At HFC, we seek to discover and follow God’s order for every sphere of life. God’s order is not confined to just one religious compartment of our life, He has spoken to every area, whether we are at home, at church, at work, or in the community, God has given us specific instructions through the sacred writings of the Bible. The culture that surrounds us is no longer following God’s revealed order and the destruction is apparent. Because of our desire to restore God’s order, our day of worship may look a little different than what you are used to.
All of our activities are family-integrated
This means that you worship, learn and fellowship together as a family. We believe that God has designed the family as the primary vehicle for discipleship, and we do not believe that families should divide once they walk in the church doors. If you are not accustomed to having your children with you during a worship service, you will quickly find that there is a learning curve. We have a bathroom where you can give your child correction. We encourage parents to take a misbehaving child to out of ear shot of the church body and then bring them back into the service after they have stopped making noise. Removing a child for misbehaving and then allowing them to play in another room is nothing but a reward for bad behavior. We love children and love seeing them learning to sit still and being respectful of the worship of God and those around them.
We are governed by elders and deacons
We follow the New Testament form of church government comprised of elders and deacons. We do not believe it was primitive in any way, but rather that it was a very practical form of government with built-in checks and balances. We believe that we honor God when we honor his design for church government. The apostle Peter called himself a “fellow elder” with the other elders of the church; with all of the elders being together under the authority of the Chief Shepherd, Christ (1 Peter 5:1-4). Elders (or pastors or shepherds) have been delegated authority from God for the specific role of overseeing the flock and for guarding of the truth of scripture. At HFC, our elders preach on a rotational schedule. This means that you will get some variety every week and that the congregation will not take on the strengths and weaknesses of a single pastor. It also allows the leadership responsibility to be shared among several men who can also carry on full-time or part-time jobs. This decreases the financial overhead of the church.
Deacons play a very important role in the church by overseeing specific ministries of the church. This allows the elders to focus their time on the study of the Scriptures. We have many ministry opportunities! The body of Christ is made up of many parts and Christ is the head. Every believer is involved in “full-time ministry”, and every part is of equal importance to God. What a glorious design God has for the church.