Q & A
Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions.
Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.
What's in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe
the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the
following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be
autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come
boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God's Word gives us two ordinances
for the church: baptism and the Lord's Table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to
accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot
lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or
ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support
institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ
rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches
in America and thousands more throughout the world.
What is required for membership?
To be a member of Calvary Baptist you must first be saved and then baptized in a Baptist church of like-
faith. You will then be invited to attend our 3-week new members class with Pastor Furman. This will be
a time to get to know your pastor and to understand more about the purpose and function of our church.
Your membership is officially finalized upon completion of this class. During a Sunday evening service,
you and your family will be invited to attend our new members reception, to become more acquainted
with the church family.
What does the church do to help widows?
One of the primary responsibilities of each deacon is to assist in caring for the widows of the church.
On a monthly basis, the needs of each widow are personally addressed and cared for.
How is the leadership of the church structured?
Ultimately, Christ is the head of this church. On a daily basis, the church is primarily led by the pastor
and pastoral team. This team works together in prayer and decision making to follow the leading of God
for our church ministry. Also, our deacons serve as a church elected group that meets with the pastor
monthly to review and discuss matters of church importance. This provides a high level of accountability
as well as a great spirit of team cooperation as we follow God's leading for this church.
What is the church's approach to financial giving?
We have never practiced pressure techniques or fundraising schemes. Rather, we choose to occasionally
preach and teach what God's Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that
teaching is a heart issue between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your
giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.
What does the church do to help the needy?
Many of lives are touched weekly through the many outreach ministries of our church. In addition to this,
our deacons oversee a benevolence fund that is used to help needy people with basic needs from within
and without the church. Each need is carefully evaluated and met to the best of our ability.