Our Story

We are a Disciple-Making Church

We have a three-fold purpose: to exalt God's Glory, equip God's people and extend His kingdom.

The simplest way to think about accomplishing these three purposes is to be committed to making mature disciples of Christ. How will we live this out? ... as a joyful community of people being transformed by the gospel and equipped to extend God's Kingdom through word and deed where we live, work and play. 

What We Believe

We affirm the "5 Solas" of the Protestant Reformation:

Sola Scriptura - The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Sola Fide - Justification (i.e. being right with God) is by faith alone. The righteousness of Christ, imputed (i.e. credited) to us by faith, is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are canceled and imputed to Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Solus Christus - Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and by His works we are redeemed (1 Timothy 2:5, Acts 4:12)

Sola Gratia - Our salvation rests solely on the work of God's grace for us (Romans 3:23-24) 

Soli Deo Gloria - To God alone belongs the glory, therefore, man cannot boast in his salvation (Romans 11:36, Ephesians 2:9)

     • We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

      • We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

      • We believe that all are sinners and are totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.

      • We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save.

      • We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

      • We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

      • We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises (i.e. a child with a Christian parent is "holy" or "set apart" (1 Cor. 7:14), but this does not mean saved; each child must personally repent and believe in Christ to receive salvation).

      • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

      • We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.

      • We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our Denomination

We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. "Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission."

The PCA was formed in 1973 to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in North America and beyond. For more information about the PCA, click on the PCA link to the far left.

Sister Churches in Central Indiana 

In 1990, there were three PCA churches in central Indiana. Through church-planting, we now have eleven churches in our area.

Philosophy of Worship

As a worshiping community we pursue God-honoring and soul-satisfying worship. We seek to be biblical, historic, contemporary, and evangelistic as we...  

      • Celebrate God's worth and works.

      • Behold Christ in His hidden and revealed glory

      • Respond in Spirit and truth

      • Declare God's praise before the nations

Every generation wrestles with the desire to either turn past worship styles into undisputed present forms or reject the past out of hand as irrelevant. Rather than look back with sentimentality or antagonism, we draw from the best of historic and contemporary sources to serve God's unchanging purposes in our generation through pursuing God-honoring worship that is biblical, historic, contemporary, and  evangelistic. 

 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Col. 3:16

Our History

The vision for Christ Community Church, a church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), began in early 1990 when the PCA decided to plant a new flagship church in the north suburban Indianapolis area. Pastor Tim Kirk, who was serving as an assistant pastor in the Chicago area was called to plant the church and began having small group meetings that August. The first service was held at Clay Jr. High (now Clay Middle School) cafetorium in Carmel on November 11, 1990 with 120 men, women and children in attendance. Christ Community continued to meet in Clay Jr. High for four years. During those early years the Lord blessed CCC with steady growth and maturity, with it being particularized as a self-governing church on March 28, 1993. At the same service the initial Ruling Elders of David Shorey (who also was the Director of Worship), Roger Svendsen and Bill Kennedy were ordained. In 1994 John Williams and Keith Whitlock were ordained as the first CCC Deacons. God has since called numerous elders, deacons, staff and ministry leaders to faithful leadership and support at CCC. Their names and roles are recorded elsewhere in the CCC archives.

In May of 1995, CCC was led through a building campaign to discern God's will regarding a permanent church home. The current facility at Main Street and Gray Road, Carmel became available shortly afterward, as the church then occupying it moved to a larger building. In August of 1995, believing that the Lord had provided the means to proceed, CCC purchased the facility and moved in later that fall. Although the church facility seemed much larger than needed at the time for a membership of 200+, it quickly began to be fully utilized for the work of church worship, internal ministries, and outreach to the community, including a Christian counseling program, homeschool teaching and meetings of local neighborhood associations. In addition, CCC's leadership and members believe their call to include being salt and light to the greater Indianapolis area, to include outreach commitments to supporting inner-city work, Right-to-Life efforts, and aid to homeless shelters and evangelism.

In response to the initial vision of the PCA, CCC has been a "mother" church to three "daughter" churches in the metropolitan area, including the now particularized churches of Crossroads Community Church (Fishers area) in 2001, New City Church (East Metro Indianapolis) in 2007, and Midtown Church (Meridian/Butler University area) in 2015. The senior pastors for two of these churches (Pastor Scott Dean at Crossroads and Pastor Roger Williams at New City) first served as Assistant Pastors/Youth at CCC prior to their church planting calls. CCC has also supported local church planting through presbytery and PCA led initiatives.

A significant ministry for CCC from its early years was foreign/US missions. Approximately 1/7th of all general operating funding has gone toward this ministry  supporting missionaries and their work, internationally as well as to other US based ministires outside of the local work of CCC. Additionally, CCC has focused financial and oversight support of college-age ministries in the Central Indiana area through Campus Outreach as well as to the PCA denomination's Reformed University Ministries. Also, a significant role in missions in the US and beyond in short-term missions has been CCC's youth program with mission trips to Monterrey, Mexico, St. Louis MO, Michigan and West Virginia.

In 2013-14, the CCC Deaconate led two major upgrades of the church building. Prior to 2013, the facility only had a very small kitchen, which seriously hampered dinners and other meal oriented events. Utilizing a sporadically used area, the deacons led a transformation of the room into a modern kitchen area that supports major church functions. Connected to that modification, the primary entry area to the church sanctuary  was greatly enlarged through interior wall removal and area reconstruction that dramatically enhanced the narthex of the church. Shortly thereafter, in late 2014, the sanctuary was also updated with improvements to the pulpit stage area, new movable walls in the north end and other more cosmetic upgrades. In the fall of 2016 a new major effort added a patio/meeting area to the outside of the main church entryway. In 2020 the original large Sunroom in the southeast end of the building was renovated to be a playroom for the young families of CCC.

During our history at CCC, we have helped lead improved involvement and cooperation of central Indiana PCA churches. In 1990, CCC was part of the Great Lakes Presbytery that stretched from the Michigan Upper Peninsula to Kentucky to the Ohio/Indiana border to the Illinois/Indiana border. Due to PCA church growth and re-organizational efforts, the Central Indiana Presbytery (CIP) was formed in 2010 with Indianapolis as its focal point.  The 15 churches in the CIP also support two church plants, and Reformed University Fellowships at Purdue University/W. Lafayette and Indiana University/Bloomington as well as a highly interactive communication at presbytery and PCA related activities.

In January of 2016, Pastor Kirk announced his decision to leave CCC and move to a newly created Director of Central Indiana Presbytery Church Planting position. The Session elected to call an interim pastor to help in the transition time needed to find a new senior pastor. A seasoned PCA pastor from Denver Colorado, Pastor Jim Talarico, was selected for the transition. He served in the interim role starting in June 2016 through September of 2017. During this time a Pastor Search Committee was formed and resulted in the selection of Pastor Josiah Jones who most recently was the Senior Pastor of a PCA church in Evans, Georgia. His installation was in September 2017, as the new CCC Senior Pastor. 

Since arriving, Pastor Jones has emphasized local outreach to the communities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and the North Indy area. The CCC Vision remains "As we increasingly engage Christ's gospel, we look forward to that day when individuals, values, institutions and communities in the North Indy area are becoming more and more like the kingdom of God."