With the recent acquisition of 76,000 sq. ft. of warehouse property, Impact UMC has reached a new milestone. Lead pastor Rev. Olu Brown launched Impact as a new church start six years ago with 25 volunteers. The church now sees 1,200 weekly in worship at Brown Middle School in southwest Atlanta.
The new property, located at 2323 Sylvan Road in East Point, is situated on 10 acres of land. Once redeveloped, the permanent space will allow Impact to offer its transformative ministry, social outreach, and community services to even more children, youth and families.
“God has blessed us exceedingly at Impact," said Brown, "We set out to do ministry differently and to start a movement that believers would grab hold of the vision to transform lives, communities and most importantly to become lovers of Christ."
Impact’s vision sets out to gather a multi-cultural community to share the love of Christ with the world, while making a difference in the lives of those who need love and a relationship with God.
“The world and our community does not need a common or carbon copy church; but the world needs cutting edge and relevant new ministries that are willing to reach people in new and creative ways,” said Brown.
The warehouse property was acquired because of the unique opportunity to gain this amount of space in the urban and inner city to serve people in ways that are innovative, yet relevant to their communities.
Next the church will launch a three-year campital campaign called "I Share ... We Impact." They plan to raise more than $3 million to renovate and develop the property fo fulfull the vision of the church.
“We value connecting, engaging and building relationships with people. This is an ideal community for us to reach out and engage neighbors and to love on people,” explained Brown. “We have built our ministry on twenty-first century technology and tools. The entire facility will be a technologically driven, using the most innovative technology to model ministry for the twenty-first century. The facility will develop three main spaces; and a 'Disney' like model for nursery, children and youth."