Crossings Community Church, one of Oklahoma City's largest churches, is making plans to add 74,000 square feet of additional space and 11 acres at an estimated cost of $15.5 million.
Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs said that with weekly attendance of 4,700, the Church of God congregation has outgrown the space.
Grubbs said the three projects " a 500-seat chapel, a second gym and an expanded atrium for social events " would allow Crossings to "take better care of our people."
He estimated 7,500 people attend Crossings on a regular basis, making Crossings one of the five largest churches in Oklahoma City, according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
Grubbs said Crossings intentionally has not adopted the multiple campus approach of LifeChurch.tv.
"We can't duplicate what we do here," Grubbs said. "We want to fully develop this campus so that we can better minister to more people."
Grubbs is aware of the critics who have insisted going to a multisite campus like Edmond's LifeChurch.tv would be more financially responsible.
He said Crossings' mission budget " which includes food, clothing and medical care for needy families " is $2 million per year. That amount is roughly 20 percent of Crossings' budget, more than twice the national average for churches.
"This is money that we're asking people to give over and above current giving," Grubbs said. "We're not taking on any debt, we're not reducing current missions giving, and we're going to build incrementally as the funds and pledges are available. Our first priority is the chapel." "Greg Horton