The People"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). The best thing about the Northeast Church of Christ is the people. Our church has very active and friendly members. Northeast is a place where you can build close friendships with other Christians. The church membership is diversified with a strong teen group, many young families, and seniors that give the congregation Christian maturity. The two Sunday morning services have a combined average attendance of around 450 people. We have continued to grow each year and we recently completed a building expansion.
Church Doctrine"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). The Northeast Church of Christ believes in following God's plan as laid out in the Bible, as we strive to imitate the first century church. We see the Bible as the inerrant, inspired word of God, and use it as our only guide in religious matters.
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). We teach God's plan of salvation through faith, repentance, confession, and baptism.
Our Elders and Deacons"An elder must be blameless, ... one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined" (Titus 1:6, 8). Northeast has seven elders that actively lead the Northeast congregation. The elders oversee all of the programs and ministries. The elders are available to discuss church or personal matters and they welcome input from the membership.
"Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience." (1 Timothy 3:8-9). There are 21 deacons at Northeast, with each deacon providing a special area of service to the church.
Our Ministers"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as you servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5). Northeast is blessed to have three full time ministers in Grady Smith, Tim Tripp, and Jason Retherford. Grady Smith has a Bachelors degree from Lipscomb University and a Masters degree in Theology from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Grady has been preaching at Northeast since 1982 and he is committed to making our church a great place to worship. Tim Tripp has a Bachelors degree from Harding University and a Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Butler University. As our Family Minister, Tim helps strengthen relationships through Christian counseling. Jason Retherford has a Bachelors degree from Wright State University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lubbock Christian University. Jason is focused on building a strong teen program.
Small Group Study"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ" (Acts 5:42). Small Bible study groups meet on Sunday night in homes of the members. The Small Group ministry provides an environment where strong personal relationships with Christ and with each other can flourish. We grow spiritually as a Christian family through Bible study, edification, and fellowship. We seek the church's growth by reaching out to others as Christ reaches out to us.
Children's Classes"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Northeast has a strong children's program that helps our youngsters develop a strong faith in Jesus and a deep appreciation for God's love. There are children classes that meet during Sunday morning Bible study and Wednesday evening service. During the Sunday morning worship, children may remain in the main assembly or participate in the children's worship assembly. Northeast also hosts a Vacation Bible School every summer.
Kid's ProgramJesus said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14). Christians In Action (CIA) is a program for 4th-6th grade children focused on service related activities. Kids For Christ (KFC) is a program for K-3rd grade children centered on fun and enjoyable family activities. Our church is also very involved in the Lads to Leaders program helping to raise up future church leaders.
Teen Program"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). The Northeast teen program helps young adults grow spiritually while encouraging service to God's church. The teen group embarks on numerous devotional trips each year. To help pay for these trips, the teens hold fund raisers such as church dinners. Our teenagers are excellent role models for the young children as they serve the church in many ways.
Northeast Connections"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." (Hebrews 3:13). The Northeast Connections program builds Christian friendships through various life stage centered groups. With groups for singles & families, younger & older members, men & women, we are sure to have a group where you would feel comfortable.
Women's Group"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" (Proverbs 21:30). Northeast is proud of the spiritual focus exemplified by the women in our congregation. A women's Bible study group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings and a second group meets on Wednesday nights. There is also a monthly Ladies' Night Out that helps provide fellowship and builds strong bonds.
Benevolence"He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done" (Proverbs 19:17). Northeast provides aid to the poor in our community. This includes stocking a food pantry and preparing food baskets for the holidays. Northeast helps support Willowbrook Nursing Home in Columbus, MidWestern Children's Home in Pleasant Plain, OH, and a Christian school in Port Au Prince Haiti.
MissionariesJesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). Northeast believes in spreading God's word not only locally, but also around the globe. Several Northeast members actively perform missionary work in Haiti and Mexico. Our congregation financially supports missionaries in Thailand, Mexico, and Haiti. We also support a church in Cincinnati's inner city.