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Growth leads Franklin congregation to new pasture

Victory of the Lamb begins process of building new church

Dec. 10, 2013

Franklin — After seven years of growth, the Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church is ready for a permanent home.

The church that currently uses a movie theater for its services may soon establish its own church, after receiving approval from the Plan Commission on Dec. 5.

Victory of the Lamb, which began as an eight-person Bible Study group, is now a congregation of approximately 250 followers, said Rev. Ben Kuerth, pastor of the church.

"We started from scratch seven years ago ... and for the last couple of years, we've kept growing," Kuerth said. "Now, we're hoping to build a ministry center."

Victory of the Lamb currently hosts its services in the Showtime Cinema on 8910 S. 102nd St.

"We've had a great relationship with Showtime and we love being there, ... and because the movie theater is a neutral setting, there's an energetic feeling in the services," Kuerth said.

But due to a growing congregation (and earlier film screenings), the church wants a location that could accommodate 400 people and host multiple services throughout the week.

The proposed area for the church, located in the 1110 block of West Loomis Road, also has potential for a soccer field and a child development center, Kuerth said.

The church is also looking at the prospect of building a wheelchair-accessible playground on the property with help from the fundraising organization Kayla's Krew.

"We don't want something that's like every other church building," Kuerth said. "We don't want to lose that welcoming, movie theater feeling."

The Plan Commission will recommend approving the necessary zoning changes for the church at the next Common Council meeting Dec. 17. If the council approves the changes, the church must return to the Plan Commission to present its site plan.

For information about the church, visit www.victoryofthelamb.com.

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