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May172010

The Sanctuary: A Place Dedicated to the Glory of God

Andrew and Jamie Wommack stand in the entryway to the Lodge at The Sanctuary. (Click to enlarge)More than twenty years ago, during an intimate time with the Lord, Jamie Wommack strolled through the Colorado Rockies. With her arms raised in worship, she found herself in awe of the earth's beauty. Jamie had been meditating on Psalm 134:2, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and Bless the Lord." As she continued to meditate, she heard God say, "This is my sanctuary." In those quiet moments before the Lord she declared that one day she would have a place to call The Sanctuary—that day has come.

Over the years, as Andrew has continued to faithfully share the message of God's unconditional love and grace, the Lord has continued to bring forth new and exciting opportunities for him and Jamie. People everywhere are hungry for the Gospel, and Andrew is reaching those people in increasing numbers around the world, through live conferences, radio and television programs, print and web media, and through a growing network of Charis Bible College (CBC) campuses. The response has been tremendous. With the response has come growth, and with the growth has come the need to accommodate the expansion of Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM).

The view from the pavilion building site on the new Sanctuary campus. (Click to enlarge)For the past year Andrew and his team of administrators have been proactively planning for the necessary accommodations. They determined that at the current rate of growth AWM has a three to four year window before it completely outgrows the current facilities in Colorado Springs. In preparation for the expansion, Andrew and his team began looking at properties with the capacity to accommodate both the immediate and the long-term growth of AWM and CBC. Led by the Lord, Andrew found and purchased one hundred and fifty seven picturesque acres in Woodland Park, Colorado. Located just fifteen miles northwest of the current campus, the new property provides the space needed to meet the ministry's current and future needs.

Architectural rendering of the proposed 'Welcome' sign at the entrance to The Sanctuary campus.
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Andrew has brought in the necessary architects and contractors to begin the expansion project, and the preliminary design process for the new campus is already well underway. Andrew and his staff are working with an experienced design firm called Architectural Innovations, LLC a full range architectural firm with 82 years of combined experience. The group specializes in designing the type of facilities Andrew has envisioned for the new AWM/CBC campus. Architectural Innovations will work closely with Andrew and the contractor, Northgate Properties, LLC of Colorado Springs, to ensure that Andrew's vision for the property is realized.

Andrew and Stephen Bransford examine Sanctuary blueprints in the kitchen at the Lodge. (Click to enlarge)When the Wommacks were considering the purchase of the new property Andrew reminded Jamie of her decades-old declaration. As the purchase of the property was finalized, there was no doubt that the new campus would be called “The Sanctuary."

Andrew commented, “Jamie always said that if we ever got our own place we would call it The Sanctuary, which means, 'A place dedicated to the Glory of God.' This is something that’s always been in her heart.”

We will be sharing the developments and progress regularly as the project moves forward, so check back often for updates on The Sanctuary.

 

Catch a glimpse of The Sanctuary property in the video below as Andrew introduces the new campus project.


 

Reader Comments (14)

I am not looking forward to your presence in Woodland Park. This is very unfortunate for our community.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergod

So sorry you feel this way. You will be pleasantly surprised at what a positive addition the Sanctuary will be for Woodland Park, in so many ways.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Time alone is so precious. Thank you.

There is a lot of speculation about what the sanctuary will bring to Woodland Park. I believe that the locals would feel more comfortable if they knew what the intentions of it being located there are, other than its beauty. Woodland is a tight knit community and it is not comfortable knowing that the population will expand (which I personally think is a good thing) but also that there will likely be conflicting religious beliefs with the long standing church in town. The representation of the main website is that this ministry does a lot to raise the ego of its creator rather than to praise God. I do look forward to see how Woodland will expand with the student population but I truly hope it does not effect us negatively.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurious

As a resident of Woodland Park I think it's great that God has led you to be here! There are always new seasons and upgrades of God that we, as followers of Christ, must allow His Spirit to bring us through (otherwise we get complacent and fall behind Him) and I truly believe this is one of the upgrades that our community needs. I know that sometimes we don't always recognize these times or flat out discourage them because we don't understand that they are needed . So I would like to say - Welcome and thank you for being obedient to His leading!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlessed

To all who are against the Sanctuary: Wood Land can even be a knit community but...It doesn't belong to the ones living there. You are limited to your own acreage of land and that's it. Besides, this is a God related building. Not a night club. Now, settle, be less selfish and live with it in grace.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone

"In awe of the Earth's beauty...." so let's bulldoze hundreds of acres of trees, remove animals that have more of a right there than you and congest a small beautiful town with more Christians. Pay taxes.

July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM. Magdalene

You are my neighbor and I drive past the campus each time I head to town. I know God has a plan and I pray His Will for WP and all concerned will proceed. For those afraid of change, though it is not always easy it often brings positive things you never foresee. May His name be glorified and many people be introduced to Him!!!

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjanene

We had similar complaints and apprehension of how expansion would affect the community and how the building should've been used for commerce in Canton, Ohio when our church purchased a former Hoover Distribution building to handle the expansion of our church family and the number of people in our community coming to the Lord. The results over the past 3 years have been positive for the community and for the kingdom of God. Families lives are changing for the better and people are being employed who pay taxes into the community. Mr. Wommack I believe has proven himself over the decades of ministry that it's not for his ego but for the equipping of the saints for God's glory that he does what he does. I believe you will be pleased with the results once the project is completed in this life and the life to come in heaven.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA. Oberhauser

Do you pay property taxes like I do, and others who use our infrastructure, and schools do?

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTax payer

I tried to become a student, I was blocked in every way almost possible. I believe the Word of G-D is more important than anything. All the glory to you Lo d. Amen!
Sincerely,
Deborah A Evans

September 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah A Evans

So long as The Sanctuary is dedicated to the Glory of Jesus Christ, ALL CHRISTIANS should support its presence & function. As for those “locals” who somehow think, in error, that they get to dictate how private property not their own is best used, I cannot say anything other than they are in the wrong. In some cases, we know that Satan is involved to interfere with God’s church. However, if Jesus Christ is not the focus of worship there, then it’s nothing more than a pagan cult following the devil. There is a pagan place like that near me where they reject Jesus as God and instead pursue “spirituality.”

June 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason C

Greetings, I am curious about future staffing needs in Woodland Park. How may I find out about this and whom may I contact? I am an experienced IT person and I believe I would be able to provide great value added for your facility.

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJBM

Hello, @JBM! Thank you for reaching out to us! You can see all of our available positions here:https://www.awmi.net/more/jobs/. We believe that God has the perfect opportunity for you and we are believing with you for that door to be opened! - AWMI Team

August 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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