Dear Troy student,

College comes with a relentless onslaught of choices. What major will I choose? Which career path will I follow? Who should I date? Do I really want to marry this person? And so on. Along with all of that, one of the most important decisions you can make when going to college is choosing which church you are going to attend. Thankfully the city of Troy and the surrounding areas provide many great options.

So let me be very clear about something upfront: I don’t ever want to give the impression that Henderson is the only good choice, or even that it’s the best choice of churches for you. I’m thankful that the Kingdom of Jesus is big and that there are lots of pastors and churches serving faithfully in our area. I see that as a cause for gratitude!

But I also believe that Henderson could be a healthy choice for some college students as well–maybe even for you. Here are some reasons why:

  1. We are firmly committed to God’s Word. Of course, I’m not suggesting that other churches are not committed to God’s Word. I’m simply saying that if you’re looking for a place where you’re going to hear the gospel week-after-week, you will definitely find it at Henderson.
  2. We are striving to be on mission. Missions is increasingly part of the DNA of our church. We currently have an ongoing missions partnership in Southeast Asia, and we’re pursuing a partnership with a church-planting family in North America. We’re also constantly looking for ways to be engaged in our own community. We want to mobilize as many Christians as possible to engage in the great mission of God wherever they are. A phrase we often use is “in our neighborhood and in all nations.” It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. If you have a heart for missions, you’ll probably find a similar heartbeat at Henderson.
  3. We are a “smaller” church. I put the word “smaller” in quotation marks because that’s kind of a subjective thing to measure. Compared to many churches around the world, we are normal-sized (we average around 60-70 people on Sunday mornings). But compared to some other churches in Troy and around the South, many people would consider us a “small” church. Don’t assume, however, that “smallness” is inherently a bad thing. Consider a few things:
    • The fact that we are smaller means that you can be known. Some people like going to a larger church where they can blend in and be anonymous. Frankly, that is not healthy. I’m not suggesting that “big” churches are inherently unhealthy, just that anonymity is unhealthy. Being part of a church means that you should be known.
    • The fact that we are smaller means that you will rub shoulders with people who are not in your particular stage of life. Again, it’s dangerously easy to get into a silo mentality where we partition all of the college students off on their own. But we don’t want to do that at Henderson. We want you to interact with children, with high school students, with young families, with senior adults, etc. Because you may have gifts that you can offer to others, and wisdom and help that you can receive from others. That’s what the body of Christ is meant to look like–a family.
    • The fact that we are smaller means that you will have opportunities to get plugged in. Many college students want to serve. They want to find a place where they can be active and make a difference. But sometimes they have difficulty finding the right place. One thing I can guarantee you–if you love the Lord and want to serve, you will find your place at Henderson.

If you’ve looked up where we meet, you’ll notice that Henderson is a bit of a drive. Geography is a sort of natural barrier. But I genuinely believe that a vibrant church where you can hear the truth of God’s Word and be discipled and have opportunities to grow and serve–that kind of church is totally worth the drive.

I would love it if you found your church home-away-from-home at Henderson, but more than that, I want you to find the right place for you.  Period.  So if you have any questions that I can answer, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of the icons below my name, or you can send me an email using the form below.

Matt Simmons


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