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: Our children are always welcome and encouraged to participate with families in our worship           services. We do have nursery available up through age 4 and our KidzWay worship inclusion              program sets aside a little area to the rear of the sanctuary where shepherds help them worship          on their own level. For more information, talk to our Coordinator of Children’s Ministries, Aimee            McBride.

Q: I would like to volunteer on Sunday mornings, do my part. What is available and who would I contact?

A: There are many opportunities for service on Sunday and other times! Please feel free to talk to one of the pastors or to Ingrid Luckenbill at the welcome center on Sunday mornings. We have developed a master list of 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 adult handbell choir plays regularly at the traditional worship and rehearses Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Our youth handbell choir plays most usually at the 9 and 11:15 worships and rehearses 6 p.m. on Sunday nights. The children’s choirs sing at the 9 & 11:15 worships and rehearse from 10:55-11:10 on Sunday mornings. 

If you play an instrument, we have many ways to appropriately include your gifts in worship: (contact: Deb Carson – traditional, Nollie Moore – traditional; Terry Overfelt – contemporary; Ed Varnum – Daybreak; Nancy Miller – Bluegrass).

Of course, we include youth in our musical groups! In fact, the intergenerational dimension of our musical groups is an important one. Simply talk to one of our directors.


Q: 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: www.Disciples.org


Q: Do you baptize or dedicate infant children? 

A: We practice believer’s baptism by immersion and dedicate infants.


Q: Do you recognize infant baptism?

A: We recognize the baptisms of other traditions.


Q: When do your members enter into baptism traditionally?

A: Most typically, we prepare baptismal candidates in upper elementary school. This includes a series of classes with the pastor, conversations with assigned mentors and a baptismal retreat. But in our tradition, anyone may be baptized whenever they are ready to make the confession that Jesus is the Christ.


Q: How often do you serve communion?

A: Disciples celebrate the Lord’s Supper at every worship experience, every Lord’s Day.


Q: Is the table open?

A: Yes, to all who believe in Christ, regardless of denominational affiliation.


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

A: We have ordained women into the ordained ministry since the 1800s and women serve in all aspects of spiritual leadership in our congregation.


Q: What are your mission and outreach opportunities?

A: 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: What is the difference in your three worship experiences?

A: 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: The basic content of the Sunday morning sermons is the same, though the delivery may be tailored to that particular worship service. The Saturday-evening Bluegrass worship has a different sermon theme.


Q: Do you have small group ministries?

A: We have many small group opportunities of different kinds. 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 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 Ingrid Luckenbill in the church office.


We also encourage those new to our community of faith to participate in something we call the Discipleship Spectrum. This is 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 Ingrid Luckenbill.


Q: Do you have groups for college students?

A: Yes we do. We partner with First Christian Church for Disciples on Campus and they meet every Wednesday night at 8:45 p.m. at Bethany Hall, an annex of First Christian Church downtown. Their gatherings include study, conversation, service and fun. They go on a major mission trip once each year. Contact Rev. Nick Larson for more information.


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

A: We don’t have a specialized group for singles; most of them participate directly in the many groups and ministries of the congregation. Our men and women ministries each have a retreat once a year, with other opportunities along the way.


Q: What is your main demographic?

A: We are a mixed, suburban congregation with all ages represented.


Q: What is your membership total?

A: 1000, with about 500 worshipping in one of our worship experiences each Sunday.


Q: How long have you been a church?

A: 60 years.


Q: What time are your worship experiences?

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


Q: When is your Sunday School hour?

A: Our church-wide Christian education hour for all ages is at 10:10 a.m. Our All God’s Children classes for those with disabilities are at 11:15 a.m.


Q: What is the Broadway’s stance on those of different sexual orientations and their place in the life of the congregation?

A: The congregation of 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.

Last Published: February 12, 2019 12:57 PM