Q: What is Church On The Drive really like?
A: A number of words and phrases come to mind. Words that fit would be biblical, caring, dedicated to global missions, and intent on loving our College Park neighbors. Some words that would not fit would be intolerant, sexist, legalistic, or fundamentalist.
Q: Is Church on the Drive connected to or affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention?
A: No. Church on the Drive is a member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). Neither a denomination nor a convention, CBF is a Christian network comprised of individuals and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. A diverse community, CBF, includes partners from all over the globe, and supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith into action. Characterized by a deep respect for freedom, diversity and equality, CBF encourages autonomy while inviting collaboration. If you would like to know more, you can visit CBF’s website at cbf.net.
Q: How is Church on the Drive unique?
A: One of the ways Church on the Drive is unique is that men and women are equal in the life of the church. All offices of the church are open to women as well as men. Church on the Drive came to this view after careful consideration of scripture and Paul’s words in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Additionally, Church on the Drive avoids taking social stances not supported by scripture or involving itself in secular politics. One of the church’s key beliefs is that every person has the freedom to interpret scripture for him or herself guided by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Church on the Drive members hold different views on social issues, politics, and any number of subjects while being united by the love of each other and Christ.
Q: What does Church on the Drive believe about the Bible?
A: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, our sole authority for faith and practice, and that the criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ. Paul states best how Church on the Drive views scripture when he writes: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work..” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Q: Is Church on the Drive liberal, conservative, Calvinist, Arminian, Emergent, etc.?
A: We believe labels and categories divide. We’re content simply with the title, Christian. At the end of the day our primary and ultimate theological confession is that which the ancient church confessed at baptism, “Jesus is Lord!”
Q: What is the worship like?
A: Church on the Drive is committed to a model of “convergence worship.” The designation may be new to some, but it simply means that in our worship service we strive for a ‘total package’ including the structure, content, and style. You may hear classical, hymns, contemporary, gospel, black gospel, bluegrass, or any number of musical genres. We incorporate the Christian year, art, poetry and other elements in worship. Are we where we want to be in this evolving style of worship? No. Our hope is to create a form of worship that has a broad appeal to varying ages and musical preferences. Yet, ultimately our goal in worship is to bring people into the presence of the living God.
Q: What is the preaching like?
A: In a word, biblical. Whether the sermon is expositional, narrative, or topical, dealing with some critical issue of the day, the sermon is always biblically based. At the same time a great premium is placed on showing how God’s Word may be applied to our lives. The ultimate aim of the teaching ministry is to demonstrate not only the truth of God’s Word, but also how it can help in day to day living.
Q: What are Church on the Drive’s “aspirational” goals?
A: Actually no one has ever asked that question. However, it’s a great question that will tell you a lot about who we want to become in the years ahead. We want to be diverse. We’re not there yet by a mile, but we want to get there. We want to be multi-generational. We currently have five generations represented at Church on the Drive. We believe that’s a good thing. We intend to work to maintain our multi-generational make up. We want to be known in College Park and elsewhere for demonstrating what it means to authentically follow Jesus Christ. Through acts of love, grace given without judgment, and lifestyles based on Jesus’ teachings we hope to be the presence of Christ in our community, work places, church, and families. These goals are a tall order—certainly aspirational. But why call Jesus, Lord, if you don’t intend to let Him shape your life?
Q: How should I dress?
A: However you’d like! Being a multi-generational church, you’ll see some men wearing full suits and ties, whereas others will wear jeans and tees. Ladies will range from dresses & heels to jeans and tees. And this is Florida, flip flops are always welcome!
Q: What is the music like?
A: It varies from traditional hymns to modern worship songs. We have a beautiful organ but also a band, so we like to showcase the various talents of our congregation.
Q: What do I do with my kids?
A: Trust them in the hands of our trained, loving volunteers. Click here for more details about our Children’s Ministry.
Q: What is communion like?
A: We do communion every 4-6 weeks and we pass the plates traditionally on Sunday mornings. In other special services we do it in a different format.
Q: Will I be welcomed?
A: Yes. No exceptions.