What Makes Us Different

At Clemson Community Church we strive to live as an authentic 1st century church in the 21st century. What does this look like?
  • Emphasis on developing deep, meaningful relationships with one another
  • Caring for those with emotional or physical needs
  • Being a praying church
  • Helping one another grow in faith and love
  • An outward focus - bringing help and the gospel to others 

For us, church is not just a building (although we have one). It is not just a Sunday morning service (although we have that too). It is not measured by how many programs we have. (Most of our get-togethers are more informal.) It is not leadership-centered (although we do have pastors). It is about all believers in our local body living a Christ-focused life together, serving one another, helping one another, and loving one another.

Here are a few additional distinctives about our church:

  • We do not "pass the baskets" or ask for an offering. Our regular attenders simply give as the Lord leads. (We have a "giving box" that can be used anytime.)
  • We do not believe that a church needs full-time paid pastors in order to operate effectively. At present our pastors receive no funds from the church. All giving goes into outreach/evangelism activities, ministry to the needy, minimal secretarial and other staff support, and facilities maintenance.
  • We do not have formal membership procedures. We don't see these in the Bible, and we don't think they are necessary. If you are a Christian believer who attends regularly, we see you as a "member" of the church.

Relevant Scripture

"I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (Jesus praying) - John 17:20b-23

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. - Acts 2:42-47

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. - Acts 4:32-35


Clemson Community Church is a member of Great Commission Churches, an association of evangelical Christian churches in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia devoted to Jesus Christ and fulfilling of the Great Commission. As the name suggests, it has been the constant goal and desire of Great Commission churches to help fulfill the Great Commission. Consequently, the churches have always been characterized by a strong commitment to evangelism.

Great Commission Churches functions as an interdependent family of churches where each church is autonomous and self-governed, but united in mission, doctrine, and core values. Great Commission churches team together for conferences and missionary efforts.

Clemson Community Church regularly gets together with Great Commission churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for mutual support and accountability. In addition, the Great Commission churches in the southeast region work together to plant churches and to provide conferences and other opportunities for personal growth.

Devotionals, Conferences, and Other Opportunities

Faithwalkers Journal is a daily devotional that can be read online or delivered to your email. Hard copies (produced quarterly) are also available at the church.

Faithwalkers Conference is an annual conference sponsored by member churches and ministries in Great Commission Churches that rallies young people, couples, parents, and families to be devoted to Jesus Christ and the Great Commission. From December 27-30, Christians from Great Commission churches gather in Asheville, North Carolina to be inspired to live passionate lives for their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. An additional Faithwalkers conference takes place simultaneously in Omaha, Nebraska.

Life Training is a weeklong conference for high-school and college students to grow and anchor their faith in Christ. In recent years the conference has taken place in July at Wilmington, North Carolina. Life Training is sponsored by the southeast region of Great Commission Churches and other individual Great Commission churches.

LINC (Leaders Impacting the Nations for Christ) is a 10-week summer program for college students who desire to become strengthened and equipped to serve Christ for the rest of their lives. Weekdays are open so that students can work, saving up for their next year of college. Evenings and weekends are filled with activities to grow and build up students' faith. Details of the coming LINC program are announced each spring.