For the last several years CrossWay has longed to see the gospel proclaimed among the diverse peoples living in and around Kenosha’s downtown area. We have been praying, watching and waiting for God to raise up a leader and core group to send into Kenosha to plant a Christ-exalting church. God has heard our prayers. A leader has been identified and a core group is being gathered. This year CrossWay will plant Christ the King Church in downtown Kenosha.
So much has happened since our last update. CrossWay officially sent about 150 people to plant Christ the King Church in late August. The following week, Christ the King Church became the new owners of the church building and property located at 5934 8th Avenue on Library Square (formerly First Congregational Church). We are so grateful for God’s kindness to us through CrossWay as well as First Congregational. What follows are some more updates.
There has been a very exciting development regarding CrossWay’s church plant - Christ the King Church. A long-time church in Kenosha, First Congregational Church (FCC), is offering their building to Christ the King for a very modest price of just over $90,000. First Congregational Church’s building sits on Library Square in downtown Kenosha (5938 8th Ave.).
For the last four months, CrossWay’s elders have been in a process of carefully exploring the feasibility of Christ the King Church acquiring FCC’s building. The two biggest concerns have been the structural integrity of the building and the missional integrity of the building (whether this building would be an effective tool in advancing CTKC’s mission). Five different inspections of the building’s major systems have yielded a confidence that the building is sound and has been well-maintained, though it needs some work. The elders have been weighing several factors. The pros are the building’s location in the city, its visibility, its usefulness, its overall condition, its cost and the timing of its availability. The concerns have been: possible mission distraction, ongoing building maintenance, parking limitations, sanctuary size (it presently seats 330), and the more formal, “churchy” feel of the building. After a season of careful deliberation, the elders have concluded this building would be an effective tool for CTKC to make Christ known in downtown Kenosha and have unanimously recommended that CTKC pursue the acquisition of the building.
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