Church Restoration Halted Over Facility Dispute

Cancer survivor Greg Thomas was featured in a series of headlines eight years ago because he spent his treatment days restoring a small chapel known as Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. While Thomas beat cancer back then, with it only returning recently, the church took issue with the repairs he had made after collecting more than $70,000 in donations and banned him from the property. Thomas argues that the church has become a show piece instead of a source of community unity.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Sometimes a member’s generosity can lead to problems when leaders don’t have a clear vision or communicate it effectively.

  • Blessing or Curse?The generosity of Greg Thomas was striking, but the church’s mishandling of it failed to make the most of it, leaving the church in a difficult position.
  • Communication and Vision Matter:If a story ever hammered home the importance of a clearly communicated vision, this is it! Thomas saw the chapel as a place of hope that could serve as a community gathering place, but trustees saw it as a private cemetery chapel.
  • Legal Concerns:Every renovation and building project comes with challenges, such as ADA accessibility, so consider those details before launching a project, especially in an old church.

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