Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon
It was a very big weekend for 2|42 Community Church in Michigan.
The megachurch marked the 15th anniversary of its launch in 2005 in Brighton, Mich., by launching three new campuses in Livonia, Monroe, and Taylor, Mich.
2|42—which is consistently listed as one of the fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine—now has seven campuses.
The campus in Livonia came about in a unique way, as we reported last summer. The former Compass Christian Church in Livonia (previously known as Memorial Church of Christ) had played a significant role in helping start 2|42. During the Great Recession, Memorial/Compass began a slide from which it never completely recovered. Last summer, Compass reached an adoption agreement with 2|42. Since then, an interior renovation has begun at that location, while an exterior renovation could begin this summer, Hometown Life reports.
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Live Oak Christian Church, Bluffton, S.C., has announced plans for a $5 million, 420-seat performing arts center that will serve as its new home, as well as home to Main Street Youth Theatre. The center will be located in Old Town Bluffton, near Hilton Head.
The Island Packet newspaper reports, “The $5 million project will be funded through a capital campaign from INJOY Stewardship Solutions. The church plans to raise about $3 million for the center. . . . Main Street Youth Theatre will fund $2 million for the project in pre-paid rent to access the space for 30 years.” The venue will also be available for community events.
Live Oak Christian Church, founded in 2002, presently worships at a school of dance.
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The Christian Church Leadership Network will host the CCL 2020 Transformational Summit on March 14 at Christ Church at Mason (Ohio). Speaking on “The Five Keys to Transforming Church and Kingdom Expansion” will be Tyler McKenzie (“Transformational Preaching”), Cam Huxford (“Transformational Leadership”), Bobby Harrington (“Transformation Disciple Making”), Johnny Pressley (“Transformational Doctrine”), and Kregg Hood (“Transformational Generosity”).
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The Best Christian Workplaces Institute recently honored 189 faith-based organizations as Certified Best Christian Workplaces for 2019. Among those recognized were Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, Ariz.); Community Christian Church (Naperville, Ill.); Crossroads Church (Corona, Calif.); Eastview Christian Church (Normal, Ill.); First Christian Church of Johnson City (Tenn.); Pathway Church (Wichita, Kan.); Summit Christian Church (Sparks, Nev.); Traders Point Christian Church (Indianapolis); White River Christian Church (Noblesville, Ind.); and College Heights Christian School (Joplin, Mo.).
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White Oak Christian Church in Cincinnati will host an informational session, “After CCU: What’s Next?” from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2020. The church is located at 3685 Blue Rock Road.
Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., is endeavoring to carry on the tradition of Christian education in the Cincinnati area in the wake of the closing of Cincinnati Christian University.
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The Missouri Christian Convention will take place March 13 and 14 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. This year’s theme is “Not by Sight.” Speakers will include Chuck Sackett, Jason Poznich, and others.
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Michael Geiler, pastor at StoneBridge Christian Church’s campus in Fremont, Neb., reflected back in a recent newspaper story about how his church helped its town cope with flooding in March 2019, when the city was inaccessible to vehicles for a time. Geiler organized some pilots to fly supplies into the town.
StoneBridge has a campus in Omaha, 40 miles away, where supplies were collected and then delivered to Fremont. Church members later helped do demo work at homes damaged during the flooding.
Geiler told the Blue Mountain Eagle he was proud of his church and the way it responded.
“They want to live out their faith,” he said. “When we learn about what it means to be a Christian, we want to manifest that outwardly. We don’t just want to learn—although that’s valuable—we want to practice our faith.”
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