Typically following the Lord's Supper, we provide an opportunity to make an offering. This is the means by which our members make their weekly contributions in support of our ministries. Occasionally, we will also take a collection for special needs in our community or throughout the world. As our guest you are welcome, but not expected, to make a donation, especially if you are unaware of the church's intended use of the funds.
You will notice that the preacher doesn't have a title such as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as brother, mister, or, just called by his first name. The term "Pastor" is from a Greek word that is also translated "shepherd," and is used in the Bible to denote the responsibility of the elder to provide guidance and safety for the congregation. It is not an automatic title for the preacher, unless the preacher also serves as an elder.
The preacher won't be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments (special robes), which set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm that all believers are priests and are equal in God's sight.
At the close of most sermons, the preacher typically extends an invitation. This is simply a time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment of membership, be baptized into Christ, or request prayers.
The preacher will encourage those who wish to "respond" to come to the front of the auditorium, while the congregation sings a hymn. This is not a time to feel uncomfortable; no one will be singled out in any way. There may be several who respond, or there may be none. Some may respond for baptism. Some may confess sins. Some may ask for prayer for a specific need. Some may want to "identify" or "place membership" with this church. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion and for the remission of sin.