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Sarah Barham wasn’t looking for a job. The Shawnee, Oklahoma, native and mother of three was happy at the large public accounting firm where she’d worked for the past 15 years.
Pickerington Square Shopping Center doesn’t sound like a place of worship, but for Sycamore Creek Church it was. Established in 1995 with only 15 people in a shopping center, Sycamore Creek’s congregation quickly outgrew its space. In 2002, the church moved to a 10,000 square foot facility it built next to a high school in Pickerington, Ohio.
Regret can haunt a church for years. Thankfully, God brings new opportunities that can erase all memory of what could have been. Years ago, when Oakdale Baptist Church was located in a rural area of Oklahoma City, a developer offered to sell the church land for future use. But the congregation declined the offer because they thought it was too expensive and couldn’t imagine ever needing room to grow. Today, Oakdale’s current leadership has refused to make the same mistake twice.
For 9-year-old Hunter Parsons, the death of his church wasn’t an option. His father, Brent Parsons, was the new pastor of Franklin Baptist in Norman, Oklahoma, and the church was in trouble.
It’s not going out on a limb if God asks you to do to it. In 2005, several founding members of New Beginning Baptist Church, Salem, Ind., took a step of faith and signed a $500,000 loan for their young congregation to build a church facility. “We shared the vision to be a church for the unchurched,” says pastor Scott Huffaker, bivocational church planter.