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The organization
Skatechurch, a non-profit Christian ministry, has been reaching out to skaters in the greater Portland area with the Gospel for 30 years. Our 6,400 sq. ft. skate park, called the "Warehouse" is located behind Central Bible Church in the Gateway neighborhood of northeast Portland.

The past 30 years have been a testimony to answered prayer and God's power to save souls and change lives. Co-Founder and Executive Director, Paul Anderson and his staff affirm with wholehearted zeal, "The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1: 16), that prayer is the backbone of spiritual ministry, and that one plants, another waters, but it is God who causes the increase (see 1 Corinthians 3:5, 6).

The work
Four age specific outreach skate sessions are held weekly at 6:30 pm on separate evenings. These age specific outreach groups include: Peewee, Junior High, High School and Over-18.

Halfway through each skate session, skaters are required to sit and listen to a 30-minute Gospel presentation by one of the staff called the "Bible Talk." Session attendance peaks during the winter months when about 100 skaters attend weekly.

In addition to the outreach sessions, about 15 skaters who want to study the Bible with their peers and the staff, attend separate discipleship-oriented Bible Studies. These optional Bible studies meet before the Junior High and High School skate sessions. Attendance at the extra Bible studies are not required in order to skate at the outreach sessions, but are made available for skaters who want to grow in their walk with Christ.

Skatechurch currently has five leadership staff plus another 25 staff members serving in a variety of volunteer positions including: mentoring, registration, video, web, administration and construction.

Equip
To learn more about how to start and run a ministry to skateboarders watch our "How To" Video.