How old is Metro Church?
Metro Church started in early 2008 with a small core group of 15. The Metro had her first public service at the Clarion Inn on Walton Blvd in Bentonville in February 2008.
What are services like?
Our services are focused on one person: Jesus. From the songs that we sing, to the sermons that are preached, from the taking of communion, it’s all about Him. A “typical” Sunday service follows this format:
- 2-3 songs
- 2-3 songs with Communion
Our services normally last about an hour and 15 minutes. This format and time allows us to focus on the good news of what Jesus has done for us and our response of gratitude and worship of Him.
What if I’m not used to going to church?
Going somewhere new for the first time can be a nervous experience for anyone. All of us, at one time or another, have been a first-time visitor at a church. We know how well, and not so well, different churches try to make visitors feel welcome. At The Metro our intent is to find a healthy balance of wanting visitors to know they are welcomed, loved, and that we desire to get to know them without coming across desperate, overwhelming, or fake. To walk this tightrope we want to thank you for giving us a shot and also give you different avenues to pursue more information, community groups, and leadership without smothering you.
In a Sunday morning service we will ask first time visitors to fill out an information card and drop it one of the offering towers. From there, you will receive one email from a ministry leader to give you some info on the church. That’s it. Your name doesn’t go on a spam email list, we won’t Facebook stalk you, and we promise not to stop by your house during dinner. Our intention is to create a place that you can go and hear about Jesus, connect with other regular people, and have the option to pursue the church more without being ambushed or ignored as just another face in the crowd.
What about my kids?
Metro church is a family-friendly place that believes children are a blessing from God. Little Metro is our active children’s ministry that gives age appropriate teaching from babies thru 3rd grade. (We also have a space for newborns and nursing mothers to use when needed for privacy.) Our goal of Little Metro’s time together is the same of our adult worship service: the focus and worship of Jesus. To accomplish this, our kiddos will sing songs, create crafts, have a small snack, and have age-appropriate teaching time that focuses on Him. Currently, Little Metro is going through New Story Old and Old Story New, a gospel-centered curriculum from New Growth Press. It helps children see that the main character of the Bible is Jesus, and all of Scripture points to Him. You can find more out about Little Metro by clicking here.
What should I wear?
Clothes. Seriously, we think you should come as you are. You’ll find all different kinds of shapes, styles, and personalities at The Metro. From the corporate world to hipsters, we’re thankful for the diversity that God has given us. Whether you feel most comfortable worshiping Jesus in a t shirt and jeans, or more business casual, we want you to be you. When we come to worship, we want our hearts to be focused on Jesus and not whether or not your shoes clash with your outfit. Most of our people tend to dress on the casual side, however, we want to stress: just be you.
How can I connect with other people?
Now we’re talking! One of our core values is intentional relationships. You were not created to be an island, but to walk in community with other believers. To do this, it takes two main things: concentrated effort and authenticity.
1. Concentrated Effort-Our culture is designed to push you to isolation. From the hundreds of tv channels, our homes, our jobs, our social activities, and even our gym memberships encourage us to be alone and to enjoy that time as much as possible. This problem leads us to have blinders on to our own weaknesses and sin. Walking in authentic, deep community with other believers reveals how much we all need grace. Not only that we all need grace, but to serve and shower each other with the grace Jesus shows us. Simply, the world will often try to mimic these relationships, but this does not happen as well as in intentional relationships within the church.
2. Authenticity-one can make concentrated effort to start relationships with other Christians, but to reach a level of biblical community and love, authenticity has to be on constant display. The meteoric rise and fall of institutionalized religion has made most of us skeptics to what is often displayed to us as flawless and perfect. No one, save Jesus, is flawless and perfect. Not the people, not the community group leaders, and not the pastors. We are all sinners, saved by the grace of God, through Jesus. Openly sharing our struggles, fears, and sins with other believers brings freedom, grace, encouragement, and love. Sadly, many believers aren’t in churches or groups where they can share their struggles with sin out of fear of being judged or ostracized. The Metro isn’t one of those places.
We want you to focus on the concentrated effort and authenticity with other believers. We’ll get you connected to a community group leader and a group as quickly as possible. To learn more about community groups and to connect now, click here. To connect on a Sunday morning, visit the connection point where you can have questions answered and meet a leader.
Who leads The Metro?
The Metro is an elder-led and covenant member-driven church. You can learn more about all of our leaders here.
Why the Metro?
At Metro Church we want to keep it simple and focus on what is often called “the great commandment”. Simply, to love Jesus and love others. We want to be a people that take this seriously and not get easily side-tracked by secondary things. Often in churches, its the secondary things that derail the mission, cause hurt, pain, drive inward focus, and make Jesus look bad to the lost world that so desperately needs Him. As simple as this seems, it takes great effort and focus to accomplish the great commandment. The Metro is a place that continually strives to focus on Jesus. His life, his death, his burial, his resurrection gives life, forgiveness, and peace. Not only to unbelievers, but fresh reminders to His sons and daughters.
To claim exclusivity of friendly people, cool music, good preaching, and a top-notch children’s program would be arrogant and delusional. We don’t claim to have it all figured out. You’ll find all of the aforementioned, but what makes The Metro different is a people changed by Jesus. This change is so powerful and life-giving that our preaching and teaching resonates with a pursuit of deep truths revealed to us in scripture. This change is put on display when we sing songs to Jesus: to see a broken people singing to our great God that has saved them from much and is continually working in their flawed lives.
As these people gather on a weekly basis in community groups, they share, love, and encourage each other so that everyone will be encouraged by the fact that Jesus does change lives. And last, but definitely not least, a people changed by Jesus loving their unbelieving neighbors, family, and coworkers to show how great our God is. So, what makes The Metro different? Simply…Jesus.