After a season of faith, including a lot of prayer and meticulous planning, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for providing the funds necessary to break ground and to begin construction of the first stage of the new “ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER.
Zarephath, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
Zarephath Christian Church has announced plans to construct a 56,000 square-foot, multi-purpose ministry center in Franklin Township, across the street from its current location and next to the Children’s Ministry Center, located at 595 Weston Canal Road. A Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. following a special “Everyone Under the Tent” Sunday Worship Service, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Both events are open to the public.
Over the course of the last eight years, Zarephath Christian Church, a ministry of The Pillar of Fire, has grown from 200 congregants to over 1,500 with three services held each weekend. In addition, their sister ministry, Urban Impact, an outreach to inner city young men and women, has also experienced significant growth. These ministries have outgrown their present facilities and, according to ministry leaders, it is necessary to expand the walls of their tent to increase the impact on the community they serve.
The new ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER, a 2,200 occupant-capacity facility, is projected to be completed in the fall of 2014. The Center’s features will include a gymnasium, which will also serve as the location for Sunday worship services, as well as church and Urban Impact offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, a café, kitchen and small health and wellness center. It is important to note that the site for the new Zarephath Ministry Center is outside the current flood zone. This is significant, since the current facilities have been increasingly impacted by recurring flood devastation in recent years.
When asked to reflect on Zarephath Christian Church’s new facility, Pastor Rob Cruver, Senior Pastor of the church, stated, “After a season of faith, including a lot of prayer and meticulous planning, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for providing the funds necessary to break ground and to begin construction of the first stage of the new “ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER.”
Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC) is a multicultural, multigenerational congregation. While it operates under the auspices of The Pillar of Fire, founded in 1901 as an offshoot of the Wesleyan Church, ZCC's Sunday services feel more like a non-denominational expression of faith. The teaching/preaching by Pastor Rob Cruver is presented in a relevant, authentic style, and music is featured in the contemporary Christian rock genre with a full band.
Urban Impact, ZCC's sister ministry, reaches out to inner city youth from Queens, the Bronx, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and Long Island. Through summer camps, monthly programs, individual mentorships, and work in conjunction with local church youth groups, Urban Impact has positively influenced some of the community’s most at-risk teens.
Zarephath Christian Church continues to welcome visitors to worship with their growing congregation. For more information, visit Zarephath Christian Church’s website at http://www.zarephath.org. Additional information on Urban Impact may be obtained by visiting their website at http://www.urban-impact.org.