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Our History in God’s Grace

In 1988 God moved several people to plant a mission out-post in what was then open wilderness on the east end of Mesa. Hosanna’s first worship service was held on September 18, 1988 and Hosanna was officially incorporated in 1989. In November 1989 Hosanna began worshiping at the East Mesa Senior Center. In 1991 the Constitution and By-laws were approved by District, the current sanctuary was built, and campus development began. The community continued to grow around Hosanna, and the membership continued to grow within Hosanna. Faith thrived, the message went out, buildings were built and Hosanna grew in its impact on the community. Further plans were made to continue campus development and expansion of the ministry. Additional property was purchased and entirely paid for, bringing the Hosanna campus to almost 9 acres of land which God continues to bless as His ministry out-post.

  • 1988 – Founding of the Congregation
  • 1991 – Building the first Worship Center
  • 1992 – Purchase of property to east side of campus
  • 1994 – Building the Education Center
  • 2001 – Building the Trustee’s Building
  • 2002 – Addition of Little Palms School to the Hosanna Ministry
  • 2006 – Complete retirement of all building mortgages
  • 2011 – Complete retirement of all debt.
  • When the people of Hosanna commit to the work of God’s kingdom, all things are possible, and God blesses our efforts.

    The Vision Today – Our Opportunity – Our Mission – Shaping Lives in Christ

    It is our challenge as God’s stewards of this land to develop this campus and fully utilize it for the sake of God’s kingdom. The community around us continues to develop and grow in population. New housing construction is developing after a few years in hibernation. Once vacant houses are again filling up with families new to the area. Those new to the neighborhood, and long time residents of the neighborhood – all need Christ our Savior. God planted us here to be His messengers and ministers of the Gospel. Recent years have shown a great need for further campus development in various ways so we have developed a three-phase plan to address those needs.

    Our Goal –

    Every phase of the campus development plan shares the same goal: to better equip us as a ministry to reach out to the community and to further serve the spiritual needs of full time residents, seasonal winter visitors and Associate Members, always “Shaping Lives In Christ.”

    Phase 1 - COMPLETE

    Phase 1 answers the call of Isaiah: “In the desert, Prepare the Way for the Lord.” (Isaiah 40:3) We will prepare the way for more and more people each day to come to Hosanna and into the light of Christ. To make straight paths for the Lord, we first need to expand the paved parking, which also requires relocating the retention ponds and finishing the face of the 96th street side of Hosanna. This phase is necessary to address immediate parking needs as the current parking lot is overrun for half the year. We are unable to accommodate both the early service attendees and the second service attendees at the same time in the parking lot. We encourage the early service worshipers to enjoy Bible study and fellowship after the 8:00 a.m. service while the 9:30 worshipers are also seeking parking spaces and entering the worship service. We lose members due to our inability to accommodate all those seeking to park and attend Hosanna on Sunday mornings. Expanding the parking lot per the plans drawn up will address this need well. It also puts a finished face on over 4 acres of the 9 acre property. Completing Phase 1 positions us to pursue the goals of Phase 2.

    Cost Estimate of Phase 1: $500,000


    Phase 2

    Our Phase 2 goal is to build a sanctuary accommodating over 600 worshipers. The sanctuary will be located on the space nearest to Brown Road. This creates tremendous visibility for the sanctuary and this ministry. The planned Hosanna sanctuary, in contrast to the crossless steeple now visible from our property, will faithfully Lift High the Cross for all to see, proclaiming Christ’s presence among us. Building a dedicated sanctuary will allow us to further grow the ministry by opening up the current sanctuary to serve as the Fellowship Hall it was designed to be, allowing us to expand other ministry activities in that space. This also allows further expansion of ministry activities in the current Learning Center as we continue to reach out for the sake of Christ and His kingdom.

    Cost Estimate of Phase 2: $2,500,000

    Phase 3

    Our Phase 3 goal is to build a Family Life Center which will be located on the east side of the property in what is currently the gravel lot east of the paved parking lot. The Family Life Center will include two basketball courts, a stage, kitchen, and classrooms. This facility will create opportunity for much greater community impact as we expand the ministry to include youth sports leagues, host community events, concerts, dramas, and a variety of other activities. Phase Three will also include paving the space around the Family Life Center to further accommodate parking needs.

    Cost Estimate of Phase 3: $1,500,000

    Each Phase of campus development better equips and better positions us to meet the needs of, and to reach out into this community around us. Each phase also allows us to better accommodate the winter visitor, and Associate Member populations which are prominent parts of our culture and community. We want to serve and reach all the members of the community, full time and seasonal. The complete development of the Hosanna campus will allow us to maximize the use of the entire space for our mission of “Shaping Lives In Christ.”

    “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace… to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up… From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:3, 12, 16)

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