For the Wilson County Baptist Association, a rebuild of the BCM building has been a long time coming.
On Sept. 3, 2014 a fire destroyed the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building at the corner of Spring Street and Hatton in Lebanon. "There was a lightning storm the day before that hit our building. We had two students living there at that time," said WCBA Director of Missions Dave Shelley.
Luckily no one was injured, but the building and personal possessions were not salvaged.
This week, dirt was being moved in preparation for the new building. "We've been waiting and waiting. It is going to have an upstairs for the student center and a downstairs for churches to use," Shelley said, noting that churches can use the building for leadership and business meetings - and more.
He anticipates the building to be completed within the next 10 months. "We are hoping to get in there in the late spring," Shelley said.
In the last year, Cumberland University has assisted by offering space on campus for the BCM. Shelley said Journey Church has also loaned space for events.
Another change is underway for WCBA as well. Shelley said that they will sell their office building at 220 E. Gay Street in Lebanon and relocate offices to the new building upon completion.
WCBA serves 42 Southern Baptist churches in Wilson County of Middle Tennessee. According to their webpage, it is the goal of the association to provide resources and assistance to associated churches in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all individuals of Wilson County.
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