Hobart Assembly is a place where people can find hope, help and healing from their past as well as discover the bright future that God has planned for them.
There is tremendous need throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Our goal is to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways and spread the Good News of Jesus. We are accomplishing this through a wide array of ministries designed for all life situations. We offer Bible studies and connection groups for men, women, single moms, married couples, teenagers, seniors, children, and more. Our outreach programs include a food pantry, a childcare, an urban ministry, clothing and food for the homeless, addiction recovery, and a Rose of Sharon ministry (an outreach for prostitutes and women caught in sex trafficking), along with a growing number of other ministries.
Most recently, we took a giant step toward helping victims of domestic violence. In July 2017, we purchased the property adjacent to our existing church lot. This property included a 3,500-sf building that has two apartments and a crisis pregnancy center. Our long-term vision is to use this property to provide counseling, job training, discipleship and safe housing for women and children coming out of abusive situations.
A growing church is a great thing! While we are extremely excited about our outreach programs and the lives that are being impacted, we have discovered that growth is accompanied by growing pains. Our ministries have expanded, but our physical space has not. After several renovations and re-purposing of our existing building, we have reached a point where there is simply no room left. To continue reaching our community, we desperately need a larger facility.
Thirteen years ago, our church was in jeopardy of closing its doors. At that time, less than 70 people attended the church. After rededicating ourselves to the commission of Jesus Christ and spending the last several years investing our time and resources into impacting people, our church has seen steady growth. Today, we have more than 400 people from various cultural backgrounds in attendance on Sundays, hundreds more who are ministered to on a regular basis, and thousands more who benefit from our outreach programs.
In March 2016, we hired a consultant and began a six-month journey to plot a course that would help meet the needs of our growing congregation. We had already hit several limits including sanctuary size, available classrooms, and parking space. In addition, our present facility is not ADA compliant and we have no way of accommodating those with handicaps and special needs. Having already exceeded capacity we concluded that we the only way we could accommodate our growing ministries and continue serving the people of Northwest Indiana we had to set our faith forward and prepare to build.
With the help of an architect, we developed the following phased approach to constructing a new facility:
- PHASE 1: New worship facility that includes the sanctuary, church commons (connecting space), bathrooms, parking, and a safe, secure and the re-purposing of our existing facility for our kids and youth.
- This first phase carries the critical elements that we need to start lifting the lids and moving forward. Not only will have a much larger connecting space (desperately needed), we will be able to combine our services and prepare for even greater growth in the days ahead with a new 500-seat worship center. In addition, our parents will no longer have to struggle getting down a steep, narrow set of stairs to get to our children's area. The entire upstairs will be renovated just for them!
- Though not included in the budget below, we will also be renovating our lower-level to accommodate a worship space for our teens that will allow our booming youth ministry to have up to 70 kids each Friday night! In addition, we will be renovating the area to take care of our immediate office needs. All of the lower-level renovations will be handled by our own people to keep our costs under control.
- Approximate cost: 2.5 million
PHASE 2: CHILDREN'S MINISTRY SPACE & SANCTUARY EXPANSION
Those this phase has not been fully developed, our plan is to expand our worship space to seat 750 and build a brand new children and youth center. As part of this, we will be building additional classrooms and building a new office area. At this point, the original building will have to be demolished to make room for the new space.
Approximate cost: 2.5 million
What Your Investment Will Do
We would like to invite you to be a "History Maker." The plans we have set forth have a purpose to not just reach this generation but generations to come. Your investment will definitely make an impact on the people of today, but the effects will be realized far into the future as well. This is an opportunity to change the direction of an individual, a family, a community and essentially an entire region. The resources and facilities that you are helping us to fund will build a legacy for all who follow.
Our nation and many local communities face problems of domestic violence, the continuing breakdown of the family, drug and alcohol abuse, pornography, as well a growing epidemic of physical and sexual abuse. With your help we will have the space and resources needed to provide assistance to people who are struggling with some of these issues. Together we can make a difference in our community and hopefully prevent some of these cycles from repeating in future generations.
You may never attend Hobart Assembly but your financial gift will have an immediate impact in the hearts and lives of thousands of people. As you invest in this building project, your contribution will be an influential part of our legacy to our community and the surrounding communities of Northwest Indiana.
If you would like to know more or would like to schedule a personal meeting with Pastor Ryan to discuss this in more detail, please call him directly at 219-942-2691.
To Make a Pledge
How to Give
Perhaps you feel in your heart to do something that few people in this world are in a position to do. Give online today or mail your gift to the address below. You may also use our convenient Text-to-Give by texting the keyword “give” to 219-940-5990. All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you!!!
You can mail your gift to:
7545 E. Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
make checks payable to Hobart Assembly