About St. Charles Avenue Baptist
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Charles Avenue Baptist Church strives to
be a dynamic Christian fellowship committed to personal
growth in Christian
discipleship and empowered by the Holy Spirit to share
Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our
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invite you to visit us at St. Charles Avenue Baptist
Church. Whoever you are and wherever you are
on life’s journey,
we welcome and affirm you with open minds, open hearts
open arms. We cherish diversity and welcome all who want
to grow in a community of faith. Whether you are visiting
just for today or looking for a church home, you can find
a place at the table alongside persons from various
viewpoints, backgrounds and orientations. When you visit,
please give us an opportunity to know you by signing
guest register and by joining us for coffee and fellowship
at the close of the service. If you have questions or
please do not hesitate to speak with the pastor or any
of our members. In the name of Christ, welcome!
To sustain a worshiping fellowship, experiencing the awareness
of and fellowship with God and fellow believers.
be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in our
church, community and world.
be a church that emphasizes the stewardship of life, personality
and possessions to the lordship of Christ.
of the believer
believe each person is free to be his or her own priest
believe persons are free to make their own personal decisions
on matters of faith and be responsible for them. The Bible
is our textbook. We are free to study the Bible as individuals
and exercise scholarly interpretation of Scripture, as led
by God's spirit.
Free Church in a Free State
believe in the separation of church and state. No government
shall impose itself on worship, instruction or way of life.
of the Local Church
the authority of Jesus Christ, the local church is free,
through democratic government of members, to shape its own
life and mission.
History of SCABC
April 16, 1885, a Baptist mission of Coliseum Baptist Church
was begun in unused servants' quarters of the corner of
Maple and Cherokee Streets. On November 16, 1898, twenty-six
charter members created the Carrollton Baptist Church.
1901, the city of Carrollton was annexed by the city of
New Orleans. The small congregation of Carrollton Baptist
Church purchased property on the corner of St. Charles Avenue
and Hillary Street and changed the church name to Saint
Charles Avenue Baptist Church. The lot on the corner of
St. Charles Avenue and Audubon Street was purchased in 1924,
and in 1926 the church moved to its present location.
its history, the church proved instrumental in the development
of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the Southern
Baptist hospital and every other Baptist Home Mission agency
in New Orleans. Indeed, the church has always fostered a
strong emphasis and interest in both home and foreign missions.
Over fifty foreign missionaries have been members of Saint
Charles Avenue Baptist Church.
its relatively small size, Saint Charles Avenue Baptist
Church is known and respected throughout Baptist life for
its innovative ideas and creative leadership. For example,
the church has always invited women to fill important leadership
positions. In 1971, Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church
became the first Baptist church in Louisiana to ordain women
as deacons. In 1980, the church became the first Baptist
church in Louisiana to ordain a woman to the Gospel ministry.
to be a prophetic voice of faith in New Orleans and beyond,
Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church works to build and maintain
an attitude of openness and a spirit of acceptance, affirming
and living out true Baptist ideals. In a business session,
held Sunday, May 27, 2001, Saint Charles Avenue Baptist
Church considered, voted on and accepted the decision to
end affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.