About Us

CHRISTUS CHURCH is a relatively new congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, having just built our present facility in 1997. It is conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 15 and Julius Drive in Greenville, WI — just 7 miles west of Appleton, and 3 1/2 miles east of Hortonville.

Today our congregation is made up of a little over 830 baptized members, many of them being young families. We are experiencing rapid growth as the surrounding community continues to expand and develop.  We are located on 37 acres of land on the corner of Highway 15 and Julius Drive, in Greenville, WI.

Please feel free to give us a call/drop us a line or stop in for a personal visit and tour.

What to Expect at Christus

An authentically warm, welcoming and caring community of believers.
Meaningful, upbeat and inspiring worship which emphasizes God’s grace
Excellent Christian music at both of our worship services
An emphasis on ministering to youth
An emphasis on inspiring and helping adults to continue growing in their faith walk with the Lord.
The presence of many creative, empowered, and involved lay members

Christus Directory

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History

Christus Lutheran Church was formed as a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1992, under the pastoral direction of mission developer, Pastor Charles Bose.

In late 1994 the congregation began to develop plans to acquire a new piece of land for a new church. In the early winter of 1995, two committees were charged with evaluating over twenty potential building sites for the future church. On September 25 1995, the congregation voted to acquire the Norman Julius property consisting of thirty seven acres of rolling farmland located at the intersection of Highways 15 and Julius Drive in the township of Greenville, Wisconsin. On April 20, 1997, the congregation gathered at the building site to celebrate the ground breaking. The “Planting” as the celebration was referred to, consecrated the land with joyful sounds, prayer, planting of trees and dedication speeches.

In 2008 Christus expanded it's facility by adding on a educational wing to accomodate the growth it has experienced in the past 10 years.

Pastor's Story

I feel blessed, privileged and occasionally overwhelmed to have been called to Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCA.  Parish ministry offers an amazing mix of joys, sorrows, challenges, and triumphs, all (thankfully!) led and sustained by the Holy Spirit.  It is in and through the local congregation that lives are transformed, faith is deepened, and calls to various forms of work in God’s world are discerned.  As a pastor, it’s amazing to have a front row seat to all of that, and more!

 

I began my ministry with Christus Lutheran in December 2012, having previously served with Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wis. and St. John Lutheran Church in Ashwaubenon, Wis.  My credentials include an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Go Badgers!) and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Corey, and our son, Marcus, as well as reading, exercising, playing with the pets, and knitting. Not all at once, of course!

 

Christus is a vibrant, welcoming community of faith; I feel blessed to be a part of it and I trust you will too.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jen Christenson

Membership

Christus Church is known as a place for seekers who want to learn of and grow into a relationship with Jesus Christ. What makes us a church is that we are also a caring community of committed believers. We have lots of attendees and visitors at our worship services, but we also have members. Now one might assume that as long as people follow Christ, the church doesn’t need formal membership. Isn’t it enough simply to call yourself a Christian and attend regularly? WE BELIEVE THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE REASONS FOR FORMAL MEMBERSHIP.

First, we believe the concept of membership is Biblical. Believers in the New Testament clearly identified themselves with a specific local body and were challenged to become devoted participants.

Second, formal membership is valuable to the leaders of the church. At some point, it is important to identify those who comprise the “flock” at Christus - the core that can be counted on. Leaders need to know whether they’re being effective in accomplishing the church’s mission of turning indifferent or irreligious people into devoted followers of Christ. Membership is one way to measure that effectiveness.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, membership benefits the individual. It’s an important spiritual step that moves each of us out of the vague clouds of our good intentions and into the clear light of committed participation. The membership process can be a significant “defining moment” in a Christian’s lifelong decipleship journey.

If you would like to explore becoming a participating member at Christus, simply call the church office at 757-7775 and express your interest.  A reminder letter will also be mailed out to you closer to the actual date of the next series of New Member Classes. Child care will be provided as needed. Thanks and God bless you.

Membership Types

"POSITIONAL” AND “PARTICIPATING”
The Bible actually describes two kinds of membership in a church. Scripture is full of references to the once and for all union with Christ that happens at the instant of conversion (1st Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:13-22; Colossians 1:13-22)

At that moment, you become a “positional member” in the universal church of Jesus Christ, based solely on His merit and grace.

But then the Bible also urges positional members to continue growing by becoming “participating members” in a specific local fellowship of believers (Romans 12:4-8; 1st Corinthians 12:25-31; 14:12-26; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1st Timothy 3:14-15) We cannot see the invisible bond of positional membership, but we can identify those who are the participating members here at Christus.

THE FIVE G’s
How can participating membership be described Bibically? We have attempted to summarize it using an outline called “The Five G’s”. People who fulfill the Five G’s are living out the lifestyle of a true participating member. 

To find out more about "The Five G's" click here.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

We believe that God accepts us as we are – no matter who we are, what we do, or how we dress. We do not have a dress code here at Christus. Worshippers wear anything from jeans/shorts and tee shirts, to slacks and golf shirts, to dress shirts and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable and appropriate for you in this setting. 

What about the kids? 

We’re child-friendly here at Christus and are not bothered by the noise level they naturally generate. If you’d prefer, though, child care for infants and toddlers is available for your use during all services in our staffed nursery located directly across from the church entrance. Every Sunday the children are invited to come forward and sit and participate in a short children’s message. If you need to take your children out of the sanctuary during the service, you can still listen to the service on the speakers in the Gathering Area or in the Nursery. Rocking chairs are also provided for your use.  

What can I expect at Christus?

Here’s what we’re about:

  • Reaching out to the un-churched and under-churched is central to our identity and mission.

  • An authentically warm, welcoming and caring community of believers.

  • Meaningful, upbeat and inspiring worship which emphasizes God’s grace. Excellent Christian music, especially our 10:35 a.m. “Rock’n with the Good News” contemporary combo, as well as our group of engaging song leaders we affectionately refer to as the “Giggers.”

  • An emphasis on ministering to youth, especially through our innovative “Faith Stepping Stones" program.  Sunday School for 4 year olds through 5th grade runs from 9:30 - 10:25 a.m. between worship services.  Confirmation instruction for grades 6-8 on Wednesday evenings, high school youth group called G2 that meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., and annual summer vacation bible school, and mission trips.

  • An emphasis on inspiring and helping adults to continue growing in their faith walk with the Lord.

  • The presence of many creative, empowered, and involved lay members.

Will I be able to follow along with the service? 

Yes, everything you need in order to follow the worship service will be shown on our multi-media projection screen in the front of the sanctuary. There are also song sheets, which include the musical notes, available upon request from one from the ushers.  

Can I take Communion, and how does it work?

You do not have to be a member or pre-register to receive Communion. All who are baptized and believe that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine, are welcome and encouraged to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  Youngsters need to have completed a course of instruction on the meaning of Communion. All young children and infants are invited to come forward to receive a blessing. 

We offer communion every Sunday. The Pastor will announce when it’s time to come forward and receive communion. If you choose to participate, simply join the line in the aisle, and when you reach the front, you will be handed a piece of bread and the pastor or assistant will say, “The body of Christ, given for you.”  There is also a gluten-free option for those needing that.

Next you are offered wine or non-alcoholic grape juice (located in the center ring of glasses), which has been poured into small individual glasses. With the wine or grape juice the assistant will say, “The blood of Christ, shed for you.” Drink it, and then place the empty glass in the basket, and return to your seat. 

If you wish to take communion but are unable to walk to the front of the church, simply notify the usher, and the pastor will bring the bread and wine to you.