Photo Credit: Brody Swisher, Creative Commons
One of the coolest things about Antioch has been our choice to meet in the high schools of our city.
We are a church called to love and serve our city and not simply to entertain expenses and programs that benefit church-goers. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “The church is only the church when it exists for the benefit of others.”
By meeting in high schools, it ensures that 100% of the rent from Antioch goes directly to the Bend-La Pine School District. More specifically, three quarters of our money goes to the district and one quarter directly to Bend High School—which allows the school to spend money on the facilities and on programs it otherwise wouldn’t be able to fund. I like to think there are a lot of trumpets in music programs, uniforms for sports teams and supplies for teachers floating around because we exist in our city.
Just this past week, we crossed the $400,000 mark in support for Bend schools and school programs.
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty cool milestone!