Who we are
Turner Christian Church is an autonomous, non-denominational church in Turner, Oregon. We are a body of believers in Jesus Christ who are working together to connect with God and his Church, to grow in faith and love, and to serve our community and world.
What We Believe
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and He is our Lord and Savior.
We believe that Christianity is about following Jesus Christ, not about agreeing on the details of doctrine. Therefore we do not have a creed or statement of faith, beyond our declaration that Jesus is the Christ.
As a church we believe very much that the Bible is God’s inspired word to humanity, and the New Testament sets the norm for the Church. We seek in every way to obey the Word of God. At the same time, we recognize that God calls us to obedience, not perfect theology, and therefore we define our fellowship by our dedication to following Jesus, not by our agreement on interpreting the details of Scripture. If you profess Jesus Christ as your Lord, we consider you a brother or sister in Christ.
What we do
Instead of finding our unity in creeds or doctrines of faith, our church finds its unity in our actions. We seek to follow the pattern of the New Testament Church, who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NIV) Therefore we meet weekly on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) to devote ourselves to the same things.
There are two practices that are especially important to our church. First, we practice weekly communion. We find this practice in Scripture, and so we follow it ourselves. Communion is a powerful tool for binding the Church together in the name of Jesus Christ, and it helps to form our diverse group of believers into one body.
Second, we practice baptism by immersion. In seeking to follow the pattern of the New Testament, we find that the word baptize, in Greek, means “to submerge or immerse.” Therefore we baptize believers by immersing them in water.
Why a "Christian Church"
While Turner Christian Church is a non-denominational church, we are part of a tradition of churches going back to the early 1800’s that have sought to restore unity to the fractured church. We do not call ourselves Turner Christian Church because the other churches in Turner are not Christians. We call ourselves a “Christian Church” because we want to be defined by nothing except our identity as Christians. Our name is not a badge, it is a goal.
Becoming a Member
We keep membership roles for the purpose of governance. Being a member of our church does not make you a better Christian or get you better treatment at church gatherings. It simply means that you are able to vote and hold office.
In order to become a member, we ask only two things: first, that you publicly declare your faith in Jesus to the congregation, and two, that you have been baptized by immersion (You do not be baptized by us—as long as you have been immersed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are good to go!)