December 2, 2021

New church in Cortland aims to train Christian leaders

Sarah Bullock/staff reporter

The Rev. Nathan Moshkowski stands inside Vision Church at 46 Greenbush St. in Cortland. Moshkowski is renovating the church and plans to hold the first services Jan. 16.

The Rev. Nathan Moshkowski hopes people find God, who they are and a direction for their lives after services begin in January at his Vision Church in Cortland.

“Identity is huge. Especially right now,” Moshkowski said Thursday in the 46 Greenbush St. church he is renovating. “There’s a lot of people who don’t know who they are or what to do with their lives and are just doing the best they can.”

Moshkowski, the assistant pastor of Groton Assembly of God for 10 years, said the process of creating the Vision Church started more than a decade ago with a dream in which Moshkowski bought a building for $1.

“I do believe God speaks in dreams. The Bible says so,” Moshkowski said. “So I decided to write it down and keep it.”

The dream came to fruition when the building on Greenbush Street was purchased in March with a dollar found in the building’s mailbox, Moshkowski said.

Since then, congregants have met monthly for an evening song service in the building, he said. Renovations are being funded by donations and are not yet complete.

Vision Church, affiliated with the Assembly of God denomination, will focus on eternal life through belief in Christ and doing good works, according to the church’s website.

“We believe that everyone is called to good works, which God has prepared beforehand for us to walk in,” according to the Vision Church’s belief statement. “Doing these works requires a personal relationship with Jesus.”

Moshkowski hopes to train Christians to serve as pastors, musicians and teachers in other places through Vision Church.

“It’s kind of a combination between a church, an apprenticeship and a school,” he said. “It’s not just to gather. We really want people to grow in understanding who they are.”

Churches opening in a community is generally good for its members, said the Rev. Laurel Harte-Westover, executive director of the Cortland County Council of Churches and the Cortland Interfaith Community.

“It’s always a good opportunity for people to find and express their spirituality,” Harte-Westover said. Houses of worship are generally welcoming to new congregations joining their ranks. “We try to band together.”

The first Vision Church services are 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 16.