Michigan Megachurch Spent $28.5M on Expansion So People Can Be ‘More Merciful and Hospitable’


(Photo: Facebook)Eucalyptus paneling being installed on the ceiling of the Gathering Place at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in June 2017. This area (located across from the Sanctuary) will be a place for community gatherings, large group Bible Studies, and events.

Calvary Church, a 3,000-member church in Michigan, recently revealed that it spent some $28.5 million to expand its facilities on its 26-acre campus to help people become “more merciful and hospitable.”

Associate Pastor Tom Olsson told MLive that while the church now has more seats, the expansion wasn’t driven by a need to increase the congregation.

“We’re trying to do this so people can be more merciful and hospitable; so that people will be more welcoming here,” Olsson said, explaining that the expansion work involved more than two years of planning.

The expanded worship sanctuary of the church, which previously seated 1,450 people, now seats 2,050 worshipers, Olsson explained. The church now also boasts a prayer garden, a fellowship hall and a gathering area that seats up to 600. There is also new, expanded space for the church’s children’s ministry, which overall increased the church’s space by 75,000 square feet.

With the expansion, Olsson told MLive, the church replaced traditional pews with…

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