whole trial is setting us up to be more fruitful and sustainable in the years to come. Our church is growing numerically and the spiritual growth in our community has been remarkable and inspiring! Missiongathering San Diego’s best days are ahead of us, and I am so honored and humbled to get to serve as the pastor of this incredible, diverse, and compassionate group of Christ followers!
Please know that you can always reach out to any of us on the Pastoral Team or the Board of Directors if you have questions or concerns- we are here to serve you!
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!
In the many names of God:
Rev. Brandan Robertson | Lead Pastor
WHERE WE ARE
3090 Polk Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104