There are many benefits of being part of a non-denominational church. While many people believe that this kind of church is somehow different in many ways and has a much more conservative viewpoint than more traditional ones, this simply isn’t true. Being a part of this kind of faith can have its challenges, but the rewards are more than worth it. We’ll take a closer look at some of the advantages of being part of this kind of faith.
There are several differences between traditional churches and non-denominational churches. The first major difference is that the former do not formally separate from their local church group (i.e., the members all share the same beliefs), while the latter do. Traditional churches also usually distance themselves from their confessionals or bibliographic beliefs by not officially aligning themselves to a particular Christian denomination. Non-denominational churches, however, do this more often by choosing to separate themselves from denominational and bibliographic beliefs.
Another important distinction between traditional and Non-denominational church is the way that they handle their sacramental and spiritual issues. While the former tend to downplay any spiritual or theological attachments to their beliefs, and allow their spiritual issues to be settled purely on a personal level, the latter tends to treat these beliefs as foundational to their membership. The former may not emphasize them, while the latter openly discuss and accept their presence in their membership. While there are some Catholic churches that tend to downplay or even reject the presence of spiritual issues within their membership, most Catholic churches welcome non-traditional spiritual beliefs.
Some of the differences in the way that these two kinds of churches treat their members also come from their definitions of what it means to be a “person.” While all denominations agree on the idea of being “soul-filled,” there are few that truly define what a soul is. While the traditional teachings of the Christian faith lay claim to defining what a human being is, many non-denominational churches begin their teachings with what might be considered an empty definition: “a person born into the Christian faith.” While the soul/soul concept is the basis of much of the teaching of the Christian faith, many other belief systems begin with some form of human animal, such as animal generated spirits, or ideas found in popular culture.
While the beliefs of many traditional Christian sects can seem quite confusing to the Unitarian Universalist who does not claim to have a clear-cut understanding of its underlying meaning, the more Catholic churches tend to make the issue of soul and body far less complicated. They treat the idea of being made in the image of God and having a body which is part of that image less significant.