You have questions. We have answers.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but in an effort to help you feel comfortable about visiting Citizens Church, and to help you understand us better, here are a few answers to questions we’ve encountered over the years.
Q: What can I expect on a Sunday morning?
A: Vibrant worship, a relevant message, and a laid back atmosphere.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Whatever you’re most comfortable wearing… in public.
Q: What is a LOCAL group, and should I join one?
A: They are our small groups where we Live Out Community, Action, and Love. And yes, you definitely should join one if you plan on being part of the best stuff at church!
Q: What is Little Citizens and what will my child do there?
A: That is our Kid’s Ministry where your kids will have a blast learning about God in a safe and fun environment with qualified teachers.
Q: What safety and security do you have in place for my child in Little Citizens?
A: All teachers (over 18) have completed a background check. Also, kids aren’t allowed to leave until their parent (with matching wristband) checks them out.
Q: What if I want to have my child sit with me in church; is that allowed?
A: Sure, especially babies! Just please be courteous of other attendees if your child becomes noisy.
Q: Can a visitor take communion?
A: Anyone who who rightly, worthily and with faith receives it is welcome to partake with us.
Q: Can children take communion?
A: See above response (pending parental approval)
Q: What is the stance on baptism?
A: Water baptism is a sacrament of the church, commanded by our Lord, signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ to be administered to believers as declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Q: What opportunities and events do you offer other than Sunday morning service?
A: LOCAL Groups, special neighborhood events, special Sunday events, and outreach opportunities. Check them out online!
Q: What if I don’t agree with everything on your beliefs page?
A: That’s okay. We might disagree on some things, but as long as we’re all on a journey to seek and understand Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, let’s go on that journey together, united in the love of Christ.
Q: What does the church expect of its members?
A: The church is an organism, not an organization. As such, we believe that every person who’s part of the church has a part to play. We want to see people serving on a consistent basis according to their strengths, attending and participating in events and groups, and supporting the ministry with their financial resources. Together, we can Reach Neighbors and Reveal Christ.
Q: What is your church’s mission?
A: We are on a mission to Reach Neighbors through community relationship and Reveal Christ, in his love, power, and relevance to their lives.
Q: Does your church have a particular focus or emphasis?
A: We value authenticity and want to be a place where people can come and be real with one another, establishing relationships through which God can make a profound impact on our daily lives.
Q: Is your church politically involved and how so?
A: Not so much. We don’t like to bring politics into Church. Further, we see our identity first as Citizens of a heavenly Kingdom that transcends earthly political mechanizations. That said, we do encourage people to bring godly wisdom and love into their personal political choices, supporting good causes with Kingdom focus.
Q: What is your church’s view of the scriptures?
A: We believe that scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Its purpose is not to help us understand and believe in it, but to understand and believe in God, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Q: Will I be singled out as a visitor if I attend?
A: Only if you want to be. If you choose to be treated like a VIP, we’ll show you around, introduce you to a few people, and give you a special gift. But don’t worry; we won’t call you out in service or anything. And if you’re the shy type, just sneak in and try it out. We won’t bother you, except to say, “hi”.
Q: How do I learn more or get more involved?
A: You can attend our recurring Newcomer Lunch (sign up on our website) or reach out to our pastor, Ben. You can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.