In January 1998 a core group of people from the Boyd/Woolery house church began praying and seeking the Lord’s guidance about starting a church in Cottonwood. It had been the vision of many people at Anderson Cottonwood Neighborhood Church to begin a church in downtown Cottonwood. Our first meeting was held in October 1998 at the Cottonwood Community Center. We met there until we outgrew the facility and moved to the Cottonwood School District facilities. The focus of our gatherings has always been sound teaching of God’s Word and fellowship with one another, which includes Body Life and our fellowship/coffee break.
A highlight of every year is our annual Family Camp over the summer at Mountain Meadows Bible Camp in Shingletown. This is a wonderful time filled with fellowship and growth for those who attend. The games, sharing, teaching, food, laughter, and baptism all make for a very memorable weekend.
It is the purpose of Cottonwood Community Church to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that our Lord and Savior commanded.
1. Hold weekly worship services in the Cottonwood community.
2. Promote and encourage individual Christians to be a witness of Jesus Christ.
3. Promote and encourage the growth of all believers toward Christian maturity.
4. Promote and encourage the growth, development, and maturity of Christian families.
5. Promote and encourage the operation of and involvement in numerous small group “house churches.”
6. Encourage all Christians to be actively involved in our community.
7. Further the Great Commission through active support and involvement in domestic and global missions.
8. Minister directly and indirectly to meet the physical needs of people in our community and throughout the world.
Cottonwood Community Church is a non-denominational evangelical congregation that seeks to glorify God in all that we say and do.
We believe every Christian is a believer-priest, uniquely gifted to serve and minister to the glory of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the local church should be relentless with regard to prayer, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the teaching of God’s Word. Cottonwood Community Church is committed to these four qualities of a Spirit-filled church.
We believe God has called the local church to fulfill His Great Commission. We are to: “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19,20
Cottonwood Community Church is governed by a plurality of elders as modeled in the New Testament Church. Our elders are Brian Boyd and Mark Boyle. We hold to God’s qualifications for eldership in I Timothy and Titus. Leaders need to be accountable to God’s Word and to each believer in the body. We believe Jesus calls the church to a “servant authority” as seen in Matthew 20: 25-28.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Following the New Testament example, Cottonwood Community Church incorporates many body members into accomplishing the church’s ministries and services. Many people work together to coordinate and organize ministries within the body. These men and women have been recognized for their servant leadership and having “servant gifts” (administration, helps, service, giving, mercy, etc.). We are fortunate to have a large number of ministry coordinators who support the work of the ministry and meet the needs of others.