Life Spring Church members in Spring Hill didn’t dread the traditional April 15 tax deadline this year. Instead, they spent the day celebrating as they concluded the purchase of the Spring Hill Plaza shopping center for their future church home.
Life Spring Church has been leasing space for their church offices and youth center in Spring Hill Plaza, which also houses Gambino’s Pizza and Janet Harms’ insurance office, since late last year. Both commercial tenants are expected to remain in the shopping center for the foreseeable future.
“After months of praying and planning, we rejoice that the Lord has provided this place to be our new church home,” said Paul Sterrett, the church’s lead pastor.  “We can’t wait to begin using this property to minister to Spring Hill and surrounding communities.”
Plans call for the former Apple Market grocery store to become a 350-seat worship center, while the former day care space is transformed into educational space, primarily for Children’s Ministry.  When all of the renovations are completed, the church will have nearly 19,000 square feet of space available for ministry, including the offices and youth center.
Life Spring, as a church plant of Olathe Bible Church, began holding Sunday morning worship services at Spring Hill Middle School in September 2006.  In the fall of 2007, they became autonomous from their sponsoring church.  Life Spring leased office and meeting space in the Shannon Square retail center at the intersection of Webster and Nichols Street through late 2010.  Sterrett said the church began exploring the possibility of leasing or purchasing Spring Hill Plaza almost two years ago.
“It’s taken us a while to get here”, Sterrett said. “But God’s hand of blessing upon our young church has been so evident.”
Sterrett observed that the permanent facilities will allow the congregation to concentrate on ministry rather than spending so much time in setting up and tearing down for Sunday services.   “We have many dedicated men and women who come early and stay late so that we can have Bible study classes and worship services on Sunday mornings” Sterrett said.  “That is time that will be spent in more productive ways to meet the needs of our community.”
Pastor Sterrett also noted the benefit of having permanent facilities. “It helps people to know that we are here to stay, and that we are committed to ministering in Spring Hill over the long haul”.
Renovations include a facelift to the exterior of the grocery store & day care portion of the property, but no additional exterior changes to the adjacent retail space at this time.  “We plan to take a facility that has really been an eyesore for several years and to transform it into a facility that will make Spring Hill proud,” Pastor Sterrett said.
The church’s first official use of the property will be at a brief early service at 8:30 on Easter morning.  The service will take place outside the church office, followed by a continental breakfast in the youth center.  Easter worship service will take place at the Middle School at 10:00.  The public is invited to all of these services.
For more information about Life Spring Church, visit their website at or contact the church office at 913-592-LIFE (5433).