Quest Community Church is launching a second campus. Services for this new Indian Lake church are held at the Indian Lake Middle School on Sundays at 5 p.m. “We’re hosting grand opening services every Sunday in November,” states Scotty Brooks, pastor of Quest Indian Lake. The first service was held in the Middle School on Sunday, November 1.
“We’ve been planning for this grand opening for about six months. We began serving in the community in July by passing out cold bottles of water, assisting with Rock the Lake festival, providing lunch for the Indian Lake marching band camp, passing out “Go Lakers” temporary tattoos at homecoming, and passing out 700 pieces of candy at the Indian Lake Elementary School’s costume party. “Our desire is to become an integral part of the Indian Lake region,” stated Brooks.
“At the beginning of the planning process, I met with school administrators, businessmen, the chamber of commerce, the mayor, local charities, and other pastors to get to know the Indian Lake community and find out what the needs are here. Even though this is a campus of Quest Community Church in West Liberty, our goal is to meet needs in this community,” added Brooks.
The Indian Lake campus is seeking to bring in the unchurched or those who might have had a church at one point, but left. “I have a huge heart for the Indian Lake area,” Brooks said, “It has great potential, but it also had great spiritual need.”
Many Indian Lake residents have been attending services at its West Liberty campus. Beginning in October 2013, Pastor Bill Walker and the board felt called to start a new work in the Indian Lake area. After much prayer and searching, Quest decided to bring its message into the local community.
“I think the first thing you’ll notice,” Brooks said “is that we have an eye for the first-time visitor” and try to make people feel welcomed. Dress is casual, the music is contemporary and the atmosphere is relaxed. We offer a fun children’s ministry program for those birth to 5th grade. “Services are held Sunday evenings,” he said, “to help people who find it difficult to Sunday morning services due to work or family obligations or just like to sleep in on Sunday mornings.”
Brooks commented, “We focus on loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves.” During each weekly service, the focus of the message is “how can I apply the Bible to my real life.”
“We also want to be a church that invests in people’s lives.” We will offer many opportunities to make connections in the community and really get to know people and know their needs. At times, we will partner with the West Liberty campus for events and services.
We’ve held three preview services in October and about 50 people came to the middle school for a rehearsal of the service. “For the foreseeable future,” he said, “services will be held at the middle school. Eventually, we would like to renovate a space or build to have a permanent facility,” Brooks said.
Brooks noted that seven out of eight people in the area are not affiliated with a congregation. “We hope people will give us a shot.”
Brooks and his wife, Lisa, have three children. They are both natives of west central Ohio and grew up on farms. Prior to Quest, Brooks was an associate pastor and I.T. professional. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Theological Seminary.
You can find out more about Quest Indian Lake at www.QuestIndianLake.com.
Submitted by Quest Community Church.