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Expanding Our Model

Applying What We've Learned: Back to Our Roots

With each evolution of location sizes and approaches, we've expanded on what we thought was possible and added new tools to help us grow and better reach more people with the love of Jesus. 

From meetings in garages, houses, and leased facilities, to smaller campus formats with auditoriums for 200 people, to larger regional locations with auditoriums for 600 people, to super regional campuses with seating to accommodate several thousand, we are excited to leverage all we've learned over the past 30 years to continue to reach our state with the best facility for each location.

Onelife Model1

Free / Low Cost

25 - 150 people

LCBC started with a small  group of about 35 people meeting in a garage in Marietta, PA. As this core group grew, they moved into new locations through low cost lease options, including a banquet facility and an existing church building.

Onelife Model2

$2 - $2.5 million

150 - 1,000 people

As the vision for the future of LCBC and growth continued, we were able to purchase land and build the original Manheim Campus, LCBC’s first permanent home.

Onelife Model3

$6 - $8 million

1,000 - 3,000 people

We added gatherings to support the continued growth of the Manheim Campus, but maxed out the physical capacity of the building. We built supporting space and renovated the auditorium to accommodate the growing number of people attending each week.

Onelife Model4

$20+ million

8,000 people

The Manheim Campus continued to grow, and we invested in a larger auditorium and more supporting ministry spaces. Through several expansions the Manheim Campus grew to a 60+ acre, 200,000 sq. ft. building able to support 8,000 people each week.

Onelife Model5

$6 - $8 million

1,000 - 3,000 people 

As our Manheim Campus began to reach its capacity, we explored the idea of becoming a multi-site church. Replicating our Manheim Campus was a barrier due to the significant investment it would require. We found an effective and more economical way to scale down our building size without compromising on the experience.

Onelife Model6

$2 - $2.5 million

150 - 1,000 people

Through our ONE LIFE initiative, we continued to explore ways to effectively and economically reach more communities, specifically more rural communities. This smaller campus format allows us to stretch our resources further while also reaching new communities faster and more effectively.

Onelife Model7

Free / Low Cost

25 - 150 people

In order to continue pursuing our vision, we are exploring opportunities to reach small groups of people connected to LCBC who live in areas not effectively reached by an existing location. As these passionate volunteers desire to reach their communities for Christ, we’re exploring a number of ways to support and resource these groups to encourage organic growth so that our church can reach more people for Jesus and impact new regions of PA.

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