- What type of church is this?
The Branch functions as a non-denominational church with a rich history that weaves together many influences. We are a thoroughly evangelical church that hopes to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to be a safe place for anyone to come and connect with others and with God. We focus on a personal growing relationship with Jesus and a practical application of the Bible.
- What do you believe?
This is an important question, but a difficult one. As a church, we are committed to walking with people wherever they are. This means many people believe many different things. In our polarized culture, individuals and churches are often identified by how they are distinctive, how their beliefs are unique. At The Branch, we are committed to highlighting our most important beliefs that are unifying rather than dividing.
About the Scriptures
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the lost world.
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort alone.
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life
We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.
- What are your mission, vision, and values?
To create a church that unchurched people love to attend.
To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
We create environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders.
As a church family united under this mission and vision, we emphasize our values in:
God has spoken to us through the Bible and we recognize it as the final authority for our lives.
Are your priorities consistent with scripture?
Intimacy with God
God desires an intimate relationship with each of us.
Is your relationship with God growing?
Every environment should be designed to effectively connect with its target audience.
Are your environments appealing, engaging, and helpful?
God’s message of forgiveness through Christ is most effectively conveyed within the context of personal relationships.
In whom are you investing?
Accountability, belonging, care and spiritual growth happen best with relationally-connected believers.
Are you in a small group?
Our spiritual gifts have maximum impact when exercised in support of our strategy.
Where are you serving?
We are responsible to pass along to others the knowledge, skills and opportunities that have been entrusted to us.
Who are you apprenticing?
- What do you offer for families?
We love families! In fact, this is one of the most important things to us. First, in any environment for children, safety is our top value. We want you to know that if you entrust your kids to us, even for a little while, we have done a rigorous screening of volunteers and have a thorough security process to keep all our kiddos safe. But here’s some info of what we actually do:
On Saturday nights and Sundays at 9:15, we offer childcare during the services. On Sundays at 10:45 we have three environments that happen alongside our main services. For 4 months to 4 years old, we have Waumbaland. Ages 5-5th grade head over to Upstreet. Our Junior High Ministry is for any student from 6th grade through 8th grade.
We also have things happening beyond when our services are happening. On Sunday nights we have our High School Ministry. On Wednesday nights we have our AWANA program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We also have BYG, our student ministry that is for 6th graders through 12th graders.
- How do I get connected?
Many things happen in the life of our church and it’s easy to not know where to start. As a church, we hope to be a place where you take steps closer to God and other people. Our hope is that people will engage in what we call “three touches” which are commitments that facilitate meaningful connection.
The first touch is our weekend service. Our services are designed to be place for people to be challenged and encouraged in their walk with God wherever they are in their spiritual journey. This is also a great way to meet other people and hear about other things happening in our church.
The second touch is community groups. We believe that while weekend services are necessary and great, we ultimately desire the people of our church to develop meaningful relationships with others. Community groups are a place to know and be known. And we want to help every person that considers The Branch their church home to also find a community group.
The third touch is what we call strategic service. We believe that God has uniquely gifted every person, and that includes you. More than that, we believe that God chooses to use people to bring about real change in our world. So we want everyone to find a way to serve in a way that uses their gifts as well as meets a real need. This is an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
So in short, how do you get connected? Engage in the three touches, worship service, community group, and strategic service.