The Surge of multisites | 2013-2019:
From 2013-2015, Traders Point saw more than 5,300 people attending church each week – a 20% attendance increase – with some people driving from Lafayette, Anderson, Greenwood, and Crawfordsville just to worship here. By this point, the church had also introduced online live-streaming through Traders Point Live, and more than 500 people were tuning in weekly. There were 1,021 baptisms, 1,177 in membership classes, and 3,616 new families that checked out the church.
In 2013, Traders Point initiated its eighth expansion campaign called Humble & Hungry to become one church in multiple locations. The leadership wanted to create a way for church attenders to invite their friends to church and serve right where they live, rather than having to drive further distances to church.
This growth was exemplified by an award given to Traders Point by Outreach Magazine; naming Traders Point the fifth-fastest-growing church in America in 2016.
In 2014, as part of the Humble & Hungry campaign, church leadership determined that Downtown was going to be the first location for a multisite campus. A Jehovah’s Witness kingdom hall downtown became available, and the staff was anxious to make the purchase for the first Traders Point multisite building, but the elders felt uncomfortable with the expense. Ultimately, the elders recommended they find a different location for the first multisite. By God’s hand, two years later, in 2016, a donor within the church bought the building for Traders Point, and the church was able to spend the money reserved for a building purchase instead fixing it up.
While the church was looking for another option as the first multisite location, church leadership decided to pursue a North location as a Traders Point campus. In 2016, the North campus first opened in an elementary school – ideal for a church launch because of the large-group accommodations and kids classrooms. After a couple years in the school, the North campus purchased and moved into the former Central Christian Church in Carmel.
So many of members were driving from Brownsburg, Plainfield, and Avon to attend church at Traders Point. Going where the people were, the church launched the third multisite campus in 2017 on the west side of Indianapolis, originally meeting in Avon Middle School. Zoning problems kept the campus from purchasing a building in a permanent location, but while they waited for an ideal space, Marsh Supermarket became abandoned and came down to a reasonable price. The West campus opened in their renovated space in June 2022.
The Midtown campus was the fourth multisite location for Traders Point. They currently meet at Indianapolis Glendale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, with a permanent location already purchased but not yet renovated. The former Marsh Supermarket at the northwest corner of Keystone and Broad Ripple Avenue is the future home of the Midtown campus. There's a plan to sublease some of the Marsh property to bring in businesses that support the community’s needs. A portion of the property has already been sold to a bank – a strategic decision since banks are closed on Sundays.
In August 2018, Traders Point launched Growth Track, a place to help people get engaged at Traders Point—taking steps to start following Jesus, connect in a group, grow in generosity, and go serve on a team. They sponsored nearly 5,000 children in South America through a partnership with Stadia and Compassion International. They also helped Hands of Hope launch an online care portal and more care communities to address the foster crisis in Indy. There was also financial and missional support of church plants around the world—in Santa Barbara, Germany, Paris, Harlem, Hollywood, and more.
In 2019, the church launched the Traders Point residency program and leadership development program, both catalysts to helping people grow into the next generation of healthy church leadership.