Why are you planting another church in Louisville?
First, a core group of Believers has been in prayer concerning The Church at Louisville for years. The Lord has blessed our prayers with clarity and encouragement as we have sought His face and wise counsel in taking baby steps towards this undertaking.
Secondly, it is our heart to see churches planted worldwide, including Louisville, as a Missional method of spreading the Good News. We purpose to see more Believers unified and shepherded within local churches. See the ACTS 29 Network.
What is different about The Church at Louisville?
We recognize and cheer loudly that God raises up different churches with different visions. See Together for the Gospel. One distinctive of our church is that we are called to pursue Simplicity of Structure which we find somewhat rare among Evangelical churches today. Many within our gathering communicate that their personal history with church seemed “so complicated”, compromised personal and family centeredness, and created much ministry weariness. Through Simplicity, we desire to reverse this trend within our Body.
We are also a group of people interested in stewarding well all the God has entrusted to our care. This, of course, involves finances as well as so many other areas of the Christian life – energy, serving, and on and on. The church must demonstrate to a lost and watching world by exemplary leadership in such areas.
Are you a generationally-integrated church?
Absolutely. We are also a family, singles, single-parent family, married without children, widowed, African, Asian among others, integrated church as well. We purpose to be a church comprised of many uniquely created parts, all valued, important, and necessary for the wholeness of the Body (1 Corinthians 12).
While we respect the liberty of other congregations to chose otherwise as they are decided, we view the O.T. and N.T. scriptures as fully supporting age-integrated corporate worship services as the normative pattern.
What kind of music is utilized during worship?
We view our time of singing as not only worship of the Lord, but also as teaching and equipping of the Saints. To that end, we carefully select our songs with respect for doctrinal accuracy and Christ honoring worship. In a typical worship service, you will find us singing a blend of the great historical hymns with some of the more current Biblically-sound choruses. Instruments are used in reserved, complementary fashion consistent with scripture found in the Psalms. Above all, we seek to create a Christ-honoring environment that allows the Saints to fully worship our Great God.
What about Baptism and the Lord’s Supper?
We believe in water baptism portraying the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptisms are held throughout the year as Believers seek to faithfully follow the Lord’s example in this area.
The church also partakes in the Lord’s Supper. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the New Covenant sealed by the shedding of His blood on behalf of His people. As Believers partake of the Lord’s Supper with attitudes of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify unity with other members of Christ’s body.
What kind of clothing/dress is typical for Sunday worship?
It is our desire to be Christ honoring in all areas of our lives, including how we dress during Sunday worship services. While you will find our congregation in all levels of dress on any particular Sunday – jeans to ties – most consistently fall into what may be called business casual.
Why do you meet during Sunday evenings instead of Sunday mornings?
One of our Distinctives is to carefully steward the resources entrusted to our care. By sharing space with an established church, we seek to be faithful in that calling and purposely minimize our expenses. We are excited about how the Lord is so clearly directing and providing in this practical need. Many churches have been encouraging in this regard and we thank them greatly for such consideration.
What if I have other questions about the church?
Please call upon us at anytime. Or simply show up on any Sunday. You will experience a warm, friendly congregation with many happy to listen and engage in meaningful conversation.