Our Story is Your Story
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.
Funding ministry has never been the easiest task. But that hasn’t slowed down Living Word Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana. The 28-year-old church found a ministry partner in WatersEdge Ministry Services, and through that partnership, Living Word also becomes a partner with other churches far and wide.
Its name may sound traditional, but Country Roads Baptist Church is anything but. The Lenox, Iowa, congregation meets in a repurposed building in an old lumber yard. There are no pews or steeple — but the church is filled with friendly faces eager to share the love of Jesus.
“It’s kind of fun that our church building is in an old lumber yard,” says Country Roads’ pastor Mitch Green. “For some people it’s a ‘Huh?’ moment, and it’s kind of an interesting take on a church building.”
Colorado building codes and the fire marshal were the only things standing between First Baptist Church Black Forest and the community they were trying to reach.
In 2016, the Colorado Springs-based congregation was bursting at the seams under the leadership of senior pastor Bob Bender. To make room for continued growth, the church focused on its children’s ministry due to the high number of young families in the area.
Stephen Hinson was frustrated with his bank.
Foothills Community Church, where he serves as operations pastor, had received an offer from the city to purchase a piece of the church’s land to build a new police substation. The sale would protect the community and provide Foothills with funds to refinance the mortgage on its building. Everyone saw it as a win-win — except Foothills’ bank.