Visiting any church, especially a larger one, for the very first time can be a tough experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Longview Baptist Temple will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and “at home”! Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
You can’t miss our loop-front property conveniently located at 2200 W. Loop 281 across the street from the Super One grocery store. Look for our parking attendants at the main entrance and they will will direct you as you enter the parking lot. Hospitality greeters will meet you at any door to the building, give you a complimentary church bulletin, and direct you to the right classes or services. They can also answer other questions you may have.
Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and provides a smaller group setting where you are invited to meet people, enjoy perhaps some coffee and donuts, and hear a teaching lesson more directly applicable to your life-stage. The best way to get to know people at Longview Baptist Temple is to visit one of these adult Bible Sunday school classes. After Sunday school, there is a brief intermission and then the main 11 a.m. service begins in the auditorium. You will enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music of the choir, orchestra, ensembles, and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Bob Gray II. The 11:00 am service is a little over one hour in length.
Where do I take my children?
Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for children of every age. During every service there are safe, clean, and highly staffed nurseries for children two years old and under. For the infants, mothers can request a pager so that the nursery attendants can easily contact you if there is a need. For children three years old through sixth grade there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. Hospitality greeters can direct you to the appropriate nursery or children’s classroom.
What about my teens?
Our teen Sunday school classes are broken down into three main divisions: junior high, high school, and College & Career. Most of the teens attend a class for one hour at 10 a.m. and then attend the main service at 11:00 a.m. with their parents.
How should I dress?
There is no strict dress code to attend our public services, but in case you’re wondering, a majority of our church members wear their “Sunday best”—the men in a dress shirt and dress slacks, typically with a tie, and the women in modest dress.
Who is Pastor Bob Gray II?
Pastor Bob Gray II has been the senior Pastor of Longview Baptist Temple since 2009. Prior to this position, he was on staff as an assistant pastor for over twenty years. Pastor Gray is also the Chancellor of Texas Independent Baptist Seminary & Schools, which is a ministry of Longview Baptist Temple. You can read more about him here.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Longview Baptist Temple for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
If there’s something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Longview Baptist Temple will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you’ll feel right at home from the very first moment you step onto our property! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!