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.
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.
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.
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