NORMAN — It’s not unusual for a pastor to pray for the financial health of his church, and that is exactly what Alan Danielson, senior pastor of New Life Bible Church, did — for five months.
He prayed for an exact amount, right down to the last penny.
Danielson said New Life was having an identity crisis because its financial reality simply did not match up with the church’s values and vision.
“We knew something had to happen in order to reduce our debt load so we could better help our community,” Danielson said. “Simply put, we were spending too much money on a building and not enough money on our mission.”
Danielson prayed every day for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the church of 300 members needed to help it obtain a refinance loan for their location.
The date for when Danielson hoped to have the refinance money came and went. Danielson said he was discouraged, but continued to pray that God would provide a financial miracle.
The miracle came in August 2013 when God answered the prayer with much more than what Danielson prayed for — making the church debt free.
“I got a strange phone call from a benefactor interested in our building,” said Danielson of the purchaser who has requested to remain anonymous. “The buyer needed to do its due diligence, but was ready to begin discussing an offer. At first I was a little nervous about the offer because, while it would get us out of debt, it would also leave us homeless. That’s when the buyer offered our church the opportunity to stay in the current facility rent-free for six months.”
Now with a buyer and a new debt-free title, Danielson said he began praying for the perfect new church home. He said he and church leadership began praying for a minimum of 12,000 square feet, within three miles north or south of its Flood Avenue location along the Interstate 35 corridor and with enough parking to accommodate 300 people.