A Brief Description
The Prattmont Church of Christ is just what the description suggests. We are a church—a group or assembly of people who belong to Christ. To put it in the simplest terms possible, we are a group, or assembly of Christians. We use this description, because it is one of several descriptions given of local churches in the New Testament (“the churches of Christ greet you”—Romans 16:16).
Like the local churches we read about in the New Testament, we are NOT part of any denomination, or any other organization beyond the local church level (no associations, conventions, councils, or anything of the sort). We do try to encourage other churches who seek to follow the New Testament pattern, but there is no organizational tie between us and them. We maintain this independence, first and foremost, because it is the New Testament pattern, but also because we want to make sure that we take orders only from Christ, the Head of the church (Colossians 1:18).
The organization of this church is very simple, in keeping with the New Testament pattern. This church is overseen by elders (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5), and these are men who have met the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. This church is also served by deacons (Philippians 1:1), men who have met the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
The worship conducted in our assemblies is also in keeping with the New Testament pattern. We assemble every Sunday morning to eat the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34); sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16); pray together (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 14:14-17); give money to support the Lord’s work (1 Corinthians 16:1-2); and study the Bible (Acts 11:26; Acts 20:7). Every aspect of our worship is in keeping with the principle, “let all things be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:26). We also assemble together on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights, because we want additional opportunities to worship God and study His word.
The work we do as a church is very different than what you might find in some churches, for two key reasons: 1. As is the case with our organization and worship, we insist on following the New Testament pattern. 2. We make a distinction between the work of the church collectively, and the work of individual Christians (1 Timothy 5:16). We do not have any social or recreational programs, and we do not use our funds to support secular education. It's great when fellow-Christians can spend time together socially, but that's not the work of the church collectively. Individuals can provide those opportunities, which allows the church to devote its resources to the greatest work of all--spreading the gospel, locally and anywhere else opportunities afford.
The Christians who make up this congregation are far from perfect people, but we do believe a perfect plan has been provided, and we intend to follow that plan as closely as we can. Please make your plans to visit with us as soon as possible.