Fundraising to Save Historic Dallas Church – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A historic church in Dallas faces a potential wrecking ball unless bailout plan supporters can raise millions of dollars by Monday.
Dallas Central Christian Church will be leveled to make way for a park if the fundraiser fails.
On the edge of Highland Park, the church at 4711 Westside Drive near Inwood and Lemmon Avenues has welcomed worshipers for generations.
The community began in the city center in 1863 and moved to its current location on the outskirts of the city in 1952.
Pastor Ken Crawford said attendance has declined over the years.
“And this church got where it couldn’t financially support itself on its current campus and decided it didn’t want to try starting over in a new place,” Crawford said.
Before the ward came to that conclusion, Crawford had tried to make Central Christian a different type of church, with many different activities on campus and much more variety.
“What I call Church 21. What does the church have to be in the 21st century? The world has changed, ”said Crawford.
YouTube videos were produced of the things that were going on there.
Blake Schwarz was a supporter.
“And it’s beautiful. This is exactly how the kingdom of God should look and be, ”said Schwarz.
But the adjacent town of Highland Park offered the community $ 7 million with a plan to buy and demolish the building to make way for the needed parkland on the site.
Schwarz wanted to save the ecclesiastical approach of the 21st century taking place there.
“I’ll have to try. I can’t just let go of that without at least trying, ”said Schwarz.
He offered about half of it, and the community agreed to give him the opportunity to raise the money.
A fundraising website said the deadline was April 15, but Crawford said Black had until Monday to raise the money for a deal.
Black will work until the last minute.
The central Christian church held the last service in the building on Easter Sunday.
“The Church is, by and large, the institution that grandparents and great-grandparents started generations ago, and it just doesn’t work anymore,” Crawford said.
Ken Crawford will be the last pastor of the old central Christian church until the end of April. He will then receive four additional monthly salaries that he would like to use to work on a book about his vision for churches in the 21st century.
After that, Blake Schwarz hopes that there will be a new life for the old building.
There is a link to the Central Commons Fundraising website.https: //centralcommons.org/