Narkis Street Congregation is located on the corner of Narkis and Hagidem Streets in downtown Jerusalem; the corner has been a center for Christian activity since the 1920’s. For many years the Narkis Street Baptist Congregation was under the direction of Rev. Robert Lindsey. Since 1992, Pastor Charles Kopp has led the congregation. In 1989, a Hebrew speaking Congregation grew out of the Narkis Street Baptist Congregation, in 1994 a Russian speaking congregation (Evan Yisrael) was established, and in 1996 a further multiplication took place with founding of the Sunday morning Jerusalem Baptist Church. Narkis Street Congregation seeks to continue in the rich tradition of the last seventy years by proclaiming the Kingdom of God in word and deed.
In Biblical times the proclamation of the Shma—Deuteronomy 6:4-5 which called Israel to hear and obey the one true God with their heart, soul, and strength— signified a person’s acceptance of God’s rule in their life. When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment in the law, he affirmed the Shma, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:28-34; Matt. 22:34-40; Luke 10:25-37). The life and teachings of Jesus were rooted in the Shma and its recognition of God’s Kingdom actively breaking forth into the lives of those willing to receive it (Matt.11:5). Today, as in the times of Jesus, we at Narkis Street Congregation are committed to engaging in and submitting to God’s reign in every aspect of our community: in the heart, soul, mind and strength of the congregation.