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2|42 Community Church Sets Winning Tone with Commons Project

2|42 Community Church Sets Winning Tone with Commons Project

2013 Solomon Award Winning Project

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based multisite ministry 2|42 Community Church began its "Thru 47" campaign in 2011. The Thru 47 campaign, like the 2|42 Community Church itself, derives its name from the book of Acts, Chapter 2, verses 42-47, which describe the early fellowship of believers. The campaign aimed to address to two particular statistics: 67% of people are far from God, and 20% of the world's people live on less than $2 per day.
242 Community Church set about meeting its Thru 47 goals through the construction of community-centered facilities in the Brighton and Ann Arbor, Michigan areas, as well as a the construction of a community center and church in Haiti.
The Thru47 journey is highlighted by the opening of the Ann Arbor campus in June of 2012, the completion of the Brighton Campus, known as The Commons in February of 2013, and the ground breaking of a Haitian community center and church in April of 2013.
The Commons is an 88,000-square-foot community center open to the public seven days a week. Its amenities include an indoor soccer field, a basketball court, fitness rooms, a café and coffee house, a preschool, a three-story play structure, game rooms, a 1,200-seat auditorium and, of course, the 242
church. The Thru 47 vision inspired the design of The Commons' spaces, with the needs of the community put before the needs of the church. As such, a number of community-centered features are located near building entrances and frontage. For example, an indoor soccer field greets visitors in lieu of a church lobby.
The building design itself reflects the industrial culture of the City of Detroit. It incorporates organic and raw building materials with unique design elements. Several glass garage doors bring the interior and exterior together, and they are complimented by fireplaces constructed from recycled steel drums. Re-purposed shipping containers provide a "snack shack," a look that is complimented by the three-story playscape. The community's reaction to The Commons has been phenomenal. Businesses, groups, and schools meet at the facility throughout the week. Soccer, lacrosse, and flag football leagues use the space daily, with fitness instructors teaching classes for a variety of activities. Children fill up the play structure, and the auditorium has hosted a variety of performing artists. People of all ages are learning new skills at the School for the Arts, and the café serves up some of the best artisanal food and beverages in the area.
Since the opening of The Commons, 2|42 Community Church has experienced 140 percent growth, and hundreds of people have declared their faith through Baptism.
2|42 Community Church is recognized as the 8th fastest-growing churches and the 25th largest church in America in 2013 by Outreach  Magazine. 

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