Who We Are
The Refuge Church – Smyrna is affiliated with The Church of God out of Cleveland, Tennessee and has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.
What It’s like to Worship Here
The dress is casual and the music is contemporary. We believe that our time of worship together should be an uplifting experience. Worshiping a loving, Almighty God can often be an emotional experience and we encourage freedom in worship while understanding that everything must be done in order. We understand that people express worship in different ways and whether you are more lively or more subdued, it’s okay to be you.
We believe in sharing the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” The Bible is our standard for truth and the messages you hear at The Refuge will not vary from the truth we find in scripture but will be relevant to our lives today.
We believe in having a time to respond to what the Holy Spirit has spoken to each individual. Whether it means coming down to the altar or at your seat, it is important to take some time and respond to what God is speaking into your life and allow Him to do what He wants to do in your life.
How God Is Using Us
We believe that being a part of a church is more than just attending a Sunday morning worship service. We encourage a SWAT approach. SWAT stands for Sunday Worship And Two. What that means is that in addition to attending Sunday worship, we encourage each person to be involved in at least two other areas. One should be a ministry opportunity where you can pour out what God has poured into you and the other should be a relationship building opportunity. We need each other and building bonds with other believers is important to our spiritual health and growth.
We try to offer many different ways for people to fulfill these two additional connection points. Check out the various ministry outreaches we are involved in as well as the service opportunities within the church such as greeters, ushers, teachers, assistants, etc. And our Life Groups, which meet once a month in homes, are the best way to build relationships in a smaller group setting. You can also get involved in Wednesday night Bible study or Celebrate Recovery on Friday nights.