Looking for a College Church? Here is Your Guide to Churches in Warsaw, Indiana
Going away to college brings lots of new and exciting changes. At Grace College, one of those changes is finding a church home near campus. Although we have chapel and growth group opportunities for spiritual development, we want every student to find a church in Warsaw, Indiana where they can serve, be fed, and meet members of the community.
Now for the all-important question: what do I look for in a church? This question of how to find a church may seem very broad and intimidating, but we’ll break it down for you:
First, do some research by checking out churches in Warsaw, Indiana. A great way to accomplish this is through Google Maps or by simply searching, “churches near me.” If the church has a website, visit it and read their “About” page. First-hand experience is always the best way to determine if you like a church, so take advantage of service recordings and live feeds that are offered.
Next, decide what your preferences are. Do you enjoy serving? Find out if the church you’re considering has opportunities for you. Do you prefer an earlier or later service time? Look on their website or ask other students to find a time that works. Other considerations include a connection group for college students, distance from campus, doctrinal beliefs, familiarity with attendees, and depth of preaching. Determining what you value most in a college church is a key step in finding the right place for you.
Finally, jump in! When that first Sunday on campus rolls around, pick a church from your list and go to a service. Invite friends to join you or get a ride with your RA. We want you to find a place where you can thrive, so if you’re not comfortable with the first church on the list, try out the second one. With diligence and open-mindedness, you’re sure to find a place that suits you well.
To aid you in the first step of this endeavor, we have picked eight churches in Warsaw, Indiana to help give you a taste of what you’ll find. Keep reading for location information, serving opportunities, doctrinal facts and website links.
Christ Covenant Church
Do you want to walk or bike to church? Then CCC is the place for you! Located about a mile from campus, this church can be accessed through the walking trails that begin near Beta Hall. CCC’s vision is to reach the nations and the generations with the gospel of Christ. They want to be a church that sends missionaries to people groups where there is no gospel witness, and they want to be a church that passes the gospel down in time to the next generation here in our own community. Each week, attendees can look forward to a Bible-centered sermon, time of worship, and fellowship with other believers. Click here for information on their current sermon series, statement of faith, serving opportunities, and much more.
Mission Point is committed to meet its attendees wherever they are at in their spiritual walk. Their church pact is for Christians to join together in connecting, serving, giving, and reaching. They believe that Christians should help each other along in living a God-honoring life, using their abilities in kingdom service, generous giving to help those in need, and reach out to those who are not included. Attendees will experience a weekly service of worship, prayer, and a message. The leaders and elders desire for all attendees to have space to passionately worship Christ and, through the study of the Word, learn about Jesus and their life’s mission. If you’re looking for a college church that will encourage you in your mission and purpose of serving Christ, click here to explore their website.
Warsaw Community Church
For those who desire a relaxed church experience, WCC is a fantastic option. Each week, attendees can look forward to worship and teaching that is contemporary. This church desires for its parishioners to understand that the Bible speaks directly to daily situations and that God wants to connect with them on a personal level. The second Sunday of every month is an open house opportunity called “Coffee and Connection”. This is a gathering of attendees, volunteers, staff members, and pastors designed to connect people with belonging. If you desire to connect with other Christians and have a church experience that fits your personal needs, click here to explore WCC’s website.
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church
Located just across the street from campus, WLGBC is attended by many faculty members and students alike. Their values are prayer, everyone, grace, changed lives, teamwork, family, next-generation, and generosity. They encourage attendees to use their gifts in service, whether that is in worship, hospitality, or the children’s ministry. Weekly services include a time of worship that boasts a mixture of current and older music as well as a Bible-centered message. If you want a college church that is close to campus, encourages service, and fosters spiritual growth, click here to check out service opportunities and their current sermon series.
Warsaw Community Grace Brethren Church
Warsaw Community Grace Brethren Church, or “Community Grace” for short, has a great track record as a place for Grace students and graduates. They have two Sunday services, at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with “Communities of Training” (Sunday School) for every age during both services. The 11 a.m. service is translated in Spanish. Their Wednesday night kids’ and youth ministries are among the strongest in town, with great leadership and large teams that involve all volunteers well. Small groups throughout the week provide the best relational discipleship environment and family for everyone. That just scratches the surface, of course, for all a healthy church will be and do together during the year. Their mission statement is: We exist to glorify God by being Christ followers who make Christ followers, and they love engaging Grace students in that pursuit! If you want to attend a college church that will support your faith with resources and classes, check out Community Grace’s website to learn more.
Pleasant View Bible Church
Pleasant View Bible Church is a midsized, multi-generational congregation who are committed to worshiping together, growing together, and serving together. They have a long heritage of expositional preaching of God’s Word and a commitment to taking the gospel around the world through their support of world missions. Pleasant View has a vibrant children’s and student ministry which offers many opportunities for practical Christian service. Their Sunday worship is led by a modern worship band that incorporates a blend of classic hymns along with contemporary worship songs. They welcome college students to come and worship, grow, and serve the Lord as a meaningful member of the church family. If this college church sounds intriguing to you, click here for information such as service times, sermon series, and their biblical counseling form.
Warsaw First Brethren Church
WFBC takes traditional Brethren values very seriously. They are committed to following the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible by the Holy Spirit’s power. Recognizing that the Brethren lifestyle is not one-size-fits-all, they welcome diversity and contextual application. Their core verse is Ephesians 6:6, “… doing the will of God from the heart.” If you’d like to dive deeper into the Brethren values, click here to explore their website for information on service times and photo gallery.
Biblically-based beliefs are part and parcel to the Christian life, which is what you’ll find at The Ruwm. Part of this includes their name. “Ruwm” is a Hebrew word that translates exalt or lift. The church’s desire is to exalt the name of the Lord above all else, stand on God’s Word, and lift others up so they can experience their Savior. Every week, you can look forward to connection with other believers, worship, and a message. If a Bible-centered and Christ-focused college church experience sounds like something you’d want, click here to explore The Ruwm’s website.
Now that you have a college church guide to help you find churches in Warsaw, Indiana, you’re one step closer to thriving at Grace!
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To find more information about our local churches, visit our church webpage, here.