Frequently Asked Questions
Does The Remnant Church have a denominational affiliation?
Although our church does not have a formal alignment with any major denomination, we are “Baptisitic” in our doctrine and beliefs.
How is the structure of The Remnant Church different than most Baptist churches in this area?
The most obvious difference is in the style of governance we utilize. Most evangelical churches today adhere to
the traditional “Pastor and Deacon” style of church leadership. From our inception, The Remnant Church purposed that we
wanted to be different… but not just for the sake of being different. We were determined to search the Scriptures and establish this
church based solely on the principles found in God’s Word. Following the same traditions and methods that churches have used for
years to then become “just another church” was not an option.
The first century Christians had the task of launching a different kind of church than anything the world had known up
until that time. This would be a church completely devoted to worshipping and serving the risen Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The pattern
they used for establishing the New Testament church can be clearly seen in the book of Acts. Paul further defined the way church leadership
is to be structured in his epistles, specifically those written to Timothy and Titus.
The model of leadership that the Apostle Paul taught was for each church to have a plurality of Elders (more than one) who would
lead the church and make decisions in the best interest of the church, as led by the Holy Spirit. In order to line up with the teaching in
God’s Word, this is the structure we chose to use; therefore, we are an “Elder led and Deacon served” church.
Specifically what is meant by “Elder led and Deacon served”?
Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified men who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers. The word translated “elder” is used nearly twenty times in Acts and the epistles in reference to this unique group of leaders who have responsibility for overseeing the people of God.
As the apostolic era came to a close, the office of elder emerged as the highest level of local church leadership. Thus, it carried a great amount of responsibility. There was no higher court of appeal and no greater resource to know the mind and heart of God with regard to issues in the church.
The primary responsibility of an elder is to serve as a manager and caretaker of the church (1 Tim. 3:5). That involves a number of specific duties. As spiritual overseers of the flock, elders are to determine church policy (Acts 15:22); oversee the church (Acts 20:28); ordain others, (1 Tim. 4:4); rule, teach, and preach (1 Tim. 5:17; cf. 1 Thess. 5:12; 1 Tim. 3:2); exhort and refute (Titus 1:9); and act as shepherds, setting an example for all (1 Pet. 5:1-3). Those responsibilities put elders at the core of the New Testament church’s work.
In accordance with the meaning of the word “deacon” as used in the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the Church. The function of the Deacon is to aid and support the ministries of the Church under the leadership of the Lead Pastor/Elder and the Elders. The deacons minister primarily in three areas: (1) Keep harmony within the fellowship. (2) Minister to those especially who have no one to care for them or who are overwhelmed through providential circumstances. (3) Seek to evangelize through the teaching of the Word of God. The deacons in effect serve in vital areas to free the Lead Pastor/Elder, Elders and ministry staff to lead, oversee and feed the Church.
Note: To learn more about the biblical roles of Elder and Deacon, see pages 7 – 10 of our church Bylaws, located under the “ABOUT” tab at the top of the Home page.
Are there any other significant differences in the way The Remnant Church is structured, as compared to other Baptist churches?
While this may not be a major difference, we do take church membership a little more seriously than other churches seem to today. In an age when numbers are viewed as the gauge of a church’s success, it seems that churches are competing to see who can have the most members or highest attendance. We are not motivated by the size of our membership roll or by how many we can persuade to join our church.
We believe that becoming a member of a church is not only a privilege, but it comes with responsibilities that should not be taken lightly. Members are expected to be faithful and obedient in all areas of the Christian life, attend services of the Church, give regularly to its support, pray for and participate in its ministries. When someone joins The Remnant Church, they sign a Membership Covenant committing to adhere to these principles.
By the same token, our church members should have expectations of their church. We are here to love, teach, pray for and minister to our church members. It is the church’s responsibility and duty to support our members in times of need, which is what we are committed to do, because it is what the Bible teaches.
What do I need to do to join The Remnant Church?
Becoming a Covenant Membership of The Remnant Church is open to any born-again follower of Christ who has been scripturally baptized by
immersion following their conversion experience. While we do not make a huge public ceremony of it when someone joins the church, it is a very
important decision that should never be taken lightly.
The individual who wants to become a member will need to make us aware of their desire to join. This can be accomplished by either 1) coming forward or telling one of our elders at any service 2) by contacting the church by phone, text or email or 3) by simply completing the form listed under the INFO tab (INFO> Got Questions> Feedback Form)
Membership is made official after the individual 1) Submits a written testimony of their salvation 2) Completes a New Member
Orientation/Discovery Class 3) Signs the Membership Card entering into a Covenant agreement with The Remnant Church.
The Membership Covenant is part of our Church Constitution (Article III), which can be accessed under the “ABOUT” tab at the top of the Homepage.