Reader-Recommended Churches

 

I often receive requests from readers for the name of a recommended Church of Christ in their area. This is a compilation of the recommendations made by readers over the years. I am not personally familiar with all these churches.

Obviously, there are many excellent churches not on this list, either because readers haven’t asked for recommendations in that area or the readers just weren’t familiar with a particular congregation.

As a rule, I only add a church recommended via the comments, as this gives the other readers the chance to comment on the wisdom of the recommendation.

Alabama

Calera Church of Christ, Calera

Central church of Christ, Andalusia

Central Church of Christ, Athens

Crossbridge Church of Christ, Birmingham

CrossPoint Church of Christ, Florence

Homewood Church of Christ, Birmingham

Landmark Church of Christ, Montgomery

Ohatchee Church of Christ, Ohatchee

Riverchase Church of Christ, Birmingham

Twickenham Church of Christ, Huntsville

University Church of Christ, Tuscaloosa

Vaughn Park Church of Christ, Montgomery

Arkansas

Crosswalk Family of God, Little Rock

Downtown Church of Christ, Searcy

Missouri Street Church of Christ, West Memphis

Southside Church of Christ, Rogers

Southwest Church of Christ, Jonesboro

University Church of Christ, Conway

Bahamas

Westridge Church of Christ, New Providence, Nassau area

California

Campbell Church of Christ, Campbell

Redwood Church, Redwood City

New Vintage Church, Escondido

Canyonview Church of Christ, San Diego

Colorado

Eastside Church of Christ, Colorado Springs

Lakewood church of Christ, Lakewood

Littleton Church of Christ, Centennial

Southeast Church of Christ, Aurora

Delaware

Newark Church of Christ, Newark

Florida

Central Church of Christ, Cocoa

First City Church, Pensacola

Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Fort Myers

Metro Church, Winter Springs

New Smyrna Beach Church of Christ, New Smyrna Beach

Sunset Church of Christ, Miami

West Orange Church of Christ, Winter Garden

Georgia

Campus Church, Atlanta

Cornerstone Church of Christ, Thomasville

Northlake Church of Christ, Atlanta

North Atlanta Church of Christ, Atlanta

Illinois

Napierville Church of Christ, Napierville

Kentucky

Florence Church of Christ, Florence

Garrard Street Church of Christ, Covington

Southside Church of Christ, Lexington

Louisiana

New Hope Church of Christ, Morgan City

Whites Ferry Road Church, West Monroe

Maryland

Church of Christ at Manor Woods, Rockville

Massachusetts

Quincy for Christ, Quincy

Michigan

Rochester Hills Church of Christ, Rochester Hills

Waterford Church of Christ, Waterford

Mississippi

Lee Acres Church of Christ, Tupelo

Senatobia Church of Christ, Senatobia

Missouri

East Sunshine Church Of Christ, Springfield

Fairview Road Church of Christ, Columbia

Lafayette Church Of Christ, St. Louis

Mid-County Church, St. Louis

McKnight Road Church Of Christ, St. Louis

Nebraska

Heartlands Church, Lincoln

New Jersey

Monmouth Church of Christ, Monmouth

Pitman Church of Christ, Pitman

New Mexico

Mountainside Church of Christ, Albuquerque

North Carolina

Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, Raleigh

Cary Christian Church, Cary (instrumental)

Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham

Hayesville Church of Christ, Hayesville

Hickory Church of Christ, Hickory

North Raleigh Church of Christ, Raleigh

Providence Road Church of Christ, Charlotte

South Central Church of Christ, Raleigh, formerly Rochester Heights Church of Christ

Sylva Church of Christ, Sylva

Ohio

Central Church of Christ, Cincinnati

Crosspointe Church of Christ, south of Dayton

Connections Christian Church, Madeira (instrumental)

Forest Hill Church of Christ, Cleveland

Kennedy Heights Church of Christ, Cincinnati

Northeast Church of Christ, Cincinnati

Reynoldsburg church of Christ, Columbus area

Withamsville Church of Christ, Cincinnati

Oklahoma

Alameda Church of Christ, Norman (has OU campus ministry)

Jenks Church, Jenks

Quail Springs Church of Christ, Oklahoma City

Pennsylvania

Christ’s Church of the Valley, Royersford

King of Prussia Church of Christ, King of Prussia

North Hills Church of Christ, Pittsburg

South Carolina

Holland Park Church of Christ, Simpsonville

Tennessee

Central Church of Christ, Cocoa

Donelson Church of Christ, Donelson (Nashville area)

Ethos Church, Nashville (instrumental)

Fairview Church of Christ, Lexington

Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, Franklin

Harpeth Hills Church Of Christ, Nashville

Madison Church of Christ, Madison (Nashville area)

Maury Hills Church, Columbia

Otter Creek Church of Christ, Nashville

The Family of God at Woodmont Hills, Nashville

Westmoreland church of Christ, Westmoreland

Texas

Bering Drive Church of Christ, Houston

Farmers Branch Church of Christ and The Branch of Vista Ridge, Farmers Branch and Ft. Worth

First Colony Church of Christ, Sugar Land

Garden Ridge Church of Christ, Lewisville

Glenwood Church of Christ, Tyler, TX

Highland Church of Christ, Abilene

Highland Oaks Church of Christ, Dallas and Plano

New Beginnings Church, Clear Lake (Houston)

North Davis Church of Christ, Arlington

Plymouth Park Church of Christ, Irving

Prestoncrest Church of Christ, Dallas

Preston Road Church of Christ, Dallas

The Hills Church of Christ, Ft. Worth, formerly Richland Hills Church of Christ

Saturn Road Church of Christ, Garland

Southside Church of Christ, Killeen

Southwest Central Church of Christ, Houston

Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, San Antonio

The Hills at Southlake, Southlake

West Houston Church of Christ, Houston

Virginia

Church of Christ at Mountain View, Wincester

Denbigh Church of Christ, Hampton Roads

New Hope Church of Christ, Richmond (instrumental)

Southwest Church of Christ,  Richmond

Valley Church of Christ, Harrisonburg (part of the Independent Christian Church/Church of Christ  tradition.)

81 Responses to Reader-Recommended Churches

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  2. RoyceOgle says:

    Whites Ferry Road Church, West Monroe, Louisiana

  3. Bob says:

    The web site for the Newark Church of Christ in Newark, DE is NewarkChurch.com

  4. Bob says:

    Just found out that the web site for the Newark Church of Christ in Newark, DE is REALLY newarkcoc.org. Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Sam Loveall says:

    In Raleigh/Durham, NC:

    Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, Raleigh – – http://www.brooks.org/

    North Raleigh Church of Christ – – http://www.northraleighchurch.org/

    Cole Mill Road Church of Christ, Durham – – http://www.colemillroad.org/

    South Central Church of Christ, Raleigh – – http://scchurchofchrist.org/

    Cary Christian Church, Cary (instrumental) – – http://www.carychristian.org

  6. guy says:

    Jay,

    You have a san antonio, TX church listed under oklahoma.

    And "Almeda" should be "Alameda." Alameda has an excellent counseling program by the way. They have two (last time i checked) licensed counselors on staff who counsel full time to anyone in church or community on a sliding scale charge (UBER cheap, if necessary).

    –guy

  7. Jim Mize says:

    I'd recommend the New Smyrna Beach Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach, FL. http://www.nsbchurchofchrist.com/

  8. summer says:

    Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR http://www.swfamily.org/

  9. Jason says:

    Miami, FL: Sunset Church of Christ
    http://www.sunsetonline.com

  10. BurntRibs says:

    I'd add the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas http://downtownchurch.org/ and the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers, Arkansas
    http://www.sscocrogers.org/Josh

  11. Anonymous says:

    Westridge Church of Christ (Bahamas) http://www.ridgecoc.com

  12. Pswann says:

    Jay, I'd like to recommend the University church of Christ in Conway, Arkansas. http://www.ucc-conway.org/

  13. Snap_knight says:

    I am a member of Alameda. There is only one counselor, Randy Hendricks. If you have insurance, he will take it. It you meet at the church instead of his office and can not pay, there is no charge. He will work with anybody.

  14. Roger Scully says:

    New Hope Church of Christ in Morgan City, LA http://www.morgancitycoc.com

  15. palmerbennett says:

    I would like to add to this list under 'Texas' congregations Southside church of Christ in Killeen, Texas. I received a tremendous amount of spiritual development in my years there. Keith Cormier and the members are a loving and diverse body and I miss them dearly. However, I enjoy having returned home to Raleigh, NC and the church of my youth, South Central church of Christ (formerly known as Rochester Heights church of Christ). Thanks for this listing Brother Jay and your voice.

  16. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    I’ve added Southside to the list. Thanks for the name. Judging by their website, they look to be quite an impressive congregation.

  17. I'm biased Jay. I have been reading your blog for a while and been blessed by the deep thought. There is push here to be Biblical and Jesus Centered. Salvation by grace through faith is a constant theme I read. I thank God for this.
    I'm biased about this church have preached here 28 years, but I would like to have Southeast Church of Christ in Aurora, CO added to your list.
    Thanks
    Larry Wishard

  18. Brett says:

    Cleveland, OH : Forest Hill Church : http://www.foresthillcofc.org

    Florence, AL: CrossPoint Church of Christ : http://crosspointcoc.org/

  19. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thanks, Brett. They have been added.

  20. Todd Collier says:

    If in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, look us up at Valley Church of Christ in Harrisonburg, VA. http://www.valleychurchofchristharrisonburg.com/ (Valley is a part of the Independent Christian Church/Church of Christ tradition.)

  21. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thanks. I’ve added to the list. (Shouldn’t you be in bed?)

  22. Anne says:

    Wow we're on the list! I would identify my church family, but then I would lose my anonymity.

  23. Bob Belville says:

    Hickory (NC) Church of Christ.

  24. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Bob,Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve added them to the list.I just realized that it’s been a year or so since anyone asked me to recommend a church. I used to get requests all the time. The list must be serving to help people find new church homes.That’s only possible because of good recommendations. Thanks.

  25. Royce says:

    The Southlake Blvd church in Southlake, Texas is now a campus of The HIlls (formerly North Richland Hills) and is now called The Hills at Southlake. In fact I saw that Rick Atchley preached twice there this past Sunday.

  26. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Thanks, Royce. I’ve updated the site.

  27. Jeff Hammack says:

    I whole-heartedly recommend the Missouri Street Church of Christ in West Memphis, Arkansas. I have been close friends with the minister, Mike Seale, for more than 35 years. I don’t live in the area, nor am I member of the CofC, but when I visit Mike and “MOST,” I am always greeted by the parishoners with great love and warmth; and Mike’s sermons are always thoughtful, exegetically sound, and passionately conveyed from one who truly seeks the heart of Jesus.

  28. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Jeff,

    I’ve added MOST to the list. And thanks for the suggestion. (I’m a little embarrassed they weren’t already there.)

  29. Jeff Hammack says:

    Thanks, Jay! Mike speaks very highly of your website and has sent the link before but this occassion was non-spiritual – he sent the link for the Bama Ark highlight video – Roll Tide!

  30. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    SD,

    Thanks! At last an entry from Mississippi. Surely there should be more …

  31. Orion says:

    http://www.eastsidechurch.us/

    I see Colorado is missing from your list and would like to add Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs.

    We have a great staff with Patrick Mead as preaching minister, Matt Elliott as worship minister and Bobby Crews as youth minister. God is being glorified.

    Come visit us on your next vacation to this beautiful state.

  32. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Delighted to add your congregation — and say “hello” to Patrick and Matt for me! Matt was our first youth minister (and an incredible worship leader) and Patrick has spoken here more than once. Good folks …

  33. Jonathan Wood says:

    I would highly recommend Maury Hills Church in Columbia, Tennessee and Northlake Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. Both are progressive, grace filled churches.

    Any recommendations in Western North Carolina, near Asheville?

  34. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Jonathan,

    I’ve added both churches, as well as Holland Park Church of Christ in Simpsonville, SC.

    Sorry, but I don’t know any churches in the western area of NC not already on the list. Maybe some of the other readers can help.

  35. Tim says:

    I’d like to add Clear Creek Church of Christ in Chattanooga, TN to the list.

  36. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Tim,

    Done. Thanks for the suggestion!

  37. Tom Cadmus says:

    Jay;
    My wife and I were on a trip in NW Virginia; worshipped at Church of Christ at
    MountainView in Winchester, Virginia. Awesome people…..please add. Thanks.

  38. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Tom,

    Thanks. They’ve been added.

  39. Susan Durette says:

    Are there any recommendations for churches in Albuquerque, NM or the Tijeras, NM area from your readers? I would appreciate any comments. Thank you.

  40. Chris Allen says:

    I’m surprised Otter Creek Church in the Nashville area isn’t on the list. Also, not that it matters for anything but accuracy, but the Ethos Church in Nashville is instrumental.

  41. Cornerstone Church of Christ in Thomasville, GA

  42. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Jason,

    I’ve added Cornerstone to the list, but the URL you provided doesn’t work. The link is to one of two Facebook pages for Cornerstone. I hope it’s the right one. I can’t find an actual webpage on Google.

  43. Gregory Alan Tidwell says:

    Jay;

    I appreciate your compiling a list of congregations which line up with your Progressive faction. If I had published such a list of Progressive congregations you would have been at the forefront condemning my divisiveness.

    I believe the list you have compiled has great value.

    For those of us who continue to believe and practice what we have always believed and practiced, these are congregations to avoid. For those of you who have exchanged your earlier convictions for new convictions (or for a lack of conviction, as we have seen in New Wineskins’ Universalism), these congregations will suit nicely.

    Best Always,

    GATidwell

  44. gt says:

    Greg, in all fairness Jay didnt mention these as being necessarily “Progressive” churches. I’m familiar with many of these congregations and I feel you would be comfortable worshiping with them. I’m not sure what the litmus test for “Progressive” is.
    My sister worships at Saturn Road in Texas and I dont think that is their reputation.

  45. Charles McLean says:

    Greg wrote: “If I had published such a list of Progressive congregations you would have been at the forefront condemning my divisiveness.

    I believe the list you have compiled has great value. For those of us who continue to believe and practice what we have always believed and practiced, these are congregations to avoid.”

    Holy “invisible beam in the eye”, Batman!

    And you COMPLAIN that someone might consider you divisive? Greg, what else can anyone possibly think after they read your post? If someone else accused you, I would have to hold my own assessment in abeyance. But since you (1) choose to post for no other reason than to declare your division from other CoC’s and (2) declare your avoidance of those from whom you’ve divided, your own words make your divisiveness clear.

    To clarify something here, making distinctions is not necessarily divisive. A cowboy can observe that both cowboys and Indians eat at this restaurant. It only becomes divisive when he adds, “You may want to eat with Indians, but I don’t.”

    I am a charismatic, and I fellowship with both charismatics and fundamentalists. We are different, but I do not hold myself apart from fundamentalists on that basis. That is a distinction without division. Sadly, there are a few folks still out there for whom distinction REQUIRES division. “My four and no more.” These folks are shrinking islands in a rising sea.

    As to convictions– When I was a child I had certain convictions, like girls having cooties, and that the tooth fairy was real (and cheap), and that the consumption of asparagus was deadly. I have since exchanged some of my earlier convictions for better ones. It’s called growing up. And it is a lifetime project. A man who learns nothing after age 20 of enough significance as to change any of his existing convictions is not sanctified; he is merely ossified.

  46. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Greg,

    I’ve been in the hospital the last several days coping with kidney issues, and so I’ve not been able to respond until now. I’m finally at home, convalescing.

    This particular page is not a list of congregations aligned with a particular perspective. It is, as the page has said from its inception, a listing of congregations recommended by the readership.

    From the beginnings of this blog, I’ve had readers request recommendations for churches to consider as they’ve moved to new communities. I’ve often asked the readers for their advice, as my knowledge of the churches in most towns is fairly limited.

    If you were to review the old posts here, you’d find several where I asked the readership on behalf of a reader for church recommendations in city A or B.

    It would be futility for a reader to ask for a “progressive” Church of Christ, as the term lacks a useful definition. And in fact it’s difficult to pin down the working theology of many congregations.

    I recently had a preacher in search of a new congregation ask me how to tell whether a church is progressive. I could offer little guidance. After all, churches are living beings that are in constant change. The preacher’s theology and the elders’ theology are sometimes not the same or may be in the process of reconsideration or maturation. And the congregation may well be more or less mature than its leadership.

    In short, this is not a roll of churches that agree with or support my views. It is exactly what it purports to be: a compilation of recommendations from the readers given to other readers who’ve asked for recommendations.

  47. FactChecker says:

    Not sure this is a fight worth having, but let’s at least give due regard to the facts. For the record, at the time of Mr. Tidwell’s posting, the URL for this page was “progressive-church-of-christ-congregations”. It has since been renamed to “recommended-church-of-christ-congregations”. (See here for a Google cache of the old page, for however long it lasts.) Not to be snarky, but it would seem the term “progressive” had a useful enough definition four days ago.

  48. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Factchecker,

    From the inception of the page, it’s been exactly what it says it is. In fact, it’s a compilation of recommendations from readers of this blog — who are from all segments of the Churches of Christ. I have readers who are one cup, premillennial, no Sunday school, non-institutional, mainstream, charismatic, emerging — you name it. Because the blog is focused on unity within God’s kingdom, it has attracted a readership from across the entire Church of Christ spectrum.

    The churches listed are as recommended by the readers. I am familiar with only a handful myself. They represent no faction and I’m sure do not necessarily endorse this site or my views. Rather, some who read this blog endorse those churches. Those churches should be proud to be recommended by such good people.

    I have confidence in the readership to make thoughtful recommendations to their fellow readers, guided by the Golden Rule and their own experiences and understandings of the scripture.

    I’ve been digging around to trace the origins of the URL, as I had forgotten that “progressive” was in it until looking at the site this morning. Suffice to say, the URL was created by operator error. I discovered the problem sometime after the page was created, but the WordPress version available to me when I posted the page did not allow me to change URLs (or if it did, I didn’t know how to do it), and I gave the URL no thought until this morning. In the 16 months the page has been up, the URL attracted no attention from the readership — who would have certainly objected to characterizing all the listed churches as “progressive.”

    I noticed the URL this morning, I suspected the URL was causing some confusion, the version of WordPress I now have makes it easy to change it, and so I changed it. But the links to the page and text descriptions of the page have never referred to “progressive” Churches of Christ. In fact, I suspect there are many churches on the list who would not meet most definitions of “progressive.”

  49. Please add to your list.

  50. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Robert,

    The Hayesville Church of Christ has been added. Thanks for the recommendation!

  51. Bob Brandon says:

    Would like to add Fairview Road Church of Christ, Columbia, Mo., to your list.

    http://fairviewroadchurch.wordpress.com/

  52. Terry Kornegay says:

    There are many Churches of Christ in WV. If you like I can forward you a list from my area (southern WV).

  53. Chad says:

    Crosswalk Family of God in Little Rock, AR
    http://crosswalkfamily.com/

  54. Royce Ogle says:

    First City Church, Pensacola, FL

  55. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Bob, Chad, and Royce,

    Thanks for the recommendations. They’ve all been added.

  56. Jay:

    Would you mind adding us to the list? We are the Sylva Church of Christ in Sylva, NC.

    Thanks

    Jonathan Wade

  57. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Jonathan,

    Done. Thanks for the recommendation.

  58. Charlie says:

    Westmoreland church of Christ in Westmoreland, TN.

    Would you consider adding that fellowship to your list?

    Thanks!

  59. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Charlie,

    They’re added. Thanks for the suggestion.

  60. Brad Sullivan says:

    Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler, TX

  61. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Brad,

    They’re added. Thanks for the recommendation.

  62. I’d like to recommend the Monmouth Church of Christ, if possible. Caveat emptor: I am the minister at this church, but I feel compelled to recommend it because there are no others listed in NJ and we really are quite progressive! :-)

    http://monmouthchurch.org

  63. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Glad to add the Monmouth congregation. Thanks!

  64. Edward Fudge says:

    Bering Drive Church of Christ
    1910 Bering Drive
    Houston, TX 77057
    http://www.beringfamily.org

  65. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Edward,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve added them to the list.

  66. Craig says:

    Please add Senatobia Church of Christ.

    http://www.senatobiachurch.org

    Senatobia, Mississippi

  67. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Craig,

    Thanks for the recommendation. It’s posted. Sorry for being slow.

  68. Sean McAfee says:

    Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Fort Myers, Florida

  69. Carl Pfountz says:

    Please add Fairview Church of Christ, Lexington, Tennessee

  70. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Carl and Steve,

    Thanks for the recommendations! Both churches have been added to the list.

  71. Jwfurness says:

    The Waterford church of Christ has been a wonderful church home to me and my family. If anyone is in the northern metro Detroit area, give us a visit!

    Waterfordcoc.org

  72. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    JW,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve added them to the list.

  73. Rick Guyer says:

    I suggest that you add Heartlands church in Lincoln, NE. Jim Tuttle is the preaching minister there, and they are about ready to move into a new building.

  74. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    Rick,

    Happy to add Heartland to the list — and to finally have a church in Nebraska listed.

  75. Elleta Wilson says:

    Please add Central Church of Christ in Amarillo, TX.

  76. Colts/Pacer fan says:

    Does anyone know of any congregations around the Indianapolis Indiana area? (preferably on the west side of town… say…..the Plainfield area?)
    thank you

  77. jwinn1992 says:

    Maryville Church of Christ in Maryville, TN. Hardin Valley Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. Laurel Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. Second Street Church of Christ in Pulaski, TN.

  78. Jesse says:

    Guntersville Church of Christ in Guntersville, AL. Hebron Church of Christ in Joppa, AL. Eva Church of Christ in Eva, AL

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