Monumental ministry

INDIAN LAND -- It took a 75-foot truck, at least 15 workers and more than three hours to erect a 100-foot cross Friday at Inspiration Ministries' City of Light.

The stainless steel cross is another symbol of the company's mission to share the message of Christ through media, said City of Light spokeswoman Kristina Hill.

When construction on the City of Light is complete, the cross will be part of a small plaza where the staff and community members will be invited to sit and reflect, said John Roos, senior vice president of corporate communications and research.

"As a Christian organization, we try to put things in there that are symbolic and meaningful, that aren't there by accident," Roos said. "We felt like we had to have a cross as a symbol of our faith, and that it has to be unique."

Inspiration Ministries operates the Inspiration Networks, four television networks that broadcast worldwide, and its other ministries from 10 buildings around the Charlotte area. The new headquarters in Indian Land on U.S. 521 will consolidate the company's operations and allow it to work from one main campus.

It will take at least 10 years for the entire campus to be built.

-- Jenny Overman, Fort Mill Times