HISTORY

Iron Works Church traces its history back to December 2007, when two families began to pray, asking God for a new church for Phoenixville.  For the next three-and-a-half years, this small group prayed, planned, sought counsel, and worked to complete denominational requirements for the starting of a new church.  In May of 2011, Iron Works Church was established as a mission of the Presbyterian Church in America.  Iron Works held its first regular worship service on March 4th, 2012. In June of 2016, Iron Works graduated from mission status to become a self-governing church with the election and installation of ruling elders.  In November of 2016, Presbytery approved the first church plant of Iron Works Church to the borough of West Chester, PA.  Iron Works Church seeks to plant dozens of healthy churches throughout the Philadelphia region and around the world.


VISION & VALUES

PASSIONATE FOR GOD'S GLORY IN ALL THINGS.

From the earliest times and continuing up through the present, Iron Works has sought to be about worship.  More than any other factor, the desire and vision surrounding Iron Works is to be a community of worshipers.  We believe God is to be worshiped, known, and enjoyed.  As our catechism states, "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God and fully to enjoy Him forever."

Man’s chief end is to Glorify God and enjoy Him forever”
— Westminster Catechism
Worship is...
The quickening of the conscience
by the holiness of God
The feeding of the mind
by the truth of God
The purging of the imagination
by the beauty of God
The opening of the heart
to the love of God
The devotion of the will
to the purpose of God
— William Temple
 

THEOLOGICALLY & ARTISTICALLY RICH WORSHIP 

The Sunday worship service at Iron Works is intended to be a time to engage in worship of God in his fullness.  The worship service at Iron Works seeks to follow the ancient pattern of the church, including: a call to worship, songs of praise, confession of sin, passing of the peace, the reading of Scripture, preaching and the Lord's Table. 

In our worship we seek to blend artistic excellence, theological depth, and a casual and reflective atmosphere.

A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER.

We long to see Iron Works be a church community where true friendships are born, nurtured, and multiplied.  When Christ comes into a person's life, we believe they become family.  As such, our hope is that Iron Works would be a place where these kinds of relationships prosper as we live lives of grace and forgiveness with and toward one another.

Be devoted to one another
in brotherly love.
— Romans 12:10
But seek the welfare of the city
where I have sent you into exile,
and pray to the Lord on its behalf,
for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
— Jeremiah 29:7

RESPECTFULLY ENGAGE AND SERVE THE CITY.

We believe that the church is called to address those who do not believe as we do with intelligence, warmth, and respect.  We believe that Jesus Christ has placed us in Phoenixville that we might respectfully engage the culture in which we live with the truth of the gospel of grace and through ministries supporting mercy and social justice.  

 

A CHURCH WITH AN OPEN DOOR.

Iron Works Church is committed to having an open front door to anyone interested in knowing more about Christ, no matter where they are along the spectrum--those who are convinced, those who are perplexed, or those who are skeptical. We welcome the questions, objections, and problems of thoughtful people and are committed to responding with honesty and intelligence, not hostility or condescension. We seek to accomplish this through worship services designed to both build up believers and challenge and help the spiritually uncommitted; through in-depth teaching so that the deepest questions of faith and life are asked and answered with all the fullness of the historic Christian faith; and by being a welcoming community, so that newcomers can personally know the reality of Christ among us.