Welcome to Central Christian Center!

In the Heart of Joplin, With a Heart for Joplin

Central Christian Center is committed to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His great love for them. It's our desire to bring people into God's family and help them develop a Christ-like maturity as well as equip them for ministry. Our mission is to inspire people to believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ, by knowing that He has the power to change lives, and by serving our great God and sharing His love with everyone we can. We believe in each other, and in helping one another reach a higher purpose through Jesus Christ.

Located at 410 South Virginia Avenue in Joplin, MO, services are at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm on Sundays with nurseries and youth classes available for all ages. Join us for an anointed and inspired word of God!

The Thought For the Day

If you only knew. The Bible says that when you know the truth, it will set you free. The truth is God loves you so much He gave it all just to get you back. That means you're pretty important to Him. I know the devil's always trying to convince you that you’re not important, you don't have what it takes, it will never happen, and that no one really cares. That's a lie!
The truth is you are valuable to God. He has good plans for you. He has put seeds of greatness on the inside of you. He has planned things for you that no one else can do as good as you can. He's opening doors for you and no one can close them. You will meet the right people at the right time. I could go on and on, but the truth is, HE LOVES YOU.
I just wanted to give you some truth to think about as you go through your day. Think about it, it will set you free.
I love you and want God's best for you today.
See you Sunday!
Pastor Hank

Upcoming Events

Outreach Ministries

With deep ties to the community, Central Christian Center supports a number of outreach ministries.

Click or tap on a title below to learn more.

At the end of 2013, the Holy Spirit stirred the hearts of the women of Central Christian Center to unite the five women's groups. They aligned their hearts and vision, to create one group that encompasses all women. On a foundation of prayer and united, Woven was born! Colossians 2:2 says, “I want them to be encouraged and knit (WOVEN) together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.” We want YOU to be encouraged and WOVEN WITH US and TOGETHER we will come to understand GOD’s plan. So please join with us and other women of faith and let’s weave a great tapestry of love for our church and community.

Break free from the bondage that holds you!

Our passion and mission at Saturday Night Live is seeing lives transformed by helping people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and freedom through Christ by examples of Love and Acceptance.

7:00pm every Saturday night
423 Main Street (alley entrance) Joplin, Missouri 64801
Downstairs Fellowship Hall

Loneliness, Hopelessness, Drugs, Alcohol, Pornography
Are you, or someone you know struggling with an addiction? Are you in an abusive relationship?
Have you had, or are you currently going through a divorce? Are You Miserable?

  • Discover the secrets to happiness and success - Guaranteed!
  • Fellowship with those who 'know how you feel'!
  • Live a purpose-driven life, free from burdens of suffering and misery!
  • Learn how to 'Let Go, and Let God!'

I came from institutions and prisons to total freedom! I couldn't, but Jesus could! - Jimmy

I was lost in addiction. I was incarcerated for 7 years. I hated who I was and didn't care about anyone. I got saved at a Saturday Night Live meeting. I have a huge, loving family at SNL. I love myself and others. - Steve

After 27 years of addiction, I found myself spiritually bankrupt - feeling empty and defeated. Cheating, stealing, manipulation, and adultery were familiar to me. If you are looking for an answer, God IS the answer. What God has done for me, He'll do for you. - Anthony

I was lost in drugs and alcohol for 33 years because I was living in denial. I was making bad choices. Since getting saved I am growing and learning to accept myself for who I am. I am living a much simpler life. I have a great family at SNL and hope to help others who have struggled with addiction. - Renee

I used drugs for more than 20 years. During the time of my drug use I hurt my family and friends; but through the love of Jesus Christ I stopped using drugs and hurting people. God gave me a second chance and He can give the same to you. - Troy

We lived in chaos - counted out by the world - cast out by our families. We both used drugs and had no stability. April's children had to raise themselves because she was incapable while under the influence. Tim was a homeless meth addict for over 15 years and was put in jail over 50 times. We have both been clean since July of 2009 with no desire to use. We were married in December 2009. God has healed our relationships and given us a family at Saturday Night Live. We finally have stability. - Tim & April

We both started abusing drugs at the age of 12. We used and cooked meth together. Our daily routine was lying, cheating, and stealing. We had a love/hate relationship. We divorced. Years later Marianne, married to another man and clean for 3 years, was dying of Hep C. Marianne's husband left her while she was in the hospital and I stepped in and took care of her. I stopped using drugs that very day. God DID restore our family! We've been married for 3 years, have great jobs, and stability. We have more than we could ever imagine. - Ricardo and Marianne

Central Christian Center has been a bright futures partner for eight years, and our partnership has grown in that time period. When Central first joined, our partner was Duquesne Elementary, providing us the opportunity to serve around 200 students. When the tornado hit Joplin and it's surrounding communities, Duquesne and Duenweg schools were merged into a single building, and Central began to serve around 310 students. When the new Soaring Heights Elementary school building opened, our service opportunities expanded to 365 students, and now to 435 students.

Bright Futures is an amazing and awesome program that allows the faith-based community into our schools, providing us a way to show the Love of Jesus to the students and teachers with whom we interact. During the course of our involvement we have seen this program's reception evolve from skepticism to trust. With our choice to be actively involved in the schools, we have seized many opportunities to show that we love and care about our schools, teachers, and students, yielding many rewards that escape expression.

How We Have Helped Make a Difference:

  • While students were working hard on their MAPP tests, we provided snacks and encouragement to each student. We also brought extra pencils.
  • We brought snacks and the occasional lunch to teachers and staff on various days throughout the year (like parent-teacher conferences).
  • We gave small gifts for teachers and staff on holidays as a token of appreciation for all they do to educate area kids.
  • We spent time with the kids reading one-on-one on Dr. Seuss Days.
  • We have hosted hat, sock, and glove drives for the kids.
  • We provided hygiene products for the kids to help with their hygiene education.
  • We participated in fundraising by volunteering at the events and by financially assisting the events.
  • We brought pizza for 'Student of the Month' days.
  • We helped pay for the T-shirts with the Soaring Heights and CCC logo, along with other Bright Futures partners.
  • We provided and gave out wristbands with Soaring Heights and Central Christian Center embossed with school colors to all of the students to encourage them and welcome them to their new school.

We need your help with our Food Pantry!

Suggested Items:

  • Canned Meats - Tuna, Chicken, Spam, Potted Meat, etc
  • Box Dinners - Tuna Helper, etc
  • Canned or boxed Fruit Juices
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Soups
  • Saltine Crackers, etc
  • Canned Unsweetened Milk
  • Dried Potato Flakes, Scalloped Potatoes, etc
  • Dry Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned Vegetable Juices
  • Regular Tea Bags
  • Dried Rice, Beans, Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce - Canned
  • Jello - dry, boxed
  • Canned Fruits - peaches, applesauce, etc
  • Small Containers of Coffee, Cocoa Mix
  • Pancake Mix
  • Cereal Bars
  • Pasta
  • Powdered Milk

We Need Protien and Sauces!

Canned meats, beans, and whatever other non-perishable food items you can think of - we need them!

Please place your donations in the blue barrels on Sundays or drop by the Church Office between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays. Thank you for your help in this ministry!

Are you in need of assistance? Call the church office at the number below to find out how we can help.

Royal Rangers is a mentoring program for future men. We provide Christ-like character formation and servant leadership development for boys an young men in a highly relational and fun environment. Our mission is to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders.

The Royal Rangers motto is Ready: Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God's word.

The Royal Rangers meet up the stairs by the gym on Sundays from 4pm to 7:30pm. Come in the alley door, go up the stairs, and go to the first classroom at the top of the stairs (the old 3yr classroom.) Adventure and Expedition, which is comprised of the 6th-12th grade boys, meets at 4pm, then Ranger Kids and Discovery Rangers, which is comprised of K-5th grade boys, meets at 6pm.

There is no cost to join, and while not required, the boys are encouraged to purchase the handbook and uniform.

Central Christian Center is a registered as Chapter 139 of the Royal Rangers. To find out more, contact G Dyer at 417-291-4977. You can also learn more at TRaCclub.org and Royal Rangers USA.

Life Groups

Life Groups
a place where people can come together to connect with others.

The best way to grow as a Christian is to get into a situation where you can rub shoulders with other Christians and benefit from life-on-life modeling and mentoring from those who've learned what it means to live out their faith on a day-to-day basis. As relationships can't be forced, neither can spiritual growth. Life Groups provide an environment conducive to deeper spiritual relationships among group members. After that, it's up to the Holy Spirit to do His stuff according to a timetable that fits His plan (or in the case of some of us, at the pace at which we're willing to be led.)

  • Life Groups are not in-depth Bible Studies.
    Life Groups are about sharing life together and discovering how the love of God transforms hearts. In Life Groups, instead of talking about life, people engage in it.
  • Life Groups are built around 'affinity relationships'.
    Affinity means that people in the Life Group have something basic in common. While it's true that close friends often have a stronger set of shared interests, values, or experiences that binds them together; that's why we tell people to choose a group primarily according to who else is in it rather than where it meets.
  • Life Groups are incubators of faith.
    Incubators are warm, safe environments where premature babies are nourished into a sustainable life. That's what happens in Life Groups.
  • Life Groups are ideal for new Christians and the 'unchurched'.
    Everyone benefits from a small group, but no one more than new believers or nonbelievers, because they so desperately need to share life with other Christians who have gone before them in their life struggles.

We all have a basic need to connect with others. Life Groups share lives together - the good times, the tough times, and the times in-between. The goal of Life Groups is simply to connect people to the two things they will need most when faced with the challenges of life: the Bible and other Christians.

The mission of Life Groups is:

  • transforming believers into the image of Christ,
  • Equipping them for the work of ministry,
  • Strengthening them through teaching and fellowship,
  • Renewing them through worship and prayer.

Life Groups are the solution to disconnection.

  • Life Groups provide fellowship
  • Life Groups share life together
  • Life Groups change lives

The beauty of this laid-back approach of Life Groups is that it 'takes the pressure off'. Life Groups provide an environment where people are connected closely enough and long enough for life to happen and for God to show up. It's organic and simple; it works, and it works well.

Life Groups are not a new thing.
In the 1st century church, as well as worshiping together in the Temples each day, Christians met in homes where they studied the apostles' teachings, shared meals together, and celebrated the Lord's Supper. "And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved." - Acts 2:46-47 (NLT)

Small group bands and classes started by John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century also attracted thousands of spiritually hungry people and grew many of them into mature believers. Anytime a group of friends commits to gather together to share their lives, pray, and discuss the Bible and the application of it's scriptures, good stuff is bound to happen.

Why Life Groups?
Life Groups are all about friends, encouragement, prayer, and the study of God's Word! In a Life Group, you can take a break from the busy demands of everyday life and invest in what is really important: your relationship with God and with the people around you. Most life groups meet for an hour and half every week. In a small group of people things happen that don't happen in bigger groups. The Bible gives us many examples of how lives were changed when people met together this way. The same thing happens as we hear of how Life Groups have provided friendship, support, encouragement, and opportunity for a closer relationship with Christ. Get connected in a life group and watch your life change!

John and Amber Smith

Wednesday at 6:30 pm

417-622-7330 or 417-593-1077

Bible Study, food and fellowship.  Join us for a deeper connection with the Lord and other like-minded Christians.

Steve and Susan Jones

2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30pm


The purpose of this life group is to study various difference series by Author and teacher John Bevere. The series exposes the need for God in our lives. With his lovingly confrontational style, John challenges you to revere God anew in your worship and daily life. Learn to give God His due honor and reverence in a way that will revolutionize your life!

James & Shirley Poe

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:30 pm

(417) 437-7767

At our meeting we serve a snack and watch a DVD Series. We hope you are able to attend - it is always a great series, good food, and fellowship.

Jake & Lori Jones

Thursdays at 6:30pm -8:30pm


Our life group is a chance for accountability and growth while building relationships and challenging each other to go deeper in our spiritual walk, prayer life, and develop our love of the Word. By spending time in conversation and having a safe place to ask questions, share views, and laugh, we want to do life together, one week at a time.

Directions: From Joplin – Stone’s Corner, go left onto 171 to the Carl Junction sign – turn left onto Pennell. Take Pennell all the way to Roney (two streets past Main Street). Take a left and go all the way down to Gault – We are the blue house on the corner!  Park anywhere!

Bruce & Kim Lester

Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.


We are always excited when Wednesday night rolls around because it’s Life Group Night. Every week we meet with great expectations of what God will do next in our lives. Everyone that attends has a great purpose and adds greatly to the discussions and study. We have become like a family with fellowship, prayer and great testimonies every meeting. We really enjoy each other and look forward to seeing the life group ministry grow. If you haven’t been to a life group yet, give it a try soon. - Bruce & Kim

Directions: Take South Main to Reddings Mill and cross bridge. Turn left on NN Hwy. and follow for 1.1 mi.Turn right on Dutch Elm and cross bridge. Stay on Dutch Elm until it turns off to the right. Eland Road starts at that point. Stay on Eland for .6 mi. The house is back off the road.

Kenny & Diana Parker

Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.


We have enjoyed the opportunity to open our home for life group meetings and it’s something to which we look forward every week. We have seen God bring the hearts and lives of our group together as we share, pray, and care for each other. We’re able to go through struggles together as well as celebrate the victories God is bringing in our lives. We’d like to invite you to come as we bring each other along into all that God has for us.

Paul & Denise Bayless

Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.


The life group meetings have really become one of my favorite days of the week. Being able to discuss God and God’s Word is an uplifting experience. The time spent with friends is great, and knowing your friends will keep you in their prayers helps you through the week.

Nathan & Linda Graves

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm


We enjoy the life group because we enjoy getting to know people better. We seek to stay on track with the Lord and sharing in each other’s blessings, shortcomings, and learning and getting deeper into the Word.

Doug Wilkerson

Thursday at 12:00 Noon


Linda and I believe that cell groups are very important, as they are a part of the process to help people to connect with God and other people. Relationship is the essential key of our spiritual and emotional well-being. Having this time enables people to grow and experience the gifts that God has planted in them. Life groups are also a fantastic way to build relationships and nurture those gifts and help build people into what God has destined for them.

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