Abiding Christ Lutheran Church
Fairborn is a community with pronounced need and great potential. Abiding Christ is well integrated into it. They take leadership, working with communtiy and school leaders as well as social agencies to improve the quality of life in the city and reach out to others. Just completing a 2 million dollar expansion, the building is already being regularly used by schools, citizen groups, and the community.
Abiding Christ has a vital worship life with energetic lay leadership and a competent staff. Worship is central; twice on Sunday morning (8:30 and 11 am) and on Wednesday night around a meal (6 pm), the worship appeals to a diversity of ages and backgrounds. Its average attendance is 320; its membership 650. Two pastors and a seminary trained staff assure that Word and Sacrament are the focus of its worship life. ACLC is classicaly Lutheran, focusing on Biblical and Confessional roots as the source of their teaching, preaching and practice.
ACLC is a also full service church. It celebrates a varied fellowship life; gathering in large and small groups for support and fun. Education is a central value. They host GED and ESOL classes that make inroads in the community among at risk people. They also work with the schools and city to underscore the need for literacy. ACLC is a "Book of Faith" church, offering regular and varied educaitonal opportunities (long and short term) to in Bible study. Visitors find authentic welcome when they come as guests. ACLC is an exciting, welcoming ministry, worth a visit, rewarding to those who stay and become part of a faith family that takes its faith seriously.
ACLC is a good example of a mid-sized program church that does things right, and does the right things for hte right reasons.