Barnes Community Church had its origin as a Bible study hosted in the home of a local Barnes family. This Bible study group began regular church services April 3, 1983, in the Barnes Town Hall and worshipped there for more than two years. Land was donated and construction of the new church on its present site began July 1985; first service in the new building was held December 8, 1985. Our church’s broad denominational base is illustrated by the initial administrative positions when chartered, which included two Baptists, three Lutherans, one Catholic, two Methodists, two Presbyterians, two Episcopalians, and one from United Church of Christ.
In May 1987, the pastor and his family moved into a new parsonage built by volunteer labor. A Christian Education addition to the church was begun in 1994 and now provides classrooms and a multipurpose area.
The cornerstone of our church reads, “To God Be the Glory”.
Denominational Status and Membership Overview
Barnes Community Church is a non-denominational church of the Christian faith. Its members adhere to traditional Biblical values and enjoy friendly relationships with other area churches.
The community of Barnes and surrounding lakes area is a melting pot of seasonal summer residents, permanent residents, retirees, and vacationers. Drawing from this population, our attendance is highly seasonal with Sunday attendance in summer months approximately 140 and in winter months dropping to approximately 80. The official membership of the church is 180 members. We keep a database of approximately 30 Friends of the Church who may attend and contribute regularly but retain membership in another church “back home.”
The age range of our attendance and membership tends to be older because of long-time members and retirees in the community although outreach efforts such as Vacation Bible School may help augment attendance from middle age and younger families. Roughly half of our congregation is retired and half of those are snowbirds.
Casual observation will indicate that Barnes and surrounding areas do not have a diverse racial mix and our church reflects this. Although we welcome, even seek, minority attendance, we have a mostly non-minority congregational makeup.
The church Board of Trustees, consisting of seven elected church members, has responsibility for administration of all church business including execution of deeds and legal documents on behalf of the church. The Board elects its Chair and Vice-Chair from among its seven members.
The Board of Deacons, consisting of five elected church members, is responsible for the spiritual life of the church and oversees ministry goals, pulpit supply in the absence of the pastor, visitation and outreach, candidates for church membership, and church discipline.
Standing committees include Worship, Music, Christian Education, Missions, Property Management, Audit, Nominating, Historian, Memorial, and Policy.
In-church ministries include Sunday worship, Sunday school, weekly Bible study, youth group, and choir. Community ministries include Vacation Bible School (nearly 50 children attended our most recent VBS), July 4th concert on the lawn, and our Food Shelf serving more than 25 families/clients.
We are mindful of the urgent need to expand youth ministry at many levels in our community by providing a place and means for our youth to experience Christ through faith based programs. Our commitment is to provide leadership and mentorship by drawing on resources from our community and surrounding areas.
Barnes Christian Men meet every Wednesday morning for fellowship, devotions, and work projects. On an annual basis, BCM stages the Trash for Cash fundraiser and July 4th Pancake Breakfast in addition to other community outreach and projects. BCM has recently remodeled our kitchen, the parsonage deck, and parsonage kitchen.
Barnes Christian Women meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each month. BCW is a strong outreach function for our church and community whose activities include a boutique and bake sale which runs concurrently with Trash for Cash, our ladles’ annual salad luncheon, annual Valentines and Christmas dinners at the church, and the bi-annual Christmas Tree Walk and luncheon in Barnes.
Locally our ministries include Northwoods Pregnancy Center in Hayward, Youth for Christ, Food Shelf as mentioned above, and prison ministry. Nationally we support missionaries in Minnesota and internationally in Asia, Canada, Afghanistan, New Guinea, and Africa.
Theology and Faith Stance
We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ over His church. Our faith is based upon Scripture and our trust for salvation is rooted in the death and resurrection of Christ.
We teach that we are saved by grace, that salvation is a free gift received by faith, and that eternal life begins at the moment of belief. We have gathered many diverse backgrounds and traditions into an informal, flexible form of worship and we enjoy being together to praise and worship.
Furthermore, we believe in:
the Bible as the inspired word of God; one living God existing in three persons; Jesus Christ as God’s only son; the Holy Spirit; the creation of men and women in the image of God; salvation through the death of Christ on the cross; adult baptism; infant baptism or dedication as the choice of the family; communion with the Lord’s table open to all believers; the individual’s direct relationship with God; answered prayer, the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal bliss of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked
A recent survey (more than 230 questionnaires) conducted by mail among members and Friends of the Church revealed some predictable and some surprising attitudes about our church community:
In ranking the professional qualities of a pastor, by far the most important was pulpit ministry, i.e., the ability to deliver an inspiring sermon. However, close behind were teaching skills, community outreach, and counseling.
Regarding personal qualities, again pulpit skills ranked tops followed next by an exemplary Christian lifestyle, spiritual leadership, and communication skills.
The survey revealed that (1) we, as a church, are very concerned with having the Bible explained and to us and (2) we want to grow spiritually.
Barnes Community Church’s God-given diversity lends it vitality, excitement, and makes it a center of learning for all who enter our house of worship. We are a family of believers come together from many backgrounds. Some have been active in churches for years and others are just discovering the joy of following Christ. We take seriously the Biblical command, “To whom much has been given, much is required.”