The church of Christ at Central is a Bible believing New Testament church. We love God, we love each other, and we want to love you.
We are commited to becoming true followers of Jesus.
Our journey began with humble services in the old Warren County Courthouse in 1830. Since then, we have grown and established our permanent location in downtown McMinnville, TN. Throughout the years, we have been blessed to have influential ministers and evangelists. David Lipscomb, Alexander Campbell, and T.B. Larimore, contributed to our spiritual growth. With the support of our dedicated community we have expanded our facilities to accommodate our growing membership. Today, we stand united as a vibrant congregation committed to serving the Lord and making a positive impact in our home town and surrounding area.
We are a group of regular, flawed, imperfect people, who believe the Bible speaks complete truth.
We get together weekly to worship the Creator, to remember how Jesus died & came back to life, study the Bible, and to be around other people who all believe in this truth.
Click through our list of frequently asked questions of what it’s like here.
Sunday mornings are vibrant at Central. You will see people chatting, catching up with each other, kids running around, and hopefully warm smiles from members recognizing that you are visiting. We are always excited to meet new faces! Every week we pray, sing, hear a prepared lesson from the Bible, give, and share in remembering Jesus by taking communion. Every time we’re together the offer is open to be baptized and follow Jesus. We also have elders (men who watch over the group’s spiritual needs) available every Sunday morning to pray or talk with you. Bible studies start an hour before worship for every age. It’s a great way to connect to others within certain life phases.
If it’s been a while, we want you to feel loved and like you’re coming home. We see new visitors regularly! If you’ve been here with us before and you’ve been thinking about coming back to visit, we would love to see you, hug you, and catch up.
Guests at Central are never singled out or treated differently. We won’t bring obvious attention to you or make a spectacle. We want you to feel loved and welcome.
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Every time we are together you will hear and see children!
In the auditorium during worship, sounds of children are welcome. We are so happy you have brought them. Their giggles and even tears are understood and loved.
We have a fully stocked and comfortable space aimed at meeting the needs of parents with young children, if you feel more comfortable stepping out of the auditorium.
There are Bible classes for every age group and grade level. We have a young families event focused group, Kids of the King, for ages Pre-K through 5th grade. Youth Group is 6th through 12th grades and has a continuous calendar of events to help your teen grow in faith and friendship.
If you have questions about getting your kiddo involved at Central, our Youth & Family Minister, Josh Pierce would love to talk to you!
We don’t use instruments because the early Christians didn’t use instruments in the New Testament. Don’t worry though, we don’t expect anyone to sound like they’ve won a Grammy. God just asks us to use the instruments He created in us, our voices, to praise Him. It is an act of worship. The point is that we all join together in songs of love and adoration to our God. You don’t have to read music, sing in tune, or even sound good. Your willingness to, “sing and make melody in your heart,” is all He asks.
The Lord’s Supper, also called Communion, is the time where baptized believers remember Jesus. We think about how he died, came back to life, reflect on our actions with others, and how He has made a way to live forever with Him. It’s a time where we hold memorial to Him in our minds, hearts, prayer, and the physical action of eating “the bread,” and drinking the, “fruit of the vine,” as it’s called in the Bible.
Before Jesus’ death, when His followers didn’t know He would be going to the cross, He had a meal with them and told them how to remember Him. He gave them bread and called it His body, as well as fruit of the vine, calling it His blood. At Central, communion is passed out in single served cups on small handheld trays. The bread is the texture of a cracker, and the fruit of the vine, is a non-alcoholic juice from grapes.
The Lord’s Supper at Central is quiet for believers. His death was undeserved and cruel. Reflecting on it reminds us what the cost is to be able to live forever, free from all of our missteps & mistakes. God doesn’t want us to live held in chains by our bad choices. Jesus’ death sets us free! The quiet is equally rooted in serious reflection and happy relief in God’s great promise to us.
Each week before to the Lord’s Supper, we take time to give back a portion of the money the Lord has blessed us with. After all, everything belongs to Him anyway. These funds are used to spread the truth of Jesus, support the work of our church, fund ministries, and pay our ministers.
As a visitor, you aren’t expected to put anything in the tray unless you feel like it!