David Wisen, pastor of Spring Lake Harvest Bible Chapel, confirmed Wednesday that his congregation has a purchase agreement in place for the former Christ Community Church property. But a final deal is contingent on remodeling costs.
“We're looking at it and exploring,” said Wisen, whose members currently meet at International Aid, 17011 Hickory St. in Spring Lake Township. “We're getting an appraisal, survey work and estimates of what it will cost to bring it up to date. Until those numbers come in, we won't be able to make a decision.”
Spring Lake Harvest Bible Chapel members already have a piece of the property. They own the cross that was removed from the building when Christ Community Church was renamed C3 Exchange in 2010. At that time, C3 leaders wanted to de-emphasize Christianity as their sole belief system in a quest to become an “inclusive spiritual community.”
Wisen said if the purchase from Michigan Commerce Bank goes through, it could take another year or more for Harvest Bible and its 375 attendees to make the move.
“The building has had some neglect,” Wisen said. “A lot of renovation needs to be done. And what makes it hard is we really like our space at International Aid. It's a wonderful home. We would not be moving because we've outgrown it or because we don't like it.
"The intriguing thing about the Christ Community Church (building) is it's such a phenomenal location and it has a rich history," he continued. "That's why we're taking a look.”
Wisen's congregation began leasing space at International Aid in June 2011 after meeting at Spring Lake Township's Trillium Banquet Center since November 2010.
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