BROKEN BOW—As you walk in the door to the Christian Life Center you are greeted with a sign saying, “Welcome Home.” Pastors Steve and Jennifer Collins, the staff, and congregation celebrated the church joining the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce on Friday, October 16.
A ribbon cutting was held with special guests Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Senator Matt Williams, as well as Broken Bow City Administrator Dan Knoell and Mayor Rod Sonnichsen in attendance.
The building that houses the Christian Life Center (204 N 5th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822) has seen a number of changes through the years but has been a church since 1979.
“They’ve [congregation members] just stayed strong. This used to be a skating ring and a bar and a lumber yard and now it’s a church since ’79. They just keep promoting community and of course God. It’s been a wonderful experience to be a part of it and the community of course,” Pastor Steve Collins told KCNI/KBBN.
Steve and Jennifer Collins have been pastors at the Christian Life Center since November 2018 and hope to continue reaching out to the community through youth programs, preaching of the Gospel, and inviting all who are broken to be restored.
“The congregation members here are family. Once you walk through the door you are family. We’re in front of the welcome home sign so we want to tell you in Broken Bow ‘welcome home.’ This is a church family that we love each other, we laugh together, we cry together, we learn about the word of God together. It’s exciting! We have programs here, we have something for everyone,” Pastor Jennifer Collins said.
Staff member Cindy Ruzicka said the congregation decided to join the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce in order to take advantage of the many opportunities to spread their message to surrounding areas and make connections with other churches and businesses.
The Christian Life Center holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. as well as Thursday night youth programs at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the church houses a Christian-based school called Christian Life Academy which provides an alternative option for education in grades K-9. Pastor Jennifer Collins says they believe in the Broken Bow school system but are glad to provide an alternative option for a Christian education.
During last week’s ribbon cutting Senator Matt Williams thanked the congregation for their commitment to Broken Bow.
“Thank you for your commitment to Broken Bow and the area people. You know we have so many things that continue to grow in Broken Bow and all that happens because of people and the investment in people and our spirituality is so important so please continue that work so we can all benefit,” Senator Matt Williams said.