July 4, 2010
We are very excited to announce an exciting new venture that Riverside Community Church is embarking upon.
Recently we were approached by a church in Peoria, 12 Oaks Community Church, who were interested in donating their church to us. They had a smaller congregation, but a great 250 seat church that they felt Riverside, with it’s resources, could help to build and grow. The church is located at 2906 N Twelve Oaks Drive, Peoria.
This miraculously came at a time when we as a church leadership felt that God was leading us to look for opportunities to open Riverside campus churches around the area.
We are excited to announce that due to this donation we will be launching our first campus church in this building – Riverside Community Church, The Oaks.
So what is a campus church, you may ask?
Many churches around the country are successfully using this model and are seeing great growth in their churches.
The idea is that we will raise up a team of people that are willing to commit to helping launch this new campus. This team will not be people who plan on just going to attend. This team will be the backbone of the church. They will be the ushers, the greeters, the children workers, the worship team. If you are interested in finding out more about what opportunities there are to serve send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By the fall this team will be ready to have their first Sunday service at this location. We will spend a lot of time promoting this launch around the community and are expecting many brand new people to start attending this church that have never been to Riverside before.
The way that we plan on ensuring that this new campus carries the DNA of Riverside is quite a unique one to Peoria, but one that we feel that will help Riverside reach many more people across the city.
Every element of the service will be live. The greeting, the worship, the announcements, the whole service UP UNTIL the message. At this point a large center screen will come down, and then utilizing some great new technology, we will present that morning’s sermon from the sanctuary in Riverside’s downtown location. This means that everyone who starts to attend this new campus will get the same feel and experience that we all enjoy each week at Riverside downtown.
For this to be successful we feel that this campus will need a full time campus pastor. Pat Sheets, one of our current elders, will assume that role. As the congregation continues to grow we anticipate that the staff there will grow too.
Stay tuned, as we expect this to be just the first of many more campuses to come across Central Illinois.
Posted 7/4/2010 in In the News