In this interview, Strength to Strength (Sam Baer and Bryant Martin) interview representatives of Church Index (Darvin Martin and David Miller).
Church Index is a ministry with a vision for linking people in search of a church to a supportive community of believers and for facilitating connections with churches that are more isolated. There are many ministries, churches, and individuals who receive continuous requests from people who are looking for a church that is faithful to the teachings of Jesus. Our mission is to create and maintain a public database of Anabaptist and similar churches from around the world who strive to live out the teachings of the New Testament and who recognize other churches with similar faith and practice, as being part of the church of Jesus.
The Church Index website is created with a map, some location information, and a way to contact the churches that people may wish to visit (when you get a chance, visit https://churchindex.org/ and make sure your church information is correct and offer us any suggestions for making the site better).
Additionally, Church Index provides churches and organizations with a web code that they may wish to embed on their website.
Church Index‘s mission, in their own words:
Today’s online church environment cannot adequately provide what Jesus desires for us to experience in fellowship and community with His family on earth. It is for that reason we desire to see people engaged with a local fellowship; we designed this website to help the church accomplish this purpose.
Our mission is to create and maintain a public database of Anabaptist and similar churches from around the world who strive to live out the teachings of the New Testament. We endeavor to take the teachings of the New Testament seriously, intending to live and teach the doctrine and sound faith that was delivered to the apostles, as described in the New Testament. In general, we believe that churches today should believe and practice what was commonly believed and practiced by the New Testament church. To that end, Church Index humbly offers this database of churches.
The initial cost for launching this website for the first year is around $15,000. After the first year, we expect the costs for keeping this database maintained, to decrease to approximately $8,000 per year.
This project is made financially possible by freewill contributions to cover the expenses. Would you or someone you know be willing to help us cover these costs?
Please consider making an online contribution at https://churchindex.org/contribute/, or by mailing a check payable to “Church Index” to:
1017 Houserville Road
State College, PA 16801
Church Index administrative team: Glenn Martin, Darvin Martin, Ernest Eby, and David Miller.
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