The Church of Christ worships as a community, without organizational hierarchy.
Members take on varying multigenerational roles in this grassroots congregation, said Elder Tim Miles.
"The government is political enough. Leave it out of the church," Miles said.
Miles' father, Robert Nichols is another elder. He spends time in Japan on missions, leading by example as illustrated in the church's multigenerational mission. When he's stateside, Nichols worships in Payson on Sundays.
"Jesus said, ‘my kingdom is not of this world ... so it's not supposed to be somebody over everybody else,'" Miles said.
The scriptures in Collosians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 speak about singing and making melodies in one's heart. During prayers, the congregation lifts their voices in an a cappella song.
"A typical meeting is just simple New Testament worship."
Members of the Church of Christ take the New Testament at face value.
According to Miles, the congregation follows the ideology: Where the Bible speaks we speak and where the Bible is silent members of the Church of Christ are silent.
"We never read of Jesus or any of the apostles going through any schooling," said Miles. "Basically Jesus said not to call any man father upon this earth [Matthew 23:9]. We are all brothers."
A major premise of the church is to seek out God's will -- He is the creator of all things. The notion of God creating all things is found in two areas of the Bible: Genesis in the Old Testament, and in Collosians 1:15 in the New Testament.
The congregation was originally organized about five years ago by Jack Parmenter, now deceased. The group met in Whispering Pines. Upon Parmenter's death they rented the administrative meeting room of Payson Unified School District.
Those interested in learning more about the church are welcome to attend services at 10:30 every Sunday morning. The meeting room is located at 514 W. Wade St. For more information, contact (928) 474-2096 or (928) 474-4820.
This story is another part of the Roundup's continuing series on how the churches in the Rim country add grace and beauty to our community.