Construction of the new building began approximately one year ago and was completed on Sept. 26. The building is 12,000 square feet and includes a sanctuary that will seat up to 350 people, with a state-of-the-art sound system. The structure also includes seven finished classrooms with more unfinished classrooms upstairs, a fully equipped kitchen that features a 10-burner stove that was donated by Camp Barnabas and a basement dedicated to the youth of the church.
"One set back on the date of completion was that the initial plan was to only finish the middle level before moving in," said Pastor Chad Bennett. "We went ahead and added the youth area in the basement, which is a complete youth facility."
When the church was first organized, members met in different homes. The old Masonic building, located across from the Monett Post Office, was then purchased by the congregation and services were held there until a fire broke out on Sept. 3, 2010. The blaze caused extensive damage and forced the church to move to a temporary location at the old United Methodist Church building on Fourth Street. During the last few months, the church has been meeting in the First Baptist Church multi-purpose building on Third Street.
"We still hope to eventually utilize the burned building in the future for other ministries," said Bennett. "We also have a master plan for expansion on the 20 acres."
Special dedication services at the new church building will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The church currently offers two Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., different age groups hold Bible studies called Connection Classes. Youth services are held at 7 p.m on Wednesdays, and Life Groups, in-home Bible studies, are held throughout the week.