We understand that looking for a new church home can be a daunting task.
So we want you to know up front that Central is anything but the typical Baptist church. Central embraces a traditional style of worship. It is autonomous, it is theologically moderate, and it is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Central provides a safe place for you to explore your faith without pressure and is an encouraging community where you can grow in grace and purpose. More than anything, we want you to know that you are welcome here.
The information below is an attempt to provide as much information about us as possible. It includes everything from our guiding principles to where to park when you visit us.
And, visiting is, of course, the best way to get to know us. We’d love to have a chance to welcome you in person one Sunday soon.
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What Principles Guide Central?
How does Central stand out as being unique?
- is autonomous. It answers to no denominational hierarchy, though it cooperates with various agencies in carrying out its mission.
- is unified in purpose to be Christ in its community of faith and in the world, but exhibits loving respect for the diverse opinions of individual members.
- is committed to inspired scripture, the Bible; but, unlike many churches, embraces the belief that the individual is free to interpret the Bible for himself or herself, using the best tools of scholarship and biblical study available to the individual.
- recognizes the equality before God of men and women. Women, as well as men, serve in pastoral and leadership positions and may be ordained. We named our first female deacon in 1956.
- denominationally is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
How do I become a member of the church?
What is Central's Mission?
- Empowered by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and witness to the salvation of all people through Jesus Christ.
- Committed to the Bible, the holy and inspired Word of God.
- Joined to the Bible, the holy and inspired Word of God.
- Joined together in purpose in worship, prayer, Bible study, spiritual growth, service and Christian fellowship with loving respect for the diverse opinions of individual members.
- Unified in purpose to be Christ in our community of faith and in the world.
What to Expect When I Visit
Visiting a Worship Service
Visiting a Sunday School (Bible Study) Class
All classes meet at 9:45 a.m. Most Sundays you will find greeters standing at the doors on the “construction” side of the church; they will be most happy to help you find a class or classes appropriate for your visit. If there are no greeters, just ask anyone you see.
Between Bible study and the 10:55 a.m. worship service, coffee is available in the dining room (“fellowship hall”); get there by using either set of stairs or the elevator to go to the bottom level of the building.