If you are wondering what to expect when visiting us, please rest assured that you will not be singled-out or embarrassed in any way during your visit. You will receive a warm welcome from friendly folks. At McRae Road, we are simple people.
You will probably also notice that our worship is simple. Every Sunday we assemble to commemorate Jesus' death in the Lord's Supper; this is the most important part of our weekly gatherings (see Acts 20:7). We also sing to God and one another (see Colossians 3:16), pray together (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2), and teach and exhort each another in classes and sermons (see Acts 20:7 again). We also collect funds weekly to meet the needs of our congregation and other Christians (see 1 Corinthians 16:1-2); but if you visit do not feel obligated to give--this is only our members' responsibility.
You may also wonder how our congregation is organized. Churches in the New Testament were composed of saints (Christians), overseers, and deacons (Philippians 1:1). Deacons were servants who used their abilities to help the church function orderly and effectively (see 1 Timothy 3:8-13; also Acts 6:1-6). Overseers (also called elders, bishops, pastors, and shepherds) were leaders of the church who made decisions to guide, feed, and protect the church; they led by their examples of integrity, reverence for and knowledge of God's word, and love for others (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Acts 14:23; and 1 Peter 5:1-5). We are striving to follow this pattern found in the New Testament, though presently we do not have men appointed to serve as elders or deacons.
We also are also pleased to offer Bible classes for various age groups, from ages 1 to adult. We have an evangelist who preaches for us regularly, Brent Bishop, but he does not replace the need for elders in our congregation. Though our individual members each serve the church in different ways, we all are working toward a unifying goal: "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12).
We hope that you will visit us sometime! Feel free to sing and pray with us, participate in our classes, follow along in your Bible as we read from God's Word, and meet our members beforehand and afterwards. In all we do, we pray that God will be honored!