Our Vision

We exist to become disciples of Jesus who love God and others.

Trace Crossing exists to fulfill both the Great Commission and Great Commandment (Matt. 22:34–40; 28:18–20). We aim to be formed into the likeness of Jesus and to see his likeness replicated in others. 

We become disciples of Jesus through the gospel’s doctrine, culture, and mission, which means we become disciples of Jesus as we know the gospel, experience the gospel, and extend the gospel beyond ourselves.

Gospel Doctrine  //  We believe the good news about Jesus for sinners is the central hub of everything we are and do as a church. We experience gospel doctrine through our worship, teaching ministries, and equipping classes.

Gospel Culture  //  We believe the gospel creates a culture that reflects its nature. We experience gospel culture any time we are together, but it is especially formed through our various small group gatherings.

Gospel Mission  //  We believe the gospel is news that should be shared. We become disciples to make disciples. We experience gospel mission through evangelism, outreach, and our support of mission partners.

Our identity

We are orthodox

We are an orthodox church, meaning we agree with the historic truths established early in Christian history, such as the Trinity and the humanity and deity of Jesus. 

We are protestant

We are a Protestant church, or a church that is governed by and believes in the Five Solas: the ultimate authority of Scripture alone, salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, all to the glory of God alone.

we are evangelical

We are an Evangelical church, or a church that sees the gospel of Jesus Christ as central to our doctrine and practices.

we are baptist

We are a Baptist church, which, among other things, means we operate according to regenerate church membership, local church autonomy, and free cooperation with other churches.

The Church at Trace Crossing affiliates and cooperates with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Our message

To put it simply, the message that dominates all that we do is the gospel. The gospel is a shorthand way of referring to the good news that Jesus Christ came to save sinners from sin. Sin is our willful disobedience to God that comes at God’s expense, our neighbor’s expense, and our own expense. It is by far our biggest problem. Even so, God has provided the solution to that problem through the death and resurrection of Jesus, which God has promised to use to restore all that sin has ruined. Because it’s such an important message, we try to implant it in everything we do.

our membership covenant

With the guiding help of the Holy Spirit, I commit the following with my brothers and sisters in Christ at the Church at Trace Crossing: Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him as the LORD, Savior, and Supreme Treasure of our lives, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with each other.  

We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as we biblically welcome and test instruction from the Scriptures, seeking to grow toward biblical unity in the truth. We will refrain from causing division by teaching or following doctrine that contradicts God’s Word. (Heb. 12:14; Eph. 4:1-3; Acts 17:11)

We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require. (Eph. 4:1-3; Gal. 6:1-2, 10; Col. 3:16; Rom. 12:10) 

We will participate in a LifeGroup where we can serve and be served, where we can offer accountability and provide accountability, and where we walk through the Scriptures together aiming toward maturity in Christ. (Eph. 4:15-16)

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others. We will use our spiritual gift(s) for the building up of the church. (Heb. 10:24-25; Col. 4:2; Rom. 12:3-8)

We will endeavor to bring up those who may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example seek the salvation and sanctification of our family and friends. (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4; 1 Thess. 4:1-8)

We will rejoice in each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. (Gal. 6:2; Rom. 12:15)

We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, being just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior; to avoid all gossiping, backbiting, and excessive anger; to seek God’s help in abstaining from all practices which bring unwarranted harm to the Body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith; to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life. (Rom. 6:1-14; 12:1-2; Eph. 4:25-32; 5:1-2, 15-21; Phil. 2:14-16)

We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, striving to advance Christ’s kingdom as we sustain Trace Crossing’s worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. 

We will submit to biblical authority in resolving conflicts within the church according to Matthew 18:15-20. 

We will contribute cheerfully, sacrificially, and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations. (Acts 2:42-47; 2 Cor. 8-9; Matt. 28:18-20)

We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. (Heb. 10:24-25)