Philosophy

The purpose of Franklin Community Church is to please God by:

  • honoring him as God;
  • helping each other become like him;
  • and sharing His love with the world

Please see the following link for the rationale of our purpose statement.

The Purpose of the Church (Bible Study)

The following gives additional information about our Church philosophy. We are:

A Teaching Church

  • We give first place to thorough instruction in the teachings of the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word, his special revelation to mankind.
  • Therefore, our services and programs focus on learning the Bible so we may grow to love its truths and live them outeach day.  We also consider it of utmost importance that people learn to study scripture for themselves.

A Worshiping Church

  • We join with God’s people everywhere to give him praise and thanks for his grace and favor.
  • In worship, we gather to meet with God in a personal encounter with One who is really alive and present.  In worship, we gather to minister to God, bringing offerings to him in response to what he’s done.  In worship, we gather to receive from God, who nourishes and transforms us as we open our lives to him.
  • We seek to worship with spiritual integrity, servant’s hearts, and deep understanding. We strive to present services that are creative and filled with variety and excellence.  We worship as a community, emphasizing participation and unity of spirit.  We come to the sanctuary in faith, expecting that God who promised will manifest himself in our midst.

A Missions Church

  • We take Jesus’ Great Commission seriously.  We seek to share his good news so as to make disciples all over the world.
  • We aim to be a welcoming church to our own neighbors and a light in our community. We support missionaries in many places around the globe.
  • Our hearts long that people everywhere may come to know the Savior who has given us new life now and forever.

Small Groups

  • The New Testament says the early believers met in both large and small groups, in public places and in homes.  Most of the early congregations were house churches.  They studied, prayed, encouraged, and helped each other in the context of small groups.
  • Our small groups consist of 10-14 people who meet 2-3 times a month to experience what the church really is – people who share a common life in Christ, learning to love, pray, and serve together.
  • Nothing has more potential with regard to helping a believer grow than regular interaction in a good small group.

Faith Finances

  • Our financial philosophy may be summed up in these words “Trust God, and tell his people.”
  • We believe that God provides for his family. We also believe his children should show gratitude to him and love for others by being generous and sacrificial with their resources.
  • We do not take offerings in our services, but provide an offering box where any person may give freely and secretly (Matt 6:2-4).
  • We seek to build without borrowing. When facilities are needed, we ask God in faith to provide and inform his people of the need.
  • We fund our missions program by the faith promise method.  Once each year, we ask our church family to consider, by faith, what God would have them give beyond their regular giving for the cause of worldwide missions.

Elder Leadership

  • The official leaders in our church are the men who serve on the Board of Elders. These men are responsible for the spiritual and material oversight of the congregation.  As shepherds, they oversee the spiritual health and ministries of the church.  As trustees, they administrate the church’s business matters.
  • The Biblical basis for elder rule is found in such passages as Acts 14:23, 20:17-38, and I Peter 5:1-5.  In the New Testament, elders are also called “overseers” (or bishops) and “pastors.”  1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 list the qualifications of character that these leaders must meet.
  • We have staff elders and lay elders. Staff elders are those who have been called to the vocational ministry of pastor-teacher. (1 Timothy 5:17)  Lay elders are appointed by the current Board to serve three-year terms. Each year, the elders appoint new lay elders through a process of prayer, discussion, and inteviews.