The primary ways to connect and form meaningful relationships at Grace Church are through Community Groups and Serving. Men’s Roundtable, Feminine Reflection, and classes through our Institute ministry also provide opportunities for growth periodically throughout the year. The first step to finding out more and getting involved is to visit our Getting Connected page.
Our singles ministry is called Seven32, which comes from 1 Corinthians 7:32 which says, “I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried person can spend their time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him.” Our desire for Seven32 is to help singles connect with peers and provide an environment to study the Bible, learn how they are gifted, and find ways to use their gifts to serve the local church. We believe that singles need to take advantage of their unique season of life by devoting their time and talents to the church. Our goal is to come alongside the men and women in our body and equip them to make an impact where they are. For more information, visit the Seven32 page or email Josh Pederson at email@example.com.
Grace Church is a non-denominational church without affiliation to a larger governing denomination. All decisions affecting the spiritual direction of the church are made by the board of elders. We can be succinctly described as an evangelical church dedicated to accurate teaching and practicing of the bible.
Grace Church believes in the plurality of leadership, and as such all decisions regarding the spiritual direction of the church and major financial and physical decisions are made by the board of elders. The board of elders executes decisions in plurality, meaning that all must agree, or a decision is tabled. Decisions, as they relate to the every day function of the church, are made by the staff leadership in accordance with the spiritual direction set forth by the board of elders. Decisions are not made by vote of the church body, however, input and concerns are always welcome and considered.
There is no set number of elders, and the current board is always praying and considering additional elders as the church continues to grow. New elders are selected by the current board of elders, and the church body has an opportunity, prior to ordination of a new elder, to bring forth reasonable concern or agreement with the qualifications of the proposed elder. Once ordained, an elder remains on the board as long as he has a heart for eldership, effectively fulfills his responsibilities, and adheres to the qualifications of an elder set forth in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
Grace Church has a teaching team structure. Matt Williams is the staff Teaching Pastor who teaches most weekends throughout the year, however, there are several other people who teach from time to time based on their spiritual gift in teaching and the subject of the teaching.
Our primary concern at Grace Church is for the spiritual health of our members. When both spouses are followers of Christ, we believe strongly in mutual pursuit of spiritual growth at Grace Church, including husbands who lead their wives and wives who support their husbands in this pursuit. For other circumstances, please contact a pastor at the church office to discuss so we can determine how to best serve you.
Women fill vital roles in the work of God at Grace Church, including leadership in Women’s Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, and Hospitality. Nearly all Community Groups are led by couples. Our staff also includes many women in roles that oversee and shape our ministries.
We believe that baptism is commanded for followers of Christ, but do not believe that the act of baptism is assurance of salvation in any way. We support a “believer’s baptism”, where a person makes a decision to follow Jesus Christ and publicly professes this through baptism and testimony. We practice baptism by immersion because it is the example given to us in the New Testament. We do not prevent members from observing other forms of baptism, however, we do not practice them in our services.
For more on baptism and other topics concerning the Christian faith, read Grace Church’s Position Papers.