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What is a non-denominational church?

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The term “non-denominational” makes me think of a church that has no leadership and no organization. For example, if I went to a non-denom church in L.A., called the ABC Church, and I moved across the country to N.Y., would I be able to find the same ABC Church there, or any church at all that teaches the same exact doctrine as the ABC Church in L.A.?

Do any two non-denominational churches teach the same doctrine? If they do, doesn’t that make them a denomination? Furthermore, do any non-denominational churches claim to be God’s one and only true church? If so, which one(s)?
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I know I’m asking a lot of questions here, but I would like to know exactly what it means to be non-denominational. Thanks.

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11 Responses to “What is a non-denominational church?”

  1. Runs with Scissors on February 24th, 2009 12:15 pm

    An excuse to be adaptable.

  2. johnny_zondo on February 27th, 2009 7:49 am

    i beleive its a church that avoids the bigotry and hate of the regular churches.

    regardless of your denomination, sex, sexual preference, background or anything….youre invited.

    or so i understand.

  3. Jeanjean on February 28th, 2009 7:38 pm

    In Christianity, the term non-denominational refers to those churches which have not formally aligned themselves with an established denomination. Non-denominational churches establish their own internal means and methods of policy and worship without interference from the policies and worship practices of regional, national, or multinational organizations. Members of non-denominational churches often consider themselves simply “Christians”, and many feel at home when visiting any number of other denominational churches with compatible beliefs.

    On the other hand, some non-denominational churches consciously reject the idea of a denominational structure as a matter of doctrine, insisting that each congregation must be autonomous, sometimes pointing out that in early Christianity, there were no denominations. In support of this stance, 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 is often cited. It reads:

    Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Peter,” and “I of Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

  4. Alicia S on March 3rd, 2009 2:30 am

    a church with no one religion where every one is able to worship and pray together….

  5. James on March 7th, 2009 1:52 am

    Non-denominational Churchs are those that allow people of any or no faith in . To listen and learn about the different religious ideas of the other members.

  6. mallimalar_2000 on March 10th, 2009 12:48 am

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    Christianity, the term non-denominational refers to those churches which have not formally aligned themselves with an established denomination. Non-denominational churches establish their own internal means and methods of policy and worship without interference from the policies and worship practices of regional, national, or multinational organizations. Members of non-denominational churches often consider themselves simply “Christians”, and many feel at home when visiting any number of other denominational churches with compatible beliefs.

  7. de bossy one on March 13th, 2009 11:44 pm

    it means just what it says. there is no set criteria for membership, attenmdance, doctrine or anything found within denominational churches. the non-denominational church is usually, but not always, not aligned with any other churches. they welcome all persons, regardless of previous church affiliation, may have non-traditional explanations or ideas about what it teaches, as well as teachings drawn from other religions such as buddhist and shintoist, both of which are eastern asian religions.
    they are usually chartered as a single church for tax purposes, while denominational churches are chartered by the main church.
    the pastor may have his ministerial credentials from the church, and not from seminarial study, such as catholic priests and ministers in the methodist church of the usa.

  8. bluebootz on March 14th, 2009 9:31 am

    The way you worded that question is way too funny for me to give a serious answer.

    It sounds like, neither the leaders or the followers have any preference to what they go to church for.

    I hope they serve good snacks or something after the service, because otherwise it just seems like another form of entertainment. Just go to ABC church and see what happens that day??

    Great Question!

  9. Ellen J on March 17th, 2009 8:32 am

    A non-denominational church is a church that is not affiliated with any organization such as Baptist, Methodist, or Presbyterian. The ministers, generally speaking, have graduated from a seminary somewhere so they have been taught doctrine and Bible. The churches all have, or should have, a mission statement that details what they believe and teach.
    Churches often become non-denominational for reasons other then doctrine, such as financial disagreements. Or it could be doctrinal issues that cause it form it’s own independent church. They are all, pretty much, similar in doctrine and belief and tend to be Evangelical.
    Unless it’s actually a cult and not a Bible believing church it does not claim to be the “God’s one and only” church. If it does, run like crazy because it is not an organization that you want to be affiliated with.
    You wouldn’t find another “ABC” church anywhere else, but you could find one that is very similar in doctrine named “DEF” or “GHI” anywhere else you go.

  10. angelsmurfwings on March 20th, 2009 8:38 am

    ,,,,, A NON-DENOMINATION CHURCH , IS A CHURCH THAT EXCEPTS ALL PEOPLE.. NO THEY DO NOT ALL TEACH THE SAME. EXACT DOCTRINE AS IS THE SAME WITH MANY , CHURCH’S , ALL HAVE DIFFERENT STYLES OF TEACHING . . AND NO THEY DO NOT CLAIM TO BE THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE CHURCH . THEY ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE MORE THEMSELVES. ( NOW OF COURSE LIKE I SAID ,, NOT ALL CHURCH’S ARE THE SAME ) OR TEACH THE SAME ,, SO WHAT GOES ON IN N.Y. MAY NOT GO ON IN L.A. ,, IT MAY ALL BE DIFFERENT.. WHERE I LIVE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT GO TO A NON-D…… CHURCH ,, PEOPLE FROM ALL BACK GROUNDS AND ALL FAITHS ,, FOR THEM IT IS ALL ABOUT BEING EXCEPTED FOR WHO THEY ARE. NOT JUDGED.. AND THEY TEACH LOVE AND LAUGHTER , AND BEING GOOD TO OTHERS ,, BEING HEALTHY PEOPLE.. THINGS LIKE THAT.. THEY ALL LOVE IT.. IT MAKES THEM HAPPY.. IT IS MORE FREE AND LOVING ,, AND THEY ALL BELIEVE IN GOD , BUT THEY FOCUS MORE ON ALL THE GOOD.. WELL , THAT IS WHAT I KNOW ,, HOPE THIS HELPS..

  11. oldguy63 on March 23rd, 2009 2:26 pm

    Non denominational churches tend to be non doctrine churches, and there are lots of them around. They don’t want to take a stand on anything because that may offend some people, and they want everyone to come to their church. I’m glad Christ was not non denominational, He was committed to One Way to life