FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is Brant Community Church all about?
A. At BCC we are all about people because God is all about people. We express our love for God through our love for people and we do that by helping each person that comes to BCC to grow in their relationship with Jesus. We strive to be a church where our love for Jesus and each other goes beyond our Sunday gatherings. We are intentional about meeting throughout the other six days of the week and hanging out through the good and the bad times as we help each other put the pieces of life together through a friendship with Jesus.
Q. Is There A Dress Code?
A. You will see anything from shorts and flip-flops to suits and ties and dresses. Some of our pastors will wear jeans and jacket. God is concerned about the condition of the heart, not what you wear, and so are we. Feel free to dress in whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
Q. Is Brant Community Church Part of a Denomination?
A. We are a non-denominational Christian evangelical church. We are conservative in our theology but we are contemporary in our methods. Although we are not affiliated with any denomination we are a member of the Vision Ministries Canada network of churches. http://www.vision-ministries.org/
We have people who come from a variety of church backgrounds – Brethren, Baptist, Congregational, Christian Reformed, Pentecostal, United, and Catholic.
Our leadership team is responsible for providing guidance and direction as we strive to follow the teachings of the Bible and align with the bylaws of BCC.
Q. Is Brant Community Church Charismatic and Pentecostal?
A. Yes! and, No! We are charismatic if by that you mean individuals and churches are empowered by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the church for its mission in the world. Yes, we are Pentecostal if you mean the Holy Spirit was given to the early church and continues to come, empower, and call the church to servant ministries. No, if you mean by charismatic or Pentecostal an emphasis on speaking in tongues as the sign of a spirit-filled life or the freedom for persons to speak in tongues at their own discretion in public worship.
Q. What does Brant Community Church believe about Baptism, Communion and Infant Dedication?
A. Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of Jesus and is for believers only. Baptism is an ordinance symbolic of the Christian's identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
The Lord's Supper, also known communion, is an affirmation of our relationship with Jesus where we remember what Jesus sacrificed for us on the cross. We observe communion once a month at BCC believing that the bread and the fruit of the vine are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus. All followers of Jesus are welcome to participate in communion at BCC.
Infant dedication is consistent with the instructions of Jesus. He said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." It is really a public act of parent dedication as they affirm to live their lives in a way that their children can observe their faith, they will pray for their children and bring them to environments that will help them discover who Jesus is and re-enforce their family values.
Q. Does Brant Community Church believe in Divine healing?
A. We believe that in a broader sense all healing is divine. We encourage consultation with medical professionals in matters of physical health and with other professionals in matters of emotional and relational challenges.
In addition to the healing that comes through natural processes and medical means, we believe that at times God directly intervenes in the life of individuals to initiate and complete healing. We put into practice James' instructions to the young church: "Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him."
We pray and we wait for God's gracious healing in our lives and in the lives of those whom we love. We do not believe that everyone is healed in the way that we would expect and hope.
Q. Do You Have Support Groups?
A. Sometimes we all can face challenging and difficult circumstances and we want to be here to assist you when you this is your reality. We have a fully qualified professional counselor on staff that you can meet with one-on-one in complete confidentiality during your time of need. Our pastors are also available to meet with you and to discern what next steps you might need to take to find relational, emotional and spiritual wholeness.
If you are dealing with divorce or a troubled marriage we offer Divorce Care to meet you where you are.
If you are struggling with an addiction or a compulsive and destructive behavior we have a twenty-week ministry called Freedom Session that we run on a regular basis.
Q. What does Brant Community Church teach about stewardship?
A. We believe that an offering to God is not a donation, but rather a representative portion of what he has entrusted to us. At BCC we don't take a formal offering during the service, however there are gift boxes at all doors exiting the auditorium for you to share in and support the ministries of BCC.
Q. What about weddings?
A. We believe a marriage should be entered into with discretion, wisdom, and recognition that it is a marvelous gift from God to both the couple and the families involved. We believe a marriage begins with a wedding with both parties committed to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives and home. As a result of this conviction, all weddings at BCC must be approved by our pastors and those desiring to be married should be active members of BCC and be willing to attend pre-marital counseling sessions.
Q. How Do I Become A Member?
If you have been attending Brant Community Church for three months and feel like this could be your church home, Discovering BCC would be your next step. This three hour course is usually held on a Saturday morning and it will answer all your questions about what it looks like to be in membership at Brant Community Church, including a look at our Statement of Faith, expectations and requirements for members.
Discovering BCC runs 2-3 times a year. For information about the next class or to connect with an elder for further discussion, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How can I serve at Brant Community Church?
A. There are many opportunities for serving at Brant Community Church. Under the tab "Serve" there are a list of current opportunities and who to contact to get more information. Some of our serving opportunities in the areas of teaching and leadership require a person be a member at BCC or working towards it.
Q. Where can I get more information about BCC once I'm there?
A. At the back of the auditorium there is a Welcome Centre that is staffed during all services. In addition, please feel free to contact any member of the Staff or Leadership Team.