I’ve been asked a couple times about our church (specifically, what denomination it is) so I thought I’d answer here.
First let me tell you a few things. Then I’ll tell you the denomination.
We’re pretty laid back and casual.
The pastor preaches in blue jeans most Sundays. I think I’ve seen him wear coat and tie once, and that was when he was headed to preach a funeral (I’ve asked him not to do so, if he ever has to preach my funeral).
Most of the women wear blue jeans to church too. Stylish clothing is cool. So are sweatshirts. We get haircuts (and hair color! heh) and wear makeup and jewelry and nail polish and tennis shoes and all that.
With regard to the church’s dress code, Pastor Phil approved this for the website: “Please, come as you are. If you have clothes, please wear them. If not, we’ll provide you with some so you’re not naked.”
Women are able to take leadership roles in the church and be ordained, but like most Pentecostal denominations I don’t know of very many female senior pastors at this point.
We believe what would be considered “traditional Pentecostal” beliefs regarding the nature of God as Trinity, the deity of Christ, of salvation by grace through faith; you do not have to be baptized in water or the Holy Spirit to be saved (but you should be baptized in both); we believe in spiritual gifts and their practical application today, but there isn’t a huge emphasis in this area (how to explain? Exercising spiritual gifts is much more “natural” than we’ve seen in other churches. It’s comfortable, not forced). There is a strong emphasis on relationship with the Lord, on paying attention to what the Lord’s saying and being in His will, on prayer and Bible study, and on personal holiness and integrity. Some of the people believe in positional sanctification followed by progressive sanctification, and some believe in entire sanctification as an additional work of grace (the point isn’t belabored).
We’re fairly “active” when it comes to praise and worship as far as raising hands, going to the altar, etc. No flags and tambourines – yet.
We’re a small “family” church – between 50 and 70 people and growing steadily – and newcomers feel instantly at home and welcome. There’s no cliques or snobbery. A couple of people are fairly well off, most are middle-income, a few are very low income. We range in age from 1 to 80-ish; I think the majority of adults are between 30 and 55 years old.
It’s not a “high pressure” sort of environment. Hard to detail what that means, but that’s just how it feels. Relaxed, open, welcoming, laid-back… but at the same time very seriously engaged in the work of the Lord.
In almost every respect, DaySpring’s doctrines and practices are like the other churches we’ve gone to. Quite similar to AoG, Church of God, and FourSquare.
But it’s got its own dynamics… Not as flashy as Calvary, not as “spooky” as Level Cross AG (to people not accustomed or comfortable with charismatic stuff and prophecy), more energetic than Clearview (but closest to there in the concept of “holiness”) and perhaps energetic than Living Word (no one turning somersaults and no flags and tambourines and glory hoops and such), more personable than Acts Temple, and a whole lot bigger than Flowing River. But with regard to the actual beliefs, it’s really not particularly different.
So, are you ready to hear what denomination DaySpring is? Get ready… it’s going to shock some folks.
Pentecostal Holiness. (link to the IPHC website; note that it’s not particularly user-friendly 🙁 )
When someone first told me that DaySpring Church is IPHC, I laughed at them. Thought they were joking.
My former view of PH was women in ankle-length long sleeved dresses all the time, long hair, no makeup, no jewelry, no positions of authority, and lots of sour faces. It turns out that there are some churches within the denomination like that – but these days, they’re few and far between.
DaySpring is actually leading the charge when it comes to church turn-around and growth and vibrancy. We’re one of the fastest-growing churches in the district and over the spring and summer we’re adding a dynamic outreach/evangelism/missions program (Ken and I are working on that right now) – it’s going to be GREAT. 😀
So… is anyone shocked?