FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Learn more about North Tarrant Church.
When are your services?
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Why doesn't North Tarrant Church have Sunday school?
Instead of providing adult Sunday school classes on Sunday mornings in the church building, we provide small group environments, called Community Groups, that meet at a variety of times during the week in people’s homes. We believe the small group is the best place for sustained life change to occur. In a small group, people study God’s Word together and are in a small enough environment to discuss the issues and challenges of life. It’s also where they pray and care for one another and where they are missed if they don’t show up.
Community Groups are made up of five to six couples or five to eight individuals of the same gender. They are the places where people are personally encouraged and challenged in their relationships with God and each other.
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 a combination of video messages and live teaching for preaching and a local ministry staff for ministry.
North Point Partners have been using the combination of video sermons and local ministry staff preaching since the summer of 2001, and so far have found them to be quite effective.
I heard that North Tarrant Church is a nondenominational church. What does nondenominational mean?
It means that we are not affiliated with a denomination, such as Baptist, Methodist, etc. In organizing this church, our desire was to be an attractive environment for those who do not regularly attend church. We feel that denominational titles mean more to people who already attend church than to people who don’t. We have discovered that there are more disadvantages to a denominational title than there are advantages.
How do I become a member of the church?
We’re glad you’re interested in engaging in the life of our church. We don’t have traditional membership in the sense that you “join the church,” but we’d love to help you get connected. Our hope is for North Tarrant Church to be a place where you can walk through the doors, call it your church home, and begin to get connected, no title needed. Those who are fully engaged with us are considered our members. We describe full engagement as:
How do I become fully engaged here?
We want to be a church where unchurched people love to attend. In order to be that kind of church, we need the help of those who share our passion for leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you share that passion, or even if you simply love this place, you can fully engage in the life of the church by doing four things:
Why don't you have traditional membership?
Traditionally, membership has been known to represent joining a church, calling it your church home, and/or taking the first step toward involvement and volunteering. Yet the word “membership” has also carried a lot of baggage and has become an unnecessary barrier to involvement for some of our attendees.
Since North Tarrant Church began, we’ve viewed membership differently – as more of a partnership and leadership position.
We’re glad you’re here! Please let us know how we can help you take some next steps.
What about leadership?
At a leadership level, it’s important that we’re all aligned regarding beliefs and accountability. Because we don’t have traditional membership, we ask that anyone interested in entering into leadership meet specific prerequisites that help us know we’re on the same page. Each leadership application will include questions around the person’s spiritual background, leadership background, and, for many ministries, a certified background check.
How do I become a leader? What are the prerequisites?
If you’re interested in leadership, please begin by looking through our website to learn about the different ministry areas in which you can lead/mentor. Once you’re ready, you can begin the application here. Each ministry will have specific requirements for its leadership positions. These requirements will be listed on a landing page prior to beginning the application. Additionally, all ministry applications will state that each potential leader must:
Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a clear understanding of salvation.
Have been baptized after accepting Jesus as your Savior (believer’s baptism).
Have a willingness to be held accountable to your church leadership regarding matters concerning your relationship with God and others.
After your application has been submitted, you’ll hear from the specific ministry team representative about next steps.
What if I need a membership confirmation letter for a reference?
What about voting?
Everyone who has engaged fully at some time in the two years preceding the vote will be invited to participate in that specific vote.