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What’s the latest on construction at NewSpring Eastlan?

Work on our Greenville family’s new home at Eastlan Baptist Church is progressing nicely.

You won’t see any signs of the renovations as you drive by on South Pleasantburg Drive. But inside the Eastlan Chapel, it’s a different story. Crews have reframed the spaces, hung sheetrock, and are about to begin the final stages of getting the space ready for our Eastlan family to move in. Exciting, right?

The refurbished chapel, dating from 1961, will be Eastlan’s new home for worship services and programs going forward. Once they've moved into the new space, likely around mid-May, renovations will begin on the main sanctuary, and construction will start on KidSpring space.

Our two NewSpring Greenville families will be located on the same 11-acre Eastlan site by the end of this year, God-willing. The $10 million project is being paid for by money we've saved as well as generous giving to the 2018 Overflow Offering.

The chapel building's shared space will include:

  • New reception area
  • Care room
  • Volunteer headquarters
  • Expanded bathrooms
  • Eastlan Sunday School classrooms
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Greenville Campus offices

Check out Campus Pastor Lee McDerment's walkthrough video above + check out the "before" pics below.


The story so far

Did you miss this big news? Here’s a quick catchup:

NewSpring adopted Eastlan in 2017, answering Eastlan’s prayer to preserve their historic presence in Greenville and NewSpring Greenville’s prayer for a permanent home. (Greenville campus has been portable at the Greenville Convention Center, just two miles down the street, since 2009.)

Our churches share a burden to reach the people of Greenville and build God’s kingdom. We even shared the same mission statement — to connect people to Jesus and each other.

Our leaders discussed all the possibilities and determined that becoming one family was God’s best for our people and our city. In 2017, Eastlan’s members voted to allow their church to be adopted into the NewSpring family and to give Eastlan’s assets and liabilities to NewSpring.

Moving forward, we’ll be known as NewSpring Eastlan (or Eastlan Campus). This name best fits our new family: It honors those who have invested in this community for decades and looks forward to our future together.

 

Will it feel like NewSpring?

NewSpring has always been one church in many locations. We have met in homes, schools, hotel ballrooms, YMCAs, and convention centers. While every building looks different, the environment and experience all feel like NewSpring. NewSpring Eastlan won’t be any different.

What about Eastlan?

Eastlan’s traditional Sunday services, Sunday School, and other programs will continue in the Eastlan chapel as normal, with unique teaching and worship led by a dedicated staff.

How does our future in Greer fit in?

Greenville is one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina and the United States. As Greenville continues to grow, we know we’ll outgrow the sanctuary at Eastlan.

Our prayer is that God will make a way for us to open a campus 15 miles away in Greer on land purchased in 2013.

We believe a Greer Campus is a next step for our church, but we’re committed to developing more campuses only as God provides through tithes and giving to our yearly Overflow Offering — and without new debt.

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