Frequently Asked Questions
Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions. Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.
What's in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God's Word gives us two ordinances for the church-baptism and the Lord's Table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent church, we are not affiliated with any particular denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body.
What is required for membership?
To be a member of Catawba Springs Christian Church you must first be saved and scripturally baptized in a church of like-faith. You will then be invited to meet with the Senior Pastor. This will be a time to get to know your pastor and to understand more about the purpose and function of our church. After reading and agreeing with our church constitution and by-laws, you and your family will be invited to come forward and publicly join our church during a Sunday service.
How is the leadership of the church structured?
Ultimately, Christ is the head of this church. On a daily basis, the church is primarily led by the senior pastor with assistance by other staff pastors. Also, our deacons serve as a church elected group that meets with the senior pastor monthly to review and discuss matters of church importance. This provides a level of accountability as well as a spirit of team as we follow God's leading for this church.
What is the church's approach to financial giving?
We do not practiced pressure techniques or schemes. Rather, we choose to occasionally preach and teach what God's Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. The only times you will be contacted about your confidential giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement.
What does the church do to help the needy?
Due to the many needs that arise, our benevolence fund is used to help members of our church family. Therefore, we are limited on helping people outside of our church family.
Can missionaries be considered for financial support?
Absolutely! We understand the great need for missionaries going around the world to preach the gospel, and that requires a great deal of financial support. We would be willing to consider having you present your ministry on a scheduled Sunday night upon the Sr. Pastor's approval. If you are interested in pursuing this, please download, fill out, and submit our Missionary Application. Please contact the church office (919.772.5079) if you have any further questions.