What Is the Congregational Way?
The Congregational Way is a way of following
Christ. People of a Congregational Church do not seek to be led by a creed, but by the Spirit. Ours is the
tradition of a free church, gathered under the headship of Christ and bound to others by love, not law. Click
here for more information on the Congregational Way.
We celebrate Jesus Christ as the head of the church.
We recognize the Bible is God's authoritative word.
We embrace the church as God's family in faith.
The purpose of this church shall be to bind together followers of Jesus Christ, for the object of
sharing in the worship of God and in making His will dominant in the lives of men and women, especially as that will is set forth in
the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
First Congregational Church of
Marshalltown, Iowa is a church comprised of a congregation of followers of Jesus Christ united voluntarily in love
to God and one another by a covenant. Church members gather in the name of Jesus Christ knowing He is among
them as He promised in Matthew 18:19-20. God the Father is the Sovereign Ruler of this church. Jesus
Christ is the Head of the church, and each member calls Him Lord. The Holy Spirit is present in each believer
to be the guide in their daily walk with the Lord. The Bible is the Word of God and is the ultimate standard
in all church matters. The covenantal relationship with God and fellow believers begins with each individual
giving up self to be a child of God. In so doing believers submit themselves to God’s will in their
lives. The New Testament is the source of the covenantal relationship and the foundation of the
Congregational Church government.
First Congregational Church participates in the Sacrament of
Communion and Baptism, including infants, as celebrations of faith. Believers know that Salvation is solely through
the profession of faith in Jesus Christ, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
Congregational believers enjoy the freedom of “individual
conscience.” Each member is personally responsible to worship, study, learn, and grow…as the Holy Spirit leads
them…free of the demands of others and creeds. No person, no position, nor power stands between the believer and
Congregational members respect the freedom of all members to
develop understanding of God and Jesus Christ in their own personal time and way as God’s will unfolds in their
First Congregational pastors as teachers and leaders are
called first by God then by the congregation. The privilege and duty of serving in church government belongs to
every member equally. Officers are elected by church members to be leaders with direction from God. First
Congregational Church recognizes that its members have gifts given by God to share in service to the
The local Marshalltown Congregational Church is free and
independent but joined to fellowship with other individual churches through but not limited to the National
Association of Christian Churches.
In summary, the First Congregational Church of Marshalltown
shares these words from Creeds and Platforms of Congregationalism by Williston Walker, PhD. N.Y.: Charles
Scribner’s Sons, 1893, Kindle location 893. “There is but one God and Father of all, one Lord over all, and one
Spirit: So is there but one Truth, one Faith, one Salvation, one Church, called in one Hope, joined in one
profession, guided by one Rule, even the Word of the most High.”
If you have any questions please contact us at (641) 752-4239.