Gaining Ground | Opportunity
Last updated on October 21, 2016
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Gaining Ground Update 

The ministry of Arizona Lutheran Academy centers on the good news of the Gospel as we connect teens and their families with their Savior.

Gaining Ground has had a direct impact on the past, present and future of ALA as we worked together to buy land, build, and reduce debt. We have been blessed with tremendous support from many dedicated Christians who love the ministry of ALA.

The Gaining Ground Projects

On October 30, 2015, we purchased 3.6 acres of land on the corner of 27th Ave. and Southern for $475,000. We now have excellent visibility, and this area provides terrific potential for an expansion of classroom space, athletic facilities, fine arts space and parking. We praise God for this blessing, and we can’t wait to see what he has planned for the future of this land.

Our 6,000 square foot multi-purpose building came next—the first big construction project since our original buildings went up in 1986. View photos. We broke ground for the multi-purpose building on February 28, 2016. View video. The building is adjacent to the football field and will provide restrooms and concessions for outdoor events. It also houses wrestling and cheer, a weight room, and provides space for school and community use. The building dedication was held on August 15, 2016, and on September 2 we received the certificate of occupancy. 

The last piece of the puzzle was addressing infrastructure projects and eliminating $200,000 of debt. This campaign has placed ALA in a strong financial position that will open doors for us to share Jesus with our current students and within our community.

Thanks to a long-time ALA friend, gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar from Sept. 2-20, 2016. During this matching opportunity, $36,000 was given by our ALA family. This is an incredible blessing from our Lord!  

On September 20, we closed this campaign with a prayer of thankfulness. God has done marvelous things through his people!

Thanks to all who joined us for the Ribbon Cutting at "The Den" on Sept. 30. This was the celebration of God's blessings on our building project and Gaining Ground campaign.

In Thankfulness
Thank you for sharing in the mission of Arizona Lutheran Academy and for your support of Gaining Ground. We are thankful that God moved his people to be generous in support of our vision. By joining together in this effort, we have completed our goal of raising $1 million. Nearly $800,000 was given by individual donors and Federation churches since May 2015. We combined those donations with some proceeds from the Thrift Store sale and an estate gift to reach our goal. We have an amazing God, and we praise him for blessing our campaign!
Thanks to Gaining Ground, you have helped us accomplish these goals:
  • Buy 3.6 acres of land north of our current campus on the corner of 27th Ave & Southern
  • Address infrastructure repairs on our current facilities
  • Complete a 6000 sq. foot multi-purpose building that houses restrooms, concessions, a new weight room and space for wrestling and cheer
  • Pay off $200,000 in internal debt
All of these blessings are opening the door for new ministry plans and a vision for how ALA can best serve our students, Federation and community.

The Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians sum up our gratitude for your support and God’s blessings, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now...” Thank you for opening your heart to our students and for your generous support of ALA.


Learn more in our video collection...

The Final Days of Gaining Ground
August 30, 2016
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Multipurpose Building Construction
July 21, 2016
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Multipurpose Building Construction
June 30, 2016
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Gaining Ground's one-year anniversary
May 2016
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Multipurpose Building Groundbreaking 
February 28, 2016
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Reaching Milestones
September 1, 2015
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Yellow: new land purchase
Green box: new multipurpose building

Ways to Give to Gaining Ground
  • Cash. You can give a one-time gift. OR, consider monthly gifts to Gaining Ground. 
  • Savings. You might tap into your financial reserves or rainy day fund.
  • Corporate matches. Some businesses and corporations offer generous matching programs. Find out if yours is one of them here!
  • Retirement assets. Those who are 59½ and older may withdraw money from an IRA account, 401(k), and 403(b) and give it as a donation without penalty.
  • Give in honor or memory of someone who has impacted your life or served your children.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover
  • Investments. Securities, stocks, bonds, and other investments can be an ideal way to make a gift. Complete details and transfer documents can be found here:
Contact ALA Finance Director, John Mueller, at 602-268-8686 ext. 13 or with giving questions. 

Want to Know More?

Want to know more about Gaining Ground or discuss other ways you can support this cause? 

Contact Doug Meyer, Director of Mission Advancement, at or 602-268-8686.  

How You Can Help!
If you would like to help the ALA Federation with Gaining Ground, you can contribute in several ways.
  • Send a check to Arizona Lutheran Academy at 6036 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85041. Be sure to reference “Gaining Ground” on your check.
  • Donate online here. Choose “Gaining Ground" on the fund allocation drop-down menu.

select "Gaining Ground" as the Fund 

Is there anyone else you think might be interested in supporting this special opportunity? If so, please forward this information to them!

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