Ahh...the backstory.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell

 

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THE VISION

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THE HISTORY

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THE STAFF

First

who we are.

The Neighborhood Church was planted in 2012 by Joe and Jess Liles. It was on their heart that families and individuals needed to fall in love with church all over again. They knew that meant the church needed to change, it couldn't stay the same. People are discovering a personal faith again and the church should by a place where they can explore that, as an individual, as kids, as a family. This pull on their heart led to the vision of TNC which is shared each and every Sunday...

THE VISION

Change Church.

This is not the typical, "Hey, we are changing church, come join us!" This is change flipped on its end. We believe that Christ came to change the world and transform lives on a daily basis, not just on Sunday morning. (even though it's great to gather with a community of faith!). Becuase Christ is transforming lives every day, the moment you walk into our church, we are changed. The Neighborhood Church is made new. We can no longer be who we were. Christ has transformed the church, because of you. 

The Neighborhood Church is constantly changing as we understand how the church meets the world today. We love this!

Create Relationship.

Creating relationship is not only close to the heart of TNC, it is close to the heart of God. God desires to be in relationship with the world, that is why we seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. That being said, we know it is hard to create relationship. It is hard to walk into a room full of strangers, "say hi!" or to introduce yourself to someone new, it is out of our comfort zone. Creating Relationship for us means that we help to create relationship with God and our neighbor, to meet, love and serve your neighbor every day and outside the church! 

The Neighborhood Church creates relationship with you, our neighbors in need, local non-profits and global missions.

Neighbors need love.

If not you, who? If not now, when?

OUR HISTORY

PORTABLE CHURCH BEGINNINGS

• 2011 | Pastor Joe and Deacon Jess finish seminary at Wartburg Theological Seminary (known as the craft brewery of seminaries) in Dubuque, IA and are called to plant a church on the 49 Freeway between Fayetteville, AR and Bentonville, AR. They move to Rogers in June of 2011 with one child and one on the way to scout locations and pray over the city! 

 

• 2012 | Planted The Neighborhood Church on Easter with 23 faithful people in Central Park Elementary School in Bentonville, AR. (picture to the right)

STOREFRONT CHURCH HOME

• 2013 | The CORE Team (12 visionary leaders of the church) vote to move the church to a store front between Las Fajitas and the World Gym on I Street. 

 

• 2014 | The Neighborhood grows adding a second service, 9am and 10:40am. We send two members of the church on exploratory mission to Guatemala with NextSTEP Ministries. 

 

• 2015 | We become a chartered and organized church in the ELCA, one of the fastest growing new starts.

GLOBAL MISSION & YOUTH MISSION TRIPS

• 2016 | We send our first group of 40 Global missionaries across the world to Sumpango, Guatemala to work alongside nextSTEP Ministries. We built homes, ran VBS for 100+ kids, worked on playgrounds and served an Aids orphanage.

 

• 2016 | Youth trips are in full swing going to places like Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis and Phoenix. Incredible times to see youth grow and develop. 

MOVING TO A NEW HOME

• 2017 | The Neighborhood Church purchases 6 acres of land on I Street. The land includes a horse arena, barn, stable, milking shed, home and garage.

 

• 2018 | The Neighborhood begins to build a new church home on the property knowing that the property will continue to develop in the years to come.

 

• 2019 | The Neighborhood Church has their first worship in the new facility! 

NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH GOES DIGITAL

• 2020 | The Neighborhood Church goes to online church, along with the rest of the world. Plants a vision to help other churches learn from what The Neighborhood has learned in the last 10 years.

 

• 2021 | TNC Launches TNCU, The Neighborhood Church University and helps over 180 congregations learn the nuts and bolts of online church and the new Digital Reformation. Plans are in place to launch a LMS online for churches to learn from!  

OUR STAFF

Joe Liles

Lead Pastor

Pastor Joe Liles planted the church along with his wife and 23 other faithful people on Easter in 2012. Having two children, Caylee (12yo) and Landen (10yo) their heart was to plant a church where kids brought their parents to church and parent fell in love with church all over again. He is an eternal hope-ist, has an abundance of energy, and speaks to people right where they are, but challenges them to go into a deep relationship with God! He loves a good high-five too!

Jess Liles

Deacon

Jessica has served in many different roles; children's ministry, youth director, admin, and overall master organizer of all things church. Ordained as a Deacon in 2021, she is the extension from the church out into the community! She currently serves as the Faith Formation and Education Director guiding people to understand how to live out their relationship with Jesus! She is pretty much everyone's best friend and an incredible conversationalist over coffee!

Terri Marquardt

COMMUNICATIONS

Engagement and Social Strategy

Terri is the social guru making sure the story of Jesus is told through the life of TNC. Terri redefines the word hospitality, always opening her home! She is Married to Terry (that's right, girl Terri and guy Terry) and has 4 daughters, 2 in high school and 2 at Baylor University. 

Matt Bethune

MAYOR OF KIDCITY

Kids Digital Content Creator

Mayor Matt brings content to life for the kiddos at church. He knows animation, puppets, script writing, filming...woah! Surrounded and suported at home with a loving wife, Sarah, and two cool kiddos, Michael and Eddie!

It's a beautiful day

in the Neighborhood...Church.