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 affilia-
tion. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Bap-
tists 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 re-
sponsible 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 be-
lieve 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 bap-
tized 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 com-
pletion of this class. During a Sunday evening service, you and your fam-
ily 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 impor-
tance. 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 fund-raising 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 con-
tacted 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