9:30 & 11:15am
5400 Linworth Road
Columbus, OH 43235
MEET PASTOR CHRIS
"It is my deep desire that our church can be a learning community, where both Christ-followers and skeptics can come together and explore their doubts and the truth claims of Christianity. I hope that our church can foster a place for people to grow in their knowledge of God, their love for God and others, and understanding the purposes He has for them."
Chris Martin, Lead Pastor
Chris is the lead pastor and main teaching pastor at Linworth Road Church. He and his wife Louise were sent from Linworth to plant a church at Kent State University in the 1980s. They returned to Columbus in 1991, established a home with four kids, and Chris grew into the lead pastor at Linworth. Since then he has been involved in training leaders, sending church-planters, shepherding the congregation, and working to make disciples of Jesus.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Most Sundays we begin and end the service with worship through music. Singing songs that express our love to God is one way we draw close to Him. Our music is a mix of some traditional favorites, often with a contemporary flare, and songs that express our heart for God with modern wording and phrasing.
We typically go through books of the Bible on a Sunday morning. The words from Scripture are eternally timeless, but it is our task to apply them today in our context and world system. At the heart of the message is the simple gospel message that Jesus Christ lived, died on the cross and rose again for the salvation of all.
No church can be effective without an emphasis on prayer. Prayer is communication with God and can be powerful. We pray in various ways and at different times throughout the service. If you desire individual prayer, you will have the opportunity following the service to meet with a member of our prayer team.
Those who put their faith in Jesus are instructed by Him to take the communion elements together - bread and juice, representing His body that was broken and blood that He spilled. This worshipful moment is both deeply personal and corporate, uniting us with the church body in devotion to Christ. We observe this once a month during our church services.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What about my kids?
Programs for children and students are available during both Sunday services. Here, age-appropriate small groups and experienced leaders help your children learn about God in exciting and relevant ways. If you need help finding the area for your children, please ask someone at Welcome Center in the lobby.
What should I wear?
Whatever makes you comfortable. We’re not concerned about what’s going on on the outside. We have a contemporary and casual style, so it's not difficult to fit in.
Will I be asked to give money?
If you’re new and checking things out, we want you to experience the service as our guest. The offering is a time for those who consider Linworth their home church. Don’t worry – no one will be watching to see if you give.