Silverdale Baptist Church

Our Future

Our Future

Why the changes? We’ll give you 151,200 reasons.

According to the 2010 census of Chattanooga, within a 10-mile radius of Silverdale Baptist, there are over 294,000 people. 51% of them are unchurched. That means 151,200 people are right outside our walls – needing family, needing faith, needing Jesus Christ. One day, we will be held accountable to God for what we did or didn’t do to reach those 151,200 people. They are why we make so many changes. They are why we build new buildings. They are why we do so many outreach projects. They are the reasons.

How can we change anything?

By touching one person at a time. Look at the lives we touched last year:

  • Vacation Bible School reached 1065 children.
  • Fall Festival touched 4000 people, most from our community.
  • At Christmas, we sent 788 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, provided 125 gifts for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, and gave 500 children at Orchard Knob Elementary lunch and a Christmas gift in Jesus’ name.
  • Dozens of people did service projects around our city through our small groups.
  • Hundreds of our members went on short-term trips both locally and around the world.
  • Over 300 people came to faith in Jesus Christ through our Ladies Christmas Tea, Men’s Wild Game Dinner, Easter service, and regular worship services.

In the last ten years, over 1500 new members joined our church. But our community grew by 30,000. We are only scratching the surface! There are 151,200 more reasons for us to be more passionate and more intentional this year.

What we’ve accomplished…

As part of our Epicenter campaign, more than $3,500,000 has been given toward renovations and construction. We have completely renovated our sanctuary by adding 500 new theater-style seats, upgrading our sound and lighting equipment, and extending the balcony. These renovations allowed us to return to two services on Sunday mornings.  We also built a brand new student ministry building designed specifically for middle and high school students.  All student activities now take place in this building.  The next phase of construction consisted of building additional education space (including preschool and adult classrooms, a fireside area, more restrooms and a new Atrium).

How can I be part of what God is doing through Epicenter?

Pray – we need your prayers for wisdom, direction and God’s blessing as we move forward with the vision He has given us.

Give – you can give to the Epicenter campaign and make these changes possible through the Sunday or Wednesday offering, by mailing a donation to the church office, or by donating online.

Be Faithful – just by attending regularly and participating in the ministries of our church, you are a part of Epicenter.

Reach Out – Impacting our culture is only possible through our members. Invite your coworkers and friends to church, take a meal to someone who is hurting, coordinate a service project in the community, send a note of encouragement… your options are endless. Ask God how He wants you to reach out to the 151,200 people in our community who need Him.

If you would like to hear more about the initial plans and purpose of Epicenter, read this letter from Bro. Tony.