Formed in 1896, FCC is a blending of everyday folks who share a common desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in a simple, consistent way. Most of us live in or around Durand and chances are you've met us. We're your neighbors, or perhaps our kids go to school together, or maybe we shop at the same market. We have chosen to be part of First Congregational Church because we love Jesus Christ and want to be decent people, good neighbors, better husbands and wives, and loving parents. We want to be authentic followers of Jesus Christ whether we are together in worship, at work, at school, or at home. We do not claim to be perfect and we don't think we're better than any other church. We try not to take ourselves too seriously, but we take Jesus Christ very seriously. In short, we're not a perfect church but we might just be perfect for you.
You've probably figured out already we call ourselves "First Congregational Church," and you might be wondering what kind of church this actually is. Congregationalists are among the oldest Protestant groups in the United States. We trace our roots back to the Mayflower Pilgrims and we place great emphasis on the autonomy of the local church. That means we are not part of a denomination and all business of the church is carried out locally by its members. In addition, the people govern our church under Christ, not the pastor, or a church board. Our members have the freedom to cultivate their relationship with Jesus Christ as they choose, and follow their individual convictions. However, with that freedom comes the responsibility to study the Bible so that personal beliefs are based on Scripture, not just opinion
The structure of a Congregational Church is built on the premise that Christ alone leads his church and no individual or group should ever be in authority over the congregation. We are willing and eager to cooperate in ministry with our brothers and sisters from other churches, but we are not part of a denomination and the necessary decisions in the life of the church are made by those who are part of the church. Those who are chosen to fill an office, or sit on a board or committee are considered servants of Christ and his people rather than being in authority over the congregation. To ensure effectiveness and smooth operation of our church, FCC entrusts various individuals to be responsible for specific areas of ministry and to carry out necessary tasks as officers and members of various boards and committees. We are grateful for these who have agreed to serve in these important roles within our fellowship.
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