1985 A Membership Crisis
The church continued to grow, however as early as 1985 the parish council was facing some pressing problems including a decrease in membership from 800 to 350 families, primarily because of the mass exodus from Detroit and the new parishes that awaited the people in the suburbs.  Moreover, security issues became a concern, particularly at night.  Shortly thereafter, the majority of the parish council members voted in favor of relocation and a demographic study and the drafting of the master plan ensued.  Included in the plan were: a church edifice to seat a minimum of 500; a chapel for weekday services and baptisms; an administrative area; classrooms; social center; gym; and a retirement complex.  A minimum of 10 acres of land was needed.