Frequently Asked Questions

I have a lot of doubts about Christianity and don’t think anyone will change that.  What makes you so sure I will like your church?

We think you’ll like it because we are honest about our own doubts.  We believe that doubt is a natural byproduct of faith.  The Bible itself tells us to walk by faith, not by sight… and doing so usually means there will be some doubt present as we just aren’t seeing it.  There are also some things in the Bible, and some things God does, or leaves undone, that just don’t add up.  We believe that God has a plan for all the things that don’t make sense to us, and that He loves and accepts us as we are. As is the case in many other areas in life where doubt creeps in – relationships, career, parenting, health etc. – it’s not the amount of faith or doubt that matters, but what we choose to do with it.

Is your church affiliated with a denomination?

We are an independent & autonomous church that values our affiliation with the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

I do not consider myself a “Christian”, but I am interested in your church.  Can I come be a fly on the wall…or do I have to be a member to attend?

Every regular attendee at Starting Point was a first time visitor at one time, and we actually design our services with first-time church attendees in mind!  One of the things we love about Jesus and the first-century church is that people of all kinds of backgrounds flocked to hear the message Jesus preached.  Jesus had a high comfort level with people who were FAR from being “Christian”… and we seek to have the same comfort level.

My family is currently attending another church, but we are thinking about switching churches.  Does your church welcome people who already go to church?

Yes – however – if you are considering switching churches, we ask that you do so in a way that honours the leadership and community of the church you are leaving.  You are welcome to join us anytime to discern where you feel God is leading you, but if and when you make a final decision about leaving your previous church, we encourage you to speak with your pastor or someone on your church’s leadership team and let them know about your decision.

Got A Question?

Please feel free to fill out the form below if you have a question about our church. We will continue to update this page with answers to the questions we are being asked.

I am interested in helping out at Starting Point Church.  How can I get involved?

Please visit the Volunteer page of our website and fill out the form for more info about volunteering.

What happens when people attending your Sunday services want to go deeper in their faith?  Won’t they want something more than a service geared for beginners?

We encourage everyone at our church to be asking “What is the next step in my faith journey?”. We have identified a number of likely steps for beginners, veterans, and everyone in between, to go deeper in their faith:

Return the next Sunday and learn more.

Bring your friends too!

Attend one of our mid-week Connect Groups.

Learn more about the Bible. Click here for more info about Connect Groups.

Volunteer to serve on one of our Sunday morning teams.

Our relationships grow deeper and our faith grows stronger when we serve alongside each other and allow God to use us to help others in their faith journey. Click here for more info on volunteering.

Teach a 10 minute Bible study at one of our Connect Groups.

One of the best ways to learn, is to teach!

Commit to personal spiritual disciplines

These include Bible reading, prayer, fasting, giving, etc.
Do you have any plans for offering an alternate service time on Sunday mornings?

Yes! It is our goal to introduce a second identical service on Sunday mornings as soon as we are able to do so. This will offer more flexibility to people who wish to attend a service at an earlier time, as well as allow our children’s and junior high programs to be better resourced, as volunteers attend one service, and serve in the other.

Are tax receipts issued for donations made to Starting Point Church, and can I make donations online?

Yes! Starting Point Church is a registered charity with the CRA and 100% of funds donated are tax receiptable!  Click here to learn more or to donate online.