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Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)

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Who are We?

  • Who are the Wesleyans?

    A Simple Description
    In the most inclusive connotation, a Wesleyan is not a member of a particular denomination, but one who adheres to a distinctive doctrinal teaching.

    The Wesleyan Church is an evangelical, Protestant denomination. We offer the good news that faith in Jesus Christ makes possible a wonderful personal relationship with God, a holy life empowered by His Holy Spirit for witness and service, and assurance of eternal life in heaven. Our ministries emphasize practical Bible teaching, uplifting worship, and special programs to meet a variety of life needs.

    With World Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana, The Wesleyan Church has nearly 400,000 constituents in 5,000 churches and missions in 80 countries of the world. Formed in 1968 resulting from the mergers of several like-minded groups, dating back as far as 1843, The Wesleyan Church has its roots in John Wesley's Methodism.
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    NBWC is partnered with other Wesleyan Churches throughout the East Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church.  Our district campground, Wesleyan Woods, is located in Vassar, MI.

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  • Who can I contact with my questions?
    Peter Damaska, Pastor [email]

    Josh Hilty, Discipleship Pastor [email]

    Christine Shaw, Secretary [email]

    Board Members
    Bobbie Robinette, Secretary 
    Tim Reinhardt, Treasurer
    Earl Diller, Trustee
    Dave Richardson, Trustee
    Rex Vroman, Trustee
    Greg Shaw, Member-at-Large 
    Larry Mabery, Member-at-Large 
    Tom Robinson, Member-at-Large

    Ministry Leaders
    AWANA:  Traci VanTine and Shelly Reamer

    CREW Youth:  Randy Nord, director

    Worship Team:  Chris Shaw

    MOPS: Dawn Deshetsky


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  • What is the story of North Branch Wesleyan?
    NBWC is part of The Wesleyan Church.  We have been meeting in North Branch for over 75 years and are excited about our future.  We take seriously our heritage but fully recognize the importance of charging into the future and making a difference through Jesus Christ in us.

    [read our history here]

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  • What do you believe?
    We believe in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We believe Jesus is the Savior of all who put their faith in HIm alone for forgiveness of sins.  We believe that those who receive new life in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Holy Spirit.  We believe in the Bible and seek to establish our faith and actions on its teachings.  We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him.  The purpose of the church is to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ through worship, witness, and loving deeds.

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  • What can I expect if I explore your church?
    NBWC is proud of its rich heritage and excited about the future.  A typical Sunday morning worship service involves a community of people of varying ages and demographics; young to mature, casual to formal, on-time to running a bit late. 

    The atmosphere of our worship service is welcoming and inspiring.  We believe you will meet Christ through the teaching and preaching of God's Word and thorugh a high energy worship celebration led by our worship team.  The message of Christ's love and transformative power will encourage you in your journey of faith. 

    Our community is caring and welcoming and come from a variety of walks of life, all who are pursuing God's purspose for their lives in the living relationship with Jesus Christ.


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Youth Ministry FAQ's

  • How can I partner with the youth ministry?
    There are several ways a parent can partner with us. 

    A. Sign up for youth emails, which provide information about upcoming special events, teaching series, and Home XPs. 

    B. Participate in the Home XPs with your teen(s). The Home XP is meant to give the family a chance to XP (experience) together the same truths that students are hearing at youth group. Some XP's are more involved than others. They

    C. Volunteer to let us use your home for special events. We'll let you know if we're in need of a house to crash at for a meal, movies, or games. Don't worry, we won't really crash anything into your house.

    D. Attend parent meetings when they're announced. We realize you're busy, so we don't plan too many of these. We'll promote these in advance so you know when they're coming. 

    E. Be honest about concerns or questions you have. These may be concerns about what is taught, the cost of a trip, or relationships your teen is building in the youth group. Feel free to email the Youth Directory, Randy (randy@nbwesleyan.org).

    F. Volunteer as a youth sponsor. This is a big time commitment, but for some of you, being a youth sponsor is the way you can partner with the youth ministry. Look on the Parent Page for downloads on our expectations and an application for becoming a youth sponsor. We'd love to have you!
  • When do I have to fill out a permission slip for my student?
    Permission slips are necessary for any trips we take off of the NBWC campus. They give permission for us to take care of your student in an emergency and give both the church and your family a safeguard if something were to happen. You only have to fill one out at the beginning of the school year. It will be "good" from September through August. Just be sure to update it if your insurance information changes. 
  • How do you determine the cost of trips? Why are we paying for this and not for that?
    We realize that families have more than just our youth group events to pay for when it comes to their teen(s). We also realize that some of you may have multiple teenagers in your family, which means our activities cost you double or triple than other families. That's why we try our best to

    A) keep costs as low as possible,
    B) do fundraisers for trips that cost a good bit of money (mission trips, youth conventions), and
    C) provide scholarships for families in unique circumstances, 
    D) think carefully about why we participate in certain trips and ask ourselves, "Does this experience fit with our mission?" and "Will it lead our students to the next right step in their walk with Christ?" If we can't answer those questions, then we will not take a trip for the sake of taking a trip.

    If you have a question about a particular trip cost, please address it with Randy or one of the youth sponsors. The last thing we want is for money to be the reason why your teen doesn't participate in a potentially life-changing environment.   
  • What will my teen hear taught on a typical Wednesday night?
    While we cannot list every subject in this space, here is a good overview of what we are teaching this year and why we are teaching it. CREW Youth uses XP3 curriculum, which emphasizes three things: wonder, discovery and passion. See our main youth page for descriptions of what we mean by these three terms and for a link to the XP3 website.  

    Our goal is to take teens from where they are now, whether they have grown up in church or are here for the first time, to a certain destination. We believe that there are certain things they need to know, practice, and become by the time they put on a cap and gown. So we use XP3, a strategy which takes Biblical truth and applies it to today's teenage context, to guide us toward our destination. 

    CREW is designed that jr high students and sr high student share the same space for worship and (most) large group teaching sessions.  Small groups play a large part in the evening - where jr & sr high as well as boys & girls have separate groups.
  • When do you meet?
    Both junior and senior high teens (7th through 12th grade) meet Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00PM in the youth room (located in the Branch Building just behind the church).

    Watch the website for information about living room environments such as lock-ins, water wars, progressive dinners, destination unknowns, laser tag, etc.