One of the largest churches in the country is expanding again.
Southeast Christian Church has announced its ninth location will be located in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in the old Tractor Supply.
On any given Sunday, approximately 27,000 people attend any one of Southeast Christian Church’s eight campuses.
“It’s just easier to get involved in the church. I’m just really excited. You go there and spend time commuting and here we can invest in other people and working at the church,” said Michele Andriot.
Andriot is one of about 3,000 Southeast Christian Church members who commute to one of the church’s eight campuses each week for worship services.
“When we do go to the big campus, we see a ton of people from Shelbyville that you run into, but there’s so many people you don’t know. Here I think it will be more like a family, and I think it will be awesome to worship with people I do know over there. So, here we’ll get to worship together,” said Andriot.
In the next 12 to 18 months, this 26,000 square foot building will open, expanding the mega-church’s footprint into Shelbyville.
“It’s not really about the number of campuses. It’s about the need of those communities and how we can be a part of that,” said Hester.
Max Semenick will be the pastor at the new campus. Executive Pastor Tim Hester said Semenick and his family live in Shelbyville and have hosted church Bible studies there for years, helping the church to reach those in Shelby County.
“This momentum started to come, and as the momentum built, people (were) just really excited about their community. It just became obvious this would be a great place for a campus, a staff, a place where people could just come worship in the community,” said Hester.
The campus will seat 600 people with additional space being designed for classrooms, as well as hosting space for activities and gatherings.