Are you looking for a way to get connected and take the next step at College Park Castleton? Here are a few ways to plug in.
Just as the very first Christians belonged to a local gathering of God’s people called a church, so anybody who chooses Christ also chooses to join His people—which we do through a local church.
Christians submit themselves to a local church as an expression of their part in Christ’s body and in order to live out God’s commands of how we are to treat fellow believers and church leaders.
Whether you're ready to join College Park Church now, in the near future, or you're just interested in discovering more about what we believe and what it means to become a member, you're invited to participate in this event.
When you register for the Membership Class you'll also complete an online membership application. Please plan on registering early as registration typically closes two weeks before the class.
Here are some helpful resources for what we believe as a church and how we interact with one another.
Confession of Faith This document outlines what we believe as a congregation.
Code of Bylaws This will tell you more about our purpose and your role as a member.
Member Covenant This is how we agree to do life together as a congregation.
Baptism If you haven't been baptized, you'll need to fill out the application in the Baptism section below.
"Going, make disciples...baptizing them..." These are the words of Jesus. Baptism is an ordinance of the church whereby a believer publicly expresses their faith, identifying them as a follower of Christ. The method we use is one-time immersion to signify the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior.
If you're interested in being baptized at College Park, we'll ask you to complete an application which includes a section for a written testimony that you'll read publicly at the time of your baptism.
If you have questions about baptism, please contact Pastor Dale Shaw.
Listen to a sermon by College Park North Indy lead pastor, Mark Vroegop, on the importance of baptism.
One of our four strategies in igniting a passion to follow Jesus is experiencing community. Christians aren't only saved from sin, they are also saved into a body of believers. We are relational, communal creatures and in the Church - the family or household of God - we find a place to belong. The primary way to experience in-depth, biblical community at College Park Castleton is in a Small Group.
Each Small Group is unique, but they are the same in these three essential ways:
- They are Christ-centered and focused on the Word so that each gathering points you to Jesus as you dig into the Bible.
- They are intentionally invasive, which means you are encouraged to be transparent and vulnerable about what's going on in your heart, rather than staying in the safety of surface-level conversations.
- And finally, they go beyond just the Small Group gathering. As relationships deepen, you are encouraged to truly live life together.
If you are interested in finding a Small Group, use our Small Group Finder to search for a group near you. We will have more Castleton groups open up throughout the year.
If you have questions Castleton Small Group ministry, want to learn more, or are interested in leading a Small Group, please contact Eric Swanson.
One of the key ways we help one another follow Jesus is in the context of discipleship. Discipleship can be defined as intentional relationships that model and multiply maturity in Jesus.
While these relationships happen in a number of ways (Sunday morning gatherings, in families, Small Groups, ministry teams, etc.) we encourage you to engage in a personal discipleship relationships that allow you to regularly and intentionally meet with others for the sake of growing in Christ together.
These relationships can look very different in length of time they meet, content, size (may be a 1-on-1 relationship or a group of four or five), and even the kind of relationships in the group but should include time praying, interacting with God's Word, and applying God's Word together into the particular life and circumstances you are in.
So how do you initiate a discipleship relationship?
Our first encouragement is to pray, look, and invite people into discipleship within your existing relationships. Who do you already know and who's in your life that you can go deeper with? Who might you ask to disciple or to be discipled by? Are there people in your Small Group, neighborhood, friend group, or ministry team that you might begin meeting with in an intentional, consistent way? Pray, look, and invite!
If you're still unsure of where to start or how to initiate a discipleship relationship, we can help. Please complete the form that corresponds to your interest.
The Discipleship Resources page lists a number of tools that you can use in discipleship relationships, as well as the Disciple-Makers Guide, which is designed to help you get started.
If you have questions about Discipleship, contact Bob Martin.
Part of our strategy in igniting a passion to follow Jesus is to embrace a calling to use the gifts, skills, and abilities God has trusted to us. We believe God has equipped His church for His work, and we want to connect you to the ways you can serve.
We have many opportunities for you to embrace your calling and serve in one of our areas of ministry. From nursery to worship arts to hospitality teams, there's a place for everyone to serve.
Castleton Serving Opportunities
If you have questions about serving needs or opportunities, contact Eric Swanson.
Thank you for your financial investment into College Park Church Castleton. Every dollar you give is used to fulfill our mission of igniting a passion to follow Jesus, and we strive to honor the Lord with the “firstfruits” (Proverbs 3:9) of all our labor.
The "Online Giving" page allows you to make contributions online to our various funds, as well as the ability to view and print your own contribution statements and track your giving throughout the year.
You can give online with a credit card or directly from your bank account. Both can be set up for scheduled (recurring) contributions.
You can create a user account* (recommended), but you may also give an online gift as a guest.
GIVE A ONE TIME OR RECURRING GIFT
*Once you create your user account, there is a validation process where our office verifies your account and enables your past contributions to be viewed. This may take up to a week.
For any questions concerning your online transactions, giving statements, or commitments, please contact Jevne Livengood, our Finance Manager.
You may also review answers to frequently-asked questions about e-giving.
For general questions about our giving policies and our perspectives on online giving, please contact Bruce Smith, Executive Pastor of Operations.
College Park Church is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.