Frequently Asked Questions   

What does “Disciples in Longview” mean? 

We are affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, an American-founded Protestant movement that began roughly 200 years ago on the American frontier.  We are the only Disciples-affiliated congregation in Cowlitz County, but we also believe in being “disciples,” as in followers of Christ, in all that we do…so for us, that name is very appropriate.  To learn more about our Disciples affiliation and what we as Disciples believe, click on the “Disciples of Christ” tab under the “About” menu at the top of the page.  We welcome all people, regardless of whether they have a Disciples background or not!

 

Can I bring my children with me?  Do you have nursery care?

Yes, and yes!  We understand that church and worship can be difficult sometimes for small children, especially in an unfamiliar setting, and so we take special care to minister to our children.  We offer a storytime for children during worship, after which children between the ages of six to ten are invited to go to church school for a special, kid-friendly worship led by our dedicated volunteer teachers.  We understand that some children may struggle with things like separation anxiety, so you are also welcome to keep your children with you as you worship! For children who remain with their parents in the sanctuary, we offer quiet children's activities such as coloring books and children's Bibles.  We offer nursery care for children under the age of five, and we always have at least two attendants on duty in our nursery.

 

What opportunities are there for fellowship and mission?   

Lots!  There is something happening at FCC almost every day of the week.  To learn more about our various ministries, activities, programs, and outreach efforts, please click on the "Ministries" tab on the menu at the top of the page.

 

What if I haven't gone to church in a long time, or ever?

That's okay!  We try very hard ensure that all people, regardless of their previous church experience, can feel welcomed and uplifted by our worship.  Standing (or even jumping up and down for that matter) is optional for all of our praise songs, all of the lyrics on our PowerPoint, and our entire order of worship fits on one-half of one 8.5 x 11" bulletin.  And if all else fails, please do not be afraid to ask someone for help in following along!

 

Can I participate in holy communion during your worship?

Absolutely!  Part of our doctrine as a Disciples of Christ congregation is that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God is welcome to partake in weekly communion.  We use nonalcoholic wine (aka grape juice!) and offer gluten-free wafers (which are sealed to avoid cross-contact with the communion bread) so that all may participate in this sacred meal.

 

Can I read a sample from your newsletter?  How do I subscribe to it?

Pastor Eric writes a regular column for our monthly newsletter called "Letters from the Soul," and all of these columns may be found on his blog, The Theophilus Project .  If you would like to receive our newsletter via email, please drop us a line through our site's "Contact" tab with your contact information to be added to our mailing list!

  

Where can I find some sample sermons from your worship?

Under the "Leadership" tab of our site's overhead menu is an option entitled "Pastor Eric's Sermons."  Simply click on it to bring up a sampling of several recent sermons that you can listen to as mp3 files!

 

What version of the Bible do you use? 


We believe in utilizing a wide variety of translations, as every translation contains a certain amount of interpretation from the translators themselves.  The translations we most frequently use are the Common English Bible (CEB), the New International Version (NIV), and the Revised Standard Version (RSV).

  

What is the music like?

Most Sundays, worship is led by our house praise team, the Joyful Noyz band.  Their music generally utilizes guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and occasionally other instruments like the banjo.  Our music comes from a blend of traditions and influences, and is played in a manner that is both uplifting and prayerful. 

 

Can women serve in church leadership? 

Yes.  We have female elders, deacons, teachers, and board members.

 

 Do you take specific stances on political issues? 

Generally, no.  Though we strive to have Scripture inform and influence our opinions, we are also a politically diverse congregation, and that diversity is actually a very strong fabric of our identity.  We believe that the mission of the church in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and caring for the poor and the outcast should transcend political boundaries, and we believe in the church as a safe space to discern what it is we should believe about current issues without fear of judgment or hate.  We expect that not everyone will agree with what we teach, but we hope that you will accept what we believe and teach.

   

What are the requirements for membership?  

We ask only four things of people wishing to formally join our faith family:

-Belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Son of the living God as revealed in the Bible.

-Participation in a membership session, which includes a dialogue on the role of the church in the 21st century world, and on how the Disciples of Christ fits into that.

-A willingness to support the church and its stated mission and vision with your voluntary and sacrificial giving of time, finances, resources, and talents.

-If you have not been baptized in a previous church, baptism by immersion.

 

What does being a church member mean here?

It means that we as the church commit ourselves to:

Having leadership from a pastor(s) with proper ministerial standing (Acts 13:3)

Lovingly nurturing and caring for you in the name of Jesus Christ (John 13:34)

Providing you inclusive, Biblically oriented preaching and teaching (Mark 1:38, Luke 19:9 & 10)

Offering baptism and holy communion (Acts 2:41, 1 Corinthians 11:23)

Assisting you in times of need and praying for you regularly (1 John 3:17)

Providing you with opportunities for discipleship, fellowship, and mission (Acts 2:42 to 47, 4:32 to 34

Empowering you to perform acts of Christian ministry (Matthew 28:19 & 20, Ephesians 4:11 & 12)

 

If you have other questions, please feel free to write to us by clicking on the "Contact" tab on the menu at the top of the page!