FAQ

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FAQ 2018-04-07T13:03:32+00:00
What does the church do to help the needy? 2018-05-16T14:08:00+00:00

Our Leadership team oversees a benevolence fund that is used to help needy people with basic needs first within and then without the church. Each need is carefully evaluated and met to the best of our ability.

What is the church’s approach to financial giving? 2018-03-10T09:47:17+00:00

We have never practiced pressure techniques or fund-raising schemes. Rather, we choose to occasionally preach and teach what God’s Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that teaching is a heart issue between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.

What does the church do to help widows? 2018-03-10T09:46:28+00:00

One of the primary responsibilities of each deacon is to assist in caring for the widows of the church. The needs of each widow are personally addressed and cared for.

How are the finances of the church handled? 2018-03-10T09:44:30+00:00

Annually, our church views the budget that is prepared by the leadership team and deacons. On a quarterly basis, a financial report is laid out for the members to view. On a weekly basis, our staff bookkeepers work with the pastoral administrative team and operational manager to keep ministry flowing and accountable.

What is required for membership? 2018-05-16T14:15:22+00:00

To be a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Temple you must first be saved, scripturally baptized and in agreement with our constitution and bylaws. Those who seek church membership are asked to attend our discipleship class with Pastor Smith.

Pastor Smith welcomes those who are seeking help and are interested in membership. If you become convinced that MVBT is for you, a member of our pastoral staff will happily meet with you to finalize the process.

How can I be involved in ministry? 2018-03-10T09:42:13+00:00

There are two types of ministry involvement at Mount Vernon Baptist Temple. Many people help, in a given month, with volunteer projects in areas such as maintenance and office-related projects. Feel free to contact the church office if you would like to volunteer your time in this way. If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other visible positions of leadership; an appointment must be set with the ministry leader. Often a waiting period and a spiritual gift assessment are required.

What does it mean to be an independent church? 2018-03-10T09:40:35+00:00

As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.

What’s in the name Baptist? 2018-03-10T09:39:12+00:00

This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church-baptism and the Lord’s Table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.

What can I expect my during first visit? 2018-05-16T14:18:02+00:00

After parking, one of our hospitality greeters will meet you and direct you to the right classes and service. They can also answer other questions you may have.

Our Sunday School hour provides Bible study for all age levels. Your children and teens will be invited join other children and teachers in classes that will help them grow spiritually.  Adults can choose from Discipleship Class, Soulwinner’s Club or Cornerstone classes depending on your needs.

After Sunday School, you may attend our worship service where you will enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music of the choir, ensembles, and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Smith. This service is just over one hour in length.

Where do I take my children? 2018-03-10T09:57:50+00:00

Our greeters and ushers are located around campus as well as in the lobby of the main worship center and will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place.

Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for children of all ages.

At every service there are safe, clean, and highly-staffed nurseries for children three years old and under.  The nursery is located just off the lobby on the main floor , to the right of the main auditorium doors.

Sunday School classes are provided for children for years old through sixth grade.  These are held in the lower level of the main building.  The stairway is to the left of the main auditorium doors. You can see more information about your child’s class  clicking the appropriate link: Nurseries, Toddlers, 1st–2nd Grade, 3rd–4th Grade, 5th–6th Grade.

For children four years old through fourth grade, there is a fun, friendly, and Bible-centered Junior Church service during the morning worship service. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. This  is also held in the lower level of the main building.

What is available for my teens? 2018-05-16T14:23:56+00:00

Teens are encouraged get involved in classes geared just for them on Sundays and in the rest of our services through the week. Additionally, we have monthly activities and events.

We believe that if your teenager desires to grow spiritually, he or she will thrive here!

How should I dress? 2018-03-10T09:05:25+00:00

There is not a dress code at the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Baptist Temple!

Who is Pastor Curt Smith? 2018-05-16T14:19:42+00:00

Pastor Curt Smith has been the Senior Pastor of the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple since October, 2016.  Previously, Pastor Smith was a youth pastor for 14 years in Mansfield, and a pastor at Harmony Hill Baptist Church in southern Ohio for 8 years.

Am I expected to give in the offering as a guest? 2018-03-10T09:01:10+00:00

No. We don’t invite you to the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.

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