Church on Main began as a dream of a group of people that lived in or connected to Middletown. In the midst of the rapid growth of the town the group wondered what it would look like to develop a progressive ministry that looks at and lives out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that are authentic to this place. Many churches and faith expressions bring pre-packaged answers to questions surrounding faith. What would it look like for a church to ask neighbors “Who is Jesus Christ to you?” and “How can we partner to get to know him better?”
Everyone talks about how our town is changing rapidly. Some talk about “what it used to be,” others “what we’re hoping it becomes.” Some of us grew up in a town surrounded by farmland and yet others that have moved here recently felt attracted to the charm and history of the town compared to the “busyness” of other metropolitan areas.
Things are different from what they were 20 years ago. Then again, things are different from what they were even 5 years ago. “Different” and “change” are currently the constants in Middletown. So, why do ministry the same way it has been done? Why build something simply because “they will come?” Instead, why not minister with open ended questions and an open-ended journey in search of experiencing Jesus in a new way? Why not look at the surrounding neighborhoods as places where the love of God can be shared without the hidden agenda of “getting them to church?” That is what we have discerned God is calling us to do here at Church on Main. And we hope you can join us on this journey.