I heard that Mountain Lakes Church is a non-denominational church. What does non-denominational mean?
In organizing this church, our foremost desire was to be an attractive environment for those who do not regularly attend church. For the most part, our feeling is that denominational titles mean more to churched people than unchurched people. In fact, we believe there are more disadvantages to a denominational title than there are advantages. We try to clearly state what we believe on the “Our Beliefs” page of our website.
Is Mountain Lakes Church a Strategic Partner with North Point?
MLC was accepted as a provisional partner about 3 years ago. Before being accepted as a fully-fledged strategic partner, MLC must attain certain benchmarks that reflect North Points model, health, and sustainability.
What is the format for the worship services?
As a strategic partner with North Point ministries, our typical service consist of live worship and a video-cast message from North Point Community Church. However, Paul Carr, our Lead Pastor, will communicate messages live throughout the year.
What is the leadership structure?
According to our church constitution, the phrase we use to describe the function of government at Mountain Lakes Church is that we are guarded by the Elders, guided by the Staff and gifted through the membership. However, in more specific terms, the Mountain Lakes Church government is built around four teams of people:
Ministry Team Representatives (MTR) are individuals chosen by a particular area of ministry to represent that group as a channel of communication to and from the other ministries, staff and elders. MTR`s serve one-year terms and are the only group in the church, other than the Elders, that can call for a special business meeting of the church.
The Stewardship Team oversees all the financial and personnel matters. The Lead Pastor is accountable to the Stewardship Team in all these matters, and along with the Church administrator attends the team`s meetings but without voting privileges. Stewardship Team members serve three-year terms and successive members are chosen by the existing Stewardship Team and approved by the Elders.
The Staff Leadership Team consists of staff members selected by the Lead Pastor. The purpose of this group is to determine programming, give vision to the various ministries of the church, and to oversee the day-to-day operations.
Elders function primarily as discerners and shepherds and serve as the conscience and guardians of the church. Their role is to evaluate everything going on in the church in light of three things: our mission, our resources and our doctrinal statement. The Board of Elders consists of men who serve three-year terms. Successive Elders who meet the qualifications of Elders/Overseers outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9 are nominated by church members and approved by a committee consisting of four elders and four MTRs.
Why doesn`t Mountain Lakes Church have Adult Sunday School?
The mission of Mountain Lakes Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We feel that this growth is sustained best in a small group environment. There are several reasons why we have chosen community groups as our primary relational structure. First, not having adult Sunday School allows attenders to participate in strategic service. We have also found that meeting in a home is a safe, predictable environment where no one slips through the cracks. True accountability can be reached with a consistent group of people in a community group. Lastly, people are able to benefit from the encouragement and accountability of a small group while still being part of our “invest and invite” evangelism strategy.
What is the financial situation?
As a church, we strive to be great stewards of all that is given to us as an organization and to be transparent with our financial status. Your generosity to our church and, more importantly, what God is doing in the lives of people through our church, is greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute monthly, or contribute a one-time gift to the mission of Mountain Lakes Church, please click here. Mountain Lakes Church is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as such all gifts are tax-deductible.