IS YOUR CHURCH CONSIDERED DENOMINATIONAL?
A recent postings article from SI documented a significant drop in the SBC (Souther Baptist Convention). At the same time, a link article (available HERE --link is external)) document growth among non-denominational churches.
In our area, some of this growth has come form UMC going independent.
Still, I was curious: How many SI churches list themselves as non-denominational? For purposes of this survey, this has nothing to do with doctrine per se.
The SBC is technically a convention, but, with the Baptist "identifier," it would be viewed as a denomination (as would the GARB or Grace Brethren).
Independent Baptist churches may not be part of a denomination, but the "Baptist" identifier makes them "independent" rather than "non-denominational," for purposes of nomenclature.
Most IFCA churches would probably identify themselves as non-denominational (no "identifier" in their title), and the affiliation is nothing like a denomination. However, others would avoid the term and say they were independent rather than non-denom.
Essentially, choose the nomenclature you use to describe your church to others, or how you list it in the yellow pages or online. This is not about the difference between a very structured denominaiton with authority at the top and groups that allow for authonomy, but public perception.