Moving Out But Not Moving On

on Tuesday, December 08, 2015 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

The idea of churches meeting in a public school is not new, it's been going on for many years. Churches often meet in a school just long enough to secure the attendance or finances to secure their own building or a permanent home. When a church moves out of the school, it often happens that any connection or relationship between the church and the school naturally comes to an end. Fortunately, that isn't what happened when Portland Community Church moved out of Whitford Middle School, where they had been meeting for worship since their inception in 2011.

This past summer the 450 member congregation moved into their own facility. Fortunately, rather than ending their partnership with Whitford Middle School and McKay Elementary nearby, the move has simply opened up greater opportunity for the congregation to spread its wings invest its energies—and its new building--in more outreach.

"We're not here to serve ourselves and the people who call this their church. We're here to serve the community," Pastor Ron Kincaid stated.

Churchgoers still pack weekend backpacks of food for students at Whitford and McKay. They also put together holiday food and gift boxes for families in both schools. Their goal as a congregation is to be "present and accessible in the community."

While the congregation is happy to be in their new facility, they still feel a deep sense of connection to the school that served as their home for almost four years. Portland Community Church may have "moved out" but they haven't "moved on."