Established in 1962, Englewood Baptist Church has been a fixture in Rocky Mount, N.C., and surrounding communities for years. In the past several, though, it became evident that the church didn’t have enough space to provide current students with classrooms or worship time. This also meant that Englewood didn’t have enough room to grow and reach other unsaved students.
For years, the pastors and leadership at Englewood Baptist researched building options. In the end, they were led to Sprung Instant Structures, with U.S. offices based in West Jordan, Utah, for their new student center that opened some eight months ago.
Sprung’s Tray Thomason, regional sales manager, reports that his company’s building solution was a cost effective option, could be erected quickly, and offered innovative and eye-catching architecture, as well as being a versatile and reliable building approach. The unconventional look of Englewood Baptist’s Sprung structure would also appeal to students and attract unconventional churchgoers in the community.
To finance the approximately $1-million project, church leaders report that they hosted a fundraising campaign, rather than incurring debt.
In late 2010, Englewood Baptist opened the doors of “The Edge” student center, which stands for Evangelism, Discipleship, Growth and Equipping. The approximately 10,000-square-foot youth building consists of eight classrooms, a kitchen, a large lounge and game area, and a worship center with seating for 220 and a stage for the praise band.
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