Missio Dei is looking for an investor…

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 14, 2007

3458134_0 I just looked at the perfect location for a permanent home for Missio Dei. It is an old converted bar that has been immaculately restored and cared for.

The space is $550,000 (which is VERY cheap for Minneapolis), is located in the perfect location for our ministry needs, and has space for a large community apartment, a large gathering space, office space, and a cool restored basement that could be used for art studio space, an arts/music venue, classroom space, or it could be converted into a nice apartment.

3458134_1 It also has a very full sized two car garage (which could be used as workshop space), a large lot that would add more space for urban gardening, and an enclosed outdoor courtyard between the garage and the main building. 

 We’re looking for an individual or group that would like to support a ministry like ours, while making a wise fiscal investment as well. The property is worth more than $550,000…the 78 year old bachelor that restored the place and lived there for 15 years wants to travel in his remaining years.

3458134_7 Here’s the thing.  This would be a great next step in what we’re doing.  Missio Dei has been faithful for the past few years…we’ve resisted easy growth as we’ve sought to root ourselves in the neighborhood.  We’ve become a people of hospitality, a people of prayer, a people who put faithfulness to Jesus before the ornaments of church success.  This property would help us to do everything we’re doing now, but with greater intensity and greater impact.  We’re ready for this.  We’re praying for this.  But we need help from brothers and sisters in Christ to make this a reality. 

Let me know if you have any leads. I have a written up property proposal if you, or someone you know, would like to take a look. Contact me at mark [at] for more information.

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One Response to “Missio Dei is looking for an investor…”

  1. Daniel on November 15th, 2007 1:34 am

    Recently I got to meet a mennonite church planter guy whose group bought a building using community financing. Granted it was a lot less money that what you need, but it was a very neat idea. It was basically micro-financing from lots of people who had varying levels of investment in what they were doing. The loaners could set their own rates and terms within a range and the vast majority chose the rates and terms that were best for the group. If you would like to discuss that with him I can pass along his info.

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