Contemporary worship, video technology and a multi-site model are all geared toward sharing the Gospel with community members who may not already have church homes.
“Our heart is just to reach more people for Jesus,” said Jordy McKaskle, campus pastor of North Monroe at Bastrop. “It sounds simple, but that really is our mission.”
North Monroe at Bastrop is a new satellite of North Monroe Baptist Church, located in the former Grace Baptist Church building on Holt Street. Earlier this year, North Monroe merged with the Grace congregation and purchased the church campus.
North Monroe Senior Pastor Bill Dye said the concept of a satellite, or “the same church in a different location,” has proven successful for other ministries in recent years.
“[The Bastrop satellite] kind of started out of concern we have for the generation who are in their twenties and thirties, many of whom are not in church,” said Dye. “For whatever reason, the Lord has given North Monroe some ability to reach that generation.”
Dye said the focus of the Bastrop campus is not to compete with other local churches, but “to meet the needs of the non-church members of the community.”
The Monroe campus has three venues on site, with video hook-ups in which the same sermon can be shared with different audiences. The Bastrop campus will incorporate the Monroe campus sermon from earlier on Sunday mornings via video. For the church's grand opening last Sunday, the system was reversed, with Dye preaching live in Bastrop and via video to the Monroe campus.
Dye said members of the Bastrop satellite will be able to participate in all ministries and events of the parent church. These activities include a men's retreat slated for August, Discover North Monroe classes, and overseas and North American mission trips.
A graduate of West Ouachita High School, McKaskle said he has “spent almost my whole life in northeast Louisiana. I surrendered to ministry when I was eighteen, and entered my first ministry when I was twenty and in college.”
McKaskle served as associate student pastor at North Monroe for about four years before serving as lead student pastor. Now 27, he is enthusiastic about his new role as the Bastrop campus pastor.
“I felt the Lord was calling me out of student ministry, but I loved North Monroe,” he said. “I didn't know it at the time, but He was working out [the Bastrop satellite].”
When McKaskle first heard about the new campus, he immediately expressed interest in serving here. Sunday's grand opening nearly coincided with his third anniversary with wife Jessika.
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He said a typical Sunday service at the Bastrop campus will include contemporary worship, with a live 4-5 person band playing music from the Passion Conference and popular Christian artists such as Chris Tomlin.
“They do a phenomenal job creating music for younger people,” he said.
McKaskle estimates around 300 people attended a welcome party at the Bastrop campus on June 24, and a similar “block party” event is slated for August with refreshments, fellowship, and games and activities for children.
“Our idea for the block party is to invite the whole community,” he said. “It's a mission to reach out to the community and say, 'We're here and we love you guys.' We're just here to love on Bastrop, to reach people for the Lord and to build the kingdom of Christ.”
To learn more about North Monroe at Bastrop, call the church (281.777) or email McKaskle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information about the church and upcoming events can be found on the Bastrop campus Facebook page and at the parent church's Web site (www.northmonroe.com).