Q: Is Heritage part of a denomination or religious organization?
A: Heritage is a non-denominational, evangelical church and we strive to work cooperatively with other like-minded churches locally and globally.
Q: How are church decisions made at Heritage?
A: Our church is led by a group of elders who are responsible for leading the church and shepherding the people God brings to Heritage. This includes caring for the hurting, pursuing the wandering, defending the unity of the flock, and leading the church to faithfully serve the Lord. Decisions affecting the direction and policies of the church are made by the elders. Deacons, ministry leaders, and committees are given the responsibility to oversee various ministries and make the practical decisions related to the ministry they oversee. While the church is led by the elder team, congregational involvement in decisions is also important. The congregation votes on any decisions related to hiring staff, appointing new elders, the annual budget, and any major capital expenditures. There is an annual business meeting held in January as well as periodic meetings of the church membership as needed.
Q: How does the church support missions?
A: Supporting missions, for us, involves far more than just giving money. We support missions by praying, giving, going, and sending to accomplish God’s Kingdom work.
- Pray: Our Adopt-a-Missionary initiative challenges individuals and small groups to pray for and encourage our missionaries through personal engagement in their ministry.
- Give: Heritage devotes 18% of its budget to local and global missions and currently we support 23 missionaries serving all around the world.
- Go: We regularly take groups from Heritage on short-term missions trips to encourage and partner with our missionaries in their work.
- Send: We desire for God to raise up people from Heritage who will devote themselves to full-time vocational service for the Kingdom. We have been thrilled to see several families go out from Heritage to strengthen ministries and plant new churches.
Q:What are Life Groups and how can I get involved?
A: We believe it is very important that every member of Heritage be part of a LifeGroup. LifeGroups are smaller groups of people that “Do Life” together. In a larger church like ours these groups play a vital role by providing community, accountability, shepherding, and discipleship. We offer LifeGroups for men, women, couples, seniors, and families at many different times and locations so you can find a group that works best for you. Check out our LifeGroup page or contact for more information.
Q: Is your church involved in the community?
A: Yes! Our church is committed to actively supporting the communities in which we serve as a way of demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ. We have been involved with equipping and encouraging Princeton’s first responders, providing a community playgym during the winter months, and assisting the homeless in Worcester.
Q: What do your deacons do?
A: The deacons assist the elders with shepherding by managing responsibilities that are delegated to them in a variety of areas. This includes overseeing the church finances and facilities as well as participating in the spiritual care of the church. Deacons are not a decision-making body or an executive committee; they are a group of servant-leaders caring for the spiritual and physical needs of our members.