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Central Bible Church Property Sale Announcement

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The Sale of the Central Bible Church Property is Completed

After over a year of working with potential buyers we are pleased to announce that the Central Bible Church property at 8815 NE Glisan Street has been purchased by the Oregon Chapter of Volunteers of America. Volunteers of America is a Christian ministry celebrating 125 years of service. Known as “the church without walls,” VOA seeks to reflect Jesus’ love for all people, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. VOA of Oregon runs programs throughout the State that focus on serving the aging population, youth, those being released from incarceration, those with disabilities, and people struggling with addictions. 

According to a spokesperson from VOA, they are still in the early stages of planning but they hope to use the former Central Bible Church building and campus to co-locate a number of the existing programs that they are running in the city of Portland. Some of these may include:

  • A family relief nursery drop-in
  • Treatment and recovery services
  • Out-patient services
  • Counseling services

According to their spokesperson, VOA will seek to use the existing CBC building rather than replacing it with a new facility.

The Affairs of Central Bible Church Are Being Wrapped Up

Finalizing the affairs of an 89-year-old organization is no small task. Before the sale of the building closed, church volunteers went through the entire building to find all documents that were of a sensitive nature or of historical significance. All outdated employment or tax documents have been destroyed by a professional shredding service. All recent documents are being retained in secure storage as required by law. Historically significant documents and pictures have been gifted to the Multnomah University library for their archive.

In order to pursue financial transparency, the Central Bible Church leadership team paid to have a full compilation of the church financial books performed by a registered CPA firm (Finch Accounting). The CPA firm concluded that all expenditures were in line with other church closures that they have reviewed. Additionally, this full compilation has been reviewed by the 10 independent members of the Brilliance Labs Board of Directors.

Former Central Bible Church Members and Leaders are launching a New Church in NE Portland called Stone Table Church 

Stone Table Church has been slowly growing and prayerfully developing their vision for ministry. The Lord has blessed them by opening a door to a meeting space and in the Fall they will be moving to Woodland Park Chapel in NE Portland for their Sunday worship time. Stone Table Church is still in a pre-launch phase, focusing on prayer, deepening relationships, and meeting around a meal to seek God together and study his Word. If you are interested in more information please reach out to Russell at russ@stonetablepdx.church

Brilliance Labs has been Established to carry on the Central Bible Church legacy of Global Missions and Local Neighborhood Impact

The desire of both the leaders and members of Central Bible Church was for the funds from the sale of the Central Bible Church property to be invested back into the body of Christ in Portland. We believe that the best way to do this is to establish a funding platform that can provide ongoing grants for new churches and mission efforts for many years to come. By bringing together respected and diverse Christian entrepreneurs with experience in church planting, missions, and business, Brilliance Labs will seek to wisely invest the CBC funds with the goal of funding dozens of new churches and kingdom-oriented social enterprises in the city of Portland. Brilliance Labs will especially focus on funding diverse teams of leaders who are launching new works among under-resourced and multi-ethnic communities. If you are interested in more information please reach out to Ahshuwah at ahshuwah@centralbible.church

Brilliance Labs Board Members

  • Vergil Brown, Former founding pastor of Gresham Bible Church, founding pastor of Redemption Church in NE Portland.
  • Khupsamlian “Sam” Khaute, Founder of Jubilee Hall and Diaspora Coffee
  • Dr. Sean Benesh, author, adjunct faculty at Multnomah Biblical Seminary professor, and founder of Intrepid Missions.
  • Dr. Karen Fancher, professor of Global Studies/Global Development and Justice Studies and Academic Dean at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
  • Ahshuwah Hawthorne, church planter,  Diaspora Missions Strategist for Frontier Ventures
  • Dr. Avery Stafford, lead pastor of Common Ground Church in Beaverton, adjunct faculty at Multnomah Biblical Seminary
  • CJ Coffee, teaching pastor, The Well Community Church
  • Jelani Memory, entrepreneur, founder of Circle Media Labs and A Kids Book About 
  • Dan Anderson, realtor
  • Joy Roberts, entrepreneur, founder of Joy of It and Friendzy
  • Gabe Winslow, entrepreneur, founder of Square1 and Theorem

January 2021 CB Church Update

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Update on the Sale of the Central Bible Church Property

Over this last year, the reality of COVID-19 slowed down our process of finding a buyer for the CBC property. However, by God’s grace, we now have a serious buyer who is in the last phase of their due diligence. We are deeply thankful that God has brought us a like-minded ministry buyer who is going to use the property to continue doing kingdom work that will honor Christ and be a blessing to our city. Additionally, our buyer is working closely with Skate Church to help maximize the amount of time that they can stay on the property while also helping them prepare for an eventual move if (or when) that becomes necessary. Nothing is final until the deal actually closes but we are hopeful. Please join us in praying that our buyer is able to quickly cross the finish line and that Skate Church continues to prosper and is able to serve the skate community in our city for many years to come.

Update on Church Planting Fund and Network

The Scripture that has inspired and guided this process for us are the words of Jesus in John 12:24. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”Central Bible Church has come to an end, but its legacy of kingdom impact in the city and world lives on. Our sincere prayer is that the gospel fruit that comes from the closing of Central Bible Church will be even greater than the fruit that came from its 88 year history.

With this prayer of faith we are announcing the start of The Portland Launch Collective. The Portland Launch Collective is a registered non-profit organization marked by a commitment to historic Christian and evangelical orthodoxy and with a singular mission to: Catalyze collaborative church planting and revitalization efforts by and among underserved and multi-ethnic communities in the Portland Metro Area.

Additionally, we will pursue the following supportive goals that will help us to accomplish our primary mission:

  • Provide equipping resources for diaspora pastors and their congregations with the goal of promoting healthy and increasingly diverse 2+ generation churches.
  • Help facilitate partnership, equipping, and mutual learning between historic black and white pastors and their congregations.
  • Support and mobilize teams that are fruitfully reaching diaspora communities that have no existing Christian community in our city.
  • Help to catalyze the launch of businesses with a missional DNA that will contribute to and coordinate with our primary purpose of launching and revitalizing churches among underserved communities.
  • Help to facilitate the creation of a multi-ethnic and interdenominational peer network of church planters in the Portland Metro Area.
  • Any other creative endeavors and entrepreneurial efforts that will lead to the fulfillment of our primary mission.

We are gathering together an amazing board of directors from diverse backgrounds who are well-known and respected leaders within the Body of Christ in Portland. In the coming weeks we will be introducing you to the team that God has brought together to lead The Portland Launch Collective and to steward the resources from the sale of the Central Bible Church property. We are also developing partnerships with a number of church planting organizations and other local ministries that share our passion for seeing a city-wide church planting movement among underserved communities. More updates on these to come as well. Please join us in praying for the men and women who will be overseeing this vision and helping to bring it to fruition. If you want to be involved with the Portland Launch Collective in any way, we would love to talk to you.

Financial Transparency

Financial transparency is a high priority for us. We are working with a 3rd party CPA firm to do a compilation of our 2020 financial statements and will be posting the results of this compilation on our website when it becomes available. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact elders@centralbible.church.