On Sunday, February 26, Traders Point Christian Church opened its Downtown campus doors at 1201 N. Delaware, a historic building built between 1903 and 1912. Traders Point is one church in multiple locations throughout the Indianapolis metro area and has campuses Downtown, in Carmel, and near Zionsville. The church’s West location will open in Avon in fall of 2017.
Traders Point Christian Church is known in the Indianapolis community for its free indoor playground at the Northwest campus (The Park), advocacy and care for vulnerable children in the Indianapolis area, and hosting an annual prom for adults with special needs.
When attending a service at any Traders Point campus, expect a safe and engaging experience for your kids, free coffee, live worship, teaching, and connection with friendly, authentic people. It’s a relaxed environment where all are welcome and belong. With uncovered terrazzo floors and grand staircases, the Downtown lobby alone is worth checking out. The auditorium features original windows and main floor as well as balcony seating. The architecture is extravagant, the lobby is welcoming, and the people are down to earth.
Campus pastor Petie Kinder moved downtown from Brownsburg with his family in April of 2016. “For us, this Downtown campus isn’t about the building. It isn’t about where we meet as much as it’s about who we reach and the positive impact we can have in the community,” says Kinder.
When asked about why the church chose downtown, Kinder replied, “I think it’s important to mention that multisite strategy isn’t an effort to franchise. It’s an effort to bring church campuses to places Traders Point people are already living. We want to reduce the distance between their home and their church so that they can be involved throughout the week—not just on Sundays.”
“Our Northwest campus is right off I-65 and has become a regional church. So people drive from as far as 40 minutes in some cases to attend a church service. It’s really tough for those individuals to be involved with the church during the week as the drive is just too far.” Before the Downtown campus launched, Traders Point had more than two hundred people driving from downtown to attend the Northwest campus. Now, these individuals have a campus in their downtown neighborhood where they can worship on Sundays, join a group that meets during the week, and actively advocate for change through serving in their community.
It was important to the church to preserve the original building as much as possible while bringing the building up to code to serve the needs of those who may attend a weekend service or event. The majority of the renovations to the 35,000 square-foot building focused on safety in the children space and accessibility for individuals with special needs. The children’s space is outfit with modern improvements while featuring original brick walls and classic decor.
When it comes to the ways the church community will participate in the community, Petie says, “Honestly, we plan to spend a lot of time listening to the local community. We plan to address issues that are of great need. For example, many families in our church are involved in the foster care system and creating safe places for kids who need care.” Traders Point participates in safe families, a program where kids are cared for when their families are in crisis. “Wheeler Mission is another partner of ours. We want to connect with the good that’s already happening downtown. We aren’t about forcing Jesus on people. It’s more about just loving our neighbors the way Jesus would, and seeing what happens.” There’s a warmth and a posture of acceptance at Traders Point. The congregation is multigenerational and multiethnic and embraces authenticity and hope.
Traders Point Christian Church’s Downtown campus meets weekly on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at 1201 N Delaware. Lead pastor Aaron Brockett and the teaching team at TPCC teach each week from the broadcast location at TPCC Northwest. Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15, services at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, services at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. To learn more, visit tpcc.org or download the TPCC app.