THE OVERFLOW STORY

WHO IS OVERFLOW CHURCH

Overflow is a church plant (started in 2007) that is centered on the life, message, and mission of Jesus Christ as found in the scriptures. We’re uniquely located at the crossroads that lead directly into St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, on the corner of Napier and Broadway, and we believe that is completely by God’s design…we are a crossroad of cultures, unified in community with one another.




HOW DID OVERFLOW CHURCH BEGIN?

Overflow Church was started by founding pastors, Brian and Cindy Bennett, in 2007 with a clear call from Jeremiah 29:7 to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city”. They had never set foot in Benton Harbor or St. Joseph, but their hearts were broken over the clear economic and racial divide in the region. They knew without a doubt that God was leading them to stand in this gap because God is for all people.

Brian and Cindy answered the call with nothing more than a family of four (two babies under age 3). The church was launched with a six-member Bible study group that met inside Orchards Mall. Overflow held its first public service on March 16, 2008 at a local movie theater.

A decade later in 2018, Overflow joined the Water's Edge Network and repositioned the church to grow in health, momentum, and Kingdom impact. The Bennett's desire to reach all people in this community is the same desire we have today.

VISION, VALUES & BELIEFS
OUR HEART

God pours in, we pour out.

OUR VISION

Amplifying Jesus’ shalom.

OUR MISSION

To reach all people by journeying together, passionately following Jesus, and joyfully serving others.

OUR BELIEFS

Our beliefs express what we hold as foundational to our faith – the essential understanding of our faith, recognizing our need to surrender our lives to Christ, and aligning our lives with Truth in Scripture.

Overflow is a member of the Wesleyan Denomination and we believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe He is the Savior of every person who puts his/her faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who receive new life in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit. We believe in the Bible and seek to establish our faith and actions on its teaching. We believe God wants people everywhere to know Him and that the purpose of the Church is to tell the world about Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds. Overflow Church ascribes to the Wesleyan statement of Beliefs.

BELIEFS

We believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. He died on the cross and was buried, to be a sacrifice both for original sin and for all human transgressions, and to reconcile us to God. Christ rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and there intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge all humanity at the last day. He did that for you. At Overflow we believe Jesus came, so we may have life to the fullest. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, we’ve all sinned.

OUR VALUES

Our values are central to the way we express our beliefs – our collective and living response to what we believe. These values are the demonstration, the “overflow”, of who we are and who we’re becoming as we live out God’s call on our individual and collective lives as a church.


Every single person deserves to hear and experience the love of Jesus. That sometimes includes people we don’t understand, don’t look like us, don’t act like us, don’t talk like us, and even, don’t praise like us.
Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 3:16


God is the ultimate artist and creativity and innovation in relating to our culture can be inspired by Him. So our methods may change, but the message does not. Genesis 1; Acts 17; Ephesians 2:10


We celebrate every story and step forward to follow Jesus, but we won’t settle on stagnancy. Without change there’s no growth, and we look to anointed Bible teaching, worship, small groups, serving others with Christ’s love, and the overflowing activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives to grow us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Luke 6:12-13; Romans 12:1; Matthew 25:40; John 3:6; Romans 15:13


We’re a harbor, sometimes a hospital, and home to those searching for all Christ offers. We’re not a religious museum. To be known by our overflowing love means to live authentically, serve radically, and wholeheartedly welcome all people. John 13:1-13, 34-35; Romans 12:9-21; Acts 2:40-47


All people have been gifted spiritually and can learn to serve, lead, and fulfill Christ’s purpose for their lives. Every one of us should leverage our lives in the circles God places us. 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 2:10


We’ll stay on mission and grow, journeying together, learning to passionately follow Jesus, and will share the good news of Jesus Christ, in word and action, and the multiplication of disciples.
Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 22:37-38


Whatever we do, it’s for an audience of one. We’ll pursue both personal and corporate integrity and excellence to honor God and inspire others. Colossians 3:17-25; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17