Committed to teaching and obeying the word of God

Why We are a Non-denominational or Community Church

Trinity Bible Church is a non-denominational community church in Lynden, WA. For more information on the church, start at our Home Page.

What Does It Mean to be Non-denominational?

When we say we are non-denominational, it means, primarily, that we do not belong to a larger organization of churches. We believe God has invested authority in the local body of believers, not in a denomination or a greater governing body.

What Does It Mean to be a Community Church?

Community church is synonymous with local church. It means we are grounded in the community. It means our body is made up of people from the community. It means we are committed to the community. And it means our primary outreach is in the community. We are a church in Lynden and North Whatcom County.

Don’t Others Use Those Terms Differently?

Yes.  Unfortunately, many have come to use non-denominational and community to mean that they have few doctrinal distinctives. It means, for them, that those who attend the church are free to believe whatever they choose and no one will ever say anything or do anything that challenges those beliefs.  In fact, in their thinking, if someone were to say anything, it would be deemed divisive.  We do not believe that is consistent with what Scripture teaches.*

What are Trinity Bible Church’s Distinctives?

We are baptist, in that we believe in believer’s baptism by immersion. We hold to the doctrines of grace. And we are committed to God’s word as our sole authority. You can find more on our Beliefs Page.


* In the Bible, divisiveness is not described as the church (elders or fellow believers) pointing out aberrant beliefs. Elders are commanded to “give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9, 2 Timothy 4:2).  It is essential for a strong church.  The Bible describes divisiveness as refusing to submit to what the Word of God teaches.  Thus it is the person holding the incorrect belief that is divisive and damaging unity, not the one who gently and lovingly confronts error.