- The Church at BattleCreek
The Church at BattleCreek is an American evangelical
Christianchurch located at 3025 N. Aspen Ave. in Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. It was founded in 2003 and is notable for its rapid growth. Its name is derived from the planned communityin which it is located.
In 2002, approximately 100 remaining members of Gracemont
BaptistChurch in Broken Arrow, OK, asked Dr. Alex Himaya to accept a position as Senior Pastor and to help revitalize the church. Due to a series of events the Gracemont congregation had experienced a serious decline in membership. At the time the remaining members of the congregation found themselves in possession of a large meeting space (originally built as an Outlet mallbut acquired by Gracemont during a period of growth in the 1980s) and an equally large mortgage.
Dr. Himaya agreed to accept the position with the understanding that the church would essentially dissolve and reorganize as a new congregation with a new name, new ministry efforts, and a strong emphasis on
evangelism. According to TCABC, Dr. Himaya set the direction for the church during an initial meeting when he stated: "Tulsa does not need another church. What Tulsa does need is a safe environment where the unchurchedcan come and hear the life-changing truth that Jesus Christcares for them and died for their sin." [http://www.tcabc.com/our_story.htm] Soon after, the congregation incorporated as "The Church at BattleCreek."
The Church at BattleCreek held its initial public service on August 14, 2003. As of the church's third anniversary in August 2006, it was reporting weekly attendance at two Sunday morning services of over 1600 people, including over 700 children and teenagers. The church had also retired its mortgage debt and the staff of the church had expanded to include five full-time pastors, and several other full and part-time employees. Additionally, TCABC was operating a daily
preschooland providing meeting space and financial support to Christian congregations for Arabicand Spanish speaking people in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area. In 2007, the church began construction of a 2,500 seat auditorium with state of the art audio-visualcapabilities.
The Church at BattleCreek is part of the
Southern Baptist Convention. However, in general TCABC employs more of a non-denominationalapproach and does not necessarily emphasize its Baptist affiliation.
* [http://www.tcabc.org Official Website]
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