Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How did the church get started?
started meeting as a home Bible study in September of 2004. We
incorporated as a Colorado non-profit in May of 2005 and had our
inaugural service at Lewis Palmer High School in July 2005.
Why did the church get started?
short answer is the founding families responded to a desire to provide
the Monument / Tri-Lakes / Northern Colorado Springs region with:
- In-depth expositional Bible teaching
- A worship service format that would allow a greater amount of interaction and participation by the body at large.
biblical pattern of shared leadership that eliminates the
professional/laity distinction and demonstrates a plurality of gifts
and mutual service.
What denomination is NorthWord?
We are a non-denominational church.
Where did the name "NorthWord" come from?
wanted a name that gave a little inkling of where we were located, but
that also gave a sense of the fact that we were committed to teaching
the Bible. Since we are located in the north part of the county, we
thought NorthWord was a good image of how we get our bearings in life
(from God's Word) as well as a hint of the fact that most of our
members reside in the Tri-Lakes region including northern Colorado
Springs, Gleneagle, Jackson Creek, Monument, and Palmer Lake
Who is the pastor?
do not distinguish between the role or title of “pastor”, “elder” or
“overseer”. The Bible uses those terms interchangeably regardless of
renumeration, spiritual gifting, or specific role. Current
pastoral/elder leadership consists of Len Crowley, Mark Smith, Ted Cox,
and Scott Eldridge.
What is your form of government (pastor, elder, or congregational)?
governing follows the biblical model of plural elder leadership. Words
used synonomously in the Scripture for church leaders are Pastor,
Elder, & Overseer. (Our congregation sometimes affectionately refer
to our leaders as "POEs"). Elder decisions require unanimity(100
percent agreement). Elders individually and collectively are
responsible before God for the oversight of the local flock under their
care and charge. Qualifications for eldership primarily concern
character (not gifting), and come from the Bible in 1 Timothy 3 and
Titus 1. An elder must also have previously demonstrated effective
ministry within our church family.
What kinds of programs and ministries do you have?
we recognize the value of various church programs, we also highly value
leadership and participation directly from our members. As a result, we
have been striving to wait upon God's timing for providing the appropriate resources for any ministries we undertake. We
also desire to not be inappropriately focused on merely our own needs
& desires, but also looking toward needs in our community and in
other places around the world.
Currently available ministries are:
- Sunday mornings:
- Worship service (for all ages)
- Nursery care
- Children's classes for K-6th
- Optional community lunch after the service
- Junior and Senior High youth group meets on Sunday nights
- Women's Bible Study on Thursday morning and Thursday evening
- Various small groups meet throughout the week
- Light Brigade - Community work projects for the poor, elderly and disabled
What is your focus and involvement with "missions"?
is very committed to both the idea and action of reaching the world for
Christ. The Bible clearly teaches there are several priniciples in WHO
to reach, but leaves much flexibility in the METHODS used. One thing
the Bible does clearly emphasize is the MANNER in which we communicate
the Good News about Jesus - in a caring, loving, and sacrificial
manner, looking to the needs of others first. As a result, our emphasis
is on encouraging one another to develop caring individual
relationships with people who don't yet know Christ, not on promoting
broader social or political issues.
We desire to reach out to people both in our own community, as well as
beyond, so we have partiitioned our support of outreach roughly 50
percent here locally, and 50 percent in other domestic or international
areas. The Bible teaches that not only should we proclaim the good news
about Jesus to those who have not heard, but it also clearly instructs
us to help those who are in need. As a result, in addition to
traditional overseas missions support, some of our efforts and giving
goes to helping the poor, those in prison, and those who need a "cup of
cold water" of some sort.
chosen missions methodology is to support a small number of
organizations, individuals, or projects in a more substantial fashion,
as opposed to a large number of activities in a small fashion. Our
desire is to help focus our congregation on a few places where we can
have significant impact and also have deeper and more involved
relationships with the ministries and missionaries we support.
What is your doctrinal statement/position?
The primary essentials are:
- The one God in three persons; the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- The Deity of Christ - Jesus is fully God and fully man.
- The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, as written in the original manuscripts.
- As such, the Bible is our primary tool for learning how to live in a way that pleases God and is good for us.
How are your finances handled?
ascribe to Generally Accepted Accounting Methods, and will be audited
by an independent CPA, or member volunteer committee (which our elders
do not select) at least once every two years. Several unrelated people
will be responsible for collecting and counting contributions together.
We desire to give generously to the surrounding community and worldwide
humanitarian and evangelical efforts.
Do you have membership?
currently do not have formal membership; however, we believe that all
followers of Christ should be committed to, regularly involved with,
and seeking to grow in maturity in the context of a local church body.
We believe that the true church is universal and consists of all the
believers of Christ around the world. Therefore, we should be committed
to open fellowship with, and encouragement of, any and all churches
that are committed to the centrality of Jesus Christ, Savior and God.
Are you a non-profit 501(c)3 organization?
are a Colorado non-profit corporation, and all contributions are fully
tax deductible, since we meet all the IRS guidelines for a church.
501(c)3 status is not required for donations to be tax deductible.
How can I get involved?
Stop by the information table, or talk to one of our leaders to learn about areas to become involved.
Where can I find out more about NorthWord Church?
Talk to one of the leaders on Sunday, or email us at: email@example.com