Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
July 2005

Why did the church get started?

The short answer is the founding families responded to a desire to provide the Tri-Lakes region with:

  • in-depth expositional bible teaching
  • a worship service format that would allow a greater amount of interaction and participation by the body at large.
  • A pattern of leadership that eliminates the professional/laity distinction and which demonstrates a plurality of gifts and mutual submission.

What denomination is NorthWord?

We are a non-denominational church.

Did you come from another church?

We are not a spin-off, church plant, or split from any church or organization. We started as a Bible study for adults and teenagers.

Are you a non-profit 501(c)3 organization?

We are a Colorado non-profit corporation, and all contributions are fully tax deductible, since we meet all the IRS guidelines for a church. 501(c)3 status is not required for donations to be tax deductible, however, we are in the process of filing and hope to have our initial 501(c)3 determination letter from the IRS before year end.

What is your form of government (pastor, elder or congregational)?

Our governing follows the biblical model of plural elder leadership. Elder decisions require unanimity. Elders individually and collectively are responsible before God for their oversight of the local flock under their care and charge.

Who are the pastors and/or elders?

We do not distinguish between the role of “pastor”, “elder” or “overseer”. The Bible uses those terms interchangeably regardless of pay, gifting or role. No leader is presently paid. Current leadership consists of Len Crowley, Mark Smith and Ted Cox.

What kinds of programs and ministries do you have?

As a new church, we are taking a very conservative and slow approach to implementing church-sponsored programs. We want to sincerely wait upon the Lord’s leading before tackling anything new. Currently available ministries are our Sunday morning worship service (for all ages), nursery care for 5 years and under during that service, a community lunch after the Sunday service, and a Tuesday night in-home Bible study.

What is your doctrinal statement/position?

We will have a full doctrinal statement soon, however, the primary essentials are:

  • The Tri-une God; the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • The Deity of Christ - Jesus is fully God and fully man
  • The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, as written in the original manuscripts

How are your finances handled?

We ascribe to Generally Accepted Accounting Methods, and will be audited by an independent CPA every two years. Several unrelated people will be responsible for collecting and counting contributions together. We desire to give generously to the surrounding community and worldwide humanitarian and evangelical efforts.

Do you have membership?

We currently do not envision formal membership, however, we believe that all believers should be committed to, involved with, and seeking to grow in maturity in the context of a local church body.

How can I get involved?

Stop by the information table, or visit our website for areas to become involved.

Where can I find out more about NorthWord Church?

Ttalk to one of the leaders on Sunday, or email us at