North Phoenix Baptist Church

This profile was last updated in 2006

History

This BaptistThe Baptist tradition includes a variety of Christian churches which trace their beginnings to the Anabaptist reform movement that rejected infant baptism insisting on the importance of baptizing only those who are able to profess the faith as believers. churchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... began in the late 1950s on donated property near downtown Phoenix. The congregation grew steadily, and in 1976 the church moved to its present forty acre site, still in the central part of the city. This mega-church is marked by its innovative ministryMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). and full-service facilities. The church site contains a chapelA chapel is a place of worship, smaller than the sanctuary of a church or synagogue, or in an institutional setting such as a college or hospital. and sanctuary along with classrooms, a family life center, a cafe, bookstore (and an on-line store), broadcasting technology, an athletic center and other amenities.

Unlike the majority of the large-scale churchesThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... that have emerged recently in the Phoenix area, the North Phoenix Baptist Church is not at the growing edges of the city or in the expanding bordering communities. It is instead an example of a well-established congregation in the heart of the city that, far from losing ground to new suburban congregations, has transformed itself into one of the largest church communities in the Valley.

Activities

The church promotes a “Broadcast Ministry,” with a television spot broadcast on Sunday mornings and two radio segments, one aired on Sundays and the second on Wednesdays.

The church supports a full range of different activities geared for particular groups. BibleThe Greek term biblia means the “books.” Bible is used in both the Jewish and Christian traditions to refer to the book which gathers together their sacred writings. The Hebrew Bible includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings—a collection re... Study classes for particular age ranges, in English and Spanish, are available, as are special organizations and programs for single adults, young families, students, seniors and pre-schoolers. The tone of the church and the kinds of services it provides — such as aerobics classes and computer skills courses — marks it as one of the new worshipper-centered religious communities growing up around the nation.