Collectivus Church holds grand opening

Published 11:43 am Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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By MEG HERNDON | Staff Writer

CALERA – Collectivus Church held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 with an attendance of close to 300 across its two services.

“It was fantastic, it was great,” said Ben Nelson, pastor at Collectivus Church. “A lot of people came to see the space for the first time and were engaged. We had some city officials there, some council members, the mayor, who all said some really great things as well for the ribbon-cutting.”

The church’s first service started at 9 a.m. and held its ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m.

Nelson said that the reaction to the church opening has been positive.

“We’ve had two types of reactions,” Nelson explained. “Some who have a history with Calera. They grew up going to the department store and since it’s been closed since the early 2000s, they’ve never been back. So, a lot of people have come in and just remembered that in their life and then seeing it revitalized has been really important to them.”

The other type of reaction, Nelson said, are part of what he calls “New Calera.”

“Since they’ve moved to Calera, there has just never been anything really on Main Street, it’s all been shut down. They’ve moved here in the recent years, they’ve seen things happening.”

The church follows a decentralized model, only meeting in the church for Sunday services. Everything else the church does is done in homes in what Nelson calls “missional communities.”

“Missional communities come from the early church model that we saw with the early disciples where it says they met in home and in temple,” Nelson explained. “And so we do all of our community, pastoral care, missions, all of these in small missional communities.”

When the building is not being used by the church, it is an event space and community center.

As a community center, the space is free. Paid events offset the cost so that the church can offer the space to the community.

Nelson said he is excited for what is to come for the church.

“At Collectivus Church we have what we call two yeses, meaning it will always be yes if the school asks or if the city asks,” Nelson explained. “So we’re all about being a church for our community. We really are most excited about being even more involved within our city, being a part of Main Street.”

The church has two service times on Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and will hold a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service on Friday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

An event center website for the space with community center guidelines, pricing and bylaws will launch on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. Until then, inquiries regarding the event space can be asked at