Getting to Know Binkley: Frequently Asked Questions

There are many opportunities to get to know more about Binkley, from calling one of our ministers, to joining a small group, or ministry group, or attending a Church School class.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about our church community.

What kind of Baptist church is Binkley?
Binkley Baptist Church is a congregation of active open-minded, progressive Christians. We are part of a tradition of Baptists that honors the freedom of individual believers and local congregations. Binkley is committed to ecumenical relationships and interfaith conversations. We seek to honor the presence of God and follow the teachings of Christ as an inclusive Christian Community of Faith. We respond to the needs of our community, locally and globally. We are a welcoming and affirming church.

What does “welcoming and affirming” church mean?
Regardless of sexual orientation, gender, economic status, race, age, political affiliation, national origin, or spiritual tradition all are welcome at Binkley.

What are the church’s affiliations?
Binkley is aligned with the American Baptist Churches and was a founding member of ABCOTS (the American Baptist Churches of the South.) Binkley has been an individual congregational member of the North Carolina Council of Churches for many years and more recently the Alliance of Baptists and the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists. Binkley is also a partner member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA).

What is worship like at Binkley?
Worship at Binkley is creative, thought-provoking, spiritual, and honest. Our preaching is Bible based, intellectual, and relevant to our lives. Our services balance contemporary and traditional elements and worship styles. Our 8:30 am is less formal than our 11 am worship.

When are worship services?
Binkley has two regular worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am in the Lounge and 11 am in the Sanctuary.

Do you offer Christian Education (Formation) classes?
Yes, Binkley’s Christian Education program (Christian Formation) includes a church school for children, youth, and adults during the academic year, beginning the first Sunday after Labor Day. Classes take place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. In addition we offer numerous opportunities for discussion and learning including a weekday Bible study with the minister (Sermon Shaping), Wednesday Night Dinner and Conversation in the Fall and Spring, and a variety of small group opportunities.

What does Binkley offer for children and youth?
At Binkley our goal is to create a safe, caring environment where our children and youth can learn and grow on their faith journey. In order to achieve this goal we offer a variety of opportunities for children and youth. On Sundays we offer a Nursery where background checked, experienced caregivers watch over infants from 9:30 am until the close of worship. We also have Sunday Church School Classes for children and youth. Opportunities for children include: Worship with Children, becoming an acolyte, and a variety of service projects. Our youth also participate in service projects such as Habitat for Humanity. In addition they participate in Baptist Youth Camp, and Vacation Bible School. To learn more about our programs for children and youth please look under "Christian Formation".

How can I access audio of the worship services?
Our services are available for listening or downloading on our website under "Sermons", you may also print and read the sermons.

Who was Olin T. Binkley?
Dr. Olin T. Binkley was a professor and minister in Chapel Hill. He later served as President of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His Christian witness was an inspiration to our founding members.

Where do I park?
The church has an 85 space parking lot and additional parking is available at University Mall adjacent to the church.

Is Binkley accessible by bus?
Binkley is easily accessible through Chapel Hill Transit "F" bus. For additional information, as well as route maps and schedules, please contact the Triangle Transit Authority at 919-969-4900 or visit their web site @ http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1175.

Is it possible to schedule space at Binkley for meetings or events?
Yes, Binkley makes its facilities available to non-profit groups. Please look under "Facilities" on our website for more information.

Whom do I contact for further information about Binkley?
Please call our office at 919-942-4964 during office hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Or you can email us at office@binkleychurch.org.