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frequently asked questions 


What kind of church are you?

We are a fellowship of people from many different places and backgrounds who place our faith in Jesus Christ. We are evangelical and nondenominational. Our purpose as a church is to be a community of genuine followers of Christ, who love God, grow spiritually and help others. To learn more about what we mean by evangelical, please click here. For a more complete description of our church, check out some of the links here.


Is your church service in English?

Yes, all of our services and ministries are in English. There are numerous Spanish-speaking churches in the area yet few ministries are available in English, so we are committed to ministering specifically to the English-speaking population.


How long are your services?

Our services usually last about an hour and a half. For a more complete description of our time together, please click here.


How should I dress?

We have a fairly casual atmosphere here. Some like to wear their Sunday best and others come in shorts and sandals. We put more of an emphasis on why we're gathering together rather than what you should look like.


What style of music do you use?

You'll hear mostly contemporary praise music, but also a little of everything. We believe the church should be multi-generational, so we try to provide everyone with praise songs that "speak their language" so we can all join together in worshiping God through music.


Do you have classes for the kids?

Yes, we do! Each week we have groups for different ages.


Where are you located?

For directions on how to find where we meet, see our service information page. 


What do you mean by nondenominational?

We don't follow a specific denominational tradition. We aren't exclusively Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. We have people who come to our church from many different backgrounds and denominations. This kind of diversity can be challenging at times, but it can also help us be more balanced and complete as a church family. We find our unity in a common worship of Jesus Christ and a commitment to the Bible as the Word of God. We are an evangelical Christian church. To see more about what we mean by evangelical and a description of our core beliefs, click here.


Are you associated with any other churches?

Yes, we are. We're a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America. The EFCA is an association of over 1,500 autonomous churches who fellowship and work together for the sake of our common Christian mission. To learn more about the EFCA, click here.



Who's your pastor?

We don't have a senior or lead pastor as many churches do. We believe the Bible shows a model of each church being shepherded by a team of co-equal elders. We currently have two men who share the pastoral leadership of our church. For more information on our leadership team, please click hereTo read more about why we're committed to this type of church leadership and how it works, you might want to check out some of Curt Parton's articles, beginning with: Why we don't have a senior pastor.


Can I learn more about how to live as a follower of Christ?

Absolutely! Our weekly disciple groups are the primary way we help each other be genuine followers of Jesus. They're a wonderful opportunity for us to live out our faith in real life and real relationship with each other. Click here for more information.


What do you believe about baptism, speaking in tongues, women in leadership, etc.?

We try to provide as much liberty as possible regarding biblical teachings that aren't essential for salvation. However, there are a few issues that require some common understanding for us to be able to work together harmoniously as a church. To see our viewpoints on some of these issues, click here.


Do you really have no walls?

That's right! We meet in an open-air pavilion. But being a "church without walls" means more to us than merely having no physical walls. To read a description of what we mean by a church without walls, click here.


Is there some way for me to speak with one of the elders?

Of course. We're here to help in any way we can. You can contact a specific elder directly through our leadership page. (Just click on the name of the elder you'd like to contact.) Or you can email our church office.


Do you perform wedding ceremonies?

We love to be involved when two people begin their new life together. However, we see this as part of our pastoral role to our church, not as merely someone who officiates in a ceremony. Because of this, we generally conduct wedding services only for those couples who are part of our church and who participate in a premarital counseling series led by one of our elders. Since this takes at least a few weeks, it is difficult to help those who are coming to Puerto Rico for a short time to be married. To schedule premarital counseling, please speak with one of the elders.

              

 

Church without Walls
PO Box 372 | Rincón, PR 00677