Who we are
Our build: To Build disciples and churches who go, grow, and overcome.
Every ministry in our church is continually seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus to our friends, family, neighbors, city, and world. This is our mission because it is Jesus’ mission. It is our identity.
From our baptism services to our Q & A podcast, we intentionally grow together as a church as we learn more about who Jesus is and our role as believers in the world.
When we follow Jesus’ mission to go and grow, we are faced with powerful resistance. With God’s Spirit living in us, we have His power to overcome the world.
Here are six Values that influence our culture at Village Church!
We Are a Team-Building Church
Village Church Teams Are Collaborative. At the Village Church, we are a team made up of teams.
We Are a Digital Church
Village Church Is Digitally Committed. It is our priority to provide disciple-making content that is digital, shareable, and helpful.
Village Church is a Loyal Family
At the Village Church, we are a spiritual family made up of biological families and individuals. “Family” provides a shared home, loving culture, compelling values, and life-giving identity that is worth fighting for.
We Are a Servant-Leadership Church
Village Church Fights for Inverted Leadership. At the Village Church, we love and honor our leaders, but our leaders primarily exist to serve, help, and equip God’s people to achieve Jesus’ mission.
We Are a “What if?” Church
Village Church Values Visionary Leadership. We cherish what we have done, but we also dream about what could be.
We Are a “So What?” Church
At the Village Church, we support and encourage each Bible teacher to communicate the “so whats” of Scripture. From Children’s Ministry to our sermons, our desire is to form people who will change their cultures for Jesus.
Village Church was founded in 1973 by seven like-minded families meeting in their homes for Bible study. After meeting for 3-4 months, the group felt called by God to plant an official church with the mission of being an evangelical witness to the Bartlett community.
The bible study grew as other families began to attend and catch the vision. For the next 3 years, the Village Church of Bartlett held Sunday services at the local elementary and middle schools as home bible studies continued. During this time, the church hired its first full-time pastor who served the church for 3 years. Since the church had more youth than parents, they hired a full time youth pastor that same year.
When it was time for the church to start thinking about a building, they held their first fundraising dinner called the Harvest Dinner. The funds raised at the dinner were used to buy five acres of land along West Bartlett road. During these years attendance was consistent: 60 people in the morning service, 60 people in the evening service, and 60 people on Wednesday evening.
Many of the materials used to construct the first building were donated or provided at cost. Members and friends of the church also donated much of the labor. The building was completed in 1976 with a large multi-purpose room surrounded by small classrooms. During this time, the church hired a young pastor, Jim Mooberry, who shepherded the church for almost 25 years as he faithfully taught the Word of God. The church continued to grow both physically and numerically under his leadership.
In 1988 the cornerstone was laid for the next church expansion. The project included a new sanctuary, offices, classrooms, and remodeling of the existing space. Again, volunteers supplied much of the labor for the building.
In 2001, the Village Church hired its next Teaching Pastor, Don Yates. Under Don’s leadership along with a growing staff and leadership, the Gospel and Word of God were protected and preserved for another generation.
2008 began another revamping and refocusing of the Village Church’s mission, values, and ministries. God has used this most recent season of transition to unify and strengthen our body by His grace. With a renewed focus, God called Michael Fuelling to serve as our Lead Pastor in 2010. Michael had served as Youth Pastor since 2003.
Village has gone through countless changes since then- building renovations and new leadership- but the core of who we are has stayed the same for 45 years. We want to be a church who builds disciples and churches of Jesus who go, grow, an overcome.