Mission

Our Core Values
Our History

We exist as a church to ignite a passion to follow Jesus. 

Our mission is simple: we want you to follow Jesus. That relationship begins with understanding the central message of the Bible: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). Our church exists to proclaim that simple but life-changing message in the Indianapolis-metro area and across the globe.

So how do we make our mission a reality? As a follower of jesus at college park, we want you to belong, grow, and multiply.

BELONG

The Bible is clear—we’re meant to do life together with other believers. When we say we
want you to belong, we mean that we want you to:

  • Belong to College Park in covenant membership
  • Belong to a group where you can know others, be known by others, serve, and live out our mission together

When we walk alongside other believers, we become part of something bigger than
ourselves—we belong to a people.

GROW

Growth is important for the health of your relationship with Jesus. Whether you’re new to following Jesus or have been following Him for years, we are all called to grow in Christlikeness. When we say we want you to grow, we mean that we want you to grow in your:

  • Knowledge of God and His Word
  • Character and pursuit of Christlikeness, and
  • Ability to use the Word in your own life and in the lives of others.

At College Park, this happens through classes, groups, discipleship, and serving. Take a step today to grow.

MULTIPLY

Igniting a passion to follow Jesus requires action! To be on mission means that we are actively taking part in making disciples. There are lots of ways to multiply:

  • Raising up the next generation of Christ-followers by discipling children
  • Sharing the gospel near and far
  • Being part of a discipleship relationship
  • Serving in College Park or through our ministry partners
  • Helping launch a new campus, church plant, or taking the gospel to the ends of the earth

These are just a few ways you can multiply your life in the lives of others—the possibilities are endless.

We’re serious about igniting a passion to follow Jesus. We believe that our strategy helps us accomplish this both in our city and even to the ends of the earth.

Our Core Values

Our core values articulate the unique DNA of College Park Church. 

Pre-eminence of Jesus

While many things vie for priority in life, we are committed to centering our lives on Jesus—our Savior, our Lord, the Way to the Father, our example and enabler, our high priest and the One who is worthy of our worship and total allegiance. The main thing is to keep the Main One (Jesus) the main thing.

Authority of the Word

The Bible is the foundation of who we are, what we believe, and everything we do. We are committed to preaching, teaching, counseling, sharing, and living by the sufficiency of the whole counsel of God because it contains everything we need for life and godliness. Real life change is found in the Spirit-empowered Word, not our ideas, thoughts, or opinions. God’s Word is written in ink while our plans and theologies are in pencil. 

Redemptive Community

We are broken people loved by the Father, redeemed by Jesus, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We strive to minister God’s love by repairing the broken and bringing into restoration those lost to sin, by the power of the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus. Our focus is Jesus; our authority is the Word; our dependence is prayer; and our aim is Christ-likeness as we live together as the community of God’s redeemed.

Biblical Unity in Diversity

Within the framework of sound doctrine, we value an atmosphere of theological freedom with humility and a non-divisive spirit. We want to reflect the unified beauty of Father, Son, and Spirit, participating in the building of the multi-faceted Kingdom of our triune God. In our theological systems, our ministry forms, and our personal relationships we are committed to biblical unity in diversity. 

Extravagant Grace

We desire to be a community of believers who treat others with the same extravagant grace that God has lavished upon us. We yearn to demonstrate this grace through our church culture and our lives in a way that is transparent, real, and helpful. We are blessed to be a blessing to each other, the city of Indianapolis, and the world.

The Call to Go

All of us are called to be Spirit-empowered catalysts for life change in our areas of personal influence. We approach ministry with a passionate resolve to equip the saints to engage our culture, addressing the most pressing problems, and reaching the neediest people in our city and the world. While the body of Christ is made up of a variety of gifts, the calling is the same: GO!

Our History

College Park Church started with ten families that met in the Holiday Inn on the northwest side of Indianapolis.  Each week a different hotel room served as the nursery. In 1987 the growing congregation moved to a warehouse near 96th St. and Michigan Rd., where Sunday night services always closed by circling around the chairs, holding hands, and singing “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” and “I Love You, Lord.”

As the church grew, Pastor Kimber Kauffman would often use the concept of geese flying in formation as a sermon illustration.  “Honk, honk, with me,” he would say to the growing church.  “Let’s encourage one another to persevere - to keep following the Lord together.”

In 1986, five acres of land at the corner of 96th St. and Towne Rd. were purchased for College Park by an anonymous donor.  The first building was constructed in 1992.  As the congregation continued to grow, God provided a total of 31 acres and the funding for worship sanctuary and children’s wing expansions.

Constructing a new building came with significant cost, and one way to save money was to forgo the traditional baptismal until a final auditorium could be built.  A simple horse trough was a practical and portable alternative.  Over the years of using the horse trough, 854 people publicly declared they would follow Jesus when they were immersed in its waters.

As a tangible expression of our core value of extravagant grace, we started the tradition of the Christmas Offering. Each year, money from this offering goes to an intentional and strategic project that will “make a dent, not a dimple" in one of the most needy areas of the world.  Since its first year, almost $10 million has been given to a variety of organizations proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ at home and abroad – demonstrating that “this is for that.” Over this time period, College Park also started churches in New Palestine and Columbus, Indiana.

In 2008, Pastor Mark Vroegop became Lead Pastor and took the church through a series in Colossians called “The Core.”  He exhorted the church that “Jesus is the center. He’s the image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation and sustainer of everything. He is the pre-eminent one.”

In the midst of the Great Recession, College Park once again found itself facing the challenges of growth and the opportunity to expand its mission.  In seasons of over-crowding, attendees were encouraged that “gravel [parking] is godly” and to "come early; sit close; and park far.”  In response to the vision and need, over 1,100 families at College Park committed to fund the Mission Expansion Project, which included construction of a new worship facility and renovations of the older section of the building. The project was completed and commemorated on June 10, 2012.

As we look ahead to the future, the Elders and leaders of College Park are burdened by the great spiritual need in the metropolitan region of Indianapolis, where over 60% of the 1.5 million people have no affiliation to a church. College Park started its first multi-site campus in Fishers, Indiana in August 2015 and is prayerfully pursuing a vision to raise a family of healthy churches in the Indy-metro region.  

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