East Kitchener is ready for a thriving, life-giving church in the heart of this community. This exciting opportunity became a leadership focus for us in 2021, to prayerfully consider a partnership with KGT. With the goal of revitalizing a strong and healthy church in Kitchener, the potential to share the vibrant life of Jesus Christ with the thousands of residents who call this part of the region home, would be well worth the sacrifices required to make this happen.
Kitchener Gospel Temple has enjoyed a rich history and important legacy in the city, being one of the oldest Pentecostal churches in Ontario. After 112 years of ministry, we believe the footprint of this church in the community should be bigger than ever.
Considering this special moment before us, we drafted plans of revitalization together with the leadership team at KGT. Having achieved strong support from both congregations with matching 96% approval votes, we had a clear mandate to move forward. With great excitement, we made a mutual commitment to pursue the mandate of building a church of vibrant health and strong influence in east Kitchener.
Town Hall Meetings in Kitchener
Kitchener Affirmative Vote
Cambridge Affirmative Vote
Launch Team Begins in Kitchener
Phase 2 Capital Campaign
East Kitchener appears to be underreached, and ready for a thriving, life-giving church in the heart of this community. This presents an opportunity to establish a strong church presence and share the vibrant life of Jesus Christ with the thousands of residents who call this part of the region home. The potential to reach people and expand God’s Kingdom would be worth the sacrifices required to make this happen.
With a blend of well-established neighbourhoods, and new housing developments (in process or scheduled for the future), this community shows promise to continue growing, and the need for healthy churches will grow with it.
Healthy things grow, and growing things change. Kitchener Gospel Temple has a rich history and important legacy, being one of the oldest Pentecostal churches in Ontario. After 112 years of ministry, we believe the footprint of this church in the community should be bigger than ever. When Reverend Ed Austin inspired the church to find a new home and build for the future in 1968, it must have been a special season, filled with faith, sacrifice, risk and uncertainty. Once again, it is time for a critical decision – one that will require significant change. The future depends on it.
Calvary Pentecostal Assembly has also experienced over a century of historical growth and change. In 2019, on our own 100th anniversary, we took a big step of faith, and began building for a bigger and brighter future with a new campus in Ayr. After less than two years, the wonderful testimonies of God’s faithfulness testify to His heart for the church to continue growing and building for the future.
Once again, a special moment is before us, as we explore another opportunity of revitalization with the leadership team at KGT. If we were to acquire the congregation, ministries, property and overall purpose, we could pursue the mandate of building a church of vibrant health and strong influence in east Kitchener.
Our ministry philosophy drives us to be very active in the communities we are anchored in. We leverage great financial, spiritual and human resources into accomplishing our four-fold vision, while reaching people throughout the entire year. The Kitchener Campus would adopt and reflect this same ministry vision, mission and philosophy. In essence, it will carry the same heart and ministry ‘DNA’.
Calvary Cambridge will assume all future financial obligations for the ongoing ministry and property costs incurred at the Kitchener location. This would include annual budgets, staff salaries, cost of relaunch event, outreach/event costs, building maintenance, insurance, and all other necessary costs related to the ministry.
Calvary Cambridge will assume financial responsibility for renovations to the Kitchener building/facility, relevant to relaunching the church. The overall goal is for the campus to look, sound and feel similar to the Cambridge location, while maintaining its own unique expression.
This opportunity will require a sacrificial commitment from all campus congregations through giving campaigns, including Calvary Cambridge, Ayr, and Spanish, as well as the new Kitchener campus. Our goal is to raise the entire amount needed, through the three current CPA campuses, the Kitchener campus, and possible minor assistance from the Western Ontario District of PAOC.
Phase 1: Short term Fundraising in First 90 Days = $100,000
Phase 2: Mid-term Fundraising by Easter 2020 = $150,000
Phase 3: Long term Fundraising by September 2020 = $133,000
See the “Vision” section above to understand the “why” behind the addition of the Ayr Campus. As a matter of fact, 2019 is the 100th Anniversary of Calvary Assembly. In this season of celebration, we very much realize that we have the unique opportunity and remarkable privilege to also reach forward into the next century of ministry for this House, with fresh vision to reach lost people in our region, and to grow God’s Kingdom.
Primarily, each campus will host events and outreaches at its own local facility, but there will be key moments throughout the year when we will invite both campuses to come together to make connections and build stronger community with one another.
Yes! We will be sending a team of capable, mature, high energy leaders and volunteers to be a part of the new Kitchener Campus. They will work in harmony with the current leaders in Kitchener in the pre-launch, launch, and post-launch stages.
Yes! You are welcome to visit the Ayr Campus.
For any of the methods below, please designate your giving as “Ayr Campus Capital Campaign” to make sure it is assigned to the expansion project fund.
Yes! You can make a one-time donation, or set up a recurring donation.
We have set up the three fundraising timelines to give an accurate representation of the funds we will need in order to complete specific projects in time for the 2020 Easter Launch, as well as costs that will follow after the launch.
Yes! You will receive a tax receipt in early 2020 if you give in 2019, and in early 2021 if you give in 2020.
Please give all donations via the Calvary Cambridge campus, and mark the designation as “Ayr Campus.” It is important that all donations come through the Cambridge campus until we finalize the legal acquisition of the Ayr property.
We are looking for people who are skilled in all sorts of areas, including, but not limited to:
Our goal is to raise all of the necessary funds through the main Cambridge campus, Ayr campus, and additional minor assistance from the Western Ontario District of PAOC. When this initiative was presented to and affirmed by our church membership, the stated goal was to raise the entire amount of funding required to complete all of the projects relevant to this new campus in Ayr. This opportunity calls for a sacrificial commitment from our entire congregation. We are convinced this is God’s assignment for us to fulfill, and our giving can set up the long-term reward of reaching Ayr in a significant way for Christ.