Everything you need to know to get started at the Church in the Center
Where does The Church in the Center meet?
Anyone wishing to be involved with the Church in the Center is welcome to join us at our community groups meeting in our members’ homes to build relationships, pray for each other and our city, and to explore the Bible’s answers for life. If you are interested in getting involved with one of these community groups, please let us know and we’ll give you the details.
The Church in the Center meets for public worship services each Sunday at 10:30 AM on the 3rd floor at the Marriott Texas Medical Center. Click here for details on parking and directions.
More information about Community Groups here
More information about Sunday worship services here
What networks is The Church in the Center affiliated with?
The Church in the Center desires to be a community of believers that has open doors to all people from various denominational backgrounds. Believers from any religious tradition and also non-believers are welcome in our services and community groups. We also believe that volutuntary cooperation with strategic networks enables us to achieve more for God’s Kingdom. We can make a greater impact in both local and global missions by engaging in collective efforts with like-minded churches and organizations.
Therefore, The CitC has chosen to affiliate with the following networks:
Houston Church Planting Network www.hcpn.org
Union Baptist Association www.ubahouston.org
Southern Baptist of Texas Convention www.sbtexas.com
North American Mission Board www.namb.net
The Gospel Coalition http://thegospelcoalition.org/
What ministries does/will The Church in the Center offer?
We envision several key areas of ministry. The first and main one is our weekly corporate worship gathering. Read more about Sunday worship here. The Church in the Center also offers children’s ministries in conjunction with our main weekly worship service.
We also offer a week day service called our “Shift Change” service which allows workers/students in the medical center to have corporate worship that is more condusive to busy schedules. Read more about Wednesday’s worship service here.
A second ministry is our Community Groups. These small groups of people meet in homes weekly to provide friendship, prayer support, Bible study, and a forum for finding real answers to your questions about faith and life. Community Groups are the primary place where relationships are formed and discipleship occurs. Read more about Community Groups here.
Tuesdays are Lunchbreak Fellowship! Read more about what is happening at LBF here.
How does The Church in the Center serve the greater good of the community?
We want to be a church that is actively involved in community service. We strongly encourage our members to give of their time to volunteer in one of the many excellent institutions of the medical center area who are making a real difference in the lives of families. We are also actively involved in missions both locally and globally. We take regular trips to various destinations around the world to meet both humanitarian and spiritual needs. Read more about volunteering through the Church in the Center here.
What children’s programs will be offered during church services and/or community groups?
At The Church in the Center, we offer quality child care for kids from carefully screened and trained caregivers. Our kids are one of the most precious gifts in our lives and we will treat yours the same. Also, please know that while child care will be available, it will not be mandated. If you would like for your infant or child to stay with you during the worship service, that is perfectly acceptable and welcomed. We view the presence of kids in our services as a blessing, not a distraction. More details about our Children’s Ministry are available on Sunday mornings at the Info Desk.
What financial accountability measures are in place for The Church in the Center?
As a new church, we are accountable to our sponsor churches and denominational entities. Each month, reports are submitted to the authorities in these organizations to ensure financial integrity on the part of The Church in the Center. We also have a very thorough internal accounting system to ensure that every dollar is accounted for and allocated properly. When you give to The Church in the Center, you will receive an annual contribution report (for IRS deduction purposes) and you will have access to budget information to see where we spend and give our funds. Also, The Church in the Center has had a policy in place from day one of giving away more than 10% of our income to missional charities.
How can I get involved with The Church in the Center?
We have multiple community groups open and anyone looking for a place to connect to build relationships, receive prayer support, and explore the Bible together are welcome to join us. Another great way to get started is to join us at our main public worship service on Sunday mornings. Newcomer’s Lunches take place every-over-week where you have an opportunity to learn more about the Church in the Center in an informal setting. In addition, there are many opportunities to join in on community service projects taking place through our Community Groups. You can stay informed on upcoming opportunities on this website on the Calendar page.
What are the doctrinal positions of the church?
View our Statement of Faith here.
Why start another church in Houston?
A lot of people ask the question, why start a church in a city that already has a lot of great churches. This is a really good question that needs to be addressed. While it seems that there are a lot of churches in Houston and that there are plenty to choose from, the reality is that the demographical picture necessitates many more churches. Houston is rapidly growing both numerically and culturally.
To adequately serve such a massive and diverse populous, many more churches of all types will be needed. A fact to this point is that over the last 100 years in American history, the church-to-population ratio has actually fallen in half, and in Houston alone, some strategist suggest that we are at least 600 churches behind the population curve. So our vision is to be a part of a church planting movement to provide many more quality churches to serve a rapidly transforming and expanding city.