What are your church services like?
We have one service on Sunday morning, at 10:00.
The services are lively and meaningful. We don’t like being bored. And we like to keep things unpredictable–meaning, the service doesn’t follow the same format Sunday after Sunday. Or, at least, we might throw in something unexpected.
We have a somewhat unusual format. We meet for about 40 minutes, during which we worship with singing, Scripture Reading, testimonies, prayer and a sermon. Then we take a short coffee break before continuing into what we call “Sermon Sequel.” While the children head downstairs for a learning time, the adults regroup in the sanctuary for another half hour or so with the pastor.
Sermon Sequel is a very informal time during which the pastor and people interact over the sermon. Nobody is forced to say anything; most people just enjoy listening. But the pastor throws questions out to let any takers respond.
After about a half hour of that, the children come back upstairs. With everyone together, we close with announcements, offering, and a lively song.
How do people dress?
We don’t get hung up about what people wear. We don’t want a silly thing like clothes to keep people from being part of us. Bluejeans are common, though you might find a few people wearing ties. During the summer, many people come wearing shorts. As long as people keep it modest, we’re okay with it. It’s just not something we get all worked up about.
So come as you are. We just want you to come.
What’s the music like?
On Sundays, the music is led by small worship team–guitars, drums, keyboard, and occasionally another instrument. We like it when they do peppy music. We use a lot of the new worship music being written today, but also use some of the old hymns.
Several of the worship team members have been together for over ten years. In addition to playing every Sunday, they’ve also done a lot of gigs outside the church–in coffeeshops, at other churches, and miscellaneous events.
We also do a number of “homegrown” music–songs written by members of the worship team.
Does Anchor have church membership?
We have membership, but we don’t emphasize it much. However, only members can come to our potlucks. If you’re not a member–sorry, no food.
Pastor Tim Hallman holds a membership class periodically, usually for a couple hours after church on a Sunday. If you sit through that and stay awake, you’re in!
How is the church organized administratively?
The senior pastor and the Resource Team lead the congregation. That group of about five or six members give direction and support to the mission and vision of the church. We currently have a staff of seven persons, headed by Pastor Tim Hallman.
We then have people in charge of specific ministries, as needed.
Are you part of a denomination?
We’re part of a small denomination called the United Brethren in Christ. It consists of about 180 churches in the United States, plus churches in 17 other countries.
The United Brethren church was actually the first American-made denomination, tracing its roots back in 1767 and formally organizing in 1800. At that time, there were plenty of other denominations in the colonies, but they were all transplanted from Europe. We were the first to actually start in the New World.
If you’re into labels, the United Brethren church would be classified as “conservative evangelical.” We don’t think we’re the only group going to heaven, but gladly link arms with other like-minded Christian churches and organizations.
What beliefs do you hold?
We’re basically a conservative evangelical church. Our key doctrinal beliefs are contained in the United Brethren Confession of Faith.
Our attitude through the years has been to stick closely to biblical absolutes, let people follow their own convictions on issues where the Bible allows freedom, and maintain unity when disagreements arise. We have our lines in the sand, but we don’t draw them as narrowly as some churches.