In 1990, Holly Springs had approximately 900 people. Today, in 2013, the population is about 26,000. The growth continues. When you look at a map (click here), Holly Springs has grown like an ameba as it infiltrates the countryside. Forests are flattened and houses are perched closely together in subdivision after subdivision. As a way to give the town a sense of identity, the council is investing in its Park and Recreation department. Bass Lake, for example, is located in town and is 90 acres body of water owned by the Town of Holly Springs. The lake provides residents a number of opportunities to engage in the outdoors. Council just approved a large sum of money for upgrades to their current facilities including the creation of a new baseball stadium. Perhaps the Blue Jays will want to find a new home for spring training in the future. In talking with a gentleman who works at Bass Lake, he says that the vision and direction of Holly Springs is incredible. Over the past few years, the town has built a beautiful colonial Town Hall, a library with a cultural arts centre and live theatre, and a sports recreation facility. So growth is happening with real estate as well as the private and public sectors. What is interesting about this town, however, is that the churches appear to be the same size as they were 50 years ago. Yes, even in the Bible Belt, this area feels neglected. Family, sports, homes, shopping, recreation, and intentional planning are important values to this town. But the days when people migrate to an area and the first thing built is a church building are long gone. Optimism abounds concerning the amount of growth with the new highways and new parks and new everything. But God makes everything new using a different technique. Rather than structures and infrastructures, the Holy Spirit makes new the hearts of people in a project of redemption that touches everything. The Holy Spirit uses people to live out and communicate this Good News, and that is work I am looking forward to doing. In other words, the hope is that over the next 20 years, the optimistic talk about ‘growth’ will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit and His building projects in the hearts of people.