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Greg Snider

By: Greg Snider on July 15, 2013

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Building a Bigger Box

Church Design | Project Profiles | Church Construction

It's time to break some ground at Community Christian Church's main campus in Naperville, Illinois and expand their main campus building—affectionately called the "Yellow Box."

In the late 1980s, less than 20 percent of the Naperville populace attended a church on any given weekend. Dave and Jon Ferguson decided to address that need by establishing a dynamic, Bible-based, Christ-centered church to reach those who were far from God and without a life saving relationship with Jesus. They wanted a church that would be both an impact church and a reproducing church.

And that's still the mission of Community Christian Church (CCC) 24 years later. By God's goodness, the church has grown each and every year—making a great impact on the community by presently welcoming over 2,200 people at its five weekend services. It's also been able to further its reproduction plans by propagating a total of 12 sites throughout the Chicagoland area, with two more campuses set to launch later this year. And, in typical CCC fashion, it didn't end there. God also guided CCC to establish the NewThing Networks, which has created churches in Manhattan (Forefront Church), Boston (Reunion Christian Church), Kansas City (Restore Community Church), Brighton, MI (2|42 Community Church), and several others.

The growth inside and beyond the walls of the Yellow Box has been remarkable, and CCC doesn't want it to stop.

To continue that progression, Aspen Group has developed expansion plans that include a new 18,000-square-foot, 1,200-seat auditorium, a lively lobby space, and a new training center intentionally-designed to assist the church in equipping and deploying future church planters. An impact church…a reproducing church.

Watch the video below to find out more about how CCC and Aspen Group worked together to keep the church's mission moving forward.


 

 

About Greg Snider

Greg Snider joined Aspen Group, a design/build/furnish firm for churches, in 1999. Since that time, he has worked with a wide range of churches throughout the past two decades, including many large, innovative, multisite congregations. His mission is to help churches discover how to maximize their facilities and create space for ministry impact. He has written and presented on the power of connecting space, growth engines and barriers, and how to build churches for community impact.