What to Expect

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

Romans 15:7 NKJV

When you visit Pinckard Baptist Church, you’ll hear a variety of uplifting music from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian. You’ll receive a message rooted in the Bible and the Southern Baptist Faith. And you’ll be welcomed by a loving church family that believes unapologetically in the unerring Word of God.

Here are a few common questions you may have as a guest of our church:

Yes. We provide a safe, secure nursery for children from newborns through age 2. Our nursery is located in the “block building,” the classroom building adjacent to the main church building. Nursery services are offered for all Sunday morning worship services and many special events at the church.

During our Sunday worship service, we invite your child to join us for “Little Lambs,” a fun, educational walk through the stories of the Bible for children ages 3 through 3rd grade. On Wednesday nights, we offer a churchwide fellowship meal followed by classes for children in pre-K through 6th grade using The Gospel Project curriculum, a Christ-centered, chronological, and age-appropriate study of the Old and New Testaments.

At Pinckard Baptist, we take every precaution to insure the safety of each child in our ministry. All of our teachers, workers, and volunteers have passed criminal background checks. Additionally, we are experienced in dealing with children with disabilities and special dietary needs. We’ll care for your children as if they were our own.

Students from 7th through 12th grade are invited to join us for regular worship services on Sunday morning. On Wednesday nights, we offer Project 1:16, our youth group challenging students to grow and become bold in their faith. Learn more about Project 1:16 here.

All of our children’s and youth classes are co-educational. For adults, we offer a mix of men’s, women’s, and co-ed classes. We invite you to attend the class where you feel most comfortable. If you’re not sure where to go, just ask! Our members will be glad to help you find the way to your classroom.

There is no dress code for members or guests at Pinckard Baptist Church. At Pinckard, you will see some dressed in their traditional “Sunday best,” some dressed more casually in polos and khakis, and others “dressed down” in jeans and an appropriate t-shirt. We are not looking for you to impress us with your wardrobe; we ask only that you enter with a worshipful spirit and a heart and mind open to hearing the Word of God.

If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you or have you stand up and be recognized in front of everyone, and we do not have a forced “greeting” portion of the service. As you come in, our ushers will simply hand you a welcome bag with information about our church and a visitors card, which we ask you to fill out and drop in the offering plate so we can record your visit.

We understand many people prefer to check out the church for a while before making any commitments, so relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and see if Pinckard Baptist is a good fit for you and your family.

No. The only offering we ask of our guests is a completed visitors card. Please don’t feel any obligation as a guest of our church to give monetarily. Our members and regular visitors are encouraged to give what they can as they are led by the Spirit. As we are reminded in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

At Pinckard Baptist, we have a diverse congregation with a love for all types of music which honor and glorify God. Our worship songs may include traditional hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary favorites, so you’re sure to hear something that moves you, as together we sing praises to His name!

Sunday School is held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The morning worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. and usually lasts an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

Absolutely not! Obviously, we hope you are moved by the Spirit to come back after your first visit and begin attending regularly, and we pray you’ll want to join. However, we understand joining the church is an individual choice and should only be entered into after careful prayer and consideration. If you’ve never been saved, the same holds true. Our ministers and deacons will gladly help you with any questions you may have, but we will never pressure you to be baptized. All we ask is that you listen to the call of the Holy Spirit, and when it moves you to be saved or join Pinckard Baptist as a member, heed the call!

As a Southern Baptist faith family, we believe Christian baptism is the full immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We do not believe baptism is required for salvation, but it is the first step of faith for believers and a public statement of your belief as a new Christian. There is no “magic” involved in the act of immersion, and the baptismal waters do not carry any special powers to save anyone. But the act of baptism is a reflection of the work of the Savior in the believer’s heart, and a symbolic portrayal of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, as the believer rises from the waters to a new life in Christ.

If you have any questions about baptism and what it represents, or if you think you might be ready to make this public statement of faith, please contact the pastor.

If you have previously been baptized by immersion, then you may join Pinckard Baptist by statement of faith and/or transfer of your church membership from a like-minded church.

If you have never been baptized (or if you have only been “sprinkled” whether as an infant or adult) then it is a prerequisite to be baptized by immersion before becoming a member of the church. Please understand that becoming a member of our church — or any other — is not required for your eternal salvation. Faith alone in Jesus is enough for that. But joining the church will provide you more opportunities to mature in the faith and put your spiritual gifts to work in helping to grow the Kingdom of God.

If you are interested in joining Pinckard Baptist, you may come to the altar during the invitation at the end of the Sunday morning service, or contact the pastor directly any time during the week. Regardless of how you choose to notify us, you will receive counsel from the pastor to answer any questions you may have about the next steps.

Pinckard Baptist is a Southern Baptist church. This means we operate as an independent local congregation, but coordinate with other churches in Dale County and around the world to form the Southern Baptist Convention, and we adhere to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

If you are new to the Southern Baptist faith, here’s more about What We Believe…