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What should I expect at CenterPoint?  Well, for starters it will be modern, casual and relevant – a place where you’ll see the truths of the Bible intersect with your modern life.  It will also be a highly relational ministry, designed to help you develop lasting friendships with people like yourself who are seeking God.  Third, it will be a church that is truly responsive to the needs of our community  and world – a place that is focused on helping others near and far.  And lastly it will be real.  No more pasted smiles, no more religious masks – we want this to be a place where everyone can come as they are and be real about their hurts, hang ups and habits.

For answers to some of your other common questions, click on the questions below or email Pastor Dave at pastordavej@gmail.com.


What is worship like?
Our worship will have Jesus as the CenterPoint and will generally look like this:

• We sing a few songs with our praise band to glorify God together
• We share a few announcements
• We’ll take an offering (when the offering is taken for ministry expenses, don’t feel obligated to give. We’re not after your money (really!), we care about you. So feel free to let the offering plate pass you by and let us give and minister to you as our guest.)
• Pastor Dave will share an encouraging and relevant message
• We’ll sing another song and close with a blessing

The service will last about an hour – give or take a few minutes. You’ll also find that at CenterPoint we will utilize modern arts and technology in order to worship in a way that is current. We use videos, dramas, movie clips, interviews, dance and other visual arts to engage your heart and mind, all in an attempt to help you worship God in a meaningful way.

At CenterPoint you’ll experience modern music, led by our worship director and supported by our house band and our praise team. The music will be at times upbeat and celebratory and at other times reflective and worshipful. We’ll sing easy-to-learn, modern songs like you might hear locally on 104.9 The River, as well as modern arrangements of classic hymns like Amazing Grace.

At CenterPoint you’ll also hear messages focused on real-life issues. Based solidly on Scripture, they’re designed to answer your spiritual questions and give Biblical insights as to how to deal with the situations we all face in life. Pastor Dave Jansen is dedicated to making the truths of God’s Word understandable and applicable. You won’t be bored with long sermons that put you to sleep nor will you receive a guilt trip or pushed into making spiritual decisions you’re not ready to make. You will be challenged and uplifted with Biblical principles that will lead you and your family to a healthier life together centered around Christ.

What is there for my kids?
NURSERY: The nursery will open every Sunday for infants up to age four. Our attendants will be the same employed people each week with complete background checks.

KIDSTREET CLASSES: Preschoolers to 5th graders will be dismissed after the opening songs for their individual classes. Each quarter focuses on a different foundational truth about God and consists of fun, themed, age-appropriate lessons.

GRAPPLE: Middle Schoolers will also dismissed from worship after the opening songs on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month to grapple with important questions about God and living the Christian life.

STUDENT MINISTRY: We have Middle School and Senior High youth groups that meet after worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 11:30 am – 1 pm, in The Barn.  Students gather for chocolate chip pancakes and a few games before splitting up to the Barn lofts for separate discussions.  Fun events are also scheduled outside of Sunday morning.  In addition we also host Young Life on Monday nights at 8 pm in our Red Barn, for Gahanna Lincoln students.  Young Life Club is a wild and wacky night of fun for all GLHS students!

What time is worship?
Worship starts at 10 am each Sunday, with possible exceptions on holidays like Christmas Eve, Good Friday and Easter. Please come casual. No need to dress up or wear a pasted smile. Just come as you are and be ready to let God work in your life!

What kind of church is this?
CenterPoint is a Christ-centered, Biblical church designed to connect with your life. Theologically we are very middle of the road – not too liberal, not too legalistic. Our worship style is designed to be modern and casual and sensitive to the questions and concerns of spiritual seekers. We are not political and we don’t get caught up in minor theological disputes. We just want to impact lives with the transforming grace of Jesus.

I’m not crazy about organized religion, so is this for me?
Absolutely. To be honest we’re not that crazy about religion either. But we are crazy about Jesus. And we want to be a gathering of Christ-followers who live out a common purpose – to make him the CenterPoint of our lives. We believe that happens as we grow a relationship with Christ – not as we sink ourselves into religion. You see, we understand that it’s Jesus that changes us – not church. So our hope is that while we gather together for worship and mission, what you see is more of him and less of us.

I’ve been hurt by the church in the past, why should I trust this?
Well, since the church is made up of broken, messed up sinners, it should come as no surprise that its people do hurtful things. Still, we want this to be an accepting place for everyone – a place where people who have been hurt can heal. We believe that the church can be a better reflection of Jesus in this world – caring for broken people and loving everyone where they’re at. So while we can’t promise that we won’t make mistakes (we’re human too), we’ll do our best to make this ministry a safe place for you and your family to grow closer to Christ, led by people with integrity, authenticity, and transparency.

 

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