Our non-denominational church began in 1995. Today we bring fresh perspective to church life for the 21st century. Our real-life conversation style appeals to all walks of life. From those who grew up in church, to those who’ve never stepped inside one.
- of a place where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated, and the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance and encouragement.
- of a place where we break down the doors of “traditional” church as we know it, and create a place of utmost relevance to a lost & dying world. A people who are in the good news sharing business to Sevier County & beyond.
- to see Pathways equipping every believer for a significant ministry by helping them discover the gifts and talents that God has given them.
- of missions, both short term, and sending those who will be called into full time ministry.
- to see Pathways be instrumental in helping plant a church in a place where God leads.
- of a visible piece of land, on which can be built a beautiful, yet simple worship facility. A place that will be designed to minister to the total person of all ages – spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
We stand, believing this to be inspired by God, and knowing that these dreams can become a reality. It is ours for the taking.Our Core Beliefs
“Let there be real harmony among you so there won’t be any split in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”1 Corinthians 1:10 (LB)
We exist to provide a climate for people to connect with God in worship, and for believers to discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts in building God’s Kingdom by reaching out into our community for Christ, using our personal influence for Him.
The Great Commandment
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Great Commission
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Statement of Faith:
In Essential Beliefs – We Have Unity
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” – Ephesians 4:4-6
In Non-Essential Beliefs – We Have Liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands of falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” – Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
In All Our Beliefs – We Show Charity
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2
Lifestyle Statement: What We Practice
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following six practices:
Bible As Our Sole Authority
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and help us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:15
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “what does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
Priesthood of Every Believer
“Christ loves us, and by His death he has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God…” – Revelations 1:6 (GN)
“You are… the King’s priests… God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God.” – 2 Peter 2:9 (GN)
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
“Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10
“A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord, it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 26:30
“Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
At Pathways, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s Body, the church.
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ…” – Colossians 2:12 (GN)
We practice baptism by immersion under water, the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right. Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:18.
Telling Others About Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15