Who We Are

What You Will Find

For your family

A place for kids on Sunday morning: newborns through 5th graders learn about Jesus in ways that are age-appropriate and fun – music, videos, puppets, activities, small group time.

Wednesday night Awana: students age three through 5th grade learn God’s word while having fun with games, large group lessons and small group time.

CIL Students: a night (Wednesday) for teens where students 6th grade and up worship, engage in small group discussions with adult leaders, and hear a message just for them.

For you

A place to belong: 2:42 groups are the people you can laugh, grow and serve with.

A place to grow: women’s Bible studies and events, men’s Bible studies and events, CIL Forward classes, and other resources to help individuals and families become more devoted followers of Christ.

A place to make a difference: God can use your gifts and skills to change lives and enrich our community through service to others. We’ll help you connect in ways that make a difference.

Casual atmosphere.

Contemporary worship.

Thought-provoking messages based on the Bible.

Teaching for kids; designed to communicate biblical truth in ways that are fun and relevant.

Weekly communion, liturgical prayers, and recognition of the historic church calendar.

What We Believe

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12

We believe that the Scriptures in all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, error free in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for believers. It is the standard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith, and function as a community.

Deuteronomy 6:4

We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-12

We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. In Adam all mankind fell into sin; consequently all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ.


We believe that God creates each person male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)


We believe that the term “marriage” means the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as detailed in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (I Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman.


We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be rejected and are not in accordance with Scripture nor the doctrines of Christ Is Love Church.

John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9

We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. All who believe in Him are declared righteous by the Father on the basis of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, being regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:3-7

Baptism is a symbolic act in which a believer is immersed in water, representing the inward reality of new life in Christ. We offer the opportunity for believers to be baptized in water periodically throughout the year.

I Corinthians 11:23-29

Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, is a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. Communion is offered in our Sunday morning worship service each week.

Matthew 24-25, I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Jesus Christ will come again, which is the blessed hope of those who believe in Him. While we don’t know the precise sequence of events or the exact timing in history, the second coming of Christ will be both personal and visible. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and we believe that God will one day judge all who have ever lived. This truth fills us with hope and motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, sacrificial service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, and the sharing of the message of God’s grace with anyone and everyone we encounter.

CIL is affiliated with a network of churches called Converge.

Read more about Converge here

Three Stream Experience

CIL believes the convergence of three streams of Christian expression – Sacrament, Scripture, and Spirit – brings full Biblical expression to our worship.

The Sacrament stream means we participate in regular communion, prepared prayers, reciting the creeds, and acknowledging the historic church calendar.

The Scripture stream speaks to our high value of the Bible teaching, evangelism, conversion, and water baptism by immersion.

The Spirit stream indicates our belief that the Holy Spirit’s manifestation gifts continue from the first church to today, allowing every believer to participate in the Spirit-filled life.

CIL History

In September 1996 New Community Church started at Beech High School in Hendersonville. After seven years of worship at the high school, New Community moved into a brand new building called “The Hope Center” in 2003.

In February 2008, the church hired local church planter Aaron Allison as Lead Pastor, and changed the church’s name to CIL, which stood for The Church at Indian Lake.

In 2020, CIL changed its meaning to Christ Is Love.


Sundays: 9AM & 10:45AM



1004 Drakes Creek Rd.
Hendersonville, TN, 37075