From its inception, The Peoples Church has been steadfast in this one purpose: spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, here, and around the globe. We have always lived beyond our street address. In fact, The Peoples Church has moved four times since it was founded. Through each of these moves, we have openly declared our dependence on God.
In late 2017, The Peoples Church received a letter of intent from a developer outlining their desire to purchase our current property at 374 Sheppard Avenue East with a property at 1121 Leslie Street and enough additional cash to facilitate the building of a new church.
As we considered this opportunity, we turned to God for his wisdom, discernment, and unity.
In June 2018, two information sessions were held to provide an overview of The Opportunity and included a time for questions to be addressed and corporate prayer, together as a church body.
Twelve months later, on June 30, 2019, Pastor Brett McBride announced the Board and Senior Leadership’s unanimous decision for The Peoples Church to remain at 374 Sheppard Avenue East.
Together as a church body we were able to prayerfully determine the relocation to 1121 Leslie Street would not be the right opportunity for The Peoples Church at this time.
We continue to seek wisdom, discernment and unity as we look forward to God’s direction and vision for The Peoples Church.
Oswald J. Smith had pastored at several churches and regularly held mission conferences at Massey Hall. It was during this time he received the call to plant a church with a globally-minded, gospel-centred mission.
Having seen the conferences held at Massey Hall grow, Smith moved into this building and formed The Peoples Church. Still with a strong emphasis on mission but now with a permanent home.
Bloor Street East
After outgrowing their current church home, The Peoples Church moved to 100 Bloor Street East where the congregation continued to increase in numbers.
374 Sheppard Avenue East
Seeing that Toronto was growing rapidly to the north, The Peoples Church purchased property at 374 Sheppard Avenue East and constructed a church. Today it remains largely unchanged from its original design and the city has blossomed around it.
1121 Leslie Street
374 Sheppard Avenue East
- We are established in this neighbourhood
- None of the work required to move
- $8-10 million investment needed for maintenance and upgrades
- Close to the 401, on a major street and close to a subway stop
- About 30% of our congregation live within 5 kilometres of the church, it is their neighbourhood church
- Facilities are at capacity
1121 Leslie Street
- Larger property with more room for ministry and parking
- Ability to build to for our current and future needs
- A move that will include working with the city, builders and new neighbours
- Occupancy at 374 Sheppard Avenue East until new building is move-in ready
- Sufficient resources to build and have some left over
- Moving to a new neighbourhood with different demographics
As a congregation, we’ll pray and seek God’s direction. Together we’ll pray for:
Who is the developer?
Can we trust the developer?
Why is the developer wanting to sell 1121 Leslie Street?
What would the developer do with 374 Sheppard Avenue East?
How will a decision be made whether to move or stay?
Will the decision be looked at from a strictly financial perspective?
How long has this been under consideration?
Have we explored other scenarios and entertained other options?
Have we considered that, if we don’t sell the property, the Sheppard land value is bound to go up?
Will there be a professional appraisal done on our current location in the open market to see the current and future value of our location?
Is there room for negotiation with the developer?
How will the church avoid liability if the deal fails because of bankruptcy?
What is a “vendor take-back mortgage”?
If the value of Sheppard declines before the new building is completed, how will that impact us?
Would Peoples own the new property and building?
Will we be left with a large debt to move?
If we decide to move, when would it happen?
Will we be able to stay at Sheppard rent-free while the new church is being built at Leslie?
Would the developer be hired to build the new church?
What could the building be like?
How might this affect parking?
As the property is significantly larger, would the cost and overhead to maintain the new place be more?
What is the breakdown of the $8-10 million investment needed for maintenance and upgrades at our current location?
Maintenance Upgrades for 374 Sheppard Avenue East
|West Wing Renovation||$1,624,000|
|Parking Lot Renovation||$968,800|
|Kitchen Renovations (Phase II)||$91,000|
|Energy Management Systems||$1,416,800|