New England Congregationalists created a "people’s church", as opposed to the state church of old England. They believed this was the New Testament model, individual believers gathering in Christ’s name. For this reason, the church building was referred to as the "meeting house." Congregational churches are democratic; all members equal as children of God. The minister is a member and elected officer of the church, delegated the duties of pastor and teacher. Congregational churches own their own property, call their own ministers, determine their own modes of worship and statements of faith. Since all are equal, freedom of conscience is a high priority. Creeds (formal statements of faith) take a back seat to covenants (agreements to walk together in the way of Jesus Christ). Education is essential, so that all members can make informed judgments about matters of faith. Congregational New England was the first region to have public schools and was responsible for most of the early colleges, beginning with Harvard.
Our members have served the Waldo County region in this Congregational fashion, our fortunes going up and down with the times. Both members and ministers are active in the community as school teachers, volunteers, business people, and town leaders.
Having covenanted "with the Lord and with one another to walk together as followers of Jesus Christ," we offer opportunities for worship, service, fellowship, education, and spiritual growth for all ages. New members can join by baptism and confession of faith, by letter of transfer from another church, or by re-affirmation of their faith.
We covenant with the Lord and with one another to walk together as followers of Jesus Christ. We propose to devote ourselves to the study, practice and spread of Christianity. We will endeavor to be loyal to this fellowship to help one another in the Christian life according to our ability and opportunity, and to support the work and attend meetings of this Church; and in every way to strive to make it a power in the service of God and mankind.
Our Faith Statement
We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, goodness and love; and in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord and Savior, who for us and our salvation lived and died and rose again and liveth evermore; and in the Holy Spirit, who taketh of the things of Christ and revealeth them to us, renewing, comforting, and inspiring the souls of men.
We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures, and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord, made known or to be made known to us.
We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all mankind exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human brotherhood.
Depending, as did our fathers, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of God; and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting. "
The Kansas City Statement of Faith, 1913