Q: What are your services like?
A: Our services have a definite family atmosphere – people of all ages singing and worshipping together. Attendance in each of our services is around 250 people, so you won’t feel like everyone is watching you, but neither will you feel lost in a crowd. What you will notice is that people are friendly and caring. We enjoy each other’s company, and we enjoy all kinds of music together - from hymns to choruses, from reflective to celebrative, from country gospel to a more contemporary sound. Our preaching is Bible-centered and expositional, with an intentional desire to obey God’s Word and apply it to everyday life. Each worship service is identical, lasting about 75 minutes. We have an adult choir, a praise ensemble, and a large variety of instruments and special music. The sermon lasts from 30 to 40 minutes, and we always have a time of response at the end.
Q: Do I have to dress up to attend?
A: Though many people dress up somewhat to attend church, we definitely don’t have a dress code. The majority of men do not wear a tie (just in case you were wondering). We want you to come and worship with us, so please don’t let this hold you back from coming.
Q: Do you use a particular Bible translation?
A: Our pastors preach using the New American Standard Bible (1995 update) because it is easy to understand and is a very accurate translation for Bible study. Many of our church family bring other versions to church because they find that it helps them understand the Bible even better when they can compare two different translations together.
Q: Do you embarrass visitors, like make them stand up in the service?
A: No we don’t. We do give our visitors a little loaf of homemade bread as a welcome gift.
Q: How does the church support missions?
A: In cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, we actively support local, national, and international missionaries with financial and prayer support. Giving for missions is channeled through the Southern Baptist cooperative program which then disburses funds to local, national, and international missionaries to cover the cost of living and fund ministry endeavors. Special offerings are taken throughout the year of which 100% goes directly to the missionaries on the field to meet needs which they have. In all, over 20% of our budget goes toward missions.
Q: Is your church involved in the community?
A: Yes! Our church is committed to actively supporting the community in which we serve as a way of demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ. Many groups use our church facilities (Girl Scouts, home schooling groups, karate classes, support groups, etc.) which makes Dayton Avenue a community hub. We also participate and support various community ministries that serve in specialized ways. Currently, we are developing a new Free Health Clinic ministry - a first for Greene County.
Q: How do I become a member at your church?
A: Every other month we host a New Member Information Session on a Sunday afternoon from 4:30-7:00. This informal session is designed to help you learn more about what we believe, how our church functions, and answer any questions you may have… we’ll even feed you supper! Requirements for membership include placing your trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and baptism as a believer in Jesus Christ. You can read specific information about the doctrinal positions we hold and teach in the “What we believe” section.”
Q: How are church decisions made at Dayton Avenue?
A: Our church is governed by the members of the congregation and thus the decisions are made by the consensus of the congregation. Various committees are appointed to oversee key areas such as personnel, finances, missions, and building and grounds. Committees make recommendations to the church concerning major changes or needs which is then brought to a monthly business meeting (held on the second Wednesday of every month).
Q: Do you have a child protection policy?
A: We take the safety and security of the children and teens in our church seriously. All children’s workers must be approved through our careful child-protection policy process. Our preschool facilities are monitored to provide security. We will be happy to explain more about this as you check-in and register your child before services.
Q: What do your deacons do?
A: Our deacons are responsible for serving the needs of the church family. Deacons are not a decision-making body or an executive committee; they are a group of servant-leaders caring for the spiritual and physical needs of Dayton Avenue’s members. Those who are elected to serve are ordained by the church family to the office of deacon and thus commissioned to serve faithfully and in a manner consistent with their calling. Yokefellows help share in the responsibilities of service by partnering with an ordained deacon.
Q: How can I get involved at Dayton Avenue?
A: There is a wide variety of ministries in which you can serve, spanning from preschool and children’s ministry to music and prayer ministries. We believe that each believer is given gifts to use for the encouragement and edification of the church family and thus we encourage each one to find a place to serve. If you have questions about where you might serve please contact Pastor Jon or Pastor Tim.