Why Columbus Indiana?

You might be asking, “Why does Columbus, Indiana need another church?” We would like to share with you why we believe Columbus is the city in which God is calling us to plant His church.


After seeking the Lord in prayer and asking for discernment, we are certain that Columbus is it! We are trusting that the Lord will bring people to Himself in Columbus and what a humbling privilege it is to be a part of what God is doing in this city to glorify Himself.


There is a great need for gospel-preaching churches in Columbus. There are 105 churches for the 76,794 residents of Bartholomew County. With the average church reaching approximately 125 people, that means that there is 1 church for every 731 people.

The Potential

With Columbus being the home of a number of internationally known companies such as Cummins Engine Company, individuals from across the globe venture to Columbus to make it their home; God is bringing the nations to Columbus. This church plant will reach beyond the scope of Bartholomew County—it will reach the world! Columbus is an attractive, award-winning city home of architectural sights, a number of resources, and numerous opportunities for employment. These accolades contribute to Columbus’ reputation of being a city of great influence. As Columbus is impacted by the gospel of Jesus, it’s influence will spread to the surrounding cities and beyond! With Columbus being a city of world-renown wonders, an increasing housing market and numerous employment opportunities, Columbus is a place of influence and potential. Athens Church will be the first location of a church-planting movement. It is our desire to see the Great Commission advanced as disciples of Christ are made and more gospel-preaching churches are planted. THE POTENTIAL IS EXPONENTIAL!



Columbus is located in south central Indiana off of Interstate I-65. Columbus is 45 miles south of Indianapolis, 70 miles north of Louisville, 230 miles southeast of Chicago. 90 miles west of Cincinnati, 280 miles east of St. Louis, and 250 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.


Columbus in the News

See what people are saying about Columbus, Indiana.

Some of the best modernist and contemporary buildings in the world are clustered in the Midwest along a route from Cleveland to Chicago.

– The Wall Street Journal

Columbus is ranked 20th in nation for business careers, and 11th for job growth.

– Forbes Magazine

Never heard of Columbus? That’s fine – residents love this little city’s under-the-radar charm. Less than an hour south of Indianapolis and east of Bloomington, Columbus has it all: design cognoscenti say the city’s innovative architecture ranks right up there with Chicago’s and San Francisco’s.

– Area Development Magazine

Columbus was cited in the “62 Reasons to Love Your Country” in the July 2005 issue of GQ Magazine.

– GQ Magazine

Travel writer Jordan Simon listed Columbus, Indiana among his “Top 10 Things to See in the U.S. Before You Die” on Columbus was listed alongside the likes of Charleston, S.C., the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park.


Residents of Columbus enjoy one of the best combinations of higher incomes and lower costs of living in the nation, according to data released Thursday by the Commerce Department.

– Indianapolis Star

Columbus was selected as one of the Ten Most Playful Towns in America by Nick Jr.

– Nick Jr. Family Magazine

Columbus, Indiana (population 44,000) is ranked sixth in the nation for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C.

– Nick Jr. Family Magazine

One of America’s best displays of modern architecture awaits in Columbus, Indiana, which knows how to blend small-city hospitality with modern style.

– Nick Jr. Family Magazine