What does the word “baptist” in your church name mean? The word Baptist indicates that we are a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. We are in friendly cooperation with and contributing toward the causes of the Southern Baptist Convention.
What is the Southern Baptist Convention? The term “Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)” refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world. It was organized in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia—thus the name “Southern.” Being a part of the SBC gives churches a way to collectively express their convictions and realize their vision. This allows us to partner with other churches of like mind around the nation, pooling our resources to fulfill the Great Commission. Unlike other denominations, the SBC does not ordain ministers, assign staff to churches, levy contributions to denominational causes, dictate literature, calendar, preaching, or assign persons to churches according to place of residence. It considers these and other issues to be local church matters.
Does it matter how I dress on Sundays? Not really. Come as you are. On any given Sunday you’ll see jeans, a tie, shorts, flip flops, etc. We are more concerned with your spiritual condition than how you look.
What should my children expect? Perhaps you’ve heard it before, “If we’re going to have a Bible study then we must have something for the kids too.” That’s not the way we feel. We believe that children are just as important as adults. As a result, our desire is to teach children about God and cultivate their spiritual growth–not babysit or entertain. We offer Bible study classes for all ages an hour prior to the service. We encourage families to worship together, allowing the children to learn from the example set by others. We also acknowledge the need for age-appropriate content for younger children and so offer a Children’s Worship during the latter part of our worship service.
What kind of music will I hear? We believe that music should be a source of education as well as exultation. Worship revolves around understanding who God is and delighting Him—both must be present. Our desire is to worship God with both heart and mind. You’ll hear a good mix of both hymns and contemporary songs on Sunday morning, but more importantly, the content of the songs will be God-centered and cross-focused.
How long does the service last? Most services last about 90 minutes.
How can I become a member? Start by attending our services and meeting the people who are EMBC – we want to get to know you. Then talk with the pastor about your desire to officially join this body of believers.