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.
From Pastor Brian~
We felt God’s call to start Overflow Church in February of 2007. It was a clear call from Jeremiah 29:7 to, “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” We had never set foot in Benton Harbor or St. Joseph, but our hearts were broken over the very clear economic and racial divide in this region. We knew without a doubt that God was leading us to stand in this gap because God is for all people. We shared our heart and passion with the Wesleyan denomination and found out at that time they had been praying for a couple to come to this region for more than five years. As a result we began planting Overflow Church, as a part of the Wesleyan denomination, in the summer of 2007. With nothing more than our family of four (and our two babies under age 3) we transitioned to Benton Harbor/St. Joseph in faith and have been amazed at the story God has unfolded since. The first Bible study was held September 2007 with 6 people (which included Cindy and me) and our first outreaches began at Berrien Homes on Crystal Avenue in Benton Harbor. Worship Celebrations on Sunday mornings at Celebration Cinema in Benton Harbor began publicly March 16, 2008. We purchased, renovated and began worship as Overflow Church in our own building located at 300 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor on August 19, 2012.
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