Welcome

We’re a multisite, intergenerational church, who is a part of a global network of Christ-centered churches called the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Our worship is vibrant, our preaching is practical and our ministries help us find hope as we grow closer to Jesus.

While nothing can replace a personal visit to one of our weekend services, we’d like to give you an idea of who we are and what we’re all about.

We believe there are three basic experiences that help us grow closer to Jesus and find hope.

Loving God Back

Glorifying God through right actions and attitudes will bring our greatest stirring.

Experiencing Life Together

Loving each other at all costs to prove that we are His disciples will be our greatest strength.

Responding In Faith

Using our time and talents for the sake of others will be our greatest blessing.

Our Vision

We believe everyone needs the hope Jesus offers, so our passion is to help people find that hope and grow in a relationship with Him. Much of what we do is aimed at reaching people around us by sharing God's love in practical ways. Our approach is grace-driven and truth-led. We emphasize grace and acceptance, yet we’re equally passionate about truth, as we help people understand who Jesus is and how to take the next right step in their journey of faith.

One Church, Many Locations

Fairhaven Church has three campuses in the Dayton area. We hope you’ll find the location closest to you and attend one of our services.

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Beliefs

At Fairhaven we embrace ministry in the context of real life, knowing that our mission is rooted in the great truths and promises of Scripture.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures and will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.

Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 1:34-38; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 2:9; Romans 5:9; Acts 2:23-24; Hebrews 8:1; Matthew 26:64

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 14:15-18; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; John 16:7-11

The Bible

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.

2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-16

Man

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 21:1-4

Salvation

Man, being disobedient incurred both physical and spiritual death. Because of this, all men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become children of God. Those who reject Him face an existence of everlasting conscious punishment.

Romans 7:18; Psalm 51:5; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 2:8; Matthew 25:41

Baptism

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change, as a follower of Jesus Christ publicly identifies himself or herself as a Christ-follower. Baptism means, “to immerse or saturate,” and at Fairhaven we follow the New Testament example of baptism by full immersion. Baptism symbolizes the putting to death of the old life separated from God and embracing the new life we have in Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit.

Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19

The Church

The local church is a group of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for prayer, fellowship and the proclamation of the Gospel. The “Church”, on the other hand, consists of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the Head of the Church and has commissioned all believers to go into all the world as witnesses, preaching the Gospel to all nations and peoples.

Romans 16:5; Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 12:28