About Seventh & James
A Faith Based Community
Seventh & James Baptist Church works to be a community of commitment and covenant. Our congregation strives to discover, articulate, and embody the meaning of the gospel in today’s world. Worship is important to us. We try to pray, give thanks, listen, and commit ourselves to God.
Our Statement of Purpose
Seventh & James Baptist Church seeks to be a community focused on the worship of God, responding to God’s grace as expressed in Jesus Christ, and guided, as we discern, by the Holy Spirit. As such, we strive to be a caring community which nurtures Christian growth and fellowship and reflects God’s love in unity and diversity. We believe God’s love does not discriminate or diminish based on things like race, wealth, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or mental capacity, therefore neither do we. We accept our calling to be proclaimers of the Good News as we minister to each other, to the local community, and to the world.
Our Congregational Covenant
We as a congregation recognize that we, too, have affirmations we need to make in response to someone joining. The following is our congregational covenant:
“In response to your decision, we pledge ourselves to be the family of God for you in this place; we offer you our love, our care, our kinship, and our hopes; we hope to learn from you, give to you, and receive from you, by God’s grace. Amen.”
Our Church Organization
The programs and ministries of the church are overseen by eight councils: Administrative, Education, Missions, Outreach, Inreach, Stewardship, Worship, and Children & Youth. The Cabinet, consisting of the chairs of each council, the deacon chair, the church moderator, two at-large representatives and the pastor (ex officio), coordinates budget generation, calendaring and short and long range planning. The deacons exist as a servant body assisting in the celebration of the ordinances, new member assimilation and the deacon ministry.