Emmaus Road Fellowship, a new church that will launch April 12, will meet in the existing Cross Style Church at 104 Trinity Drive in Lebanon.
Cross Style Church will allow Emmaus Road Fellowship to use its facilities on Saturdays.
Emmaus Road Fellowship will be different than most churches in a few ways.
“We will be meeting on Saturdays instead of Sundays. While there are a few denominations that hold worship services on Saturdays, we are a non-denominational church that has chosen to meet Saturdays, the Sabbath of the Bible, for no other reason than that was the original day of meeting in the earliest Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Mike Waggoner, author and teaching pastor of Emmaus Road Fellowship. “The format of Emmaus will also be somewhat different than the traditional way of ‘doing church.’ We will be starting our time together with coffee and just catching up with each other at 10 a.m., moving into worship in music by 10:45 and easing into a period of prayer and then the interactive study time. This will replace what has always been the sermon. We will have teaching time with open discussion, questions and wrapping things up with prayer. Emmaus Road is a contemporary-style church with a ‘come as you are’ heart. Dress however you wish...no tie necessary.”
Emmaus Road Fellowship will feature worship pastor Jonathan Porter. Porter is a familiar name and face around Lebanon as a singer, songwriter and worship leader.
Waggoner and Porter became friends through CRAVE Bookstore and Cafe. Mike and his wife, Beth, used to manage CRAVE, and they had a once-a-month music event at the store, at which Porter was a regular and a favorite. The event would pull in as many as 75-100 people into the small cafe area.
“Emmaus Road Fellowship is looking forward to being a new place to worship and learn more about Jesus Christ, the Bible and to serve alongside all of the other amazing churches in the Lebanon and Wilson County area,” Waggoner said.