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What’s the latest on construction at NewSpring Eastlan?

Our Greenville family’s new home at Eastlan Baptist Church is beginning to take shape.

You won’t see any signs of progress as you drive by on South Pleasantburg Drive. Inside, it’s a different story. In September, crews wrapped up asbestos cleanup on the Eastlan chapel, and that clears the way for interior renovations to begin. Exciting, right?

The chapel, dating from 1961, is being refurbished so it can continue to host Eastlan’s traditional worship services and programs. The rest of the existing space is being reconfigured to meet the shared needs of Eastlan and Greenville Campus. The chapel building will include:

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

Check out some recent pictures of work underway.

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.)

The redevelopment of the 11-acre Eastlan site will include a complete renovation of the main sanctuary, as well as brand new KidSpring space. The $10 million we’ll need is coming from savings and generous giving to our yearly Overflow Offering.

The chapel construction is expected to be complete in the spring, so the Eastlan congregation can move into the upgraded space and the rest of the work can begin.

We’re on track to move Greenville Campus from the Greenville Convention Center to the new location in fall 2019, so both our families can worship alongside one another on Sundays.

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

So How Did We Get Here?

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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