Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

We want you to come just as you are. You will find that we are a very casual church. You will see anything from jeans and t-shirts to the occasional tie. Ultimately, we just want you to be comfortable and feel like this is a place where you can be yourself.

What type of music do you use in your worship gathering?

Great question! We use a variety of musical expressions in our gatherings because we believe that our God is a creative God, full of variety and beauty. We also know that everyone connects with God in different ways. Therefore, our music varies from simple to complex. From joyous to contemplative. From hymns to rock. The common denominator is that they all point us to Jesus. We hope that at some point during our worship gathering one or more of the songs or other worship elements will allow you to encounter Him. To look through many of the songs in our song database check out our YouTube Worship Playlist

Will I have to give any money?

Absolutely not. We do offer a time, as part of each worship gathering, for our regular folks to have the chance to give part of their paychecks back to God. We don’t expect guests to participate unless you really feel like it. We believe that giving should be decided within the heart of each person and never given with reluctance or out of compulsion.

Will I be singled out or be made to sign anything if I visit?

We won’t single you out because you are new. How awful would that be?! No, you can choose to be as anonymous or visible as you want. However, if you want to make absolutely sure we know who you are and how to contact you, we have cards which are included in the worship folder. Just stick your “vitals” down there during the worship gathering. Place it in the offering basket. This will give us the opportunity to connect with you individually. Also, if you would like us to pray for you, the cards can be used for that as well. We certainly appreciate being able to meet everyone who walks through the doors.

Do you take communion?

Yes, we do. We believe that Jesus taught us to reflect, using the ritual elements of bread and wine (juice), on his life and death. We believe that it is a sign of the new covenant or promise between God and humanity for the forgiveness of sins and new life. We don’t participate in communion every week, but when we do, it can take a variety of forms such as taking it individually at stations around the room or corporately as a group.

What are the messages like?

Currently, a team of pastors assume the majority of the speaking responsibilities on Sunday mornings. All of their messages are rooted in the wisdom, instruction, and stories of the Bible and point us toward Jesus. They are intended to be practical, relevant, inspirational and challenging. The language and stories they use help us attach significance to our everyday lives. If you want to hear samples from past Sundays, click here

Is GPBC affiliated with a specific denomination?

The short answer is “no, we’re not.” Greater Portland Bible Church is comprised of individuals of many different faith and spiritual backgrounds. We gather under a common mission and declaration of faith. We are led by a community appointed elder board and our lead pastor.

What’s available for my kids?

Our kids spend Sunday morning connecting to God by listening to stories from the Big God Story, singing songs, praying, doing crafts, and playing games! Our teachers are enthusiastic, devoted and love spending time meeting new kids and growing closer to God as a community! Our motto for our children’s ministry is “Helping Families Follow Jesus Together.” We are excited to walk alongside your children as we follow Jesus together! Check out our Kids and Families page for more information. 

How many people attend GPBC?

On a typical Sunday, you will see around 220 in our morning worship gathering. Along with our kids and youth, there are about 400-500 people who identify GPBC as their home community.

How can I get connected beyond Sunday morning?

We understand how hard it can be to get connected and feel known. We want to help you in every way we can so that’s not your experience. We find that the best way to get connected is to join a small group where you can get to know a few individuals well — “life to life, face to face.” If you are ready to jump into a small group, click here to be taken to the small group’s page where you can sign up.

I want to know more about God and spiritual things but am not sure that church is the answer for me. Is there anywhere else I can ask questions?

There absolutely is! Alpha is the perfect place to ask questions and wrestle with life’s most important questions. The 10-week Alpha course is designed for those who want to know more about God and Christianity in an open-minded setting where there is no pressure or judgment. Each session begins with dinner and getting to know people from all backgrounds at your table. Then there is a short talk about some topic of Christianity like “Who is Jesus?”, “How does God guide us?”, or “Why and how do I pray?”. The talk is followed by discussion at the tables where everyone is encouraged to contribute their opinions and ask questions. While we typically offer a round of Alpha each year, your best bet is to check the Alpha USA website the for the next course coming up near you.

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