A multisite megachurch in Oklahoma has decided not to purchase a historic church property threatened with demolition.
Crossings Community Church, a congregation with campuses in Oklahoma City, Edmond, and online that averages 8,000 weekly worshipers, had previously considered purchasing the property of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City that has structural damage.
“Unfortunately, the overall cost was much higher than we anticipated,” the church said in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Thursday. “The total cost of this endeavor would exceed $20 million,” the church added in its statement which is also posted online.
“It became far more than what our leadership and elders were willing to invest; particularly in light of our 60-year commitment not to incur any long-term debt.”
Crossings Community Church went on to state that while “this is not the outcome that we had hoped for, we are confident that we have diligently pursued and carefully considered all aspects of this opportunity.”
“We are especially thankful for the great friendship we have developed with First Christian Church during this process, and pray for them as they move forward,” the statement concluded.
In February, Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shahid posted to Facebook that the demolition of First Christian Church’s building “appears imminent.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski