We are one church in two locations . . . what does that mean? First we have to clear up a misconception of what a church is. A church is not a building or a worship service. A church is a Christ-centered group of people who do life together, worship God together, and devote themselves to the benefit of whatever location God has placed them. In other words, we’re a family that loves God, loves people, and serves the world.
Typically, a church owns a building of some sort where we gather for worship and mission. This building is like a family’s home. It’s where we come together to build relationships, study the Bible, worship our Savior, and plan ways to serve our city.
Currently, Central’s home is a building located in downtown Springfield, IL. We gather for worship there at 8:30 and 11 AM each week. Some of our Bible study groups, called Relationship Groups, meet there every Sunday between the worship services from 9:45 – 10:45 AM. We eat a meal together on Wednesday evenings from 4:45 – 6 PM.
Central also has a campus in New Berlin, IL. This means we have two buildings, one in downtown Springfield and one in New Berlin. But we’re still one church family. We worship one Lord, Jesus. Our pastors provide support and leadership to both campuses. Our purpose – to love God, love people, and serve the world – is the same. Our mission to invest in our cities for the glory of God and good of humanity, making disciples of Jesus, will not change.
Our prayer is that God will continue to transform both our campuses, and use us to transform both our cities. We are one church in two cities, one family in two locations.