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Bearing Forth the Precious Seed

01. July 2010

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Christ Church RP

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

Presbytery: Great Lakes-Gulf

Organized: Oct. 27, 2006

Membership: 42 communicant; 33 baptized

Pastor: Michael LeFebvre

Second RPC in Indianapolis, Ind., has had a strong vision for church planting since its own organization in the 1960s. The vision for planting a congregation in the western suburbs of that city began to take shape in 2002, when Jack and Karen Baumgardner (Jack was an elder at Second RPC) purchased a home in the town of Avon. The Indianapolis airport, a major rail yard, and important highway intersections converge on the west side of Indianapolis, making the communities in this county a growing center for businesses involved in warehousing and transportation. There is currently only one other Reformed church in the county, a recent PCA church plant. Jack and Karen began to reach out to their new neighbors in various ways, including home Bible studies and hospitality.

From that beginning 8 years ago, a core group from Second RPC, eventually including 10 households, joined the vision. By 2004, evening worship services began in Avon under the oversight of Second RPC. In 2005, Second RPC called Michael LeFebvre, then a theological student completing postgraduate studies in Scotland, to become a church planter for the work. In January 2006, Pastor LeFebvre was ordained, and in October of that ...

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