The Mentor church of Christ originated in 1957 when former members of the Painesville Madison Avenue church of Christ and members from other area churches of Christ came together to establish the Lord’s church in Mentor, Ohio. At that time, membership was about 20 members who held services in the Carpenter Union Hall on Maple Street.
In 1963 they moved to the building on Burridge Avenue where the congregation still meets today. The building at that time consisted of the present auditorium and two classrooms. It was built by members of the congregation, as was the classroom and vestibule wing additions, which were completed in 1972. In 2018 several renovations were completed including updates to the foyer and the addition of a carport at our main entrance.
The Mentor congregation grew from 20 members to over 185 in the late 1990’s. It currently has a membership of 120 members and over the years have touched many lives for the cause of Christ in this community. To God be all glory and honor!
The mission of the Mentor church of Christ is to continue Jesus’ mission on the earth “to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, New International Version). As Christians we are instructed to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” (Mark 16:15).
"Faith is the Victoy!" is our theme for 2021, which is taken from 1 John 5:4, "For whoever has been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith."
The establishment of Jesus’ Church was set forth on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. A careful examination of the New Testament, accurately translated from the original languages, reveals God’s expectations of His followers. The aim of the church of Christ is not to be different, but to be faithful to Jesus teachings and examples set forth by Him and His apostles as they established congregations of His faithful followers.
The Mentor church of Christ strives to follow the structure and example set by the first century church in the New Testament. For full details about what to expect during worship service, please see our Worship page.
The church of Christ believes in the act of baptism by immersion as was demonstrated by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Baptism is an act that symbolizes the believer’s faith in the entire Word of God, including the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The act of baptism is a symbolic death to sin, the burial of a person’s old ways, and resurrection to walk in the newness of life as a Christian.
"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." - Mark 1:9
"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." - Mark 16:16
"Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" - Acts 2:38
The church of Christ believes that in addition to baptism as discussed above, living a life patterned after Jesus’ life and remaining faithful is what allows us to receive God’s promise of eternal life in Heaven.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." - Matthew 7:21
“… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” - Revelation 2:10
All scripture references above are taken from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.