College Park Church has launched a strategy of mobilizing our people to reach their next-door neighbors and reach Indianapolis and the world with the gospel. This strategy includes starting new campuses, church adoption & revitalization, and assisting other churches.
The Need: Indianapolis is Largely Unreached
Over 1 million people (60 percent of residents) in the Indy-metro area are unaffiliated with a Christian church; even fewer are affiliated with an evangelical church.
For example, in Fishers, 57 percent of the population has no religious affiliation at all. Of the 43 percent acknowledging any religious affiliation, only 53 percent of them are Protestant—and the number of evangelicals is even smaller.
Indianapolis is vibrant and growing, especially on the northside and southside
In the northeast Indianapolis suburbs (Fishers, Noblesville, east Carmel), real estate developers estimate that 250,000 people will live in that area by 2020.
In 2013 Marion County had the largest population increase in 20 years, with an increase of 9,394 residents. The next
Our Vision: Take College Park Next Door
Our call is to mobilize our church to reach unchurched people in the Indy-metro area through a strategy of church multiplication.
Neighbor Outreach: Starting local churches near our own people will allow them to reach their neighbors more effectively.
- Planting where our people live allows them to be more intentional about reaching their neighbors and inviting them to a local church.
- As people come to faith, they can then help disciple them and walk
throughthe Christian life with them.
Theological: God’s heart is for multiplication on many levels.
- God’s first command to mankind is to bear fruit and multiply, spreading the image of God throughout the world (Gen. 1:28).
- Jesus gives a similar example as he turns the 12 into 70 disciples and then multiplies this group of followers into the Church today (Acts 1:8).
- Paul says the gospel is now bearing fruit and multiplying in local churches as they increase throughout the whole world (Col. 1:6, 1 Thess. 1:8).
- New campuses are just one way for us to express God's desire to multiply disciples of Jesus.
Missiological: Church is best when it is personal, local, and incarnational, and God has put us in a position to start churches.
- Having a vibrant local church in one’s area drastically affects culture and how a person thinks about inviting people to church.
- People need
reachedthrough personal relationships with the gospel and they need local gospel-proclaiming churches in which to hear the gospel and be discipled.
Spiritual: We need to mobilize our people and raise up new leaders to keep a battleship mentality and fight the pull towards consumerism.
- It takes everyone using their gifts in the church to keep us all growing together (1 Cor. 12:12-14).
- Church planting increases member participation by creating gaps that people have to step up and fill.
- Church planting and multi-sites create ways to raise up leaders and stretch them in ministry.
Our Plan: Multi-Site Campuses Leading to a Family of Healthy Churches
We believe that starting campuses in the city will help the people in our body invite their neighbors, connect in more meaningful ways to our community, and motivate all of us to live out our external mission.
These local campuses with the same mission, core values, theology, governance and DNA of College Park will allow us to continue to grow wide as well as deep and take the gospel throughout our city. Our long-term vision is for a family of new and healthy churches to be birthed through this Next Door focus to reach our city for Christ.
Have questions? Contact Bruce Smith, Executive Pastor of Operations