By John Keller
In response to a growing congregation and an increasing desire to offer a smaller venue option for worship, Northgate FMC, Batavia NY, officially launched its south campus on Oct. 2.
The new campus is located in Northgate’s old building, which has been completely renovated to give the sanctuary and foyer an updated, modern feel.
The addition of a new café adds to the casual atmosphere of the lobby. Upgrades were made to all the technology components and include a 7-foot-by-11-foot HD screen where the sermons from the north campus are shown.
All other elements of the service are live, including acoustic worship music. Campus Pastor John Keller came on staff at Northgate in March 2011 to lead this satellite church.
The support of the congregation of Northgate has been outstanding: from financially backing the new ministry, to a launch team of 25 talented and committed volunteers to a faithful prayer team of more than 100 individuals.
We have been encouraged following each weekend service by having the opportunity to minister to new guests. These people were invited by friends and family or heard that something new was going on at this campus, and we’re delighted to share this time with them.
We are excited that this campus is offering our community another place where they can connect to God and find out that they matter to Him. Please pray that the passion and energy behind this doesn’t just fizzle out because the launch is over, but instead that we would keep the vision that has brought this team together, and continue to build a campus that thrives on and revolves around community.