The Ten Commitments of King’s Way

Built on the Bible

The Elders at King’s Way have made several commitments that are to be known, upheld, and promoted amongst the congregation. They are as follows:

1. King’s Way is committed to intimacy.

To uphold this commitment, the Lord’s Day assembly should not exceed 400 (including children). To prevent attendance from exceeding this capacity, the Session of Elders should anticipate and prepare to plant additional local churches to maintain this commitment.

2. King’s Way is committed to one service per Sunday.

Multiple services can often feel like multiple churches, which can be confusing and disorienting for members. Instead, King’s Way is committed to one gathering where all members attend together, creating a sense of ecclesiastical unity and shared experience.

3. King’s Way is committed to family-integrated worship.

King’s Way will not create children’s or age-segregated ministries that gather separately during the Lord’s Day assembly. King’s Way will offer an on-campus cry room for parents of babies where members can listen and/or watch the Lord’s Day Assembly while attending to the needs of their young children. Furthermore, the Session of Elders is committed to shepherding an affection for family-integrated worship.

4. King’s Way is committed to nurturing congregational singing.

The Worship Leader at King’s Way is responsible for enhancing the vocal abilities of the congregation, rather than relying on instruments or amplified vocals that can overpower their voices. Although we do not prohibit the use of instruments, we strongly advocate for their modest use, elevating the voices of the congregation to the glory of God.

5. King’s Way is committed to a post-assembly fellowship meal every Sunday.

The Session of Elders and the deacons will be diligent in organizing this important time for members to experience the deep sense of connection and love that is so clearly seen among Christians in the Scriptures.

6. King’s Way is committed to bi-vocational Pastors and Elders.

As an effort to guard against the temptation to compromise difficult truths or congregational admonishments in favor of financial supporters, all King’s Way elders and deacons will carry a second vocation alongside their pastoral duties and will not receive full-time salaries. However, we acknowledge that “the laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17-18). Consequently, particular elders are offered a housing stipend to support financial expenses. The particular compensation arrangements will be determined by a majority vote of the Session of Elders and available as public information to all King’s Way members. Compensation will be reviewed annually to adjust for inflation.

7. King’s Way is committed to having one elder per ten member families and one deacon per twenty member families.

Each member shall be assigned to a specific elder group and deacon group to ensure that adequate pastoral care is provided to all.

8. King’s Way is committed to hosting weekly men’s and women’s meetings.

The deacons shall organize the members into their elder groups or other effective structures. The minimum age for participation is 12 with the presence of a parent or 16 without a parent. The Session of Elders shall provide oversight for these meetings.

9. King’s Way is committed to radical hospitality. 

The Session of Elders and deacons shall promote regular and weekly hospitality among the members of the congregation. This shall include organizing house-to-house dinners, lunches, coffee meetings, play dates with children, and other activities that foster a stronger bond between the members. These activities shall aim to reflect the level of intimacy amongst Christians emphasized in the Scriptures.

10. King’s Way is committed to fostering an on-site and face-to-face church experience.

King’s Way will never offer live streaming of our Sunday assembly to the public as we believe in the importance of physical presence and connectedness among God’s people.

The Three Distinctives of King’s Way

Core Tenants of Scripture

Our mission is to cultivate a community of Gospel-fluent families who proclaim Christ in Prescott. That is, our hope extends beyond mere familiarity with the Gospel but for each member to possess a deep understanding of its mechanics and be equipped to articulate it with clarity and precision. To fulfill this mission, King’s Way has made the following distinctions:

1. We are Confessional

As a church, we will hold to historic, evangelical Christianity as confessed in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Confession of Faith. This commitment will offer theological clarity and accountability for church membership, discipleship, and church discipline.

2. We are Expositional

As a church, we hold to the faithful and systematic exposition of Scripture, allowing God’s Word to speak with authority, clarity, and relevance, illuminating its meaning, context, and application for the transformation of hearts and lives.

3. We are Covenantal

As a church, we hold to the corporate nature of God’s people, which sets us apart from the prevailing individualistic mindset of today. We believe that God calls His people to covenant with one another, binding them together as a community with shared responsibilities, privileges, and blessings that foster a sense of interconnectedness among our members.

We gather at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings with worship starting at 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and a fellowship meal after service from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

People arrive at 10 a.m., but our formal gathering does not start until 10:30 a.m. We host a biblically ordered worship gathering that is true to the Reformed faith, including prayer, the public reading of Scripture, and singing traditional hymns and Psalms. Each week, one of our pastors preaches expositionally (verse-by-verse) from the Holy Scriptures. Our worship gathering lasts 60-75 minutes, followed by a 90-minute fellowship meal (which is optional).

Believe it or not, this is one of the most asked questions we get. First and foremost, come as you are. But, just in case you’re wondering how most people around King’s Way will be dressed, men often wear khakis and a polo or button-up shirt. Ladies often wear dresses, skirts, or something slighter higher than casual. Pastor Dale Partridge has done a podcast on the topic of church dress that you can listen to here.

At King’s Way, we embrace a family-integrated approach to church. We love children. This means that during our worship gatherings, children sit alongside their parents. However, we understand the needs of infants and young toddlers, so we provide a designated cry area outside the sanctuary. This space allows parents to tend to their little ones during the gathering.

We meet at the Prescott Yavapai College Campus in Building 19, which is connected to the Library. You will see our King’s Way canopy, flags, and parking lot signs upon arrival. If you would like to join us this Sunday, please fill out this form and a pastor will get in touch with you.

We are a biblical, confessional, and historical church. Our official Statement of Faith is an abridged version of The Westminster Confession of Faith, which is available to read here. You can read a complete version of the confession at The Westminster Standard.

Like many individuals in Arizona, our pastor, Dale Partridge, lives with a chronic illness. Although he has experienced improvement over time and leads a mostly regular life, his condition stemmed from mold toxicity during his time in Oregon. This makes him particularly sensitive to specific environments, fragrances, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In light of this, Pastor Dale has meticulously chosen a newer, mold-free, and cleaner building for our congregation.

Recognizing that there may be others dealing with environmental sensitivities, King’s Way takes proactive measures. During services, you may notice air purifiers in operation, aiming to provide cleaner air for everyone. Additionally, we kindly request that attendees refrain from wearing strong perfumes, taking into consideration those with sensitivities, including asthmatics and those with COPD.

Furthermore, our post-service fellowship meal is designed to accommodate various dietary needs. Options will include gluten-free and dairy-free choices, thoughtfully labeled for those managing specific food sensitivities.

For those interested in delving deeper into Pastor Dale’s journey with chronic illness, his personal story is available for listening here.