Who We Are and What We Believe
LOTW started in the fall of 2000 with 5 families over a Bible study in Pastor Greg’s house. In December of 2000, 10 families gathered to worship in a movie theater. Six months later, the church moved to a shopping center on Hwy 377. In 2003 we moved to our present location and expanded our facilities in October 2014.
The vision for LOTW is to reach out to those who are not currently active in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek to do that with an authentic ministry that is rooted in the TRUTH of God’s Word. In the end, it is our desire that those who are connected with LOTW would grow in their relationship with God during their time with us.
After His death and resurrection and before ascending into heaven, Jesus instructed His followers and the early church to go to all nations and make disciples. We believe the church’s focus should be outside of the walls of the church and that on every street, in every workplace, and in every school, our members should share the good news of Christ to those they encounter on a daily basis.
God’s word teaches us “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Our ministry on a monthly basis has opportunities for our members to go out and serve the community around us and the culture of the congregation is to respond to those needs enthusiastically.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and we submit to it as the sole source and rule for life. While other books may be (and often are) beneficial for our growth, no other book holds the authority of the completed work of Scripture; only the Bible is truly necessary. You can learn more on our Beliefs page for a deeper dive into specific questions.
It is our desire that during worship all would have the opportunity to encounter God as He desires to be worshiped “In Spirit and in Truth.” It isn’t our goal to manipulate people through worship, to simply make it an emotional experience, or to be the coolest and most contemporary church in town. It is our desire that through worship we will use a variety of music and styles to help worshippers encounter God and grow in their relationship with Him.
Jesus commanded his church before returning to heaven to make disciples of all nations. It is our goal to see people do more than simply attend church, but also grow in their faith. We have a dedicated staff member, John Alvis, whose ministry is to help people grow in their faith. He teaches a “Next Level Disciple” class every other Saturday. We also have opportunities for adults to grow in faith and in knowledge through Bible studies available on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and during our last two services on Sunday mornings.