Broadmoor Baptist Church
Broadmoor Baptist Church averages 1,300 to 1,500 in five worship services on Sunday mornings.
“Everyone has a story they can use to introduce others to Christ,” said Allen Hendrix, Minister of Communications at Broadmoor Baptist Church, where Dr. Chuck Pourciau is Senior Pastor.
“We have an ongoing slogan, ‘Every member a missionary.’ That’s kind of our mantra,” Hendrix said. “We teach people to tell their story of what God’s doing in their life.”
Broadmoor accomplishes that goal in a number of ways. First is making sure that every teaching is based on introducing people to the saving grace of God, using a Biblical foundation. “We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God,” said Hendrix, and the next step is to love people, using Biblical principles.
“We often say if you only can give one hour on a Sunday or during the week, we would ask you to participate in one of our B groups,” said Hendrix, explaining that “B Group” is a new name for the old Sunday school.
Based on the idea that individuals “Belong, Believe and Become” through small groups, the church has established approximately 60 such groups for adults and multiple groups for preschoolers up through college-aged students, with most groups meeting on Sunday mornings.
Members in the groups learn about the foundations of scripture and about the teachings of Jesus. Through that foundational core of acquiring a better understanding of scripture, and through examples of other people telling their stories, the hope is that the new members would craft their own stories.
“We want people to hear other people’s stories as examples of what God is doing,” said Hendrix. “And then as often as possible, whenever they interact with people in the community, when they sense that people around them are hurting… that they use their story in just regular conversation about what God is doing in their lives.”
The average Sunday morning attendance, between 1,300 and 1,500 in one of five worship services, is reflected in the B Groups as well each week.
Aside from the small groups, the church offers a full-time, full-service Christian counseling center. At the Thomas C. Pennell Christian Counseling Center several full-time, licensed counselors provide members and non-members addiction recovery, marriage counseling and divorce care. In addition, a program called Grief Share is available for those who have suffered a loss through death, and an adolescent specialist provides for the needs of children.
“We want to be able to help people through their life issues,” said Hendrix.
“There’s nothing super special about being a part of Broadmoor, other than the fact that we’re all messed up,” he added. “We’re all sinners. We’re all equal in that regard. We’ve been given a dose of grace we’re very grateful for.”
All types call Broadmoor their church home, from those comfortable in three-piece suits and shiny shoes, to those who prefer cut off shorts and flip flops, according to Hendrix. “That’s apparent every week. It’s a very broad brush stroke.”
To meet the needs of such differing groups, Broadmoor offers both a traditional worship service, with a choir and orchestra, as well as what they call Doxa, a contemporary band-driven worship. Both services meet at the same time each Sunday, with the pastor preaching in one or the other and staff streaming it live to the other service.
Doxa is the church’s fastest growing service and has led to the need for a new multi-purpose worship facility. Groundbreaking will occur within the next few months on the south end of the campus, with completion set for October 2014.
For more information about Broadmoor and what it has to offer, visit the church online at broadmoor.tv.
Tammy Sharp is a freelance writer living in Florien, La. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.