"A Church is not a fortune 500 company. It's not simply another nonprofit organization, nor is it a social club. in fact, a healthy church is unlike any organization that man has ever devised, because man didn't devise it."
~~ Mark Dever ~~
Are you looking for the perfect church?
It's not us. So if that's what you are looking for, you'll have to look elsewhere until you give up the search. We're not perfect, but we strive to be healthy. We strive to take God's side in the battle against the deceits of this world and our flesh. We strive to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). We strive to hold up the Word of God as the final authority in all our faith and practice. We strive to encourage, sharpen, and support one another as we pursue Christian maturity in community. We strive to live out the Great Commission and Great Commandments, while keeping the Gospel at the center of all we do. And we do none of this perfectly. We are not perfect. But that's why we love the Gospel because in it we meet the perfect Savior who laid down His life for imperfect people.
Are You Wondering If You Can Join Our Church?
It would be unusual for us to say we are not the perfect church and then expect perfection from people who want to join us. Don't worry, we don't. We don't expect perfection because we recognize that we are all works in progress. Ed Stetzer once said that "A church without the broken is a broken church." He's right. So just because you feel broken or poor in spirit, doesn't mean you can't join our church. In fact, it's actually the opposite. That's kind of required.
You can't be a member of a church without being a Christian and you can't be a Christian without acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of the grace of God. What other organization requires an admission of guilt for membership? Not even prisons require that! But the church is not like other organizations. We are not perfect people, but we do derive our hope from a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, and we are not the same people we were before we knew that Savior. He met us where we were, but He didn't leave us there. He has called us to walk in a new life, in step with the Gospel and in harmony with God's Word. As a church that's what we do together.
So what do we require? We look for what the Bible looks for in the Christian: a biblical conversion and baptism, a proper disposition toward personal sin, a submission to the Word of God, an embrace of the truth of the Gospel, a willingness to be an active part of this Christian community, and an embrace of our core beliefs and mission. Nothing innovative. But these are expectations for all our members. If that sounds like you, then we would love for you to consider formally joining our faith family by becoming a member.