First Church Of God

★★★★☆
  • 1200 W Depoy Dr

    Columbia City, IN 46725

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  • 260-244-5959

About First Church Of God

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Sun 8:30am-12pm, Mon-Thu 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-3pm

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Religion
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New Hope Wesleyan Church

971 N 400 W Columbia City, IN

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# Visits 1
SizeVery Large
Dates11/2010

Observed Doctrine2,
Doctrine Fit0,
Worship Fit1,
Kids3.5,
Location5,
Friendliness2.5

Comments:
+ Good sermon, but we understand that there is usually less preaching.
+ Music repeated a lot, and not our style.
+ For friendliness; if not for the pastor the rating would not have been this high."

Follow-up:
+ None

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"Details on our ratings:

1) Doctrine ?? in general
a. Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved
b. We are saved by grace, through faith, not by works ?? there is nothing we can do to earn salvation
c. The entire Bible is true and infallible
i. This includes the story of Creation, to the structure of church leadership in Timothy
ii. Homosexual behavior is no more/less sinful or acceptable than adultery between heterosexuals. These sins must be repented from in truth.
d. Predestination ?? We come from a Calvin background, but are quite content in finding a church that doesn??t teach this because we can take parental responsibility for it.
e. Music ?? we believe music (including instruments) is very biblical for worship and this is a very important part of our personal worship

2) Worship Style & Content
a. 70/30 (70% hymns, 30% contemporary)
i. We love the hymns and don??t feel that we have worshipped with all of our hearts if they are not sung.
ii. Turn offs: Contemporary music which repeats a lot or when worship teams seem to be overly dramatic.
b. It is important to be regularly reminded of the Commandments & Creeds
c. Not ashamed to preach on contemporary cultural issues

3) Kids
a. Kids & programs for grades 3-5 ?? and it would be nice to have friends from Little Turtle

4) Location
a. Within 10 minutes from home ?? because we desire to be well involved

5) Friendliness
a. How welcoming was the church?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Background:
We are new to the Columbia City area and have found it quite hard to find a church. We come from a Protestant and Reformed background (Christian Reformed to be exact) and found that there are no Reformed churches. We don??t wish to travel an hour round-trip to Fort Wayne for one since we are typically very involved in church. I should note that I am employed well outside of Columbia City so I don??t network with people from the area too often either.

So in our search for a church in the Columbia City, IN area we have reached out by email and none have ever responded to our inquiries (12 churches). That??s right; none. This seems odd and has made it much harder to find a fit. Furthermore, many churches don??t even have a web site or don??t make it easy to know when a service is even held without forcing a trip out to see their sign. I am sure it is not intentional, but this lack of information & response to inquiries has left a family of 4 without a church home now for several months.

Perhaps other new people to the area who may not be so committed to going to church may give up given such a lack of response. If we are doing this kind of a job in reaching the churched, what about the un-churched?

We have now visited several churches in the area and have so far found just one (so far) to really work hard at welcoming people: New Hope Wesleyan. If that was a better worship fit for us we would have stopped looking. Great job New Hope!

In reading this some may draw a conclusion that we are being too picky, but in our walk through this we see that we need to be flexible on some things and be willing to change. Yet there are certain doctrines which we just cannot compromise on.

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★★☆☆☆

# Visits 1
SizeVery Large
Dates11/2010

Observed Doctrine2,
Doctrine Fit0,
Worship Fit1,
Kids3.5,
Location5,
Friendliness2.5

Comments:
+ Good sermon, but we understand that there is usually less preaching.
+ Music repeated a lot, and not our style.
+ For friendliness; if not for the pastor the rating would not have been this high."

Follow-up:
+ None

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

"Details on our ratings:

1) Doctrine ?? in general
a. Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved
b. We are saved by grace, through faith, not by works ?? there is nothing we can do to earn salvation
c. The entire Bible is true and infallible
i. This includes the story of Creation, to the structure of church leadership in Timothy
ii. Homosexual behavior is no more/less sinful or acceptable than adultery between heterosexuals. These sins must be repented from in truth.
d. Predestination ?? We come from a Calvin background, but are quite content in finding a church that doesn??t teach this because we can take parental responsibility for it.
e. Music ?? we believe music (including instruments) is very biblical for worship and this is a very important part of our personal worship

2) Worship Style & Content
a. 70/30 (70% hymns, 30% contemporary)
i. We love the hymns and don??t feel that we have worshipped with all of our hearts if they are not sung.
ii. Turn offs: Contemporary music which repeats a lot or when worship teams seem to be overly dramatic.
b. It is important to be regularly reminded of the Commandments & Creeds
c. Not ashamed to preach on contemporary cultural issues

3) Kids
a. Kids & programs for grades 3-5 ?? and it would be nice to have friends from Little Turtle

4) Location
a. Within 10 minutes from home ?? because we desire to be well involved

5) Friendliness
a. How welcoming was the church?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Background:
We are new to the Columbia City area and have found it quite hard to find a church. We come from a Protestant and Reformed background (Christian Reformed to be exact) and found that there are no Reformed churches. We don??t wish to travel an hour round-trip to Fort Wayne for one since we are typically very involved in church. I should note that I am employed well outside of Columbia City so I don??t network with people from the area too often either.

So in our search for a church in the Columbia City, IN area we have reached out by email and none have ever responded to our inquiries (12 churches). That??s right; none. This seems odd and has made it much harder to find a fit. Furthermore, many churches don??t even have a web site or don??t make it easy to know when a service is even held without forcing a trip out to see their sign. I am sure it is not intentional, but this lack of information & response to inquiries has left a family of 4 without a church home now for several months.

Perhaps other new people to the area who may not be so committed to going to church may give up given such a lack of response. If we are doing this kind of a job in reaching the churched, what about the un-churched?

We have now visited several churches in the area and have so far found just one (so far) to really work hard at welcoming people: New Hope Wesleyan. If that was a better worship fit for us we would have stopped looking. Great job New Hope!

In reading this some may draw a conclusion that we are being too picky, but in our walk through this we see that we need to be flexible on some things and be willing to change. Yet there are certain doctrines which we just cannot compromise on.

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If you want a nice and friendly church with God as the focus you can attend here. The pastor is great and the staff is always right on. The kids program is excellent. Lots and lots for your child to get involved in and all with God as the goal. They have a place for everyone and the music is just awesome very contempoary and up beat. This church is big so plan to plug into a small group. They have 2 services and sunday nights during the school year.

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If you want a nice and friendly church with God as the focus you can attend here. The pastor is great and the staff is always right on. The kids program is excellent. Lots and lots for your child to get involved in and all with God as the goal. They have a place for everyone and the music is just awesome very contempoary and up beat. This church is big so plan to plug into a small group. They have 2 services and sunday nights during the school year.

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Message from First Church Of God

Thank you so much for choosing to worship with us! You are invited to a 15-minute party right after worship service to learn more about First Church of God. If you've come a week, try to come back a couple more times because, though our services are similar in style, every week is a little different.

More about First Church Of God

We offer two worship services every Sunday morning. Both the 9:00 and 10:30 services are contemporary in music, style and preaching. Pastor Johnny McCallister leads us during both services by reading straight from the Holy Bible, usually utilizing the New International Version text. You are encouraged to bring your own Bible to follow along, but if you don't have a Bible, don't worry! The text appears on the big screen and we have Bibles in the pews. If you're interested in owning a Bible but don't have a way to purchase one, email us and we'll get you hooked up. Info@firstchurchconnect.com

 

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