CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
For THE WORSHIP PLACE (INTERDENOMINATIONAL)
We declare and establish this Constitution and these Bylaws for the preservation and security of the principles of our faith and the orderly conduct and management of our business affairs. This Constitution and these Bylaws are intended to preserve the liberties of each individual member of this Church and the integrity of the Church body as a whole.
Article I: NAME AND INCORPORATION
This organization shall be known as The Worship Place (INTERDENOMINATIONAL) (hereinafter referred to as “Church”), and is legally incorporated under the non-profit laws of the State of Texas.
Article II: SPIRITUAL PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATION
The purpose of the Church is to glorify God and Jesus Christ by fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The Church exists for these biblical mandates:
(1) WORSHIP - To participate in public worship services together and to maintain personal daily devotions. (John 4:24). Worship includes Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
(2) EVANGELISM/MISSIONS - To share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Peter 3:9).
(3) EDUCATION - To help members develop toward full Christian maturity and train them for effective ministry. To promote personal, spiritual growth and discipleship through Bible teaching. (Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 18:20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
(4) MINISTRY/SERVICE - To serve unselfishly, in Jesus’ name meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in our Church, community, and in the world. (1 Peter 4:10-11; Matthew 31 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Galatians 5:13)
(5) FELLOWSHIP - To encourage, support, love, and pray for each other as members of the family of God. To share our lives together. (I John 1:7; Acts 2:44-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Romans 15:5, 7; John 13:34-35)
Article III: STATEMENT OF FAITH
We affirm the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the only and ultimate authority in matters of faith and practice. The Church has adopted and reaffirms the attached Statement of Faith (Appendix A) as the outline of its doctrinal tenets. The ordinances of the Church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Article IV: AFFILIATION
The governance of this Church is vested and entrusted in the body of believers who are members as described in Article I of the Bylaws. All internal groups created and empowered by the Church shall exist to further the purpose of the Church. The Church is not subject to the control of any individual or group of individuals or ecclesiastical body, but may choose to cooperate with other like-minded churches and organizations to share the gospel around the world, including organizations and churches on the local, state, national, and international levels.
Article I: MEMBERSHIP
This is a sovereign Church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the right of exclusive self-governance in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this Church. The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this Church as well as the conditions of such membership.
Section 2—Application for Membership
A person may make preliminary application for membership in one of the following ways:
(1) Admission by Profession of Faith—Any person who professes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, gives testimony of a personal commitment to Him, and comes as a candidate for baptism.
(2) Admission by Letter of Recommendation—Members from other churches holding a faith consistent with the attached Statement of Faith may be received as members upon receipt of a letter of recommendation from the former church.
(3) Admission by Statement—An applicant may be accepted on the basis of the personal statement that he or she has accepted Christ and has been baptized.
Section 3—Requirements for Membership
All prospective members who apply as described in Section 2 shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) A personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
(2) Scriptural baptism.
(3) Submission of a Membership Application in one of the three ways outlined in Section 2 above.
(4) Personal interview and instruction with Senior Pastor or member of Pastoral Staff.
(5) Execution of the Membership Covenant indicating a commitment to spiritual maturity and support of the Church’s mission and leadership.
(6) Pastoral Staff affirmation or declination of prospective member’s qualifications for membership.
(7) Approval by the Board of Trustees (“BOARD”), upon recommendation by the Pastoral Staff, by a vote of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the members of the BOARD. See Article III for a description of the Board of Trustees and its responsibilities.
Section 4—Categories of Membership
There are three categories of Church membership: Active Membership, Inactive Membership, and Associate Member.
Active Membership: This category shall consist of: 1) all current members of the Church in good standing as of the date of adoption of these Bylaws, indicating a commitment to spiritual maturity and support of the Church’s mission and leadership, and 2) after the date of adoption of these Bylaws, all prospective member candidates who meet all of the requirements for membership as outlined in Section 3 above. Church members on the Active Membership Roll are entitled to vote at all elections and are eligible for consideration by the membership for elective positions (Board of Trustees, Church Officers, and Committee Members) in the Church, provided they meet all other requirements as provided herein. Members who by reason of age and/or health cannot attend regular services but who stay in fellowship by actively supporting the Church according to his or her ability, with prayer, finances, and other membership responsibilities are considered Active Members.
Inactive Membership: This category shall consist of those individuals who were once Active members on the Membership roll, but who are not “actively involved” in the Church. “Inactive Members” will be defined according to policies set by the BOARD. Members with inactive status forfeit privileges of active membership and do not have the right of vote or participation in business meetings.
Associate Membership: If Christians would like to participate in the worship, Bible study, and ministry of the Church family, but do not seek to hold Active Membership with this local Church, they may do so by indicating a preference to be listed on the Associate Member roll. The Associate Members shall have the rights and privileges of membership except voting in business meetings and serving in Church-elected positions. Associate Membership will be defined according to policies set by the BOARD.
Section 5—Termination of Membership
Active, Inactive or Associate Membership shall be terminated in the following ways: (1) death, (2) written request of the member, or (3) by action of the BOARD.
In the event that Member discipline is necessary, it will be handled in accordance with scripture and policies adopted and promulgated by the BOARD.
Article II: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1—Worship Services and Other Meetings
The Church shall meet regularly for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of Almighty God. The Church shall also schedule meetings and activities for prayer, Bible study, outreach, and other ministries. These meetings will be open for all people and shall be conducted under the leadership of the Senior Pastor and Pastoral Staff.
Section 2—Annual Business Meeting
The Church shall hold an annual business meeting each year. The BOARD shall set the date and time for the meeting and prepare an agenda, which shall be published as a bulletin insert or handout three (3) weeks in advance of the meeting. The published agenda shall include all specifically stated items of business that require a vote of the congregation. The Church shall conduct an open forum for discussion of any issues on the agenda prior to the regular business meeting.
Section 3—Special Business Meetings
The BOARD, on a vote of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of its members, may call additional special business meetings as needed throughout the year. Announcement of all special business meetings of the Church and the agenda thereof shall be made at least one (1) week prior to the meeting. The Church may conduct an open forum for discussion of any issues on the agenda prior to the special business meeting.
Those Active members present and voting at a meeting duly noticed and called shall constitute a quorum of the membership for the transaction of business. Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws, at such a meeting, a vote of a majority of the members present and voting shall be an act of the membership. A vote of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the Active members present and voting shall be required for the following actions:
1) Dissolution of the corporation
2) Merger or consolidation with another corporation
3) Sale of substantially all the Church’s assets
4) Acquisition of real property
5) Amendment of Church Constitution and Bylaws
Section 5—Rules of Order
The Church BOARD shall adopt and use its own set of Rules of Order to conduct meetings.
Article III: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Section 1—Authority and Purpose
The BOARD of Trustees of this Church is vested with the management of the business and affairs of this Church, subject to Texas Non-profit laws, this Constitution and Bylaws. In cooperation with the standing committees of the Church, the primary functions of the BOARD shall be:
1) Chart the long-range strategy of the Church
2) Deploy leadership, membership, finances, and building space to achieve strategic objectives
3) Monitor achievement of the Church’s mission and purpose
4) Provide spiritual leadership and accountability for the BOARD, the staff and the Church
5) Serve as liaison between the Senior Pastor and the Church
6) Approve the Senior Pastor’s compensation and evaluate the Senior Pastor’s performance
7) Approve new ministry staff
8) Comply with all legal requirements of the Church
9) Manage the Church’s financial health and stability which includes monitoring the Church’s financial status and maintaining oversight of its budget and accounts
10) Approve the engagement of the Church’s independent certified public accountant to perform audits, reviews, or compilations
11) Maintain and fully disclose all potential conflicts of interest within the BOARD and the Church
12) Serve as ambassadors for the Church—interpreting its mission to constituencies and enhancing its public image in the community
13) Approve Church Membership Applications
14) Serve as a facilitating body along with the Senior Pastor in terms of Church discipline
15) Select members of Standing Committees and leaders of Ministry Teams
16) Select and Manage Church officers
17) Approve and authorize purchase or sale of real property previously authorized by the Membership
18) Approve and authorize any indebtedness on real property previously authorized by the Membership
19) Perform any other duties or responsibilities necessary to conduct the business, legal, financial, or strategic affairs of the Church
The BOARD shall select a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of the BOARD, whose job duties are described in Article IV. The Senior Pastor/Chief Executive Officer is not eligible to hold any one of these offices.
Section 3—Minutes of Meetings
The BOARD shall keep minutes of all meetings.
Section 4—Number of Members
The BOARD shall consist of at least seven but not more than nine BOARD Members. The BOARD shall determine the exact size for the BOARD. The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor are ex-officio members of the BOARD.
The BOARD Members shall serve one year terms. A BOARD member may serve consecutive or non-consecutive terms but shall be nominated and elected for each term served. No elected BOARD member shall serve more than three (3) consecutive years. BOARD member term limitations shall become effective January 1, 2018.
Each BOARD member shall possess the qualifications as described in the BOARD policies and procedures. BOARD members shall be independent, which is defined as follows:
1) Persons who are not Church employees or staff members.
2) Persons who are not related by blood or marriage to full-time or part-time staff members or other BOARD members. Blood or marriage relationships are defined for the purposes of this standard as being his or her spouse, ancestors, brothers or sisters (whether whole- or half-blood), children (whether natural or adopted), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or spouses of brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren.
3) Persons who do not receive a significant amount of money for consulting or speaking, or any other remuneration from the Church, including paid legal counsel.
4) Persons who do not have relationships with firms that have significant financial dealings with the Church, staff or key employees.
5) Persons who are not the auditors, related by blood or marriage to the auditors (see definition of blood or marriage in #2 above), or are employed by the auditing firm of the Church.
Section 7—Selection and Replacement
The Nominating Committee shall: solicit nominations for candidates of the BOARD from the congregation; qualify the Candidates according to the stated policies and requirements of the BOARD and these Bylaws; and present to the BOARD a slate of nominees equal to the number of BOARD members required for the coming year plus preferably at least two additional nominees. The BOARD shall approve the slate by at least a seventy-five percent (75%) vote and submit the slate to the congregation for a vote at the Church annual business meeting.
The congregation shall vote on the slate of BOARD nominees by a secret ballot, and the candidates on the slate with the most votes shall be selected. The BOARD members selected will begin serving on January 1 with a one year term of service that lasts through December 31 of the year for which they were elected. Candidates approved to serve on the Church BOARD shall receive orientation and training.
Resignation/Removal –Any BOARD Member may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the Chairperson of the BOARD. Such resignation shall take effect upon receipt or, if later, at the time specified in the notice. A BOARD Member may be removed from office if he or she becomes physically incapacitated, spiritually unqualified, or his/her inability to meet the qualifications of a Board member is established in the minds of the remainder of the BOARD Members. Any BOARD Member under consideration for removal shall first be notified about the consideration by written notice at least five days prior to the meeting at which the vote takes place. Any BOARD Member may be removed for cause, at any time, by a majority of the entire BOARD, at a Regular or Special Meeting called for that purpose.
Vacancies—Vacancies during the year shall be filled by majority vote of the remaining members of the BOARD, though less than a quorum; and the BOARD member filling the vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term of the BOARD Membership that was vacated. Vacancies shall be filled as soon as practical. Any BOARD Member may make nominations to fill vacant BOARD membership positions, and the BOARD shall approve a nominee by a vote of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the BOARD present and voting.
Regular meetings of the BOARD Members shall be held once a month. The Chairperson of the Board can call special meetings of the Board as needed.
Quorum/Action—At least five members of the BOARD shall be present to constitute a quorum for the purposes of convening a meeting or conducting business. At BOARD meetings where a quorum is present, a vote of at least seventy percent (75%) of the BOARD Members present and voting shall constitute an act of the BOARD unless a greater number is required by any provision of these Bylaws. Any action required or permitted to be taken by the BOARD Members may be taken without a meeting, if all of the BOARD Members, individually, or collectively, unanimously consent in writing or electronically to the action. Such action by written or electronic consent shall have the same force and effect as the unanimous vote of the BOARD. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the BOARD.
Article IV: CHURCH OFFICERS
Section 1—Officers of the Church
The officers of this Church shall be: Chairperson of the Board, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Church may have, at the discretion of the BOARD, such other officers as may be appointed by the BOARD. One person may not hold two or more offices. The duties of the officers are described below.
Section 2—Election and Removal
The election of the following list of officers shall be by a vote of the BOARD present and voting at the meeting. The election of officers shall be conducted at the BOARD's last meeting of the calendar year.
Section 3—Terms for Officers
All officers shall serve one-year terms and shall begin serving January 1 following their election. A Church Officer may serve consecutive or non-consecutive terms but shall be nominated and elected for each term served. No elected Church Officer shall serve more than three (3) consecutive years.
Section 4—Officer Duties and Responsibilities
Chairperson—The Chairperson has the following responsibilities: moderate Board and executive committee meetings; work in partnership with the Senior Pastor to make sure Board resolutions are carried out; call special meetings if necessary; recommend candidates to the Board for all committee chairs and with the Senior Pastor, recommend who will serve on committees; prepare agenda for Board meetings; assist Senior Pastor in conducting new Board member orientation; work with Personnel Committee on searches for a new Senior Pastor; coordinate Senior Pastor's annual performance evaluation; act as the primary spokesperson for the Church; periodically consult with Board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance; moderate congregational business meetings as needed; act on behalf of the Church on business and legal transactions consistent with these Bylaws, the Constitution, and all actions authorized by the membership and Board. The Chairperson is an ex-officio member of all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees.
Vice-Chair—The Vice-Chair has the following responsibilities: serve on the executive committee if one exists; carry out special assignments as requested by the Board chair; understand the responsibilities of the Board chair and be able to perform these duties in the chair's absence.
Secretary—The Secretary shall: keep in a suitable book all minutes of Church and Board business meetings, all official actions of the Board and Church, and any Executive sessions of the Board; keep a register of the names of members, category of membership, with dates of admission, dismission, exclusion or death, together with a record of baptisms, membership applications, and membership covenants; issue letters of transfer voted by the Church BOARD; preserve on file all communications and written official reports; give notice of all meetings where such notice is necessary, as indicated by these Bylaws. The clerical responsibilities of the Secretary may be delegated to members of the Office Staff. All Church records are Church property and shall be filed and kept in the Church office and other appropriate storage areas on the premises.
Treasurer—The Treasurer shall maintain knowledge of the Church and personal commitment to its goals and objectives; understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations and Churches; serve as a member of the finance committee; manage, with the finance committee, the BOARD's review of and action related to the Board's financial responsibilities; work with the Senior Pastor and the chie4 financial officer to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the BOARD on a timely basis; present the annual budget to the Board for approval; facilitate the annual audit, compilation or review and answer BOARD members' questions about the process or results; and assume responsibilities of the chair in the absence of the Board chair, chair-elect, and vice chair. The BOARD may also appoint Assistant Treasurers, as needed, to perform any or all of the functions of the Treasurer as stated above.
Article V: PASTORAL STAFF
Section 1—Senior Pastor Job Responsibilities
The Senior Pastor is responsible for leading the Church in functioning as a New Testament Church, that is, leading the congregation, the committees, ministry teams, and the Church staff in performing their tasks and achieving the strategic plan of the Church. The Senior Pastor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Church and is responsible for implementing the directives of the BOARD. The Senior Pastor is an ex-officio member of the BOARD and all Church bodies and organizations of the Church. The Senior Pastor may delegate his administrative duties to an Executive Pastor, in which case such Executive Pastor is also an ex-officio member of the BOARD and all Church bodies and organizations.
The Senior Pastor shall be accountable to the Church BOARD, and the BOARD shall conduct an annual performance review of the Senior Pastor in December and a mid-year checkpoint review in June or July.
Section 2—Chief Executive Officer Term of Office
The Senior Pastor shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Church for a term concurrent with his service as Senior Pastor. The Senior Pastor will serve at the discretion of the BOARD.
Section 3—Call of Senior Pastor
The Church shall call and choose a Senior Pastor whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a specially called business meeting of the Church for that purpose, in which at least one (1) week notice shall be given. The Personnel Committee shall be in charge of identifying, qualifying, and recommending a Senior Pastor candidate to the BOARD. The BOARD shall then vote to approve the candidate, and if approved, submit the candidate to the Church for a vote.
If the candidate is not elected by the BOARD or the Church, then the Personnel Committee shall recommend another candidate. The election of the Senior Pastor shall be by secret ballot, and an affirmative vote of at least eighty-five percent (85%) of those present and voting at a Church business meeting shall be necessary to extend the call. The person, thus elected and giving acceptance, becomes the Senior Pastor. The Personnel Committee shall confer jointly with the Finance Committee to determine the specific provisions of employment.
Section 4—Pastoral Church Staff
The BOARD, based on recommendations of the Personnel Committee and Senior Pastor, shall call or employ such pastoral staff members as needed to fulfill its ministries. The Pastoral Staff serves at the discretion of the BOARD.
Eligibility – All Pastoral Church staff shall exemplify the characteristics of godly, Christian lives and possess the qualities of spiritual leaders as stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-13.
Process for Selection – Upon the advice and recommendation of the Senior Pastor and Personnel Committee, the BOARD will determine whether to hire a new staff member. The Church BOARD can delegate any and all responsibilities for writing job descriptions, identifying candidates, and evaluating candidates to the Personnel Committee and the Senior Pastor, who is an ex-officio member of the Personnel Committee. Once a suitable candidate is identified, after consulting with the Finance Committee on the provisions of employment, the Senior Pastor and the Personnel Committee shall recommend to the BOARD the employment of the pastoral staff candidate for the position. The BOARD will then decide whether to affirm the selection of the candidate. The election of a staff member shall be by secret ballot and an affirmative vote of at least eighty-five percent (85%) of those BOARD members present and voting is necessary to extend the call. The new staff member so elected shall be accountable according to the current organization chart which has been approved by the BOARD.
Duties – Pastoral Staff will function in a manner consistent with their job descriptions as determined by the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Personnel Committee, and Board. The Senior Pastor and/or Executive Pastor, and Personnel Committee will conduct annual performance reviews for all staff members in December and a mid-year checkpoint review in June or July.
Article VI: COMMITTEES AND MINISTRY TEAMS
Section 1—Standing Committees
The Church shall have four standing committees which shall assist the Church BOARD in carrying out the management of the Church: Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. The BOARD in conjunction with the Personnel Committee shall maintain a list of job duties for each of the standing committees.
Section 2—Requirements for Standing Committee Members
All Church committee members shall be Active members of the Church. Change in membership status of a committee member from Active to Inactive (or from member to non-member) shall automatically vacate the position on the committee. In no case shall a single individual hold membership on more than one standing committee of the Church.
Section 3—Selection of Standing Committee Members
The Chairperson of the BOARD shall appoint the Chair and members of each committee subject to approval by the BOARD. Each standing committee shall have five members, and each committee shall have at least one BOARD Member on the committee. The BOARD Member shall be a voting member of the committee. Committees shall meet upon call of the BOARD or the Chair of the committee, review the activities of the Church in the committee's respective area, and the Chair of the committee will make recommendations to the BOARD for the BOARD's final approval. The Chair of each committee shall ensure that minutes of the committee meetings are taken and present a copy of the minutes to the Secretary within one week following the meeting. Committee meetings shall be open to all members of the Church BOARD. A simple majority of the number of members serving on any standing committee shall be necessary for any recommendation to be presented.
Section 4—Term of Standing Committee Members
Each member of a Church committee shall serve a one (1) year term with no member serving more than three (3) consecutive years on any one (1) committee.
Section 5—Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee exists for the purpose of 1) managing the annual nominating process for candidates to serve as members of the Board of Trustees and 2) securing candidates for the Nominating Committee for the following year to be elected by the congregation. The committee’s size, term and operating policies and procedures shall be stated in the Church policies and procedures.
Section 6—Ad Hoc Committees
The Church BOARD can establish Ad hoc committees and designate their chairs at any time and stipulate the size, term, and duties of such committees.
Section 7—Ministry Teams
The Church BOARD can establish and organize Ministry Teams from time to time to carry out the five purposes of the Church as described in Article II of the Constitution above. The BOARD shall select and approve the Ministry Team Leader of each team and reaffirm his or her leadership annually. The Ministry Team Leaders serve at the pleasure of the BOARD. Any Standing Committee and/or Pastoral Staff member can recommend a Ministry Team Leader. The Ministry Team Leader of each team is free to recruit various Church members for his or her teams subject to the approval of the Church BOARD as needed. Each year the leader of each ministry team shall submit a list of goals and objectives to the Pastoral Staff and Church BOARD for approval. The goals and responsibilities of each ministry team shall support and align with the overall vision and mission of the Church, including current strategic objectives and action plans of the Church.
Article VII: CHURCH FINANCES
The Finance Committee shall determine the fiscal year of the Church, the unified budget, handling of funds, gift reception and rejection under the guidance and direction of the BOARD. The Church BOARD in conjunction with the Finance Committee will coordinate any special offerings throughout the year.
No part of the income or assets of the Church shall be distributed to any member or officer without full consideration. The Church is prohibited from lending money to or guaranteeing any financial or legal obligation of any member or officer of the Church. No member or officer or leader of the Church shall have any vested right, interest or privilege in or to the assets or property of the Church. The Church may contract in due course, for reasonable consideration, with its members or officers without violating this provision.
The Worship Place PURPOSE and STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
The Purpose of The Worship Place is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in faithful response to God’s will and purposes as revealed through Jesus Christ; to nurture and educate members in the Christian faith, to serve the community of which this congregation is a part; to spread the gospel message; to work cooperatively with Christians in our communions; to seek the oneness of the body of Christ; and in all ways to make known the love of God and saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
STATEMENT of BELIEFS
There are fundamental, indisputable doctrinal teachings of the Bible which we believe are foundational to our faith and this church family on which, historically, there has been general agreement among most Christian churches. Because we are an "interdenominational" church body we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation and teaching is based on the Bible alone. We believe, further, that our members should not attempt to impose their interpretations on others who may believe differently.
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Holy Bible, God's infallible word, written by writers inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. (Romans 15:4; Romans 16:25-27; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
- God the Father
We believe in God the Father, the creator of all things, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of His children, He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; John 3:16-17 and John 4:24)
- God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe that through His death, burial and resurrection He fulfilled prophecy, atoned for the sins of mankind and established His divine church so that all who trust in Him may receive redemption and salvation. (Matthew 1:18; John 1:1-14; John 3:16-18 and Philippians 2:5-11)
- God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is His work to indwell, sanctify, empower for service and seal until redemption all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 4:24; John 14:16-17 and John 16:7-11)
The Human Race and Salvation
We believe that the human race was created good and upright, but fell from divine favor by willful disobedience. Salvation for the human race is offered freely to all who acknowledge their need of the Savior and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord by His atoning sacrifice at the cross, which obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in, and obedience to, Jesus Christ as Lord. (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 3:21-26; Titus 2:11-14; 3:2-7 and Ephesians 2:8-9)
The New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all ages, believers from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. The Worship Place is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, preaching of the Word, fellowship, discipleship, sharing and outreach. We believe in the acceptance of all Christians through love for one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national origin, generational, gender and denominational lines. (Matthew 16:18 and 28:18-13; John 14:12; Ephesians 1:22-23 and 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 and 12:12-30 and Colossians 1:18)
We believe in the scriptural ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper as instituted by our Lord and Savior. (Matthew 3:13 and 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Mark 14:22-25; John 46:48-56 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
We believe that Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony based on scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We believe, as taught in the Holy Scriptures and stated in The Worship Place Constitution that we are to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in faithful response to God's will and purposes; to serve the community of which this church family is a part; to work cooperatively with Christians in other communions; to seek the oneness of the body of Christ; and in all ways to make known the love of God and saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8 and 1 Peter 1:13-16)
Final Judgment and Eternity
The present age of human history will culminate in the return of Jesus Christ. Those who die in sinful rebellion against God will be assigned to eternal punishment while believers will be received into God's loving presence to be with Him throughout eternity. (John 14:1-3; Romans 2:2-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and Revelation 19:11-16).