Our hope at Brick City Church (BCC) isn’t to “reinvent” church, but instead to recover a fresh sense that Jesus is brilliant, compelling, and that He has come to teach us how to live the best possible kind of life—the eternal kind of life—here and now. Our hope is that we can recover this fresh sense that faith is dynamic and alive: always moving, growing, challenging us and inviting us deeper into the life of God and His kingdom.
- Our Vision refers to the world we’re partnering with God to bring about.
- Our Intention refers to the way we’re bringing that world about.
- Our Means refers to the values guiding how we do all of that.
As we entered the new year, BCC has been on a trajectory raising money and planning for a county wide initiative called the Midtown Project. For additional information at http://www.ocalafl.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=5211
This initiative has been exciting as we have continued to hope and dream. The dollars have continued to come in and as we sat around a church wide potluck dinner February 23rd, we were so excited to see and hear the exciting news of what is to come.
Potlucks are my favorite! The food alone makes me excited but as we prepared for this particular potluck, the promise of an announcement had a buzz flowing through the room. It was mentioned that there is a feeling of excitement in and around BCC.
Maybe it’s all the new families
Maybe it’s all the new things happening
Maybe it’s new staff
I don’t have an answer to what it is, but I might have a feeling who it is.
The potluck meeting began with Brad, our lead Pastor speaking about his most recent Sabbatical and how he is back and ready and excited to get started. Matt is the most recent addition to the staff at BCC and has brought a welcome relief and so much creative energy to the everyday workings of the church.
The next introduction was Rashad and Patrice Jones the owners of Big Lee’s BBQ.
Big Lee’s has been open since July 2014 and their business has grown so exponentially that the need for a Production Kitchen is greatly needed. While Rashad spoke with Ausley Construction about the possibility of building such a facility, Ken Ausley founding member of BCC, mentioned to Rashad the possibilities of buildings on the BCC current campus. This started conversations and the possibilities are more than possible.
Big Lee’s and BCC see the same vision
They want to see this part of our community come to life
They want to come together in a unique way
They want to see God’s hands all over this new venture
Rashad would like for their company to have more outlets, provide more careers to his employees and to add a new food truck to his fleet every quarter.
As Rashaad spoke of his wife and her dedication to their business, he mentioned that when its obvious God is leading the way, they call it a “God smile.”
You can read more about Big Lees BBQ on the website at http://www.mybigleesbbq.com
We are looking forward to seeing a lot of God Smiles!
Victory Academy is an Ocala based Jr. Kindergarten through 8th grade School. The school was started by Rodney and Cary Jones and currently resides at Southpoint Church.
Victory Academy began in 2012 with 8 children and a vision. It now enrolls 85 children and they have been waiting for an opportunity. An opportunity to build God’s kingdom and community. They are so excited for the ability to grow their school and relationships.
The church that is currently leasing space in the Brick City building has been able to purchase their own facility which will allow Victory Academy to renovate and create a space for their school. This renovation will include an entrance into the BCC building. This will encourage the use of shared space during the weekdays for VIctory Academy and for BCC on the weekends.
We are so excited to be embarking on this journey with Victory Academy.
For more information on Victory Academy, visit their website at http://www.victoryacademyocala.com
United is student ministry for middle school, high school and college-aged students. As this ministry has looked at middle and high schools, they have seen some gaps that, if filled, would truly widen the reach of our ministry is helping students grow in their personal relationships with God. They know if they want to reach the students that no one else is reaching, we have to do the things that no one else is doing. So, in response to that, we approach ministry from a very different perspective and aim much higher than is humanly possible.
Matt Overfelt, the Executive Pastor at BCC is the creator of United. As Matt sat in an Atlanta conference, surrounded by students, God spoke to him about how this is what it would look like in Marion County if students could be reached. Thousands upon thousands of youth are untouched and unreached for the gospel. One student at a time as United reaches into the schools relating to students.
Reaching the Lost ***************************** Discipling the Found
Brick City Church and United are going to become partners. Providing meeting space and serving together as we reach the students in Marion County.
You can read more about United here http://www.ocalaunited.us
God took each of these entities:
- Brick City Church
- Rashad and Patrice Jones/Big Lee’s BBQ
- Rodney and Cary Jones/Victory Academy
- United Student Ministries
and has brought us all together
I don’t believe that for one second.
God’s true and miraculous ways can be felt. Don’t you think that is what the excitement is all about?
It’s not about a building and what it can be.
It’s not about someone’s business plan.
It’s not about how many people we can seat on a Sunday morning.
It’s definitely about life change. It’s about a city block that can be the hub for this change. It’s about the spirit of unity and what that feels like.
Students need this life change
Families need this life change
The vision is huge and it’s way bigger than we are.
We are so excited that we GET TO be apart of it.
Come be a part!
Brick City Church meets Sunday mornings at 10am
The church is located at 343 NE 1st Ave in Ocala Florida.