Practicing Discernment: Faith Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

This is an opportunity for you to practice discernment. I want to throw up a church and have you look at the website and critique Faith Church. Would a Berean get involved in a place like Faith Church? I am going to let you read the website and comment below. After a few days I will write my thoughts in the comments below.

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”

Casey Stengel

“I can’t afford to be a member of a golf course.”

Jack Abramoff

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true

Acts 17:11 NIV

I do want to encourage people to think for themselves, ask questions and learn how to practice discernment. At this blog I have written two posts about looking for a church and membership covenant issues. I would encourage you to read those as you analyze Faith Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Rio Rancho is in the Albuquerque area but the city according to what I read is trying to establish itself. Faith Church is in the Evangelical Free denomination and is led by Mike McDonald.

Here is your homework. Analyze this website and look at this church. Would you attend here? What red flags or aspects do you find encouraging about Faith Church? Would you recommend this to a family member? Or a friend? Would you invite someone to attend this church? After a few days I will start to weigh in on the comments below. Thanks guys and know that I love you! 🙂


6 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: Faith Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

  1. Biggest red flags are the talk about covenants but not having it on the website, having Grudem, Mahaney, Sande, etc. on the recommended reading list, etc. Also very little background on any staff such as education or past churches.


  2. Their web site is one of the few that gives Jesus top billing. Jesus is on a separate page more prominent than the staff. Typically there is a leadership page and the pastor is on top and not Jesus. Here Jesus is given a more prominent position. Depending on which page you look at, the “Lead pastor” is not always given the position of prominence over the rest of the staff.

    The staff is younger but the elders actually appear to be elder, not a bunch of thirtysomethings. Also a positive is they appear not to be staff so the staff appear to be accountabe to someone. I do get tired of the “Pastor” title; Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children and Family Pastor, Pastor Pastor Pastor…. The only one that didn’t have a pastor label was the administrative assistant who looked very pleasant and capable. I hope the day is coming that the “pastor” title gets ditched, but this is not a knock on this church but a general observation of churches these days.

    Under the membership tab is mentioned signing a statement of faith, what ever happened to let your yes be yes and your no be no? That said the mention is of a signed statement of faith and an interview by an elder and not a membership covenant. Much is not said here, I’ve seen an interview guide that reads like an inquisition but how this church handles it would have to be discovered by first hand experience. So far nothing has raised a red flag.

    Under serving there are more ideas on serving in the community than within the church, this is a good indicator the church is not an insular cult. When devotion to Jesus within the local church becomes more like devotion to the institution it ceases being about Jesus, they appear to have a good perspective.

    Perusing the website’s resource list I find that it includes Wayne Grudem at the top of the list and other “notables” as Matt Chandler and John MacArthur. These are an indication the theology and influence will be toward the Reformed or Calvinist end of the spectrum. The resource list indicates the theological bent of the church and a few indicate maybe a lack of perspective. They are recommending a book “Humility” by CJ Mahaney? Come on, we can have theological differences but Mahaney is simply inexcusable, that it is on “Humility” no less. They simply should pull Mahaney from the list.

    While I would not be comfortable with their theology I don’t see outright signs of an authoritarian culture. I’m wondering if I missed something, they don’t appear to be my cup of theology but I don’t see an indicator to run, coming from me that may be a compliment.

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    • I do get tired of the “Pastor” title; Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children and Family Pastor, Pastor Pastor Pastor….

      Under the membership tab is mentioned signing a statement of faith, what ever happened to let your yes be yes and your no be no?

      “White man wants everything in writing, and that’s just so he can use it against you in court.”
      — Billy Jack

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  3. Counterpoint-
    As a teenager back when “2001 A Apace Odyssey” was released in the 60’s, I and some of my peers were inspired by the possibilities of technology and exploration. I didn’t see it again till some 35 years later and I was struck by several things, beside all the smoking all there were no women of prominence or capability depicted, it was a man’s world.

    The above was not my first reaction to the web site but it is a more lasting one, the church appears to be a man’s world. A woman of capability will be relegated to subservience and a place in the shadows, if this is not true they should fix the web site, if it is true then know that there you are going back to a time you may not like.


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