Everything we do is about Jesus. We make disciples. We believe disciples follow Jesus fully. We grow spiritually as we study scripture, pray, worship and fellowship. So we fellowship and study scripture and pray in our Connect Groups. In our Worship Services, we pray, worship, consider the Word of God together.
Our children enjoy Children’s Church 3 Sundays each month, during the 11 AM worship service. They also experience adult church once per month. That way, they don’t grow up in church without ever actually having been in church. Our teachers love the kids. They pray for them often. And they teach about Christ- he’s the hero of every story and every lesson- and how he transforms hearts. We don’t teach morality divorced from Christ’s sacrificial love: “God hates liars. So don’t lie!” Or…”God gets angry when you don’t obey your parents. And you don’t want God angry at you.” Instead, we set before them Jesus as beautiful and sacrificial. And direct them to his love and his desire to take their sin upon himself so that they can be set free to walk in his goodness and mercy. And, y’know…we do crafts and games and such!
Our youth love hanging together! Our goal is not entertainment. Youth can attend because they are the center of attention. They can be entertained. But we’d rather lead them into transformation. Into whole-hearted devotion to Jesus. Because he changes lives, not just moments. They currently meet in one of our multi-purpose rooms off the main Worship area. They laugh, share, learn from the scriptures and encourage one another in Christ. They do youth camps and become big brothers and sisters to our kids, often volunteering alongside (and supervised by) adults in nursery and Children’s Church. Our youth are growing in Christ. And they’re a blessing to every single one of us at Layman.
Our men’s ministry is geared toward fellowship. We’ve been known to ride motorcycles (and drive cars!) to the beach for a long weekend. We hang out at local restaurants and pubs. We may ride mountain bikes at the Cove or just get together and barbecue. What we don’t do? Sit in a circle and cry. Because it’s much easier for men to talk while hanging out, riding a motorcycle, mountain biking, or just watching some sports on TV. And yes, if we need to deal with things that are causing pain, we absolutely are a safe place to share with one another.
Our women’s ministry meets for meals. For coffee or wine. To share our lives and pray for each other in our struggles. We do life together. Authentically and with no put-ons or fake smiles. We love and connect with one another and with God. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are not a Pastor-centered church. Our Pastors are not the final authority. That’s not church- it’s a dictatorship. Or, at the very least, a cult of personality. And any church that centers on the Pastor is dysfunctional. We seek to be Christ-centered in all things. And the model of church that says, “The Pastors do the ministry and we pay them for it” is anti-biblical. Instead, the elders and Pastors equip believers for ministry (Eph. 4). And then become support personnel as God’s people minister to one another’s needs. And the final authority in all matters of the church? Sola Scriptura. Google it. Seriously- it’s worth your time.
Our band leads us into worship each Sunday. Our tech guys record sermons, play video, work the audio and advance the lyrics as we sing our praises. And we always have room for those who are A) Talented and gifted (The joyful noise? It belongs in the congregation. Along with the ego of anyone who MUST have the focus on themselves). B) Committed first to Christ and second to Layman as “home.” C) Humble and teachable. D) Seeking to live out the Christian life.