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 Baptist 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 12,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.
How can I be involved in ministry?
There are two types of ministry involvement at Victory Baptist. Scores of people help, in a given month, with volunteer projects in areas such as maintenance, cleaning, special-day preparations, and office-related projects. Feel free to contact the church office if you would like to volunteer your time in this way. If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other visible positions of leadership; an appointment must be set with the ministry leader. Often a waiting period and special training is required.
What is required for membership?
To be a member of Victory Baptist you must first be saved and then baptized by immersion and desire to be a member of the church. Also, you may transfer membership from a Baptist Church of like-faith. Another way of becoming a member is joining by statement of faith, having been saved and baptized by immersion in a church of like faith. After joining, you and your family will be invited to a new members’ reception on a Sunday evening to become more acquainted with the church family.
How are the finances of the church handled?
Annually, our church votes on the budget that is prepared by the leadership team and trustees. On a monthly basis a financial report is prepared and offered to the church at a church service. This gives the amount that was given in the offerings for the month, how it was disbursed, and the persons or companies who were paid.
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 leadership team. This team works together in prayer and decision making to follow the leading of God for our church ministry. Also, our trustees serve as a church elected group that meets with the pastor regularly 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 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 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 lives are touched weekly through the outreach ministries of our church. In addition to this, a benevolence fund 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. In 2013 our church gave at least 17 food baskets for Thanksgiving, and 22 food baskets for Christmas as well as gifts for some of the more needy families.