REACHING THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF ADRIAN FOR THE GOSPEL
“Everybody has a place at a table.” This has become the motto at Neighborhood Church in Adrian, Michigan. Neighborhood Church is becoming a church where people who would often struggle to find a place at church can feel quickly accepted and included.
Adrian is a small, diverse town of approximately 21,000 people. Although Neighborhood Church is currently composed of seventy or so individuals, their congregation is likewise very diverse. “Our prayer has been, ‘God make us a church that reflects the city you’ve called us to,’” Nate says. The staff pastors work to be involved within the community in various degrees, and it is reflected within the demographic of the church. “We have communion every week to remind us of the heart of the Gospel and why it is that we all have a place at the table,” Nate shares.
“Adrian is filled with people who may have sat in a church for one reason or another but have yet to personally discover and develop life in Christ. Although almost everyone has heard of Jesus, there are still many who express an interest in spiritual things, but aren’t sure what to do with Jesus. This presents a perfect opportunity for the church to not merely be a Sunday event, but a group of people living everyday life together through Jesus. We are eager to be a church that shows Jesus love for each particular pocket and neighborhood within Adrian.”
Neighborhood Church had its beginning in January of 2016. Within the first year, Neighborhood Church inherited FEC’s Church of the Good Shepherd building on East Beecher Street as the people of that congregation voted to integrate into Neighborhood Church. They continue to meet and invest in this asset limited neighborhood with a continued desire to expand into other neighborhoods throughout Adrian with their simple weekly neighborhood church gatherings
Neighborhood Church’s focus is simple and clear: connect people to Jesus, each other and neighbors. In so doing, they fulfill their mission to discover and develop life in Christ together. Neighborhood Church covets your prayers as they seek to continue to influence and love the community of Adrian.