Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Prestonwood to Add Second Campus Multi-Site
from the Dallas News (by Sam Hodges)
Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, already a megachurch of 26,000 members, is considering building a second large campus in northern Collin County because of rapid residential growth there.
The Rev. Jack Graham, Prestonwood's senior pastor, told members at last Sunday's service that the church was eyeing about 120 acres north of Frisco, in the Prosper area. He identified the land as near U.S. Highway 380 and the future extension of the Dallas North Tollway.
"We believe the timing is right to place a regional congregation at that site," Dr. Graham told Prestonwood members. "We want to do this to reach people for Christ in those communities."
Church officials on Monday would not provide specifics. They have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.
Dr. Graham told his congregation that he and other church leaders had been contacted months ago by a group asking that Prestonwood expand to northern Collin County. For about 15 months, he said, he prayed about the matter, to be sure God wanted that to happen.
A partnership, Prosper Church Land LP, bought almost 128 acres in December 2004 near the southeast corner of Collin County Road 4 and the Dallas Parkway, the extension of the tollway. The group paid $2.79 million for the property, which last year had a tax value of $2.56 million, records show.
Representatives with the group did not return calls asking whether it is working with Prestonwood. Prosper officials said that they had heard talk of Prestonwood's building in the area, but that church officials had not approached the city.
He hinted that Prestonwood would begin a campaign to raise money for the project in the fall.
In addition to outlining the planned expansion northward, Dr. Graham noted that Prestonwood's current campus needs new space for children's programs, adult education and a leadership center. The church's broadcasting equipment badly needs to be upgraded, he said, and would be important in linking the two campuses.
In 1999, Prestonwood moved from Far North Dallas to a 140-acre site at West Park Boulevard and Midway Road. The campus includes a 7,000-seat sanctuary, as well as bookstores, a restaurant and a school.
The church's annual operating budget is about $27 million.
The area that Prestonwood is looking at is booming. In 2005, Collin County's population of about 660,000 was a third larger than just five years earlier. Denton County, with about 555,000 people, has shown similar growth.Add Your Comments and Ideas now...
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That's our backyard. Prosper is only about 20 miles from here. We are also seeing some of that huge growth. Our church is less than one mile north of the 380 corridor, and our local population has probably more than tripled in the three years I've been here. Great opportunities for ministry.
Posted by: Jeff M. Miller | Mar 28, 2006 12:56:09 PM
I just want to thank you for your attitude about this expansion of Prestonwood to an area close to you. No jealousy, no negative comments about Prestonwood, no complaining about a mega church, etc. as the attitude of some will probably be. Instead, just an attitude of "this is great". Thank you.
Posted by: LarryB | Mar 28, 2006 2:29:47 PM
Yes, Jeff... I would second LarryB's comment... Very refreshing.
Posted by: Todd Rhoades | Mar 28, 2006 3:31:35 PM
This is what it is all about? We need more churches. Hopefully when this second one grows to it's limited size they will start a new one somewhere else.. This is good news.
Posted by: Clairvoyent 1 | Mar 28, 2006 4:20:36 PM
Jeff M. Miller - I am thankful to call you a brother in Christ! You're living up to your reputation. :)
As for Prestonwood.. Hmmm. Know a couple of people on staff there. Wonder how it will affect them? More importantly... Will pray in regards to life changing impact for the kingdom of God.
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