Q: What do you do when your church meets?
A: We practice a simple worship service designed primarily for believers (though nearly always with an evangelistic emphasis), which typically consists of singing, praying, and a Biblically-based message/teaching.
Q: How long are your services?
A: Generally, the service runs approximately 1.5 to 2 hrs. Twice per month, we have a Shared Meal after the service. During the second and fourth Sundays of each month, we enjoy this meal together and this affords a special opportunity for families to get to know one another, fellowship and spend time as a church family.
Q: How does the Shared Meal work?
A: Some call it a potluck, some a pot blessing, we use the term “shared meal.” Basically, bring enough food to feed your family and perhaps a little extra for visitors. This would include a main dish, a side dish and a dessert. All the food is then brought together and everyone has the opportunity to share and experience each other’s cooking.
Q: What style of music does your church use in the worship service?
A: Our music is a blend of hymns, psalms and spiritual songs – both old and new. We believe that God commands us to worship Him “in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:23) so all of our music is focused upon that premise first and foremost. Scripture also encourages us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col. 3:16)
Q: Who is the pastor?
A: Though we acknowledge different offices, roles and responsibilities in the local church, we do not use titles such as “reverend” or “pastor” but, like the Apostles, address each other merely as brothers and sisters in Christ (Matthew 23:8-11 with 1 Cor. 16:12, 2 Cor. 1:1, 2 Peter 3:15, etc.). In all matters of church practice, our desire is to follow, as best as we are able, Scriptural example and principles, and not to be confrontational or divisive with other believers over differences in these matters. In terms of church governance and administration, we are led by a body of Elders. (See Church Leadership)
Q: Which Bible translation do you use?
A: We primarily use conservative, literal translations such as the King James, New King James, New American Standard, or English Standard Versions. …
Q: How do you teach to both parents and children at the same time?
A: We are a “family integrated church,” but we believe God’s primary means of preserving His truth is through adults to their children (Deut. 6:4-9), and not the other way around. This is why we encourage men to be the spiritual leaders of their family and for parents to take an active and primary role in spiritual discipleship of their children. This is in direct opposition to the practice of segregating the family and placing a child’s spiritual formation in the hands of Sunday school teachers, AWANA leaders and other well-intentioned Christians who are not their parents.
While it is certainly commendable to teach children Biblical truths in an age-appropriate manner, we believe that they are most likely to take root in our children when the truths are taught and modeled by parents in their homes. Also, because the demands of our modern culture so often separate parents from their children, we believe it is of great value for children to learn sit with their parents in church at as early an age as possible. Children in our day need an antidote to the mostly negative effects of peer pressure and the desire for constant entertainment.
We also question the effectiveness of most modern church’s childrens and youth ministries that are primarily focused on fun and not on Biblical instruction. Is there a correlation between the end of the “fun-focused” days of youth church and the timing of when young people leave the faith? If you have trained your children for the past 18 years in an entertainment-based model, it should not be a surprise that the graduation to “adult” church looks exceedingly boring and unappealing.
Finally, to us, parents together with their children in God’s house on the Lord’s Day is a beautiful sight. Try it — we think you will agree!
Q: OK, so I agree that concept of having children beside you during the service sounds good, but how do you keep them still or make them listen? What if they wiggle, make noise or act up?
A: If your children squirm, exhibit their sinful nature or are easily distracted by those in front of you, their sibling’s nosepicking or an invisible bug on the corner wall, they will fit right in with the rest of our young boys and girls who are, after all, children. We don’t expect perfection (and none of us are blessed with perfect children of any age) but we do challenge you to use their childish behaviors as an opportunity for training. You will be amazed at how well your children do in the service once the expectations are clear, training is instilled and grace abounds.
Q: What ministries do you offer apart from the weekly services?
A: We strive to pattern our church not on modern methods, but on the pattern Christ and the Apostles established in the New Testament (Eph. 2:19-22). We are a people church, not a program church. While we do have occasional events for men, women or the whole family, we intentionally try not to fill your calendar with activities that consistently pull you away from your family or prevent you from having enough time for discipleship and fellowship in your home.
Our vision is a church that loves each other as well as strangers, and where homes are wide-open for hospitality. We desire to see older men and women teaching the younger by listening to them one-on-one, loving them, praying, weeping and rejoicing with them and teaching them how to love their spouses and families.
Q: Are you a home schooling church?
Although many of our members may home school their children, we do not see ourselves as a home schooling church and do not believe that home schooling is a biblical requirement. However, we do believe that the Bible commands us to instruct our children (Deuteronomy 11:19). We also acknowledge that there is a sharp distinction between pagan forms of education and Christian forms. In this regard, our church strongly encourages parents to take an active role in the spiritual discipleship and intellectual formation of their children, whether that be through home instruction or as a supplement to their education outside the home.
Q: Can I join this church or become a member?
A: We don’t have a formal membership, classes to attend or series of burning hoops you need to jump though to be a part of Wellsprings. Basically, if you can say that (a) you believe the Bible is the Word of God, (b) you believe in Christ as your Savior, (c) you accept Christ as Lord and heed His Word, and (d) you will be accountable to the leadership of this particular church, then you have met our unwritten requirements.
Q: What’s your dress code?
A: Um…we didn’t know we had to have one. Seriously, if you are trying to politely ask if all the ladies wear dresses/skirts, keep their heads covered and the men all wear shirts, ties and grow long beards after marriage, the short answer is “No.” We encourage modest dress, but leave the decision to the father on what is appropriate for his wife and family. In reality, you will see a diversity of dress among those who attend our church and no formal requirements — other than we do ask that you come clothed.
Q: Are visitors welcome?
A: Absolutely! We hope you will consider whether Wellsprings Church is right for you and your family. Our church is for those people who seek after relational discipleship, long term relationships, meaningful community, edifying fellowship and loving accountability structures without a program-heavy, institutional format. We welcome visitors, and are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you did not find your questions answered here, we encourage you to contact us!