Following are some questions that people often have about Cedarbrook. Scroll down to find the question that you have. If you don’t see your question, be sure to contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
Q: How often do you serve communion? Who can participate?
A: We serve communion on the first Sunday of every month. Every sincere follower of Jesus is welcome to participate, including children.
Q: Are you an independent church or part of a denomination?
A: We believe that no church should function in isolation, but work together with other churches whenever possible. Cedarbrook has always been a part of the Willowcreek Association of Churches and joined the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2010. Both associations give us the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves without dictating to us the fine details of how we do church.
Q: Do you support women in ministry?
A: Yes. We believe that God gifts both men and women for leadership and have no restrictions on people based on gender.
Q: Do you have church membership?
A: Yes. Membership is an important step of declaring your committment to the church that God has called you to. At Cedarbrook, membership is necessary for many leadership positions and voting rights. The path to membership starts with Discover Cedarbrook (a luncheon where you will learn about Cedarbrook and be able to ask questions), followed by Discover Membership (a class). These are offered every month or two.
Q: What is the authority structure in the church?
A: The church is overseen by the Evangelical Covenant Church. The church is governed by the LEAD Team (L.E.A.D. stands for Love, Encourage, Assess, Decide), which is the equivalent of a board of elders. The Lead Pastor reports to the L.E.A.D. Team and the staff reports to the Lead Pastor. The church membership votes annually on the budget for the church and any major changes in direction.
Q: What is your stance on sexuality?
A: First of all, we recognize that people hold differing views on this subject, even within the church at large. As with all topics, we are open to discussion and value all people, even if they disagree with our position. We prefer to talk about what we are for, and not what we are against. With that in mind, we agree with the resolution passed by the Evangelical Covenant Church that states in part…
God created people male and female, and provided for the marriage relationship in which two may become one. A publicly declared, legally binding marriage between one woman and one man is the one appropriate place for sexual intercourse. Heterosexual marriage, faithfulness within marriage, abstinence outside of marriage: these constitute the Christian standard.
Q: What is your stance on alcohol?
A: We don’t believe that the Bible prohibits drinking alcohol when done in moderation. At the same time we do recognize the dangerous physical, social, and relational impact it has on people that abuse it. We encourage people to use the Twelve Step model of A.A. that looks to God as the source of true recovery from addictive behavior. Pastor Remy is on staff at Arbor Place Treatment Center in Menomonie where he leads a spirituality group three mornings a week.
We invite you to submit your questions to us and we will respond within a day or two with an answer.