Affiliation

We are non-denominational; there is no overseeing structure, body, or organization outside of our local congregation. We are, however, loosely affiliated through common beliefs and practices with other Independent Christian Churches in what is sometimes referred to as our “brotherhood”. This affiliation is primarily through mutually-supported Bible Colleges and religious publications that reflect the shared beliefs and practices of our churches.

Independent Christian churches are governed in accordance with what we believe the Scriptures teach: oversight by a group of men called elders. Each congregation selects elders based on the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:2-7. These elders are responsible for guiding the local congregation spiritually, doctrinally, and in matters of direction and purpose. They also usually have oversight of business and financial matters of the congregation such as hiring staff and proposing operating budgets.

In addition to elders, our churches select deacons and deaconess according to qualifications also found in 1 Timothy. The office of deacon and deaconess is primarily a position of dedicated service to Christ and His church.

Our churches typically select and hire preaching ministers (evangelists) and other staff positions without influence or direction of a denominational body, since no such body exists in our brotherhood of churches. These functions are usually accomplished by the elders, or by a pulpit committee organized by the elders.

Independent Christian churches believe that salvation is available to all through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for mankind on the cross of Calvary. His death paid in full man’s debt of sin. We believe that this payment is applied to a believer’s account when he or she believes in Christ.

We make use of instrumental music in our public worship services, contrary to the practices of the Churches of Christ (non-instrumental). We believe that worship using instruments has biblical precedent in the Old Testament and that instruments, while not explicitly mentioned in the New Testament, are nowhere forbidden or condemned in the Scriptures.