Growing Crestview church gains space, eyes more ministry opportunities

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

The investment of time and sweat will pay off for the Crestview area, Ross said.

"Churches don't pay property taxes, so what we want to do is to find out how much we would owe in those taxes and invest back into the community," he said.

Additionally, Ross wants to work with other churches to meet the community's needs.

Mosaic's ministries include supporting the Crestview Pregnancy Center and Crestview Orphan Care, an Emmanuel Baptist Church ministry, with supplies and other contributions. In addition, members — with help from The Wild Olive, a local restaurant — provided a free Thanksgiving meal for the community in 2013.

Eventually, their reach could spread beyond the Hub City, as Ross wants to start other churches in Northwest Florida.

For now, increasing community service here in Crestview, particularly for the needy, is a top priority.

"One thing we say all the time (at Mosaic) is 'be the church,'" Ross said. "Nowhere in the Bible is the church mentioned as a building. It's the people.

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