“It’s never too late to make a one-eighty,” is an accepted motto of the ONEeighty Church in Springville. Since taking up vacant space next to Burton’s Grocery Store in June 2009, ONEeighty, a satellite ministry of ClearBranch United Methodist Church, has become a campus with a purpose of being a place where people can “turn their lives around.”
As stated on the church website, “We believe God allows one-eighty turns, so we wanted to provide a place that encourages people to make that turn. ONEeighty is a place where people can meet Christ and allow Him to turn their lives around.”
Led by Pastor Cam Price, what was once an old Ace Hardware store has now become 32,000 square feet of ministry. While serving at Clearbranch as an associate pastor, Price says she passed the vacant property one day and stopped to inquire. Once she met the owner and explained the church’s desire for the building, things began to fall into place for ONEeighty to become a reality.
“Conversations were positive throughout the whole process when we were working to get things going, form the time our Leadership Team agreed for us to move forward to the beginning of the building renovations,” says Price. With the work of many volunteers and the support from the North Alabama Conference and the Central and Mountain Lakes Districts, renovations were completed in November 2009. With sixty-three “seed people” from the main campus, the first “soft service” was held on November 29th. The soft services continued through December to work out any problems and become comfortable in the new building. On Sunday January 10th, ONEeighty celebrated its first official Sunday service.
Price, a former cabinet-maker before accepting the call of God to ministry, describes ONEeighty as, “a new faith community within the community of Springville. Our attempt is to provide an atmosphere that’s not intimidating to those who are really looking for Christ in a way more inviting than the norm.” One of the desires of ONEeighty is to make people feel comfortable and accepted without being threatened by a traditional church atmosphere or lost in a large congregation.
The name, ONEeighty, was coined by Price. “I believe that’s what happens when anyone has a real encounter with Jesus Christ. Repentance simply means to do a 180-degree turn and go another way different from the way you were going. When you do a 360 degree turn, you can get confused and you are still going in the same direction. So we really nee to do a 180 turn in our lives,” says Price.
As a satellite campus, ONEeighty works hard in the community to do ministry as a full church. The ministry includes a sanctuary, classrooms, large children’s area, fellowship fall, serving kitchen, and offices. With the addition of a youth minister, a youth space and a second stage area has been completed. ONEeighty houses such ministries as Celebrate Recovery and THRIVE, a biblical counseling ministry which walks individuals through various hardships via the word of God.
ONEeighty has joined with Trussville YMCA to provide space for summer camp kids along with exercise classes in the evenings during the week.
During the summer, ONEeighty went outside the walls of the building to have several Tailgate services on Sunday mornings. The tailgate included the church band, tents, lawn chairs, inflatables, and free food, all outside including the sermon. “Our church works on the outside to show the community that the body of Christ is not inwardly focused.” During the fall, volunteers from ONEeighty left the safety of the church and served in the concession stand for the Springville High School home football games. It was hard work, but the relationships that were established made it more fun than labor. Once again the community saw the church at work outside of its walls.
Since January 2010, ONEeighty has averaged 105 in attendance which includes 29 new members (5 confessions of faith). The “seed people” made a six month commitment to attend ONEeighty. At the end of June 2010, a dozen or so returned to the main campus while the majority of seed people made the decision to continue their ministry at ONEeighty.
On Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 6 p.m. ONEeighty will celebrate one year in ministry. It will be a night of worship and celebration.
When asked about where she sees ONEeighty going, Price says, “I believe we can be the same kind of church found in the book of Acts. Who know the one that turned the city upside down. God did not give us this opportunity just to survive. He wants us to make a difference, always striving to reach one more for Jesus Christ.”