Due to the continued increase in those attending the Fellowship it was acknowledged that the time had come to place it on a more permanent footing. After much prayer and deliberation a constitution was drawn up along with a 'statement of faith' and in April 1987 'Dunblane Christian Fellowship' (DCF) was officially registered as a Christian church and charity with the Registrar General in Edinburgh.
Holding meetings in homes was proving difficult due to numbers and so it was agreed to look for alternative venues. In October 1987 DCF started holding the Sunday morning service in Dunblane High School assembly hall. At the same time the Fellowship formally called Duncan Strathdee as part-time Pastor.
The Fellowship started looking to purchase property in Dunblane with a view to building a community church. In 1992 the offices and workshops in Stirling Road belonging to Lawrie (Plumbers) came up for sale. The Fellowship agreed to have a special building offering on the first Sunday in March. The offering received that morning encouraged the leadership to take a step of faith and put in an offer for the property in Stirling Road. The offer was duly accepted and architects were appointed to draw up plans for a multi-purpose community church. Planning permission was granted to put a two storey building on the site but the overall cost proved too much for the Fellowship to take the project forward at that time and the project was shelved.
The next five years saw the Fellowship membership fluctuated between 120 and 50 as people came and went for a variety of reasons. In February 1998 God began to challenge the leadership independently about the need for full-time workers. And in May of that year after much prayer Duncan Strathdee resigned from his post as Head Teacher of Willowpark Special School in Edinburgh and on 26 October he and his wife Janet began full-time with the Fellowship. A new era had begun and more were added to the church.