Lake Center Baptist Church Brings Ministry to the Construction Site

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Monkey Island, Oklahoma church utilizes the Building God's Way Ministry of Construction program to minister to workers during the construction of their new sanctuary facility.

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Architectural rendering of new Lake Center Baptist Church facility

"I am so excited to see the passion and the engagement of the church body in reaching out to the workers on the job site." - Joe Morello, Managing Partner, BGW Construction Services

Lake Center Baptist Church is located on a peninsula of land in Oklahoma called Monkey Island, which extends south from the northern shores of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. Monkey Island is a distinctive community offering a great mix of real estate, entertainment, restaurants, unique shops and resort facilities. Due in large part to increased development on this island, the area is experiencing a high level of growth.

As a result of this growth, Lake Center Baptist Church had a need for a larger and more modern facility to accommodate new ministries and an expanding membership. The church broke ground in February of this year on a new 350 seat worship center that is being constructed just to the East of the church’s current sanctuary. The project will include a significant upgrade to the audio, video and electrical systems and the new building will allow the church to add a number of new ministries to serve the local community, including financial security classes, parenting classes, additional Bible studies, Christian fellowship, drug addiction recovery & support, open seminars, and a community food ministry.

Pastor Kim Hays, along with several other key leaders of the church, attended a Building God’s Way Seminar in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 2011. During that seminar, they learned about a unique program in which the entire process from design through completed building is approached from a biblical perspective as opposed to the traditional world’s view of construction. Through the BGW process, the church body would play a significant role through ministry activities conducted during construction of the building. Through this Ministry of Construction program, the Church would have an organized structure to reach out with the love of Christ to the men and women who work on the construction site.

Church members at Lake Center Baptist have been active with the Ministry of Construction program, which is coordinated through 5 ministry teams. The church’s Prayer Team leader, Melissa Falley, has prayed with some of the work crews, who have been very receptive, asking for prayer for their families, jobs and health. The Publicity Team, led by Jerry & Susan Beggs, has been informing the local newspaper and magazines of what the church is doing in the community. Charles Sutter, 80 years young, is in charge of the Volunteer Labor Team, keeping the grounds as clean as possible during the project. Anne Fine is the Appreciation Team leader, maintaining records of all people who have donated, volunteered or provided gifts of materials or supplies to the construction project. The Hospitality team, which is led by Roberta Mann and Janis Turner, has provided numerous meals to workers on the job site and always makes sure that water and snacks are available. One of the workers recently stated “We have never been fed and treated like this”.

The church is also encouraging its members to write or paint on the steel beams, unfinished concrete floors and just about anywhere that will eventually be covered up - as part of another BGW program called “Holy Graffiti”. Holy Graffiti allows members of the church to share scripture verses and their faith in a unique way with the workers on the job site and leave a lasting mark on the new building. Some church members have even written messages and scriptures in Spanish.

Joe Morello, Managing Partner of Building God's Way Construction Services, the prime contractor for the project, says "I am so excited to see the passion and the engagement of the church body in reaching out to the workers on the job site. It has been a blessing to me to be a part of what God is doing here in Monkey Island". The construction of the new worship facility is scheduled to be completed by late summer or early fall of this year.

About Building God’s Way (BGW) - BGW has become a recognized leader in ministry design and construction through its extensive experience in working exclusively with churches, Christian schools and colleges. Since 1998, BGW has worked with more than 600 ministries nationwide and has developed an unparalleled network of kingdom building services that includes church design, church building, church growth coaching, vision casting, capital fundraising, non-profit development, financial solutions, worship technology, mobile solutions and more. For more information, visit

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