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Recently, the Leadership Council decided to close University Baptist Church.
Why is the church closing?
The church is closing because attendance, volunteerism, and giving do not sustain the vision. At the December 19, 2017 Leadership Council meeting, roof repair surpassed what the Council was willing to spend. Once reluctance to repair the roof was established, viability of ministry under the roof diminished. The church is closing because attendance, volunteerism, and giving do not sustain the vision.
Was the closure expected?
University Baptist Church has been declining since the 1990’s. The most recent discussion of church viability was 2009 but we decided to press on. The severity of roof repair caught us by surprise.
What about the student ministry (Connection)?
Connection is a ministry of the church and is now closed.
Wasn’t the church Growing?
Connection, the UBC outreach to Michigan State University, has been growing. While prayer and support for Connection was allowing us to reach more students, campus ministry is only one aspect of congregational life. Sunday attendance, volunteerism, and giving have not kept pace with overall ministry demands. The student ministry is an encouraging development but has not been able to stop overall congregational decline.
Can anything be done to save the church?
On December 19, 2017 the Leadership Council voted to close. Unless the Council or the congregation vote otherwise, the closure is final. Baptist policy allow a congregation to change it’s mind at any time.
When is the last day?
Because of ongoing outreach to students, the closing date is scheduled after graduation weekend at Michigan State University: May 5, 2018
What’s Going to happen to the building?
University Baptist leases 4608 S. Hagadorn Road from American Baptist Churches of Michigan. A church closure remands the property to American Baptist Churches  of Michigan.
How can I pray in the remaining days of the ministry?  
Please pray with us that the University Baptist Church family finishes well.