Update: more news on this story.
don’t have too much time and energy to go into much details, but as some of you know, one of the things that have been prominent on my heart and mind was a possible merger with an older and ‘traditional’ church in seattle. yesterday, interbay covenant church and their membership voted in favor of merging with quest church! for the past four years, interbay has been our next door neighbors (literally) and landlords as they own the warehouse space where we currently meet for church and run our non-profit q cafe.
interbay started about 50+ years ago and has had an amazing and fruitful history. however, they’ve had some difficulties in recent years. while many churches have shut down their doors and sold off their assets to developers and such, i’m amazed at their decision to join quest and to allow their legacy and story to continue. churches will not last forever but the kingdom of God will.
in the coming months, a transition team consisting of members from both churches will be formed in hopes of making this officially happen by easter 2007. although interbay’s name and constitution will be dissolved, we are immensely excited that this smaller but beautiful church family will merge with quest. of the 60 or so adults at interbay church, about 60% are over the age of 50 with 30%+ over the age of 70. we are so excited to be deepened by the wisdom and experience of our older brothers and sisters. the average age at quest is probably between around 26-27. in addition, all of their assets and properties will be merged with quest as well. i’ll share more in the weeks to come. this is such an amazing story…