Our congregational convictions come from historic Baptist theology. We readily affirm The Lordship of Jesus Christ. We also believe the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. In addition to these primary beliefs, we affirm other long-standing Baptist principles such as:
- a symbolic view of two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper
- the freedom and competency of the soul
- congregational government
- religious liberty and its corollary, the separation of church and state
Although many Baptist churches have a more formal doctrinal statement, our lack of one is consistent with a long line of Baptists who ascribe to the conviction, “No creed, but the Bible.”
We articulate our core beliefs in our church covenant, which we use in worship several times each year as a way of reminding ourselves of the important convictions that bind us together.
Our polity of congregational government allows us to make decisions such as fully affirming women in ministry and any other service role. For years, we have ordained women as ministers and deacons. We also practice open communion, meaning members of other Christian traditions are free to participate in communion, if they choose.