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Thank you for stopping by. We are so glad you're here. Just so you know, we are a nondenominational church that cares more about sharing Jesus than what you know or where you've been. We want you to feel welcome and encouraged. Check out the information below, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions.

Call 614-459-5673
Email godowncfc@godowncfc.org

 

Weekend

Weekend

We meet every Sunday morning at 10 to hear from God's Word, worship, and share life together.

We'd love to take care of your kids and teens while you're here. We've got classes and spaces for all. Click here to visit our Ministries page, where you can learn more about our Children and Teen ministries.

The songs we sing here range from traditional hymns to contemporary songs. We love worshiping the Lord with a variety of music.

There is no dress code here. Feel free to sport business casual, jeans and your favorite band shirt, or that dress you got for your cousin's wedding.  

We hope you will join us this Sunday. We would love to meet you while you are here, so please stop at the Visitor Stand and grab the free gift we have for you.

 

History

Our History

Like many churches, CFC grew from modest beginnings. In the early 1970s, Dick Gauch, a local businessman, inspired by the saving power of God's love for him and his family, began counseling and discipling others in need. (To listen to Dick's Testimony, "God Made Us a Family" - Click HERE.) For nearly a decade, Pastor Dick ministered from his home to anyone who needed help. In 1980, a formal ministry was created - Fellowship of Christian Students. This new ministry's charter was "to minister to the needs of the individual and their families through the transforming power of Jesus Christ."

By 1983, Fellowship of Christian Students had grown so much that Dick started renting office space in Upper Arlington. God continued to bless the ministry and in 1984, the ministry's name changed to Fellowship of Christian Ministries. Soon after, as an extension of the counseling ministry, a small group began regularly meeting at Pastor Dick's home for worship services. It was at this time that Pastor Dick Gauch and others realized that God was beginning a new local church. The church continued  to grow, and by 1988, it began meeting in Upper Arlington schools.

In the early 1990s the church leadership began praying about a permanent church home. In 1992, God provided two adjacent pieces of land in northwest Columbus. The church purchased both properties and in 1993 opened the ranch offices at 5970 Godown Rd. and also began holding Sunday services during summer months on newly purchased property. During the same time, the church began the Nehemiah project to construct a permanent worship center on Godown Rd. Ground was officially broken during the summer of 1994 which also marked another significant milestone - Pastor Mike Gauch, led by God's calling, joined the full-time church staff.

In November 1995, we took permanent occupancy of the church facilities we now enjoy. The mid-late 1990's saw many exciting developments at CFC. As we settled into our new church home our ministries expanded to include mens & womens focused programs, youth programs targeted by age group, a Wednesday Night Praise & Prayer service, health & wellness classes and semi-annual topical classes & seminars.

In 2000, the Fellowship of Christian Ministries marked 20 years of serving the central Ohio community and was renamed to Family Life Ministries. After almost 20 years of service Pastor Dick Gauch retired from full time ministry in January 2004.

From the beginning CFC has wanted to be a place where repentant sinners find the  forgiveness in Christ, where the hurting can be healed by the God of all comfort and where believers are encouraged and challenged by the Word of God. Another goal is that our services have sound biblical teaching and experiential worship at their core. We have desired that every person connected to us would grow and serve the body of Christ, connecting at various levels with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Please see our Statement of Faith for more details.

CFC is classified as a "non-denominational" and / or "independent" church. This means that, currently, we are not affiliated with a national or international denominational group. Well aware of this situation, we have implemented a biblical system of accountability that involves Pastors, Elders, Deacons and the church members.

Beliefs

Statement of Faith

  1. BIBLE: The Word of God, the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testament, is verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

  2. THE ONE TRUE GOD: There is one God existing eternally as three persons - The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

  3. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: We believe in His pre-existence and deity, (John 1:1-3), His incarnation by Virgin Birth, (John 1:13; Matthew 1: 18-23), His sinless life, (Hebrews 4:15), His substitutionary death, (II Corinthians 5:21), His bodily resurrection, (Luke 24:36-43), His ascension into heaven, His present ministry (Hebrew 4:13-16), and His coming again (Acts 1:11).

  4. HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in His personality (John 16:7-15), His deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptizing and indwelling them at the moment of regeneration to empower them for Christian life and service   (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 3:16; 5:18; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).

  5. MAN: We believe in his direct creation in the image of God, (Genesis 1:26- 28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death, (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).

  6. SALVATION: We believe in a complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 1:18-19).

  7. THE CHURCH: We believe in one true, universal church; the body and bride of Christ. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (I Corinthians 12:13) and in the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world wide gospel witness; each local church being autonomous, but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).

  8. CHRISTIAN LIFE: The Christian life is empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit as the Christian abides in Christ. It is a life of righteousness, good works, and a separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2); manifested by speaking the truth, (James 5:12); maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22 and 6:4); settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God, (I Corinthians 6:1-8); not engaging in carnal strife, but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men, (Romans 12:17-21); exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22-23); and maintaining a life of prayer, (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; including the privilege of calling for the elders of the church, when one is sick, in order to be prayed over and anointed with oil in the name of the Lord, for healing (James 5:13-18).