The congregation at Legacy United Methodist Church has grown 45 percent in the past five years.
To accommodate and continue to build its membership, the church is expanding its youth ministry facilities and starting operations in south Bismarck.
Student Ministry Director Vicky Vetter oversees programming for 70 children, from middle schoolers to high schoolers.
“We need options on where to put all these beautiful kids,” said Vetter, noting the large number of middle school-aged children who meet Wednesday nights.
To date, the church has pledges for $1 million of the $2 million for its Onward Campaign and will break ground on seven new youth ministry classrooms, two adult classrooms and an expanded large youth ministry meeting room this spring. The goal is to complete the expansion by January 2019.
Legacy United Methodist opened the doors of its 27,000-square-foot building on 17 acres in north Bismarck in November 2013 after the church outgrew its downtown Bismarck location.
With so much success in the growing neighborhood around Horizon Middle School, the church also aims to expand its reach in the Bismarck community to the south end of town.
Pastor Andy Early will lead bible studies in south Bismarck and Lincoln, anticipating the development of three or four groups before summer. Later this year or early next year, the goal is to have enough congregation members to rent space and hold a regular Sunday service.
Early said Legacy United Methodist has a few people who drive to the north location from the south end of town.
“But we’re really not having the same impact to the south,” he said.
The south side bible study sessions will be focused on family ministry, covering topics related to marriage and parenting, Early said. For more information, call 701-223-4401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.