The Back Story: How did we get here?

The story of Forks Community Church began in January 2011.

For some time, the Church Planting Director of the Bible Fellowship Church had been encouraging churches and regions of the denomination to plant churches.  Since I was one of two BFC church planters in the Lehigh Valley at the time (I was serving as the church planting pastor at Saucon Community Church in Hellertown, PA),  I heeded the call.  By God’s providential grace, I was able to gather together several pastors from our churches to pray about and discuss the idea of planting daughter churches in the Lehigh Valley.  From the very beginning, we wanted the Spirit to direct our efforts because He is the Master Strategist of missions.  So, we prayed for the Spirit’s guidance and also put feet to our prayers.  We began to investigate where the Lord may be directing us to plant a church.  We decided to address the challenge by 1) examining the 2000 and 2010 Census data to determine where the greatest growth had occurred in the valley, and 2) by noting what areas of the Lehigh Valley lack the presence of strong, vibrant Christ-centered churches.

After completing our research, Forks Township surfaced as a prime target area for a new church.  The population of Forks Township grew by 75% between 2000 and 2010.  In addition, the data we collected projected steady future growth Forks Township.  Furthermore, our investigation of churches revealed that Forks stood in need of an indigenous, strong and vibrant Christ centered Church.  Consideration of these factors quickly convinced the involved participants that Forks Township was a prime target area for a church plant.  In June of 2013 a resource team was formed under my direction which collected valuable data from additional studies, surveys, interviews, and outreach events.  This material was compiled in a rather extensive report with the recommendation that a BFC Mission Church open in Forks Township.  In February 2014, the Board of Church Extension, the church planting arm of the BFC, officially opened the work we knows as Forks Community Church.  The next post will focus on the next steps and provide further insights into all the work required to build a church “from the ground up.”

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