Salina church dedicates new building
“This is what makes us strongest as Southern Baptists when we work together,” KNCSB Executive Director Bob Mills said during the April 2 building dedication service at Christ the Lord Community Church, Salina, Kan.
Mills cited how church members and volunteer groups worked together to make the church’s first building a reality.
Christ the Lord Community Church began in 1997 and met at Webster Conference Center. The church purchased the property at 210 W. Shipton Road (about 4 miles northwest of WCC) and moved a modular building onto the site.
However, the church quickly outgrew the modular building and moved back to WCC until moving into the new building in December 2016.
The building dedication service recognized volunteer groups including Kansas-Nebraska Baptist Builders which installed the electrical wiring in the building. Other volunteer groups included East Alabama Carpenters for Christ, the Texas branch of Builders for Christ, Missourians on Mission and churches from Arkansas.
The service also paid a special tribute to the late Vernie Stillings who served as general contractor for the building project. Stillings died in the fall before the building was completed. His entire family attended the service and the church presented a plaque to his wife, Myrna.
During the dedication message Mills reminded church members that completing the building is not the end goal.
“Get geared up for what comes next,” he urged.
Mills then spoke on “11 Marks of a Healthy Church” using Acts 2 as his text. A healthy church is:
- A praying church
- Biblically grounded
- Relationally rich
- Directionally focused
- A disciple-making congregation
- Intentionally evangelistic
- Outwardly focused - “We exist for those in the community who do not know Christ.”
- Based on a simple structure
- Always developing leaders
- Constantly evaluating to see if its ministries are working
- Generous in all things
“Church health is being responsive to the Spirit of God,” Mills concluded.