Want a place that gives you opportunities for relationships with both older and younger members of the church body?
If you are looking to be actively involved in a local church, TCBB will give you plenty of opportunities. Pastor Dale and his wife Cami are friendly and passionate about seeing college students grow in a local church.
Solid Bible teaching has attracted students from IWU and Taylor to TCBB for many years. Dr. Snyder, a professor from Taylor, gives practical application of scripture every week in the college Sunday school class. Bring a pen and your Bible, because the blanks on your outline will fill up fast. Students are often given a binder at the beginning of the year to help organize the stacks of notes you’ll make in class.
Students who want to go deeper into the Word in a close-knit community have more opportunities to do so than just Sunday morning. At the beginning of each semester, interested students are invited to commit to a once a week Bible Study for the entire semester. This commitment ensures that every week students can build on what they have learned in previous weeks. These Bible studies usually focus on one book of the Bible, with a new chapter studied every two weeks. The study meets in a home and involves cross referencing passages, studying the Greek etymology of words, and talking through how we can apply the passage to our lives. There are also snacks!
Taylor Frank, a graduate of Moody, heads up the Un-Named ministry, a group for college students to connect with one another and fellowship in. Un-Named meets every Thursday night. A regular Thursday night involves praying for each other and other members of the church, teaching by Taylor, and a time to talk with other afterwards over food. Once a month, members of Un-Named do a service project together in place of a regular Thursday night. Un-Named also organizes events like ice skating, bonfires, and camping trips to help facilitate community building in the college group.
To get involved in the church body as a whole, students are invited to become associate members. Associate members commit to making TCBB their home church while at school. When you’re an associate member, you can help in any of the church’s ministries, from teaching children’s Sunday school to singing in the choir.
All students are also invited to sign up for the café ministry, where students are “adopted” by a family from the church. This relationship can be as involved or casual as the student wants. Some students meet with someone in their family for mentoring, while others simply join their family’s ATTACH group.
So what are ATTACH groups? ATTACH groups are small groups that meet Sunday evenings to discuss the morning’s sermon and work through how to apply it to everyday life. These groups provide good opportunities to build relationships with people outside the college age group. The people in your ATTACH group will be all different ages, with all different backgrounds and reasons for living in Marion. It’s a good place to see how God works in other people’s lives and learn from what he’s taught to other people over a long period of time.
Fortunately, TCBB is close by. You can find it at 7252 S. Meridian Street, Marion, IN 46953. Sunday school starts at 9:30am, while the worship service begins at 10:40am. If you want to learn more about TCBB or find a ride to church, you can call them at (765)-674-4760 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to listen to a sermon before you go, you can find recordings on their website: www.twincitybiblebaptist.org