Welcome to the website! We're grateful for your online visit and hope you'll come by in person to get better acquainted. Here's some of the real deal about who we are:
We're a small church. If you drive by on a Sunday morning, don't expect to see a packed parking lot. We average 50 or so in attendance at worship, when all our folks are well, not at work, not skiing, not windjamming, and not attending flag football practice. Lots more are with us at Christmas and on Resurrection Sunday. We have children and teens—about a dozen—but we never know whether we'll have zip or the whole bunch on any given Sunday. We have older folks as well—from 20-somethings to 90-somethings, and we're grateful for and love every single individual. We're inspired by those who have walked with the Lord over a lifetime and have much to teach about the realities of the faith and the development of wisdom. We're inspired by the younger ones who are on fire for the Lord and are "in it to win it." And we're inspired by all the folks in between who—like our elders and our young'uns—are caring, giving, loving, faith-filled people.
We sing music that runs the spectrum from the ancient hymns—with their wealth of theology—to the most contemporary of the contemporary that can help our spirits soar. We're more the type to sing from the heart in worship and to offer grace to those who can't hit a note; we're not about glitzy stage shows and perfect hair, and bands that blast you out of the room. I suppose you could call us countercultural.
It's the pastor writing all the foregoing and the following...that's me in the accompanying photo. I like that pic though a better choice might have been one where I appear to have eyes. What's most important to know about me, however, is that I have walked with the Lord for more than 30 years, and not long after I entered into a relationship with Jesus, I felt a call to ministry. I had no idea, at the time, what kind of ministry; I just knew I needed training. I was pretty much a tabula rasa, so I'm grateful it was Gordon-Conwell and the London School of Theology, two of the most solidly biblical theological seminaries in the world, that wrote on my heart, mind and spirit. My courses included Greek and Hebrew and Biblical Exegesis (delving into the Word in those languages); Biblical Archaeology; Anthropology; Theology; Ethics; Apologetics; Church History; Leadership; Evangelism; Pastoral Care; Pastoral Counseling; Spiritual Formation; Psychology; Preaching; and World Missions. I'm sharing this catalog because it's important for you to know the educational foundations from which I've sprung. Too many today step into the pulpit with next to no education in the field. The Our Pastor page will give you more details—far more than most anyone would probably wish to read. Anyway, the info is there.
I describe myself as a teacher/preacher. I've been a professor and director of a doctoral program focused on the renewal of the church for mission, and I've addressed audiences on three continents. I believe in serving up a wide sermonic menu from milk (the basics of the faith) to meat (the deeper spiritual truths). First Corinthians 3:2 is the reference for that. I work from a manuscript each Sunday, because it's not fast food, and because I want listeners to get the best I can offer.
If you're looking for a real church with real people who will welcome you and come alongside of you to help you grow, I invite you to check us out. At the end of October, we'll be resuming Sunday classes for all ages at 9 a.m. (BTW, we have wonderful, seat-out-of-pants, adapt-to-all ages teachers). Worship follows at 10:15. We offer Sunday morning nursery care for young children and junior church for school age children. Our caring and faith-filled community of faith would love to have you join us!! In fact, we're praying you'll join us. We want to grow—spiritually and in the number of folks with whom we learn and serve. I believe God is going to do great things in and through this church. Come, make a difference with us!!
This site will provide you with information on a good bit of what we already have to offer. You can reach us by phone at 207.475.5017 or 207.363.3566 or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CNBCM/.
Rev. Donna Hailson, Pastor