WHAT KIND OF CHURCH ARE YOU?
We’re honored to be part of the Southern Baptist Convention. That means we’re the good kind of Baptists! In comparison to a church you may have grown up in, we’re probably going to look and sound a little different. While we share the beliefs that are part of our Baptist heritage, our methods are more modern and a whole lot more fun. We don’t think of ourselves as better; we’re unique, just like you.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Here’s our dress code–please wear something! More specifically, on any given Sunday you’ll find people wearing shorts and t-shirts. Also, you’ll see an occasional dress shirt and tie, but most of us dress casually (jeans and a collared shirt). We don’t get hung up on what you’re wearing, though. Show up in whatever makes you comfortable.
WILL I BE SINGLED OUT, ASKED TO PRAY OUT LOUD, OR MADE TO FEEL GUILTY IF I DON’T GIVE MONEY?
WHAT IS THE CHURCH’S GOAL?
We’re on a mission to help people find and follow Jesus. That’s it–we don’t treat people like numbers, we’re not looking to build a new building or have the coolest worship band in town. We’re just trying to make a really big deal about Jesus.
WHO LEADS THE CHURCH?
We believe Jesus is the head of the Church in all things, and we believe He has established the leadership here at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. We’re a staff-led, elder-protected church. What does that mean? We believe the best leadership model for the church is the one modeled in the New Testament: God’s church must be led by a plurality of godly leaders. Our elders provide spiritual oversight and protect the vision and mission of the church, entrusting the implementation of that direction to ministry leaders and staff. We are thankful for how God is using our elder and staff teams here at The Church @ Clayton Crossings to help people find and follow Jesus. Follow this link to learn more about our leaders.
WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY ?
We’re committed to fulfilling our mission by incorporating a biblical strategy. The four components of our strategy are found in two important passages of Scripture: The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20):
CONNECT [COMMUNITY GROUPS]: We’re connected with God by our relationship with Jesus Christ, but a core component of God’s mission for us is to connect with other people to point them to Jesus. We believe ministry happens in the context of and at the speed of relationship.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5
DISCOVER [EVANGELISM]: God rescued us because He loves us. We discover His purpose for life in a relationship with Him.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9
SERVE [MISSIONS]: The Church at Clayton Crossings is a missional church—that means we, as individuals, do what missionaries do: study and become part of the culture, learn the language, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and contextualize biblical life and church for the culture.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10
DEVELOP [SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP]: Christianity is a movement to be advanced, not an institution to be maintained. As a follower of Jesus, we must always say “yes” to Jesus when He asks us to take the next step in our spiritual maturity. If you don’t step up when God asks you to lead, you hurt yourself, the church, and the community. Church leaders are here to do ministry with you, not for you.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12
Still have questions? Send us an email–we’d love to hear from you!