God's Church, God's Way

We are a Great Commission, Word-based, Spirit-filled, Elder-led Church.

Prayerfully consider partnering with us for God's glory!

1. A Great Commission Church

Before Jesus Christ ascended to His Father and sat down to rule and reign from on high, He gave marching orders to His people.

He told us to "Go and make disciples of all the nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you al
ways, even unto the end of the age."

With all of our weaknesses and mess-ups, we have sought to obey this command. And we have experienced the promise of His presence.

In 2012 God sent out 74 unique members from out of our church. They went to seven countries on four continents with the gospel. When you add up the miles each participant travelled in obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus, it equals seventeen (17) times around the world! The cost totalled over $122,000 dollars

What makes this even sweeter is that this was done in a difficult year for the church. We were in the middle of a building and renovation project that had major issues.

Our pastors/elders model and promote the Great Commission throughout the entire body.

To God and God alone be the glory!

2. A Word-based Church

2 Tim 3:16-4:3 says that "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

This is the foundation for a church's life and practice. Too many churches are hung up on the package without focusing on the content. God's Word is pushed to the periphery as if God needed help to accomplish His work! The result is like cotton candy: it looks good, feels good, and tastes good, but it has no true nutritional value whatsoever.

Before he died, the greatest church strategist (under the Lord Jesus) said this to his protege: (2 Tim. 4:1-3) I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires..."

Our pastors/elders serve under this mandate.

3. A Spirit-filled Church

We are not your typical Baptist church, and we mean that in the best way. We have members from Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Non-denominational backgrounds.   

Though we are a Baptist church, we are not a dead Baptist church! We are not afraid of the Holy Ghost, and we are not cessationists. Cessationist say that the spiritual gifts essentially died or ceased when the apostles died. We reject that interpretation of Scripture.

We have seen God work miracles on our people - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are a praying people. We want people to walk in their gifts to help build up the body to reach others for Christ.

We believe everything should be done as Scripture mandates: decently and in order. Our pastors/elders ensure this by protecting the body from spiritual proslytizing of gifts, and from confusion over gifts.   

4. A Pastor/Elder-led Church

On Sunday, December 2, 2012 the church approved new governing documents with a 96% affirmation. This was clearly a sign of God bringing significant spiritual change to the life of His church.

This process of revision began in 2009 because the church's former governing documents were contributing to confusion regarding who is leading the church and, therefore, also left open doors for division, which the church had suffered significantly in its history.

Our governing documents needed to be aligned with Scripture, clarified, and mirror how the church was already functioning. After much prayer and discussion, the pastors believed it was time to bring before the church a new constitution and new bylaws which reflect these. 

The new governing documents are based upon the pattern revealed in the New Testament.

God’s Pattern of Local Church Oversight in the New Testament:

  • Pastors/Elders are found in the churches of Judea and surrounding area (Acts 11:30; James 5:14, 15).
  • Pastors/Elders governed the church in Jerusalem (Acts 15, 21).
  • Among the churches Paul founded, leadership by the plurality of pastors/elders was established in the churches in Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch (Acts 14:20-23); in the church in Ephesus (Acts 20:17; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 5:17-25); in the church in Philippi (Phil. 1:1); and in the churches on the island of Crete (Titus 1:5).
  • According to the well-traveled letter of 1 Peter, pastors/elders existed in churches throughout northwestern Asia Minor:  Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, Bithynia (1 Peter 1;1; 5:1).
  • There are strong indications that pastors/elders existed in churches in Thessalonica and Rome (1 Thess. 5:12; Heb.13:17).

God’s Will for Pastors/Elders

The Scriptures also reveal God’s will concerning what pastors/elders do, who they are, and how the church should relate to them. For example, they:  

  • oversee finances (Acts 11:29-30). 
  • are an extension of apostolic ministry (Acts 14:23).
  • evaluate doctrinal issues (Acts 15:1-2).
  • guard and shepherd the flock (Acts 20:17, 28-31).
  • give guidance and resolve conflict (Acts 21:18-23)
  • are appreciated by God’s people (1 Thess. 5:12).
  • are esteemed by God’s people (1 Thess. 5:13).
  • are to be obeyed (Heb. 12:17)
  • are biblically qualified men (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
  • have a unique relationship w/ the lead pastor/elder (1 Tim. 4:14).
  • must be honored for their work (1 Tim. 5:17).
  • must be protected from false accusations (1 Tim. 5:19). 
  • must be disciplined if they continue in sin (1 Tim. 5:20-25). 
  • should not be chosen hastily (1 Tim. 5:22).
  • should be appointed in the church (Titus 1:5).
  • reject vices as a lifestyle (Titus 1:7).
  • reflect virtues as a lifestyle (Titus 1:8-9).
  • exercise oversight over the entire flock (1 Pet. 5:1-5)   

Our One, Guiding Principle:

“God’s Word is the best word on how a local church is led and governed.” Therefore:

  • Fear of abuse should not drive our decision-making, since all types of governance can be abused.
  • Man-made tradition should not drive our decision-making.
  • Suspicion and doubt should not drive our decision-making.
  • Inexperience or bad experience should not drive our decision-making.

Other Leading, Influential Baptist Churches with this Model of Oversight:

  • Capitol Hills Baptist Church, Washington D.C., Dr. Mark Dever, Senior Pastor
  • First Baptist Church, Highland Village, TX (a.k.a., The Village), Matt Chandler, Lead Elder
  • Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, OK, Dennis Newkirk, Elder/Senior Pastor
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN, Dr. John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision
NOTE: These very influential churches have hundreds of members, some have thousands. Think of the many staff positions they have, the size of their budgets, the building projects that were conducted to accommodate growth.

They have leaders in business, finance, law, government, education, human resources, construction, IT, health care and other industries – yet they are led, fed, served, and governed by pastors/elders according to Scripture, not committees, teams, or a council.

So, consider partnering with us for God's glory. Look for the upcoming dates and times for the Discovering Membership Classes.