Q: I have an infant and a five-year-old. We want to attend one of your worships. What do we do with the kids?

A: As a congregation, we know that a love for worship is formed from the very beginning. Children are always welcome and in fact, encouraged to participate with families in all our worship services. We do have our nursery available up through age 4 and our Kids Corner worship bags are set aside in a little area to the rear of the sanctuary where kids can take find quiet activities and relatable materials to help them focus. For more information, talk to our Coordinator of Children’s Ministries, Aimee McBride.

Q: I'm not familiar with Broadway or it's denominational affiliation, what are the core beliefs for Disciples of Christ? 

A: To read our Disciples' statement of faith and Broadway’s mission statement, click here.

Q: Is there a national website that I could visit to understand the denomination more?

A: Yes, we are very proud of the work done at the General Church level and would love for you to learn more about it by visiting www.Disciples.org.

Q: Do you baptize or dedicate infant children? What about infant baptism?

A: As is the tradition in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), our common practice is believer’s baptism by immersion and blessing of infants. Yet, we strongly recognize the tradition and beauty of infant baptism and if this is a question for you we encourage you to contact one of our Pastoral Team directly.

Q: What is the difference between your three worship experiences?

A: We are blessed to be able to offer a wide variety of worship experiences at Broadway Christian Church. The differences are mostly of style and approach, rather than substance. All of our worship gatherings include the essentials of worship: praise, prayer, Scripture, proclamation, and the Lord’s Table. That said, each worship has its own flavor, aspects that may make it more attractive for you depending on your preferences: Click here to read about our worship experiences. 

Q: Are the sermon messages in all the worships the same?

A: Yes! It is one way we remain a unified church across our services. The basic content of the Sunday morning sermons is the same, though the delivery may be tailored to that particular worship service. Although our Saturday-evening Bluegrass worships feature different sermon messages.

Q: What time are your worship experiences?

A: Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Daybreak), 9 a.m. (Traditional) & 11:15 a.m. (Contemporary). First Saturday of each month 5 p.m. in Rocheport (Bluegrass).

Q: When is your Sunday School hour?

A: Our church-wide all ages Christian education hour is at 10:10 a.m. every Sunday morning. We feature classes with everyone from 18 months to 90+ years old!

Q: Is Broadway an Open and Affirming church? What about those of different sexual orientations and their place in the life of the congregation?

A: We are an open and affirming Christian community, that seeks to honor and celebrate the unique gifts of every child of God. As a congregation, Broadway Christian Church proclaims that we are a place of welcome to all, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance, socioeconomic background, criminal history, or theological perspective. We welcome all to the congregation, to Christ's table, and to service within the church. We recognize the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians and those yearning to know Christ and celebrate that we are all children of God, striving together to do God's will. 

Q: I would like to volunteer or find a place to serve on Sunday mornings. What is available and who would I contact?

A: There are many opportunities for service on Sunday and other times! It takes more than 50 volunteers filling important roles to bring to life each Sunday at Broadway. Please feel free to talk to one of the pastors or to Ingrid Luckenbill, or someone at the welcome center on Sunday mornings. We have developed a master list of more than 101 ministry opportunities so that you can find where you feel led to serve.

Q: I like to sing. What are my opportunities? I play an instrument. Is there an outlet to share my gifts? Can my teenagers sing in the chancel choir?

A: Two of our singing opportunities include the Chancel Choir that sings at the 9 a.m. traditional worship and rehearses Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (contact: Nollie Moore) and the Ensemble that provides musical leadership at the 11:15 a.m. contemporary worship and rehearses Thursdays at 7 p.m. (contact: Terry Overfelt). Our Chancel Bell choir plays regularly in worship and rehearses Wednesdays at 6 p.m. We welcome the gifts of all musicians and ones wishing to share their gifts, please contact one of the Pastoral Team to best find a way for your gift and talent to be shared. If you play an instrument, we have many ways to appropriately include your gifts in worship: (contact: Deb Carr – traditional, Nollie Moore – traditional; Terry Overfelt – contemporary; Ed Varnum – Daybreak; Nancy Miller – Bluegrass).

Q: When do your members enter into baptism traditionally?

A: Most typically, we prepare baptismal candidates around 5th grade in upper elementary. This includes a 12 week series of classes with the pastors, conversations with assigned mentors and an overnight baptismal retreat.  Also, anyone may be baptized whenever they are ready to make the confession that Jesus is the Christ. Typically our church celebrates baptism along with the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

Q: How often do you serve communion?

A: Communion, the Lord's Supper, the eucharist, stands at the very center of our worship as a community. So we serve communion as a part of our weekly worship. We strongly believe that our heart and the heart of Jesus Christ are united in the act of coming together at the table. 

Q: Is the table open?

A: Yes. As followers of Christ, we understand that this table is not ours. Jesus invites all; friend and betrayer, seeker and disciple, to eat with him. All are welcome regardless of denominational affiliation.

Q: Are women given positions of spiritual leadership in your church?

A: The body of Christ would not be complete without the full recognition of the gifts of all people serving in all levels of leadership. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has ordained women into the ordained ministry since the 1800s and women serve in all aspects of spiritual leadership in our congregation. We strive to have a diverse leadership where each and all can find themselves reflected back to them.

Q: What are your mission and outreach opportunities?

A: The Life of Service is an important key in the lives of all Christians. Broadway works hard to serve those in need within Columbia to the very edge of the world. We have a vast array of service opportunities, both in the congregation, community and broader church and internationally. To see a list of our outreach and mission opportunities, click here .

Q: Do you have small group ministries?

A: We have many small group opportunities of different kinds. We encourage all followers of Jesus to find a relational group to strengthen their relationship. Some are year-round while others meet for a designated number of sessions. Many of our adult classes meet during our church-wide Christian education hour (at 10:10 am) and a number of our small groups meet mid-week, either at the church or in homes. If you would like for information about small groups contact John DeLaporte in the church office. We also encourage those new to our community of faith to participate in Disciples 101 and Broadway 201. A series of short classes usually held on Sunday mornings that provide background in Disciples thought and history, the mission of Broadway Christian Church, an assessment of your gifts for ministry. If you are interested please talk to John DeLaporte.

Q: Do you have groups for college students?

A: Yes we do. We offer Disciples on Campus (in partnership with First Christian Church) and the group meets every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bethany Hall -125 N 10th street - an annex of First Christian Church downtown. Their gatherings include study, conversation, service and fun. They go on a major mission trip once each winter break. Contact John DeLaporte for more information.

Q: Do you have groups for singles? Men? Women?

A: We do offer some specific affinity groups. For instance, our men and women ministries each have a retreat once a year, with regular study and fellowship opportunities throughout the year. Yet, at this time, we don’t have a specialized group for singles; most of them participate directly in the many groups and ministries of the congregation. 

Q: What is the demographic makeup of your congregation?

A: We tend to reflect the community around us, seeking to welcome all into the life of Christ in our community. We represent fairly well the college town environment, with a mixed congregation with people from a multitude of racial, social-economic, and even political backgrounds. 

Q: What is your membership total?

A: Our membership is always shifting at Broadway. We are a fairly large Disciples church that worships around 400 people each Sunday.

Q: How long have you been a church?

A: In the month of October 2018, we celebrated 60 years as a congregation! 


Last Published: March 12, 2021 12:02 PM