Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED TO DRESS UP?
Only if you want to. Most people dress casually at Village Bible Church and everyone dresses comfortably, so wear what you like.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CHURCH SERVICE?
Each week is different, but some common elements include uplifting worship by a great band. You can sing along or simply listen. We'll provide a message that is practical, relevant and Biblical. Don't worry, you won't be singled out! You can participate or not, it's all up to you.
ARE CHILDREN WELCOME IN THE SERVICE?
Absolutely! We also offer an excellent children's program called Village Kids geared to meet their specific needs.
WHAT DOES THE CHURCH BELIEVE?
Village Bible Church is an evangelical church that focuses on the essential doctrines of the Christian faith while allowing for a diversity of opinion concerning doctrinal matters that are considered less critical to our purpose of ministering to people's spiritual needs. A complete statement of faith is also available.
I UNDERSTAND THAT VILLAGE IS A 'DISCIPLE-MAKING' CHURCH. WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?
Village Bible Church has come to believe a "disciple making church" is a heavenly model: one that Christ Himself took off the drawing board and put into action. In so doing, He changed the world. Now, it's our turn.
As change agents in a world desperate to see, feel, and experience the love of God, Village Bible Church has sought to follow the Scriptural call to "equip the saints for works of service."
YOU DON'T HAVE A SENIOR PASTOR? HOW IS THE CHURCH LED?
Village Bible Church is led by an elder team among whom the principles of plurality, equality, and consensus are upheld as vital characteristics.
Jesus Christ is the head of His church, but the scriptures also make clear that a local church is to be led by a group of individuals, called elders, who are gifted and called by Him to serve. The guiding principle of leadership for the church is servant leadership.
The governing authority of Village Bible Church rests with a group of biblically qualified men called elders. The Elders are chosen to serve in submission to Christ and the Word. Collectively they are responsible for the oversight and the spiritual care of the church.
The elders are the shepherds of the flock and provide leadership through teaching, leading worship, providing pastoral care, stimulating prayer and outreach, administering discipline, resolving disputes, stimulating vision and encouraging believers to serve in areas of their giftedness. The elders also provide oversight of the pastoral staff.
The elders typically meet once a week, more often as needed. Each of them is available to anyone within the congregation for counsel, prayer, a listening ear, etc. Please feel free to contact any of them at any time.
HOW HAVE YOU MADE SMALL GROUPS THE HEART OF YOUR CHURCH AND THE KEY FORUM FOR PERSONAL GROWTH AMONG YOUR MEMBERS?
Involvement in a Small Group at Village Bible Church is the key to connecting relationally, growing spiritually, and exploring ways to share the love of Christ by serving others. Relationships thrive in an environment of intimate connection, common experience, and genuine sharing, and Village’s Small Groups provide a way to know and be known by others.
The concept and philosophy of our small groups goes beyond the Bible study format, bringing much to bear on the relationships - vertical and horizontal - that enrich our spiritual lives and in turn allow us to enrich the lives of others.
The schedule and flow of each small group is customized by group members themselves, enabling participants to shape the experience in order to share these life-changing objectives:
- To provide intimate, vital relationships
- To provide opportunities for meaningful prayer and praise
- To encourage each person to study and apply God's truth
- To encourage members to reach out with the message of Christ by serving one another, the community, and the world
In the course of achieving these objectives, those involved in small groups at Village Bible Church actively pursue a Christ-centered lifestyle, develop a bold personal witness, share with and learn from others, construct a biblical perspective and practice for godly living, explore a new personal vision for ministry or mentoring, and reach out to meet needs or address social concerns in the community.
Small Group Details
IS VILLAGE BIBLE CHURCH AFFILIATED WITH A DENOMINATION?
Village is chartered as an independent church without affiliation with any denomination. People from many denominational backgrounds have found a church home at Village.
WHAT KIND OF MISSIONS PROGRAM DOES VILLAGE BIBLE CHURCH HAVE?
Missions has been a central focus of Village Bible Church from the earliest days. A goal of the Church is for the entire congregation to be "world Christians"—Christians who understand the Biblical mandate to take the gospel to the entire world. As a church we are thrilled to send many of our own people to the mission field, some for vocational service and others for short-term projects.