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History

In 1962, Southeast Christian Church began with 53 charter members.

As it is the nature of God, where two or more are gathered there He is also. No one could fathom that God would use 53 people to ignite one of the largest churches in North America. The walls of that basement couldn’t confine God. Today, with more than 21,000 in attendance each weekend, He uses the work of Southeast to help ignite Christians and churches all over the world.



Beginnings: 1962-1976

  • July 1, 1962
    53 members of South Louisville Christian Church begin Southeast Christian Church, holding the first worship service at Goldsmith Elementary School.
  • October 10, 1962
    Southeast purchases property at 2601 Hikes Lane. Services were held in the basement.
  • June 12, 1966
    Bob Russell preaches his first message at Southeast.
  • January 22, 1967
    Phase I of Building Program; a 550-seat Sanctuary at 2601 Hikes Lane is dedicated.
  • August 1968
    Membership approaching 300.
  • March 9, 1966-June 1978
    Phases II, III and IV of construction are completed, finishing education space, nursery facilities, and an all-purpose building.
  • October 1975
    An additional Sunday morning service is added.
  • Easter 1976
    Attendance exceeds 1,000 for the first time.



Transitions: 1977-2009

  • March 1983
    Purchase of property at 2840 Hikes Lane is approved.
  • November 1983:
    An offering of $1,533,088 is given to launch a building program.
  • April 12, 1987
    The congregation walks to the new building at 2840 Hikes Lane for a brief service called “Crosswalk.” Twenty charter members, led by Butch Dabney, lock the doors of the old building at 2601 Hikes Lane.
  • May 1989:
    Dave Stone joins the church as Preaching Associate.
  • Easter 1990
    Attendance exceeds 10,000 for the first time.
  • March 1992
    Congregation votes to relocate and purchase property at I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway.
  • September-November 1993
    “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice” is the theme for the capital stewardship campaign. A total of $30,316,485 is promised, exceeding the goal of $26,000,000.
  • September 25, 1994
    Groundbreaking services for 920 Blankenbaker Parkway
  • March 1995
    The Southeast Easter Pageant debuts, with 10,000 attending over 6 nights.
  • September 1995
    The Southeast Outlook is launched.
  • January 1, 1997
    A two-year capital campaign to fund the construction of the Student Ministry Center at the Blankenbaker Campus begins.
  • December 24, 1998
    First services held in new facility at Blankenbaker. More than 24,000 people attend the four services.
  • March 1999
    Easter Pageant attendance jumps to 35,000.
  • Summer 1999
    Country Lake Christian Retreat opens.
  • 1999:
    Average weekend attendance jumps to 13,000.
  • March 2000
    Easter Pageant expands to two weeks of performances; attendance exceeds 70,000.
  • May 21, 2000
    www.southeastchristian.org is launched.
  • January 2001
    Southeast Christian Community Counseling Center opens.
  • February 2/3, 2002
    Weekend worship reaches an attendance record of 22,053 with the interviews of former Afghanistan captives Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer.
  • July 11-14, 2002
    Southeast celebrates its 40th anniversary. Activities include a celebration service, a dinner honoring charter members, a 5K run/walk, a community outreach with 3,000 suitcases for the homeless, a mission flag processional, and more.
  • October 2002
    Kyle Idleman joins the team as a Preaching Associate–Southeast’s third preacher.
  • March 2003
    Congregation begins the “Making Room for More” two-year campaign to fund the construction of the Activities Center, Ministry Resource Center, parking lot additions, and Harvest Grants for other churches.
  • April 10/11, 2004
    Southeast breaks another weekend worship attendance record with 29,424 over four services on Easter weekend.
  • October 22/23, 2005
    During the final "I'm In!" Commitment Weekend, 346 people come forward to be baptized and become new members.
  • January 7/8, 2006
    Bob Russell announces he has turned over leadership of the church to Dave Stone. Dave Stone presents vision for the future of Southeast.
  • May 20/21, 2006
    Media Resource Center opens.
  • June 24, 2006
    Café 920 opens.
  • June 24/25, 2006
    Bob Russell preaches his final weekend service as Senior Minister, marking his retirement after 40 years of service to Southeast.
  • September 30, 2006
    Framing of 33 homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Over 3,000 volunteers participated.
  • October 15, 2006
    Open House for new Ministry Resource Center.
  • February 10/11, 2007
    Dave Stone announces that Southeast’s first regional campus will be located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and introduces Rusty Russell as the Campus Pastor.
  • June 3, 2007
    Groundbreaking ceremony for new Student Ministry Center (the Block).
  • August 12, 2007
    Groundbreaking for Southeast's Indiana Campus in Jeffersonville.
  • September 1, 2008
    First FamilyPalooza held on Labor Day at Blankenbaker Campus.
  • February 7/8, 2009
    Dave Stone announces that Southeast’s second regional campus will be located in Oldham County, Kentucky, and introduces Kurt Sauder as the Campus Pastor.
  • March 2009
    The Easter Pageant adopts a new name–The Easter Passion.
  • Easter—April 12, 2009
    Southeast Christian Church Indiana Campus holds its first services, with nearly 2,000 in attendance.
  • April 24, 2009
    The Block Student Ministry Center opens at the Blankenbaker Campus. More than 2,000 junior high and high school students attend the Launch Party.
  • May 2009
    Teaching Pastor Kyle Idleman presented the Not a Fan sermon series, sparking a movement to grow around the world persuading people to become completely committed followers of Christ.



New Mission, Vision, and Strategies: 2010-Present

  • August 7/8, 2010
    221 people were baptized at the Blankenbaker and Indiana Campuses in one weekend.
  • August 28/29, 2010
    Dave Stone presents Southeast's new Mission, Vision, and Strategies to the congregation.
  • October 4-8, 2010
    Momentum Week debuts, welcoming 26,000 to the Blankenbaker Campus, 12,000 of which had never been to church. Among those featured during the week were Bear Grylls, the Duggar Family, and Steven Curtis Chapman and Family. The final night included Shine, a prom for people with disabilities.
  • November 2010
    Eddie Johnson returns to Southeast to serve as the Campus Pastor for the Indiana Campus.
  • January 16, 2011
    Southeast's Oldham Campus holds its first services, with nearly 3,000 in attendance.
  • March 5/6, 2011
    Dave Stone (with former Senior Minister Bob Russell present) announces as of January 2011, the Blankenbaker Campus is debt free!
  • March 18-April 1, 2011
    After 15 years running, the final production of the Easter Pageant at Southeast is presented.
  • April 23/24, 2011
    Over 38,000 attend Easter services at all three campuses.
  • October 7, 2011
    Second Shine prom held for people with disabilities.
  • October 15/16, 2011
    686 people are baptized throughout all the campuses in one weekend.
  • November 2011
    Hillsong Live comes to Southeast.
  • February 2012
    Southeast TV begins broadcasting on Sunday mornings.

Timeline

Beginnings: 1962-1976
What started in an elementary school with 53 charter members became a church with more than 1,000 people at a service in 1976. This is the beginning of Southeast Christian Church.
Transitions: 1977-2009
God blessed Southeast through these years with tremendous growth—as the church outgrew two buildings and moved to its current location at 920 Blankenbaker Parkway. Also a new Ministry Resource Center and Student Ministry Center were added, plus Southeast opened her first regional campus in Southern Indiana.
New Mission, Vision, and Strategies: 2010-Present
The leadership of Southeast announced where they believe God is leading us as a church over the next ten years. Now members work and watch to see how God moves next.
 

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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