ENCOUNTER. CONNECT. SERVE.
At Waynesburg Christian Church our goal is to create opportunities for individuals to encounter Jesus Christ, to connect with one another, and to serve in the community, church, and world!
Encounter – Jesus’ love for us never stops and never gives up. His love for us is relentless! We want to create environments for people to explore the person and message of Jesus Christ – to have an encounter with Him!
Connect – One of the deepest desires of the human heart is to belong. We are made to know God and to do life with one another! We offer multiple opportunities for individuals to connect with others and to grow in their walk with God through small groups and other regular gatherings.
Serve – God made us so that we can make a difference! We recognize that God has called us to serve – to demonstrate His love to a broken world! We want to look for opportunites to serve in our day to day routines and relationships. We also look to serve through organized opportunities in the community, in the church, and in the world.
We are a non-denominational, independent Christian church committed to basic Christianity as it is expressed in the Bible.
We believe in one God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Bible—God's Holy Word, Scripture.
We believe in the Gospel—the Good News of Salvation.
We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere, and organized into local assemblies, called churches.
1. Lost people matter to God!
2. Be culturally relevant while remaining true to God's word
3. Life change happens best in small groups
4. Excellence honors God and inspires people
5. The church is to be led by people with leadership gifts
6. Full devotion to Christ is normal for all and every believer
7. The church is to be characterized by: love, acceptance, and unity
8. The church is to teach, preach, and follow the whole council of God
9. Every member of the church is encouraged to grow to maturity
10. Every member is a minister
The village of Waynesburg was platted on November 4, 1844. The early church records state that on January 12, 1854 the brethren of Waynesburg and vicinity met at Smiley Scott's house and organized a church under the leadership of the Hartsville Church, appointing brothers Charles and Horace Jones Elders of said church. The church so organized shall be called The Christian Church of Waynesburg. The brethren agreed to take the Word of God as the rule of faith and practice and live in fellowship with each other and keep the ordinance of the house of the Lord blameless.
There were seven men and thirteen women listed as charter members. The church was led by the elders and they shared the preaching responsibilities. Elder William Patterson was probably the primary preacher. A small crude building was the first meeting place of the church until a nice frame building was built across the street. This facility was dedicated in May 1878 by William Hacker.
In 1898, during a thunderstorm, lightning struck the church building and the building was destroyed. Stating that they did not believe lightning would strike twice in the same place, a new building was reconstructed on the same site. However, May 12, 1993, lightning struck the bell tower and though church members and neighbors were able to save almost all of the church furnishings, the fire and water damage destroyed the ninety-five year old facility.
With a vision for growth and the desire to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaching this community for many years to come, the church family, led by the Holy Spirit, constructed a new education wing and then a new worship facility to carry on the work of the church.
The brick building in which the church family gathers to worship today stands as a symbol of our belief that by faith, when Jesus Christ returns, He will find us faithfully preaching His Word and offering the love and hope to our community and extending God's plan of salvation to the rest of the world.