Who is welcome to attend Victorious Life?
Everyone is always welcome. Our worship services are open to the general public and our congregation is ethnically and socially diverse. Even if you don't believe in Jesus Christ, you are invited to come as an inquirer and attend any of our gatherings.
Why is Victorious Life located in downtown Troy?
We believe in the vitality of urban life; and that Troy, New York, like many small cities, is a great place to live, work and worship yet is in need of spiritual and economic renewal. We believe that the Gospel is a vital part of any community's long-term prosperity and that God desires His Gospel, and therefore His church, to be at work in our cities and among the poor. While many local churches have forsaken our cities for greener pastures, Victorious Life has embraced the city of Troy as God's chosen field for our congregation.
What is the theological background of Victorious Life?
We are a charismatic evangelical Christian church that believes in the unchanging, historic tenets of the Christian faith and that the church is dependant upon the Holy Spirit’s power today to transform our lives, our culture and our community.
Is Victorious Life part of a denomination?
No. We are an autonomous local church that is self-governing and self-supporting. While we are not at all opposed to denominations as such, we believe that any over emphasis of doctrinal differences can lead to unnecessary divisions of the Body of Christ. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is God's love which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
How is the government of the church structured?
The eldership team is charged with the overall vision, doctrine and pastoral care of the church. The New Testament provides the biblical pattern of eldership. Elders are chosen and ordained according to the qualifications found in Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 and are the legal directors of the corporation and the spiritual governing body of Victorious Life. Our elders and deacons together serve in various capacities to support the life of our congregation and fulfill the ongoing mission of the church.
To whom are the church leaders accountable?
The elders and deacons hold one another accountable to the moral, ethical and doctrinal standards of the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. We also enjoy fellowship with many local and regional pastors for accountability and encouragement.
What kind of relationship does Victorious Life have with other churches?
We believe there is one Body of Christ with many expressions as seen in the varied local churches in the Capital Region. Through our eldership team and deaconate we are in regular relationship and communication with many different Christian congregations in the region. We readily partner with and support other local churches for the work of the gospel both locally and abroad.
How is the money handled?
Victorious Life depends on the generosity of our members. It is our free will offerings that support the ministry of our congregation and fund our missions work. Some households donate a regular percentage of their earnings as an expression of worship to God. There is strict accountability in the handling of our finances, from the counting process through the accounting process. Financial decisions are made by the eldership in accordance with our corporate by-laws and an annual report is published and given to the congregation. Victorious Life is debt free.
Do the pastors get paid a salary?
No. Each of our elders and deacons are bi-vocational, working full-time in the marketplace in addition to volunteering our time and talents to the work of the church. While we are not opposed to staffing pastors, our current arrangement allows us to direct a large portion of our funds to our local missions work while setting an example of service to the congregation and community. We currently employ a full-time office administrator to manage the daily business operations of the church.