Original plans for the church included an 18,252-square-feet Phase 1. Lashley, who has been at BridgeView for two years, had the original plans consolidated to reduce cost. The total project is a little over $2 million.
“It’s a mini church,” Lashley said, adding that when Phase 2 of the project is complete, it will fit more with the original plan.
And, even though Lashley is proud of the building, she also knows that bricks and paint don’t make a church.
“I came here and I was told to build a church. And that bothered me, because building a building is not what I consider the only thing that is important,” Lashley said. “I realized when we get there, we have to be a church already with all of the classrooms and the teachers. Building a church meant to me, building the people, the foundation of the church, having a mission, having a vision that would then fill that building. I believe that’s what we’ve done.”
And by doing that, the church has started new groups, has a small band for the youth and a new youth director. The church also has formed United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women groups.
“God and I have tired to work at building a church so that our church can move into our new building and keep growing. We can’t be a big church without people,” Lashley said.