Brookside Church is a community of people whose doors are open to all. Each person adds something valuable to who we are. We are a community continuing to learn how to love God and love others in our words and actions. We are not a building or a name. As a community we desire to be people who are moving closer to Jesus Christ and to one another. As well as being a blessing to the Bowling Green community and beyond.
Seeks to glorify God
We desire for God to be glorified in all that we say and do at Brookside. We do not want to draw attention to any plan, person, or purpose, but draw attention to the power of God to change lives so that He would receive the glory and praise. (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11)
Multiplying devoted followers of Christ
We desire to see unbelievers become devoted followers of Christ. A devoted follower is one who is discipled so that they are continuously maturing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 28:18-20)
Know Him deeply
We desire for all devoted followers of Christ to have Jesus Christ as their first love and crave to know and love Him more intimately. As a devoted follower who has Jesus Christ as their first love, they will live a life that is Holy and pleasing to Him. (Romans 12:1-8; Ephesians 4:14; Revelations 2:4)
Share Him broadly
We desire for all devoted followers of Christ to build authentic relationships with unbelievers and share the gospel with them. We desire for Christ to be shared with all unbelieving people in Bowling Green and beyond. (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 7:34; John 17:18; 1 Corinthians 9:19; 1 Peter 3:15)
Core Movements of Brookside
Upward - Connecting to Christ
Inward - Connecting to Community
Outward - Connecting to Cultures
In early 2000 several families from Bowling Green were driving to Findlay Evangelical Free Church each week (30 minutes south of Bowling Green). The distance made it difficult for them to reach out to Bowling Green and to feel part of the church community in Findlay. Having a heart to reach Bowling Green they began to talk and pray about planting a church in Bowling Green.
These families began to discuss their ideas for a church plant in Bowling Green with the Findlay Evangelical Free Church. They told them that planting a church would be incredibly challenging and they better think long and hard before they entered into the adventure. By summer of 2000 they were meeting Sunday nights at a local family's home in Bowling Green, a core group. Brookside had its first public worship service on January 28, 2001 in the banquet center of Woodland Mall in Bowling Green.
Kevin Crawford was called to be the pastor in November 2001. In the Fall of 2002 Brookside church moved the Sunday Gathering to Olscamp Hall on the campus of Bowling Green State University. The move was not to become a university church, but it was the best facility to rent in town for their Gathering.
Since we began gathering on the campus of BGSU, Brookside has grown to nearly 300 people in attendance on a given Sunday. Brookside continues to grow smaller through Community Groups as the Sunday morning gathering grows larger and strives to be a blessing to the Bowling Green community and Beyond.
Evangelical Free Church of America
Brookside is associated with the EFCA. The EFCA is an association of autonomous churches united by a shared doctrine and a joint effort to minister within the United States and around the world. Our association with the EFCA allows our pastors to be credentialed through the association and allows us to partner with other churches in ministry through camping, urban ministries, world missions, and church planting.
EFCA Mission Statement
Our mission statement, 'we exist to glorify God by multiplying healthy churches among all people,' drives our vision for the future of the EFCA. We envision accelerated growth in the number of Christ’s disciples and churches and the percentage of ethnic groups represented in the EFCA. We are committed to an EFCA that mirrors the demographics of the U.S., and reflects the "all people" God is redeeming.
Click here to read Brookside's Doctrinal Belief Statement, which we share with the EFCA.
Click here to learn more about the EFCA.