By Julie Osborne
The goal was never to become a mega church. At Traders Point Christian Church, it’s always been about reaching people.
“We believe that if you create welcoming environments, love people really well and remove barriers that keep people from Jesus, lots of people will be drawn to that,” TPCC lead pastor Aaron Brockett said. “I think that’s what we’re seeing happen, even though we do this imperfectly.”
It may be imperfect, but it’s working. According to Outreach Magazine, Traders Point Christian Church was ranked the fifth fastest-growing church in America in 2016. In the last two years, the church has expanded from one main campus in Whitestown to three additional locations: Carmel, downtown Indianapolis and Avon. This multi-site approach enables smaller satellite churches around town to physically meet people where they are — in their own neighborhoods.
Many members who have witnessed the growth first-hand attribute it to the environment.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Carmel resident Diana Holstein said. “You feel welcome and embraced here and there don’t seem to be cliques. There’s always an empty chair for someone new.”
Brockett and the other leaders are humbled by the church’s success.
“The growth that our church has experienced over the past few years is as much a surprise to me as anybody. I can’t take any credit for it,” Brockett said. “Jesus said it best in John 12 when he said, ‘If you lift up my name, I will draw all people to myself.’”