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Bridge Church of the Nazarene

Lead Pastor, Bridge Church of the Nazarene

Bridge Church of the Nazarene
Malverne, New York, United States

Date Posted: 09/06/2011
Categories: Senior Pastor
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Lead Pastor
Bridge Church of the Nazarene
Position Description
The role of the Lead Pastor is to oversee the life and direction of the church with a growth mindset, both evangelically and spiritually. The Pastor will have a firm grasp on the purpose, values, mission and strategy of the church (see “The Bridge Church of the Nazarene Profile”) and will place a high priority on fulfilling the Great Commission with an outreach orientation. The Pastor will have the ability to align ordained and lay staff and key leadership teams with the church’s mission. The Pastor will offer pastoral leadership to the congregation alongside ordained elders and lay ministry leaders, with a spirit of collaboration and inspiration. The Pastor will be responsible for overall church administration, ensuring that the systems, practices and policies of the church responsibly and effectively support its mission and ministry activities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
1. Preaching and teaching: The Pastor will be the primary preacher for Sunday worship services. Giftedness in preaching and teaching is a high priority. The Pastor also will provide leadership in planning and executing Spiritual Life Development and Small Groups programs and other programs in discipleship and ministry training, in coordination with other ordained and lay leaders.

2. Strategic leadership and planning: The Pastor is responsible for strategic planning and staff coordination in the execution of the church’s purpose. The Pastor will define strategic goals and vision as the key leader among staff, elders and the Church Policy Board, and will implement the plan by:
a. Coordinating/leading weekly staff meetings and other activities to clarify and execute goals and objectives.
b. Monitoring the spiritual pulse of the congregation through review and accountability.
c. Ensuring that staffing, facilities and programs are effectively aligned to meet strategic goals.

3. Staff supervision and development: The Pastor serves as director to ordained and lay staff and lay volunteers, and leads, evaluates, and mentors existing staff in their respective areas of ministry by:
a. Overseeing staff training and development.
b. Hiring and dismissing staff and prioritizing staff additions after consultation and guidance from the Church Policy Board.
c. Providing leadership to the pastoral staff in the design and implementation of all church ministries.
d. Maintaining consistent and effective lines of communication with staff, elders and Church Policy Board regarding personnel and related issues.
e. Serving as HR manager—oversee the negotiation of insurance and other benefits, conduct performance evaluations, and provide on-going informal performance feedback.

4. Administration: The Pastor oversees and executes the administration of the church through appropriate staff and lay leadership teams, and ensures the completion of ministry, business, facility, and logistical support functions through staff and lay volunteers. The Pastor will chair the meetings of the Church Policy Board consistent with the provisions of the Church of the Nazarene Manual. The Pastor must:
a. Oversee the pastoral care needs of the congregation and, as necessary, share with other ordained and lay ministers in hospital visitation, home visits, counseling, marriages and funerals.
b. Supervise the Office Manager and provide direction, as needed, for the effective functioning of the front office support functions.
c. Oversee development of and adherence to church policies and procedure.
d. Oversee the annual budget and financial planning of the church to ensure efficient operations that correlate income and expenses. The Pastor will have the skill to teach financial stewardship, while recognizing and embracing the opportunity and challenge to grow the congregation numerically to the point that the Malverne facility will be fully utilized and financially self-sustaining.

5. Facility Management: The Pastor will oversee and execute the management of the church’s facility with respect to ordinary maintenance and repair as well as significant renovations and capital improvements. The Pastor will work closely with the Church Policy Board to assess and prioritize the capital improvements to be made to the Malverne facility in order to manage the flow of expenditures and produce changes that will facilitate church growth and outreach.

6. Evaluation and Compensation: The Pastor will give monthly reports to the Church Policy Board on ministry accomplishments and activities. The Church Policy Board will conduct annually a performance evaluation of the Pastor and review of the Pastor’s compensation package.

1. Education: Bachelor’s degree from accredited university required. Advanced studies and/or major concentration in religion, theology and church administration preferred.
2. Spiritual Experience: The Pastor has had a personal conversion experience with the risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, such that the Pastor is born again within the meaning of the Gospel of John, Chapter 3. The Pastor will have been baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit, and will have been blessed with spiritual gifts that will empower him to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined above.
3. Ordination: The Pastor is either an ordained elder/minister or must commit to fulfilling all requirements of ordination within a reasonable period of time, to be determined by the Church Policy Board.
4. Church Membership: The Pastor must be currently, or commit to become prior to assuming the Pastor position, a member of the Church of the Nazarene, as defined and outlined in the Church of the Nazarene Manual.
5. Personal Attributes:
a. Lover of God and people.
b. Strong interpersonal skills exhibiting a warm and welcoming demeanor.
c. Evangelistic, family-oriented and youth-oriented.
d. Excellent communicator both inter-personally and corporately.
e. Open-minded and accepting of an ethnically and racially diverse congregation.
f. A team-builder and collaborative leader who delegates responsibility with accountability.
g. Understands and respects a community that is predominantly Catholic in church attendance/background.
h. Has or is able to embrace a New York/East Coast mindset.

1. Ten to twenty years in related ministry activities with an evangelical and outreach/growth focus. Proven track record of actively working to fulfill the Great Commission.
2. Three to Five Years minimum as Lead Pastor or top-level Associate/Executive Pastor executing many of the Lead Pastor functions in an evangelical Protestant church, the core beliefs and values of which are consistent with the core beliefs and values set forth in the Bridge Church of the Nazarene Profile.
3. Possesses sufficient ministry-related education and experience to qualify for a Nazarene District Minister’s License.

Qualified candidates who feel called by God to lead the Bridge Church of the Nazarene in Malverne, Long Island, NY should submit their curriculum vitae to

The Bridge Church of the Nazarene
I. Introduction & Overview
The Bridge Church of the Nazarene is a vibrant church of approximately 190 members/regular attenders located in Malverne, Long Island, a suburb of New York City. The Bridge Church is 61 years old and has undergone a significant transformation in recent years.

Originally known as the Valley Stream Church of the Nazarene, the church began in 1950 in a small A-frame building located within a middle-class neighborhood in southwestern Nassau County on Long Island. When a young pastor named Art Alexander arrived in 1973, the church had approximately 12 members and was barely holding on. The Lord blessed Art’s ministry, and the church grew substantially over the years.

During Pastor Art’s more-than-30 years leading the Valley Stream church, his ministry produced 13 members called to ministry as full-time pastors and 5 new churches. The small A-frame building soon proved insufficient to service the needs of the growing church, and was expanded in 1985 to accommodate 250 occupants in the main sanctuary, along with office, nursery and classroom space. The growth, however, soon exceeded even the capacity of the expanded building by the late 1990’s, and services were added on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

At that time, the Church Board, congregation and pastors all felt led by the Holy Spirit to begin the process of relocating to a larger facility. The vision was to find or build a facility in southern Nassau County that would be highly visible and accessible, with ample parking and space. We had a vision for a facility that would facilitate more effective ministry, outreach and growth.

A capital campaign called “Make A Way” was begun in 1995 and successfully raised over $1 Million for a new church facility within 4 years. The Church Board decided to sell a satellite church property in Elmont, which was being used for a day care and nursery ministry. That sale produced $365,000 in net proceeds. The Church Board further decided to put the Valley Stream facility up for sale in 2002, which sold in 2004 and produced $1,085,000 in net proceeds.

Not having found a suitable facility to purchase at that time, the church leased space from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York beginning in 2004. The leased space at Molloy College included a theater used for worship service, a multi-purpose room for teen service, many classrooms for youth and nursery classes as well as a large entry foyer and ample parking. In short, it had many of the features that we would look for in a permanent facility and in many respects was an improvement over the Valley Stream facility. However, it was a burden on the staff to load-in and load-out each Sunday morning, andto the church leased office space in another location, which was less than ideal.

After moving to Molloy, the church experienced two significant changes in pastoral leadership. First, Pastor Art Alexander was called to become District Superintendent for the Metro-New York District, which is comprised of over 140 churches. Pastor Art accepted the vote of the District pastors in 2005 and assumed the position, but under the condition that he would also continue to serve as our lead pastor. Despite his best efforts, it soon became apparent that this was not a sustainable situation.

At about this time, our long-time associate pastor and leader of worship and music, George Rauchfuss, felt led to plant another church in the area. This was viewed positively and was highly supported by the “mother” church, with a number of members leaving with George to support him and provide lay leadership for the new church.

The church entered a period of transition that saw a series of teachers delivering sermons at various times, whether from within the congregation, visiting for a Sunday or serving on an interim basis. A pastor search process that was launched in 2008 found Pastor Brett Williams, who joined us with his family in 2009.

Brett was a young pastor with great energy who shared our vision for a new facility. During his tenure, the church learned that the Malverne Jewish Center was up for sale. This facility was within our geographic target zone and had the size and attributes for which we had been searching. The church purchased the MJC in June 2010, performed some immediate improvements largely through the hard work of the congregation over a 5-month period, which enabled us to have our first service in our new sanctuary for Thanksgiving 2010. Some of the more significant renovation work planned for the Malverne facility remains to be completed.

Meanwhile, a tragedy hit the Williams family. Pastor Brett’s father-in-law, Randy Edwards, who along with his wife had relocated to New York and worked along side Brett in the youth ministry, was diagnosed with an advanced stage of blood cancer soon after moving with his wife back to Colorado for her health issues. Randy’s health declined rapidly, and given his wife’s poor health, it became necessary for Pastor Brett’s wife, Melissa to be with her parents during this challenging time. Brett was faced with the dilemma of how to deal with this family crisis while leading our church. Ultimately he decided that he needed to be with his wife and daughters in Colorado, helping with his in-laws’ health crises. He resigned in February 2011.

Although shocking to the congregation, we know that there are no surprises to God. Fortunately for us, Joe Quagliata, who has been an ordained elder and active pastor in our church since 1989, felt called to step in and serve as the interim lead pastor after Brett’s resignation. Joe is a gifted pastor/teacher, but also has a major corporate position and a family. The church has been very thankful for Joe’s servant leadership in this interim period. It has allowed us to proceed in our ministries and worship services with minimal disruption. However, the current situation is not sustainable for Joe and his family. Thus, we are currently searching for a new Lead Pastor.

This is an exciting time in our church’s history. We have a new facility that has the potential to be truly awesome; we have only scratched the surface of realizing its potential to take our outreach and ministries to new heights. Despite the changes and challenges that we have endured, the church remains excited about what the Lord has in store for us. The core of this church has many long-time members with tremendous gifts. We are excited to find the Lead Pastor that God has called to join with us and reach the world for Jesus from Malverne, Long Island.

II. Who We Are
a. Current Congregation: The Bridge Church of the Nazarene is a loving and accepting body of believers with a heart for the non-churched, rooted in outreach and service to those in need and the community at large. We are an established and mature church with weekly Sunday morning worship services and ongoing committed small group bible studies. Our current focus is on rebuilding our Youth Ministry and restructuring our Children’s Ministry to best utilize our new building and better meet the needs of our congregants and our community.
b. Congregation Demographics
i. 188 total regular attendees for Sunday worship service
1. 118 members
2. 70 attenders who have not yet become members
3. Approximately 60 total family units, with the following
Ethnic profile: 32 Caucasian, 11 Hispanic, 8 African-American, 7 Asian and 2 other.
ii. Singles – 26 total, with 22 Caucasian, 1 Hispanic, 1 African-American and 1 other.
iii. Seniors – 32 total, with 29 Caucasian, 2 African-American and 1 Hispanic
c. Community Financial Profile
i. South Nassau County – estimated median household income of $92,523 as of 2010. The January 2011 cost of living index in Nassau County is 142.6, which is considered very high (U.S. average is 100).
ii. Estimated Median Household Income of Malverne and nearby communities:
1. Malverne - $104,661
2. Rockville Centre - $101,226
3. Oceanside - $97,962
4. Baldwin - $91,331
5. Valley Stream - $80,930
6. Lynbrook - $79,029
d. Community Population Data – Nassau County has a total population of 1,357,429, with approximately 80% of the population owning their homes (as opposed to renting).
Median resident age: 38.5 years
New York median age: 35.9 years
Males: 642,317 (48.1%)
Females: 692,227 (51.9%)

Population counts for Malverne and nearby communities are as follows:
1. Malverne 13,268
2. Rockville Centre 24,473
3. Oceanside 33,143
4. Baldwin 23,749
5. Valley Stream 36,311
6. Lynbrook 19.883
TOTAL 150,827

e. Racial Composition of Nassau County:
1. White Non-Hispanic Alone (69.2%)
2. Hispanic or Latino (12.2%)
3. Black Non-Hispanic Alone (10.5%)
4. Asian alone (6.7%)
5. Two or more races (0.9%)

f. Spiritual Maturity of Congregation – As reflected on responses to questionnaires about growth and biblical practices including attendance at worship services, tithing, prayer, and scripture reading, as well as involvement in small group bible studies and Sunday morning spiritual growth and development classes, the 118 members of the church described themselves in the following manner:
1. “Maturing” = 50 responses
2. “Growing” = 45 responses
3. “Unknown” = 23 responses

g. Financial Overview of the Church – Over the past five years, the church’s annual budget for income and expenses for operations has ranged between $471,000 and approximately $750,000 annually. The combination over the past six years of pastoral changes, birthing of the new church led by George Rauchfuss (and the corresponding loss of members who left to support his new church) and the severe economic recession starting in 2008 have had an effect on the church’s annual financial results. It appears that the financial picture is beginning to stabilize.
i. Annual Operations – The church operated at a surplus in 2005 and 2006. The decline in income in 2007 was largely attributable to the new church plant and the related loss of members/congregants, resulting in an operating deficit. The deficit continued in 2008, affected by the arrival of our new pastor, holdover expenses for our interim pastor and the onset of the economic recession. The deficit was reduced in 2009 to just over $100,000, but it grew in 2010 largely due to the substantial capital expenses related to the acquisition of, and capital improvements and renovations to, the Malverne facility. All deficits and capital improvements were funded out of the substantial cash reserves on hand from the building sales, Make-a-Way campaign and investment earnings.
ii. 2011 Budget – While the budget for 2011 is at break-even, it does not include a full year of compensation and housing allowance for a Lead Pastor. Pastor Joe is not taking a salary or allowance while serving in his interim role. The Board recognizes that this expense will be added to the 2012 budget, but also believes that growth in the church and improved financial stewardship will cover the expected increase in expense.
iii. Tithing – The giving of the tithe in our church is not practiced in a comprehensive manner. There are 14 giving units that account for more than 50% of the total weekly tithes and offerings. Of the 129 total giving units, nearly half of those units are contributing less than $10 per week on average. The importance of trusting God with our financial resources and placing a priority on giving of the tithe in financial stewardship needs to be re-emphasized to the congregation.
iv. Positive Trends – We have seen new people coming to services in Malverne and remaining with us. We also have new people joining Life Groups and a new youth outreach initiative in the community. We believe that these trends will continue and ultimately improve the level of giving in the church.

III. What We Believe
a. Our Core Beliefs
i. ABOUT GOD: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and one God. (See Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
ii. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (See Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13)
iii. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (See II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
iv. ABOUT THE BIBLE: The bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. (See II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6: Proverbs 30:5)
v. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS: People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by sin. As a result of the Fall, we are sinners by nature and, indeed, sin separates people from God and is the cause of many problems in life. (See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)
vi. ABOUT SALVATION: Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into one’s life by faith. (See John 1:12, 3:16; Romans 6:23; Eph. 2:8)
vii. ABOUT ETERNITY: People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (See John 2:25, 3:16; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46)

b. Our Core Values
The core values of the Bridge Nazarene Church are rooted in the authoritative teachings of scripture. We hold firmly to what the bible teaches us about what it means to be “the people of God”, as illustrated in both the Old Testament (i.e., “Israel”) and New Testament (i.e., “The Church”).
Our core values are best expressed through our mission statement (see below), which has its basis in the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, both of which were communicated by Jesus.
We are called to make disciples. We are to be salt and light, sharing the saving love of Jesus Christ to a lost world that we can touch through our ministry. We are to follow through with this in such a way as to see people become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We are also called to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. We must also love others as Christ has loved us. All of our values are an extension of and are shaped by these two imperatives: the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

c. Mission Statement
We believe that a great commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment will build a great church. Our mission is to be used of God to turn lost people into devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

IV. Leadership and Ministries
a. Current Elders/Pastors
Christine Paolino, attending since 1979, ordained in 2002
Joseph Quagliata, attending since 1980, ordained in 1995

b. Ministry Overview & Leaders
i. Preaching/Teaching: Pastor Joe Quagliata (Interim Pastor)
ii. Worship/Creative Arts: Brian Cox
Includes worship service, video projection, arts and website
iii. Spiritual Life Development & Small Groups – Pastor Christine Paolino
iv. Youth – Kevin Young

c. Spiritual Life - Sunday morning classes taught by the following, on a rotating basis: Caryl Kahn, Rick O’Neil, Pastor Christine, Maria Coccaro, Elaine Morris, Tina Barker, Pastor Joe and Cathi Sellinger
d. Life Groups -14 Life Groups that meet in homes or in the church facility and are led by Paul Dritto, Tony Paolino, Annette Forbes, Marie Vitti, Tina Barker, Frank Scorcia, Karen Schwaner, Denise Hanusch, Brian Cox, Rich Hanusch, Mike & Diana Lodespoto and Pastor Christine.
e. Women’s Ministry Team - comprised of female Life Group Leaders – breakfasts and retreats.
f. Men’s Ministry Team - comprised of male Life Group leaders as well as John Young and John Coccaro
g. Fishing Pools - These are activities that are open to all and are an outreach opportunity to the unchurched. They currently include Zumba Class (women’s dance class) coordinated by Kathy Martini, and Needles & Pins (knitting group for seniors) coordinated by Anna LoSchiavo.
h. DivorceCare - restarting soon
i. Prayer Ministry
i. Quiet Day: Pastor Christine
ii. Prayer Events: Joann Suss
iii. Partner in Prayer – Pastor Joe
j. Compassion Ministry – Missions
i. Operation Christmas Child, Belmont Race Track Workers’ Families – John Van Dyke
ii. Belmont Race Track Workers’ Families, and other – Roseann Panza, Jill Krol
iii. Tooling Around – Vinnie Morris
iv. Missions Teams – John Young
k. Assimilation: Pastor Christine
l. First Impressions Team:
? Head Usher: Paul Dritto
? Head Greeter: John Coccaro
? Head of Communion: Vinnie Scardigno
? Hospitality: Karen Schwaner
? Ambiance: Josephine Bogensberger, Rebecca McGovern, Kathleen Elder and First Impressions members.
? Guest Services: Caryl Kahn
? Kids Check in – Rosa Pernal
m. Children‘s Ministry: 8 coordinators – no Director. Currently overseen by Pastor Christine.
? Infant: Maritza Castoro
? Pre-K: Angela Roesler
? K-5th Grade: Alicia Kim
? Special Needs: Marianne Estevez
? Crafts: Kathleen Elder
? Worship/Drama: Jeanette Howard
? Snacks: Joann Suss
? Check in: Rosa Pernal/Diane Shustak
? Quizzing: Chuck & Kathy Grancher
n. Youth Ministry: Sunday Morning Service/Friday Evening “Tres” Outreach
? Coordinator: Kevin YoungTeam:
Jeff Namnum, Ed Roesler,
Duncan Elder,
Kelsey Elder,
Isaiah Elder,
Aurora Namnum,
Jackie Fischetto
o. Evangelistic Outreach
? Invitation and prayer strategies for Christmas/Easter services
? Vacation Bible School, Barbecues, Life Groups, Fishing Pools and Tres
p. Lay Leadership; Composition of Church Board – The Church Board is chaired by the Lead Pastor. It consists of 9 lay people who are elected by members of the congregation. Each member serves a three-year term. Current Board members are:
? Tina Barker
? Paul Dritto
? Denise Hanusch
? Dave Howard
? John Krupa
? Rick O’Neil
? Karen Schaffner
? John Young
? Brad Zoref

V. Our Facility --– Our current church property met all of our primary search objectives.
a. Location – The church is located in the heart of Malverne, Long Island on the corer of Norwood Avenue and Hempstead Avenue. Hempstead Avenue is in essence the “Main Street” of Malverne. Our building is one of the most prominent structures in the downtown Malverne area.
b. Accessibility – Our church is readily accessible by car off of the Southern State Parkway, which is the primary highway serving the South Shore of Nassau County. The church is less than a mile from the Southern State exit ramp (Exit 17S). In addition, Malverne’s Long Island Rail Road station is across Hempstead Avenue from the church property, which provides convenient mass transit access via the West Hempstead branch of the LIRR.
c. Parking – The Malverne LIRR station also provides ample free parking for Sunday services. Additional parking is available on the church property itself (approximately 20 spaces), on the surrounding streets and in Village shopper lots
d. Space for Now and the Future – The church facility overall encompasses approximately 33,000 square feet of interior space.
i. First Level – Offices and classroom facilities for children and adults, conference rooms and similar spaces. This space is planned to be flexible by design and will allow expansion and contraction by sound-dampening room dividers. This will allow each age group to have an appropriate “feel” for their space. This level also contains a chapel-like space of 3,000 square feet, which, as part of the purchase agreement with the Malverne Jewish Center, is being rented by the existing synagogue members. This sale-leaseback arrangement made the acquisition of the building more affordable.

ii. Main Sanctuary – Renovated and updated with state-of-the art audio-visual equipment, the sanctuary can comfortably seat approximately 250 people, with a balcony area that could be used for an additional 50 people or as a “crying” room, etc.

iii. Multi-purpose Room – The large space that was used previously as a catering hall by the Jewish Center is envisioned to become a multi-purpose room that could accommodate an additional 240 people. Once renovated, this room can be used in any number of ways, including:
1. another sanctuary or overflow room,
2. a facility for teen and youth services and functions,
3. a gym for basketball, volleyball and other indoor sports,
4. multiple Bible study “nooks” with movable dividing partitions,
5. a fellowship hall,
6. weddings and other special events,
7. community room for plays, concerts, etc.,
8. men’s and women’s breakfasts and fellowship, and
9. functions and attractions for ministry and outreach.

e. It’s Not About the Building – We are very excited about how our facility can be used by God to reach our community for Christ. While we recognize the potential of a building, we believe more definitively in the potential of the people of our church, empowered by God’s grace through His Holy Spirit. The building will enable us to accomplish His plan by providing a warm and welcoming facility, housed by loving and caring people. The facility will support all the outreach activities, training, worship, fellowship and support activities of a church active for Jesus Christ and the conversion of people to His kingdom.