Skyline Baptist in Branson sees surge of energy
BRANSON—A recent Fall Festival at Skyline Baptist Church here produced a crowd of more than 500 people Nov. 1 and the same amount Nov. 2 for Sunday worship.
Pastor Norm Howell, who came to Skyline after serving as Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) partnership missions specialist, was excited about what he saw during his first week at the church.
“God is at work in a number of ways in the church,” Howell said. “We are small but trying to build strong. I look for the day when 30 percent or more of our church funds go toward mission causes in-state, out-of-state or overseas. I desire to lead this church to be a real genuine Acts 1:8 church reaching our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and ends of the Earth.”
Every year it is estimated that more than 5,000 visitors come and attend morning services with Skyline. The facility is used often by the community. Some of the ways the building is used are: a Branson Christmas Eve Service; a Veteran’s Service; Upward Basketball; Team Kid; and Night of the Stars.
Skyline is also the sponsoring church of a new MBC church plant in Branson West known as The Carpenter’s House.
Howell said one of the keys to growth recently has been a four-week emphasis on evangelism and prayer walking on Wednesday evenings. The work is bearing fruit.
“We have about three or four who will be baptized in the near future,” he said. “We have had six join the church.”