HOW WE WERE STARTED
To implement the teachings of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples, a group of Christians wanted to encourage the members of their congregation to get off the church pews and into their community. They wanted to make a real difference in Canby, while bringing glory to God. The birth of the “Vision” that started The Canby Center was directed at reaching people in our area with the love of Christ. The goal was to impact lives spiritually by showing them the heart of God in tangible ways.
They learned about an empty warehouse next to Canby High School. As they stood outside and pondered the possibilities, they asked God to take their “mustard seed” of faith, and make it grow into something that would reach hundreds, maybe even thousands of lives. They realized the potential of all the believers of Canby coming together and as one, working together on this mission. The other churches were approached and five signed on to be a part of this outreach.
The warehouse was secured, a non-profit established and the board of directors, made up of members from the different churches, developed the mission and core values. In October 2007 the Board hired an Executive Director and the first programs were launched by the end of that month. On March 17th 2008 The Canby Center opened its doors to the public.
Following the example set by Jesus Christ, all programs are developed on the basis that first we provide relief, which opens the doors to build a relationship and it is through this relationship that lives are being transformed.
What started as a dream, God has taken and made into a reality. They had no idea how this could be done, but through the boldness and faith of a small team of people, The Canby Center reached over 700 community members in its first year and to date have affected the lives of a several thousand. Seventeen churches now support the outreach of The Canby Center.