Are you looking for a church home? Have you been visiting and thinking about joining Olive? Are you a new member to the Olive family? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, this class is designed specifically for you! This monthly class is a one-time session that gives you information about our church, its structure and our strategy to reach the world for Christ. The class, led by Fred Witty, will end with a tour of the facility. Join us the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm at the guest welcome center in the main foyer..
For more information, contact Cindy Weatherall at 850.475.1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to have you visit with us at Olive. We want to encourage you, challenge you to be more like Jesus Christ, and help you find a place to serve our great God.
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible should you come and visit with us. Below is a list of common questions those unfamiliar with Olive usually ask. If you're still unsure about anything, please feel free to call us at 850.476.1932 with your questions.
On Sundays, we have morning worship at 9:30 and 11:00am and evening worship at 5:30pm.
Common elements of our worship gatherings include a large choral/orchestral number, baptism, congregational singing, a testimony video, and perhaps a musical solo, followed by a message from Pastor Traylor.
We've found the key to meaningful relationships and spiritual growth is in small groups. On Sundays we gather in Connection Groups that meet at 8:00 or 9:30am. Find a group that fits you and get involved!
Church attendees' clothing varies from jeans to suits. Feel free to come dressed anywhere in between.
Olive is located at the corner of Olive Road and Davis Highway just north of Interstate-10 at exit 13.
You can use the map below to help find us, or you can get directions.
There are welcome stations in both the main foyer area of the Worship Center and in the Simmons Building (children's building). There will be people there who will be happy to help you find where you need to go.
There is parking for first time guests in the small shaded parking lot on the north end of the complex between the Simmons Building and University Parkway. There will be a greeter there to help you find your way.
Handicap parking is provided in two areas: on the Davis Highway side in front of the ROC and on the Northwest side of the complex next to the Simmons Building and the Worship Center.
There are actually 14 entrances through which to enter the complex on Sundays, so the main entrance is really the one that is the most convenient for you to enter through. For security reasons during weekday operations we keep only three entrances open: the two covered drop off areas and the ROC entrance.
At 8:00 and 9:30am children (birth through 5th grade) meet for classes in the Simmons Building. Middle school classes meet in Rousseau Hall and most high school students meet in Passmore Hall. Worship Care (at 9:30 and 11:00am) is provided for children K5 and younger, but older children are expected to join their parents for worship.
If you are a guest at our church and fill out a guest registration card, we will contact you to let you know we appreciated your visit and to see if you have any questions that we could help you with. Most of our contact times will be on Monday evenings.
To become a member of Olive is to identify with the church and to express an intent to support the church through service and giving. In Scripture we see where believers were identified with various churches – this meant they worked in and supported that church. If you are a believer, then you are already a part of THE CHURCH, which is the body of Christ comprised of all believers. However, it is beneficial to your personal growth as a believer to join a local church. And it is beneficial to the growth of the local church as you give of yourself and your resources.
Once you have discerned that God is leading you to join our fellowship, you will be given an opportunity to join our church at the end of each Sunday service. You can come to the pastor or one of the pastoral staff members to tell them your decision. Then you will be introduced to an Encourager, who will talk to you in more detail.
There are basically four ways you can join Olive as a member:
Baptism is a command that the Lord Jesus gave to His followers. In fact this was the first thing He did at the beginning of His ministry on Earth. We require this because we believe the Bible is very clear about baptism being for all believers. We see in Scripture where baptism is only for believers and not for children or infants who have yet to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Finally, we see baptism as being symbolic and not something that is essential for one's salvation. We do believe that if a believer has not been baptized then he or she will not experience God's full measure of blessings because they have yet to follow the very first command that Jesus gave us to follow.
There are several reasons why we do this:
Yes. We have found that individuals or families who are here for only a few months and still join are much more involved than those who don't. This also helps them to more easily find and get involved in a church at their next duty station.
Yes. You can participate in many aspects of the body life of the church, but you will not be allowed to be in leadership or to participate in the church business sessions. Incidentally, we have found that those who are not members are less likely to be fully involved in the church and tend to not grow as fast spiritually as those who become members.
You will find Pastor's sermons online freely available for you to download.
Dr. Traylor uses the New American Standard Bible (NASB). However, he uses many other translations to study and prepare his messages.