BLOOM IS NEWEST CHURCH PLANT
BLOOM is an odd name for a church, but not an odd thing for church members to do.
That’s why Mike Carlton and his wife, Amanda, felt the call of God to plant a new house of worship for the body of Christ in Branson.
Carlton said when they decided to obey the call, they contacted six of their closest friends and had a launch meeting. Eventually the group grew to 30 people.
“We were organically grown,” says Carlton.
Bloom Church held its first service last Sunday, March 3, in the Americana Theatre on West Highway 76.
“That was just a blessing because God put us into relationship with the Haygoods,” says Carlton.
BLOOM CHAMPIONS PEOPLE’S DREAMS
Bloom Church staff and members are devoting themselves to being champions for people’s dreams. “We want to discover where their hearts are, what God has put in their hearts and then help them do it. We rally behind them to help them live their callings,” says Carlton.
Carlton’s wife, Amanda, is leading the ministry for children which they have generously help populate with their three-year-old tripletts.
Bloom Church’s volunteer staff also includes Youth Pastors Tyler and Dana Morton, Worship Pastor Ernie Garza, who along with his wife Sarah, daughters Jordan and Mayah, and son Jaxton, recently moved from Idaho to Branson to be a part of what God is doing at Bloom Church.
Bloom’s Creative Director is Scott Richards, who fills a position not often fully considered in churches today. Carlton says he “really believes the church needs to be epicenter of community. I feel the greatest minds in the community should be bringing things such as video elements to hit a wide-range of audiences.”
Carlton makes it clear however, that this is no church meeting in order to entertain. He says Bloom loves people and truly desires to see people walk in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Bloom Church members are community-minded and missions-minded. They support church plants in other communities and missionaries in Israel.
Carlton and his wife were staffers at Master’s Commission in Springfield for five years and for eleven years have been devoted to discipleship and building the Kingdom of God through his son, Jesus Christ. They most recently served as Associate Pastors at Common Ground in Springfield.
Bloom church has a “definite appeal to younger families with children,” says Carlton, but he insists older couples are also welcomed to the congregation.
“We’re about building healthy life-giving relationships.”
Bloom Church’s Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Americana Theatre on West Highway 76, Branson.
More information can be found at www.bloomhere.org. Pastor Mike Carlton can be reached at 417-234-7359.