Rooftop’s Frequently Asked Questions
Have you wondered but not had a chance to ask? (Or been afraid of the answers?) Well, here are some short answers to the most frequently asked questions ...
What is Rooftop?
We’re a church in the St. Louis area with the goal of reaching out to our fellow St. Louisans with the love and truth of God presented in a contemporary, relevant and compassionate way. We’re trying to do church in a way that will make the message of Christianity accessible to as many people as possible, but especially to those who are lacking a meaningful church connection in their lives right now.
What’s with the name?
No, we don’t meet on a rooftop. (People have asked.) It’s a metaphor. A rooftop is a place where people go to share very important messages. Jesus introduced the phrase “shout it from the rooftops” when he told his disciples to shout from the rooftops all that he had whispered in their ears about God’s love. (That’s from Matthew 10:27). We want to be a church that shares the love of God with the people of St. Louis, even if that means taking it to the rooftops so all can hear.
How’d you guys get started?
In the mid-1990s, a group of students at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO started talking about the possibility of starting a new church in St. Louis. (Most of us were from the metro area.) As we talked to others, we began to feel that the idea might really have some merit. Over the next several years God brought together a group of about 40 people or so to make it happen. He also provided the leadership and funding that we needed to put it together. And here we are ...
Are you part of a denomination?
Nope. We are a non-denominational church (or inter-denominational, as some people call it). We were started by several organizations that provided invaluable financial, spiritual and practical support —organizations that included the Midwest Baptist Conference and the Emerging Leadership Initiative. Since then, God has led us into a non-denominational existence while maintaining valuable relationships to these organizations.
What do you believe?
Our theology can be best described as Bible-based. (Here is a full statement of our beliefs.) In other words, we believe that God has given us his Word in the Bible. What we do and who we are flows out of what we discover therein.
Can I bring my kids?
Of course you can. Rooftop provides children’s programs for infants through fifth-graders as well as a Youth Group for middle-school and high-school aged kids. We take seriously our responsibility of lovingly sharing God’s truth with your children, just as we take seriously lovingly sharing God’s truth with anyone.