I heard that Wiregrass 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.
What does it mean that we are a “Strategic Partner” of North Point Ministries?
North Point Ministries is the parent organization of which Wiregrass Church is a strategic partner. That means that we have the same mission, strategy, values & beliefs as North Point Ministries but are a separate entity. You can find out more about our partnership here.
What is the deal with the video sermon? Will you ever have a live local preacher on Sundays?
We often use video as a means to bring relevant messages to our congregation. As long as the video technique is meaningful and helpful in our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, we will continue to use video messages for preaching and a local ministry staff for ministry. If we determine another technique is more relevant and helpful in accomplishing our mission, we will adopt it. We have been using the combination of video sermons and local ministry staff preaching since the summer of 2004 and so far have found them to be quite effective. From time to time, we will have live speakers for holidays or to address local Wiregrass Church topics.
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.
Since you use video sermons of Andy Stanley from North Point, who is the pastor of Wiregrass Church?
Wiregrass Church is a strategic partner with North Point Ministries (NPM). That means that we have the same mission, strategy, values & beliefs as North Point Ministries but are a separate entity. Andy Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries. However, the senior pastor of Wiregrass Church (WC) is Troy Fountain. Troy leads the staff of WC in its day-to-day operations and in discerning the ministry needs of those who attend WC and those who live in the community.
What is the leadership structure?
According to our church constitution, the phrase we use to describe the function of government at Wiregrass Church is that we are guarded by the Elders, guided by the Staff and gifted through the membership. However, in more specific terms, the Wiregrass Church government is built around four teams of people.
- Ministry Team Representatives
- Stewardship Team
- Staff Leadership Team
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 Wiregrass Church have Adult Sunday School?
The mission of Wiregrass 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 attendees 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.
How can I be baptized?
For questions regarding baptism at Wiregrass, please click here.
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. You can give on Sunday Mornings, through the mail (see address below), or online here. Wiregrass Church is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.
Wiregrass Church, P.O. Box 1601, Dothan, AL 36302. Click here for current financial status.
Can I take a tour of Wiregrass Church?
Our weekday tours (Monday-Thursday) are by appointment only. We ask that tour requests are for no more than 15 people. To request a tour, please email [email protected]
Can I have my wedding at Wiregrass Church?
Wiregrass Church is generally not available for Friday or Saturday events. The facility is available for rent other days. Please refer to the facility use policy for more information on facility rental.
The requirements for using a WC facility for your wedding are as follows:
- One or both of the wedding couple (or a parent of the wedding couple) must be a member(s) of Wiregrass Church at the time of request.
- The wedding couple must participate in the WC Premarital Mentoring Program, 2 to 1 or approved counseling. 2 to 1 requires application to the program no less than six months prior to your wedding date.
- The wedding must be officiated by an WC approved pastor.
Once the requirements are met, you’ll need to check the availability of the facility with the calendar coordinator. You will also choose a wedding director to assist in the planning and the direction of your wedding rehearsal and ceremony. The information in this policy is provided to aid you in planning your Christian wedding. Congratulations on your engagement and may God bless your marriage!
Please email us at [email protected] if interested.
Can a Wiregrass Church pastor perform our wedding?
The requirements for using a WC pastor for your wedding are as follows:
- Both of the wedding couple must be a member of Wiregrass Church.
- The wedding couple must participate in the WC Premarital Mentoring Program, 2 to 1. 2 to 1 requires application to the program no less than six months prior to your wedding date.
Once the requirements are met, you’ll need to check the availability of the pastor with the calendar coordinator.
Does Wiregrass Church perform funerals?
If you are interested in information about funerals at Wiregrass Church, please contact us at [email protected]