So you are thinking about visiting the Nazarene Church in Branson, but you’re not quite sure what to expect. First, we welcome everyone, rich or poor, all races and ethnicities, folks who live in Branson and Tourists. You are welcome to visit us anytime, and we suggest you try Sunday morning worship. So that you can feel better about your decision to visit us, here’s what you may expect on a typical Sunday morning.
We do not call you out or ask you to stand. Usually, Pastor Jim allows time in the service for a “meet and greet,” and everyone says hello to those around them. We are a friendly bunch, so someone will undoubtedly welcome you to the church. You will likely be handed a visitor’s card that you may optionally complete. If you would like to receive a call from the pastor – or a visit – mark that on the card. It’s a good way to connect with the church if you want.
Music at Branson First Church of the Nazarene is a mixture of contemporary Christian songs and best-loved hymns. The words are always shown on a screen at the front of the church and the congregation is encouraged to sing along. We do have a choir that sings on special occasions throughout the year. We have worship teams led by Marci Westermier that include parts of the choir and many others from the church. The song service, announcements, prayer, and the message usually last about an hour.
Pastor Jim is a plain-spoken, old-fashioned, biblically-sound preacher. He will usually speak for about twenty minutes, ending with a prayer and song. Services at Branson Nazarene are designed to be a worship experience, with the focus on Jesus Christ. Our worship services are community-building exercises that encourage love and unity. The pastor’s sermons are written to challenge the believer and help the congregation to face the day-to-day challenges of 21st Century life in America. Our Bible studies are designed for you to grow closer to God. We look forward to having you with us soon.
We use the complete New and Old Testaments. Many folks in our church prefer the King James or New King James Version, and many prefer the NIV or NASB. We do not dictate what translation you use.
We ain’t fancy. Some folks dress up, some don’t. We don’t run anyone off or turn up our noses at anyone. Just dress comfortably; we are a casual bunch.
We collect an offering to support the work of our church as well as missions work in our country and around the world. This portion of the service is intended only for those who consider Branson Nazarene their ‘church home.’ Guests are not required to contribute.