BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Following a fire that destroyed about 100,000 square feet late last year, First Bossier has released the plans for its new facilities.
The plans detail how the church plans to rebuild approximately 65,000 square feet, which includes upgrades to the church’s children’s facilities and the worship center’s seating space.
The church plans to merge its Tiny Town and FB Kids into FirstKids, which will be launched Aug. 11.
In the fire, the church lost more than 17 administrative offices.
As of now, employees are spread across the campus. The new facility would eliminate that problem.
A new foyer and meeting space will be added to the facility. Design-wise, the new chapel will be traditional but with some modern elements.
Senior Pastor Brad Jurkovich told KSLA News 12 that one goal of the rebuilding efforts is to create a sense of unity.
“Building community. In other words, when guests come, we want them to experience a warm, open, full of life. We’re about meeting people, connecting with people. And that’s what these rooms and new facilities are going to allow us to do in a great way.”
Jurkovich explained it can be a challenge to make such big changes in a place steeped in tradition and memories, but said they must move forward.
“We’re going to build new facilities to reach this next generation to help us impact a lot more families in the future as well. So, you know, it became a moment for our church to say, ‘All right, let’s look to the future. Where can we go Lord to do that?’”
Jurkovich said they hope to start construction by this fall and wrap up the entire project within just a few years, at the most.
None of this rebuilding will come cheap. Jurkovich said they’re still in negotiations with the insurance company and hope to have a resolution soon; one that won’t require any additional money for their rebuilding efforts.