The Russell Springs Christian Church has a very simple mission: seek the lost; save the found; cultivate disciples. That means whether you’ve been a Christian for years or have never been to church in your life, there’s a place for you here.


As Minister of Evangelism and Discipleship at Tates Creek Christian in Lexington,  John’s focus is on bringing people to Christ and on helping Christians grow deeper in their relationship with him. He greatly enjoys studying, preaching, and teaching the Bible, and helping people to see the glory of God through his word. John joined the staff here at Tates Creek in September 2016. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Owen and Jordyn. 


When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Moreland Christian Church saw a need and responded by providing hands-on assistance. They reached out to Christ Covenant Church in Beaumont, Texas. Because of Moreland’s willingness to get involved, Men for Christ also responded and donated $5,000 from the Emergency Fund. Following is a letter from their lead minister, Chris Beard.

Dear Brothers in Christ
I will never forget the last days of August 2017. As the rains continued to fall from Hurricane Harvey, it became clear that the devastation would be both widespread and personal. As the waters receded, Christ Covenant Church found ourselves in the midst of a new reality of a community that needed rebuilding, including our own building and the homes of many of our own church family.

From the beginning of the recovery process, Christ Covenant Church declared that our goal was not just to survive this disaster, but as God’s people it was time to thrive. Our prayer was that during our own rebuilding processes, we would be able to be good news to a community that desperately needed it. YOU have been a wonderful answer to that prayer.
Through the love and generosity of you and others like you, Christ Covenant Church has been able to move forward in our own rebuilding process. The 20 inches of flood water our building sustained has necessitated extensive rebuilding. Walls below the 4-foot mark required demolition and rebuilding throughout the building, the bathroom and kitchen need complete renovation, our stage must be rebuilt, new floors and doors are needed, and almost all our furniture and fixtures must be replaced. This reality is daunting for a small congregation with limited resources, but we praise God that He has provided for us in mighty ways due to the generosity of people like you. To be good stewards of what God has blessed us with, we decided to do most of the rebuilding work ourselves, and we are slowly but surely making progress.

But if Christ Covenant was to truly thrive in this disaster, we had to do more than just rebuild our building; we needed to shine the light of Jesus in the darkness of this disaster. With your help and others like you, we’ve been able to actively minister to people in need in tangible ways. As soon as we were able to return to our building, we began handing out supplies, food, and clothing to those who were grappling with overwhelming loss. We have been able to provide financial assistance to many in the name of Jesus, and in partnership with other generous Christ-followers we’ve been able to minister in unique ways, including distributing hundreds of meals to those working on flood clean-up and providing and building storage sheds for families whose homes were destroyed.

Our work is not done. It will be many months before things are back to “normal”. It will be even longer before our people and community have fully recovered. So please continue to pray for us. Pray that we will be efficient in our rebuilding and that we will be able to minister to our community in such a way that we are able to meet both physical and spiritual needs. Pray we bring glory to our great God! Thank you for being a blessing. (Chris Beard, Lead Minister)




  • A church’s first impressions can make an eternal impact on guests.
  • It’s not uncommon for guests to make up 5-8% of a church’s weekly attendance. Guests are starting to decide whether or not to return to your church within the first 11 minutes on your campus.Guests typically talk about their initial experience with a church 8-15 times. Churches should use language for guests, not visitors.

There’s no style of church that everyone likes.  Over the last few years, I’ve participated in so many different types of worship, and it’s reaffirmed for me that our unity in Christ is much stronger than our difference in style or method.  I’ve been with a lot of people who do church very differently than what I’m used to or comfortable with.  So I’ve had to either open up to what Jesus is doing through those varied methods, or close myself down and retreat back to the stability and safety of familiarity.  Opening up to different ways of doing church is scary.  And exhilarating.  And sometimes I get it wrong.  I’d rather get it wrong while trying new things than get it wrong while staying comfortable.  Even if I don’t like the way you do church, I will still:   Love you and your church–Support you and your church–Pray for you and your church–Work with you and your church.

I hope you’ll do the same for me and mine.  Sure, we’ll disagree.  Sometimes we’ll even argue.  Families do that.  But if you love Jesus, we are family.  And that’s all that matters.             —by Karl Vaters, Christianity Today



Men for Christ is comprised of congregations of Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. One of our purposes as stated in Article 2 of our Bylaws is to “promote and execute specific Christian activities after the general pattern set forth in the New Testament.”

So, what do these activities look like? And, what is the pattern set forth in the New Testament? To answer these questions, we must acknowledge and truly believe that God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is true and honor its authority. The authority of God’s Word does not change. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

As men representing our local congregations, it is our responsibility to study, to teach, and to honor the authority of the Scriptures. Otherwise, how can we “Watch out for false prophets”? (Matthew 7:15)

–Charles Young, Chairman