How We Do Ministry

Since making disciples is the mission of the church, all the ministries of the church must support and serve the mission. The intentional direction of our student ministry must always be the discipleship of teens. The intentional direction of our Children’s Ministry will always be the discipleship of children and families. We must help people grow in their commitment to Christ and His church. And this is cyclical. As people grow in their commitment to the church, their commitment to Christ should be increasing. And as they are growing in their commitment to Christ, they should become more deeply committed to the church. Vertical Church Charleston offers a number of ministries focused on helping one another grow together as disciples of Jesus.

High Impact Worship

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Worship in Spirit

At Vertical Church, corporate worship is highly participatory. We invite our people to worship with passion & energy. We don’t want to be lazy or lethargic when it comes time to worship. Instead, we want to be enthusiastic and demonstrative. Scripture allows for a great deal of freedom in worship (clapping, kneeling, raising hands, etc.), but we should never lose sight of the object of our worship—we worship God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Emotions are an acceptable part of worship, but should never be manipulated or fabricated. Healthy and appropriate expressions of emotion are part of what it means to worship genuinely in the Spirit.

Worship in Truth

The Bible is the ultimate authority when it comes to worship. At Vertical Church, therefore, we strive to worship in truth—the truth of who God is as revealed in Scripture. Strict attention is paid to theological content, ensuring that every lyric that is sung, every word spoken, and every art form expressed is biblically sound and supported. We also look to God’s Word to discern how God desires to be worshiped rather that follow the wisdom of man or the latest cultural fad.


Small Groups

Vertical Church isn’t just a church with small groups…we’re a church of small groups! So why do we do small groups? At Vertical Church our focus is on the quality of discipleship. . The purpose of these groups is to minister to and encourage one another in the application of God's Word.

Vertical Kids

Every Sunday morning, your children ages birth-5th grade are discipled by trained volunteers who are committed to partnering with you in introducing your kids to Christ. They spend time in Worship, God's Word, and small groups as they learn what it means to walk with Christ.

Vertical Students

Every week the high school and middle school students of Vertical Church meet for worship, bible study, age appropriate small groups, and games. Your students are being trained to not only grow in their walk with Christ, but are also learning how to partner with other students in their pursuit of Christlikeness.

Act Like Men

Once a month, the men of Vertical Church come together to worship, study God's Word, and meet in small groups to help each other learn  how to Lead, Love and Labor for Christ and our families