2 Pillars Church–Northeast

Our Story

I (Adam) first met Todd Bumgarner six years ago when he was in the early stages of planting 2 Pillars Church (2PC). Todd’s vision for 2 Pillars was big:

To reach the unreached for Christ and to transform the city of Lincoln by loving God and loving people.

Reach the unreached?

Transform the city?

This vision was especially compelling to me because planting a single church in Lincoln was never the goal or desired end—this is hardly a vision to be realized by a single church. Rather, 2 Pillars was to be a church-planting church.

Since then, we’ve seen God work in powerful ways in and through 2PC. We’ve seen people saved and lives transformed by the power of the gospel. What began as twenty people meeting in the dark, dirty basement of an old bar in down- town Lincoln has become a vibrant church embedded in the Lincoln’s Near South Neighborhood.

It's Time

For years now, we’ve been praying that God would grow 2PC into a church-planting church. As we’ve sought the Lord’s timing, we’ve purposed to strike a balance between walking in wisdom on the one hand while also walking in faith on the other.

We believe that now is the time to begin the work of planting another gospel-centered, missionally-focused church in the northeast corner of Lincoln.

Timeline

The following is a brief, high-level timeline of the next several months as we set out to plant another 2 Pillars congregation, making us one church in Lincoln with multiple congregations:

December 2014

  • Stahr family moved to Northeast Lincoln

February–May 2015

  • Fundraising

March–May

  • Internal (2PC) Launch Team gathering - Finished by June 1
  • External Launch Team Gathering

June–August 

  •  Launch Team development

Mid–Late August 

  • Hold preview worship gatherings

September 

  • Public Launch of 2 Pillars Church–Northeast

Profile: Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska’s capital city, is experiencing rapid growth and change. It has grown by over 16% since 2000 and by 36,000 people in the last six years. This growth is largely due to new people moving to the city, while the natural growth rate is declining compared to past years.

Despite its many recent awards, recognitions, and rankings, Lincoln isn’t without problems. The population of those in poverty has, for example, increased 48% since 2005 and homelessness has grown 41% since 2007.

Lincoln is not only growing, but it is also be- coming more diverse. Since 2005, Lincoln’s non-white population has increased 55% while the white-only population has dropped from 87% to 83% of the city’s overall population. Designated as a “refugee-friendly” city by the U.S. government in the 1970s, a large refugee population from countless different countries lives in Lincoln.

Lincoln is also a college town. It is home to a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (25,000 students), Southeast Community College (9,000 students), Nebraska Wesleyan (2,000 students), and Union College (900 students). Southeast Community College, Nebraska Wesleyan, and a University of Nebraska–Lincoln campuses are located in or near Northeast Lincoln.

Why Northeast Lincoln?

We’ve had our eye on the northeast corner of Lincoln, specifically the Havelock and University Place neighborhoods, for three or four years now. These two neighborhoods, both originally independent towns annexed by the city of Lincoln nearly one hundred years ago, have a strong, tight-knit sense of community and history-rich identities that are not common in Lincoln. In this way, this area of town is very similar to our current context in the Near South Neighborhood.

Depending upon how one draws lines, more than 50,000 call Northeast Lincoln home, with approximately 20,000 living in Havelock and University Place.

Though there is a relatively strong evangelical church presence in Lincoln, a large portion of churchgoers commute to the outskirts of town to their church of choice on Sunday mornings. It is rare to see gospel-centered, missionally-focused churches embedded in neighborhoods. This is especially true for Havelock and University Place.

We desire to embed in Northeast Lincoln and to become invested members of the community. We want to increase the “gospel density” in this corner of our city by loving, serving, and sharing the hope of the gospel with the last, least, and lost that we encounter as we live our normal lives as God’s sent missionary people


How can you partner with us as we set out to
reach the unreached for Christ in Northeast Lincoln?

 

➜ COMMIT TO GO

Do you live in the Lincoln area? Planning to relocate to the Lincoln? Consider joining us as a part of our Launch Team.

 

 

COMMIT TO GIVE

Invest financially in this gospel work. One-time or recurring, tax deductible contributions can be made by check or online. 

 

➜ COMMIT TO PRAY

Join us in praying for 2 Pillars as a sending church, 2 Pillars Church–Northeast as a sent church, and the last, least, and lost in our city.