Our spiritual community begins with the life and words of Jesus. He is at the center of all we believe and do. His life is recorded in the New Testament, a book with unparalleled historical credibility.
Jesus’ birth was miraculous since His mother was a virgin. He grew up a carpenter’s son in a small outpost of the Mediterranean world. Throughout His life He enjoyed God’s love and obeyed Him completely. When He began his public ministry, He claimed to be the divine Son of God. His teachings were revolutionary. He confronted religious leaders with compassionate acts that embarrassed their traditions. He challenged secular leaders with miracles that upset their assumptions. This ultimately led to His agonizing death on the cross. Even his death was in willing obedience to God. He cited the ancient Jewish prophets, who said that the Son of God will bear the sins of the people.
All injustice, violence, oppression and cruelty were laid on Him. In mercy and grace, Jesus’ life and death became a substitute for all who would trust and follow Him. In a great reversal, God initiated a plan through Jesus to right every wrong and turn right side up every injustice.
Three days after His death, Jesus raised from the dead. This message was proclaimed and spread at a time when eyewitnesses to the resurrection were still alive. Over the centuries, the evidence continues to mount that this was a real, historical event. Not only does the resurrection provide the ultimate proof to His reality, but it verified His unique claim, that He was the Son of God. We believe that in Jesus we discover real truth and the divine love we have always been searching for.
Linworth Road Church is led by a plurality of leaders, called pastors, according to the pattern set in the New Testament. The pastors exist to provide over-arching leadership for the body of Christ. They serve by leading, teaching, pastoring, and praying for the church.
Pastors, through their example, help set an atmosphere for spiritual growth and meaningful relationships. Working with the members of Linworth, they discern God’s direction, so together, we can fulfill our common mission.
Spiritual Formation Pastor
Missions Pastors & Co-Director
Student Ministry Director
Marketing & Design
Linworth’s story is more than an improbable beginning. It was an impossible beginning. It all started with fifteen men and women barely out of their teens with a simple vision to recapture New Testament Christianity. They were shaped by the idealism of the late 60’s but recognized the ultimate revolution was one of love initiated by the ultimate revolutionary, Jesus. These young heroes and heroines portrayed A.W. Tozer’s famous definition of a Christian: holy rebels set loose in the world.
What were they up against? A massive state university unfriendly to evangelical Christianity; cultural upheavals sending shock waves throughout the country; a nation tearing off the veneer of Christian morality; a local Christian community that did not understand them; and finally, their own weaknesses and inexperience.
Somehow they survived, though actually how they survived is not a mystery. They persevered through God’s call and the unfolding guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the 80’s credibility was built with the campus, relationships were built with other Christians, and insights from older Christians brought wisdom and balance to youthful zeal.
With a strong base of college students and leaders remaining at Ohio State, in the mid 80’s a collection of families and single adults initiated a community ministry in Worthington. The college ministry remains today and is called Mosaic. The community ministry eventually became a separate church and built on Linworth Road in 1988.
What God has done is truly remarkable through that tiny seed planted at Ohio State University in 1973. Our mission today is still the same: to help people without God to become fully alive, fully mature, and fully on-mission. We aim to help men and women fulfill their redemptive potential in the context of authentic friendships. We aim to help marriages and parents grasp the power of God in creating relationships that break the cycle of family dysfunction.
The result of this individual and family ministry will be healthy, relational and on-mission churches aspiring to imitate the ideal of New Testament Christianity. A part of that pursuit includes dispensing our people and resources to spiritually and physically depleted parts of our city and world. Jesus initiated the Great Commission at the end of his ministry - his words still reverberate in our ears today. It is our passion to continue in the great historical advance of the church around the world as it honors the words and work of Jesus.
Jesus said that with God all things are possible. Our story is not so much about the heroics of individuals, but the grace of an amazing God. To Him be the glory!
Linworth Road Church is a member of Great Commission Churches (www.gccweb.org). Great Commission Churches is a U.S. based fellowship of independent churches designed to equip, unite and provide accountability to churches and ministries that have a desire to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
With church-planting deeply rooted in of our DNA, Linworth has helped launch dozens of churches over the past 40 years. While many of these have reached beyond Ohio, we have planted several in the Columbus area where we continue to have a strategic partnership to reach our city. These churches include: New Song Community Church (Reynoldsburg, 1988) Heritage Christian Church (Westerville, 1988), Darby Creek Community Church (Hilliard, 1993), Grace Point Community Church (Lewis Center, 2000), and Awaken Church (Short North, 2010).