Faith & Service Organizations
Spirituality provides a foundation for Batesville residents, and a wide variety of Christian denominations and independent faith communities are represented in the area, with services open to all people.
The Batesville Area Ministerial Association is a fellowship of churches that seek to serve the community. The Association combines efforts to staff a local food and clothing pantry with volunteers from each participating church. It also provides an emergency fund for local needs and shares in cooperative events and special worship celebrations. This area has had a cooperative spirit among the churches for many years, and currently supports active Young Life and Good News Club Ministries. The Batesville Ward – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is also active in the area.
There was a cooperative bible school in the area as early as 1924. Church records from the 1860s show that two protestant laymen, whose wives were Roman Catholic, donated property to establish St. Ludwig’s Catholic Mission, which later became St. Louis Catholic Church.
Area clergy, Sisters of St. Francis and lay ministers meet six times each year for fellowship, business and prayer. Batesville is a vibrant community where church participation is an important part of daily life, and is fortunate that residents throughout Batesville’s history have valued this cooperative spirit and a vision for unity.
This area is very civic-minded, and hosts such organizations as: Jaycees, Lions Club, Kiwanis, American Legion, Beautification League, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of St John, Phi Beta Psi and many others that provide fellowship and personal growth.