Where We Pray: For people who don't like church, Light of the World Ministries 'fishes with a net'

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

Light of the World Ministries 

  • Address: 5915 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati
  • Website: Lowcincy.org
  • Non-denominational
  • Top Clergy: Mike Scruggs, Pastor
  • Size of Congregation: 300+
  • Core Beliefs: Love God. Love People. MORE

"I started this church for people who didn’t like church. Light of the World presents biblical truths and show how they apply to our everyday lives. And we have a lot of fun while doing it." - Pastor Mike Scruggs

History:

"Transform our city… one heart at a time."

That was the mission of Light of the World Ministries when it began in 2006 with a handful of member. Under the leadership of Pastor Scruggs, Light of the World Ministries "literally started out with nothing but a vision and prayer."

The church went from holding a meeting in a living room to holding services in a movie theater. Later, Light of the World began broadcasting to hundreds of thousands through its weekly radio program and via television to 29 communities. It also established a following online. 

As the church grows, the congregation is aggressively pursuing opportunities to reach more people "with the life-saving message of the Gospel in both the city and the world."

Through the use of preaching, worship, and creativity, the church strives to present the message of Jesus Christ in a clear and fresh way.

"We are the light of the world!" says Pastor Scruggs.

Light of the World Ministries in the community

Since its inception seven years ago, Light of the World members have become known for a number of activities, including:

  • random acts of kindness
  • volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
  • the Gifts for Guns Buyback Program
  • an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign
  • giving school supplies to hundreds of school children
  • free fish fry on Lenten Fridays
  • annual free car wash

Church members are also known for wearing its hearts on its sleeves, living by the motto: “People don’t
care how much you know until they know how much you care.” 

Born and raised in Greater Cincinnati area, Pastor Scruggs graduated from Walnut Hills High School. He earmed his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in divinity from Cincinnati Christian University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at United Theological Seminary.

At the age of 35, Scruggs describes himself as part of the first generation of pastors reared and raised on hip-hop. This is evident if you attend service any given Sunday at the “Light” House. He’s typically not dressed
in a suit or a robe.

WATCH: "I know you are but what am I," a Pastor Scruggs sermon

Sermons are "illustrative and no holds barred." This has gained the church notoriety due to its radical approach to church matched against the background of a conservative city.

The church spends most of its time and energy creating the weekend worship experience for real people, with real situations, desiring Godly solutions. At Light of the World the church fishes with a net. Regular attendees come from a variety of experiences. The church has everything from cops to robbers, and from GEDs to doctorates. You might sit next to a former Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal or Muslim.

"It is likely that you will meet several people who no longer wear any such labels, but simply are interested in what Jesus is doing in their lives now," said Pastor Scruggs.

Services Sunday: 10:30 a.m. “Happy Hour” Bible Study Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.

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