We Have Come This Far By Faith
Twenty-one members, who separated from Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, founded People’s Community Church in May 1954. These members were known as the Pathfinders. The Pathfinders wanted to establish a church that was free of politics and would embrace all religious beliefs. Reverend Carlyle Fielding Stewart was called to become the spiritual leader of the newly established church.
People’s Community Church was organized and established as an inter-denominational, inter-racial Community Church affiliated with the National Council of Community Churches. Membership grew rapidly.
In 1957 the First Baptist Church building located at 8601 Woodward at Pingree was purchased as the permanent home of People’s Community Church.
Excerpt from the March 1958 Spokesman by Rev. Carlyle Fielding Stewart
“The People’s Community Church shall be a free Fellowship of Christian men, women and children dedicated to the fulfillment of Christian principals thru common service for the common good. It seeks to carry out the principals of Jesus Christ in a cooperative way in all areas of social, economic, political and spiritual life. Our Golden texts are: “ I am come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) and “The Lord is that spirit: and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (II Cor. 3:17).
“We further believe that equal opportunity for physical, moral and intellectual development is the inherent right of every human being and we therefore dedicate ourselves to work toward that goal.”
“We affirm our faith in the law of love, as the Supreme Law of the individual and of our society; a love that is an active expression of the mutual understanding and good will, and which alone, can promote peace and establish harmony between people and nations.”
People’s Church invites all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, and desire to see the coming of His Kingdom, to share in His program which is outlined as follows:
- For the public and private worship of God.
- For Religious Education of children, youth and adults for the building of Christian character.
- For Christian social service.
- To bring people to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.
- For development of a fourfold life: physical, social, mental and spiritual.
- For the total commitment of the total person to Christ thru Christian Stewardship of time, talent and means.
All persons are eligible for membership in this church who publicly confess their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; and that the Bible contains all the truth that is necessary for complete salvation of man. They must believe in the brotherhood of all men. They must embrace the traditions of said church as a Singing, Praying, Tithing, Teaching, Serving and Loving church. Furthermore, the membership shall at all times consist of such persons as are members in good standing in the Church as shown by the records of said Church.
People’s Community Church, incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan, is governed by the majority vote of the active members present and voting at each of the Annual Church Conferences held in January and July. The direction of the Church’s day-to-day activities is the responsibility of the two governing boards and the Senior Pastor.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management of the corporation and elected by the active members at the January church conference.
The Board of Stewards is appointed by the Senior Minister confirmed at the annual conference and is charged with the spiritual affairs of the Church.
The Senior Minister is the Chief Executive Office (CEO) of the Church.
Who are we?
In 1954, People’s Community Church was founded as an Interdenominational Christian Church by the Reverend Carlyle Fielding Stewart and twenty-one “Pathfinders.” Its roots are in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the precious heritage and struggle of African-American spirituality. We have accepted the concept of Unity in Diversity as it relates to Traditions in the individual Christian churches.
What is a Community Church?
Community Churches are self-governing congregations under Christ. In this they are what is known as “free churches.” People’s Community Church is affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC).
Congregation Affirmation of Identity: We are the People’s Community Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are the followers of the way. We are the followers of the Jesus way, and we walk by faith and not by sight… and Oh, we’ve come this far by faith.