Rutherford County continues to grow at an exceptional rate. In 2010, a U.S. Census showed that Rutherford County had a population count of over 260,000 residents. According to a study conducted by the UT Center for Business and Economic Research, our population is forecasted to increase to 307-thousand by 2015 and 420-thousand by year 2030.
As the population increases, so does the need for larger churches and schools. As you know, a new county high school will open in Smyrna in time for the 2013-2014 school year. A new Murfreesboro elementary school will be built in time for the 2014 school year. In recent years we have seen several churches add on to their current location in order to better serve the needs of our community. Current church expansion projects or proposals are underway at Calvary Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church and New Vision Baptist Church, just to name a few.
WGNS visited one of those expanding churches on Wednesday night (pictures below). The congregation at New Vision on Thompson Lane had their first tour of their new sanctuary that is currently under construction. While visiting the new structure, children and adults were asked to write their favorite Bible verse or prayer on the concrete floor of the new worship center. The room will soon be carpeted over, but the thought of writing a favorite verse that will be on the floor of the church for years to come actually brought tears to the eyes of some of the participants.
The new worship center is expected to be open by this summer.
UT Center for Business and Economic Research
New Vision Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN