After about a year and a half of planning and construction, Impact Church is scheduled to hold its first service at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16.

It is expected to last about an hour and deliver a message of perseverance.  The non-denominational church has spent at least $20,000 to transform the mall's former Finish Line sports apparel store into a place of worship.

Impact Church's plan may sound unusual, but it follows a national trend.  The Wall Street Journal reported last fall that landlords of malls and open-air shopping centers have become more open to welcoming churches.  The Lansing State Journal has more information.