Whether it’s your first time here, or you’ve been coming for a while and simply want to know more about us, you’ve come to the right place. Our heart is to: “Seek Jesus, Point to Jesus, and Walk with Jesus.” Below you’ll find the answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions.
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- How can I learn more about following Jesus?
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- What does your church believe?
Please visit our BELIEFS page for specifics, but simply put, we are centered around Jesus Christ and God’s revelation to us, the Bible. Through the teaching of His Word we learn about His character, plan, and love for us. As we grow in our understanding of Him, we experience His Spirit leading us to step out in ministry to one another and the world.
- When do you meet?
- Sundays at 10am and 6pm – Alpine Chapel’s main services. Please come early, to get a good seat!
- We have other Bible Studies and special events throughout the week. Please see our EVENTS page for more details.
- Where are you located?
Alpine Chapel is the cute, little church located half a block off the main drag in Telluride, Colorado. We’re also a block away from the famous Telluride Gondola. The address is: 122 S. Aspen Street.
- What denomination is Alpine Chapel?
Alpine Chapel is an interdenominational body of believers striving to live out the Biblical command to love God, each other and our neighbors well. Although our church began many years ago associated with the Southern Baptists and we have a deep love and appreciation for that particular denomination, we call ourselves ‘interdenominational’. Our senior pastor and associate pastor are both ordained with the Calvary Chapel Association through Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- What Can I Expect?
At Alpine Chapel our main weekend service is approximately 60-75 minutes long. We put a great emphasis on musical worship in our services. We believe that God made us to worship and He created music so that it reaches into the heart and soul of people unlike anything else. Therefore, it is woven throughout everything we do. Worship is our opportunity to reflect God’s love back at Him while allowing our hearts to be shaped the way that He wants them to be. It’s always an intimate time, led by our passionate worship team. Our church is made of people who have come from a variety of denominations and church backgrounds. We invite people to freely express their worship in a “decent and orderly” way during our services (1 Corinthians 14:40).We teach through the Bible with it’s original context and meaning as our starting point. Most times we’ll teach through a Book of the Bible verse-by-verse. Occasionally, we’ll center on a theme and dig deeper into a topic. Our goal is to breathe life into the people, places, and stories of Scripture and to always provide practical application of God’s Word to our lives today. Our desire is that Jesus, the Living Word, would touch your life during this time.
- What translation of the Bible do you use?
There are many English translations of God’s Word that we think are great. Truthfully, a person should use any translation that they will actually read! If the King James Version is your thing, great! If you are an NIV person, wonderful! However, in our main services, Pastor Michael teaches from the Christian Standard Bible, which is a highly readable, highly reliable translation that arrived in 2017. The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others. Please watch the two minute video below to learn more about this new translation.
- Is Your Building Handicap Accessible?
Yes, we have an elevator that can take a person from the Sanctuary to the restrooms and the children’s facilities.
- OTHER THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW:
- We enjoy a casual, relaxed environment; come dressed as you are… seriously!
- We are a community of people who love God, each other,… and you!
- We offer excellent ministries for infants and toddlers as well as an exciting Children’s Ministry, IGNITE, for older children. – We believe that worship is important for all ages, therefore, older children will join us for worship, and then be dismissed to their class.
- What is Alpine Chapel’s Vision?
Our vision is to reveal the authentic Jesus and His unconditional love and grace.We exist to:
- Provide sound Biblical teaching.
- Celebrate community through fellowship, discipleship, community service, outreach, and worship, while expecting nothing in return.
- Lead Spirit-filled, welcoming worship that shifts our focus to God and away from ourselves.
- Meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the community through our ministries.
- Bring people who do not know Jesus into a personal, saving relationship with Him.
- Equip people in multiple, thriving small groups to grow spiritually.
- Identify our spiritual gifts and find opportunities to use those gifts to serve.
We do life together, regularly meeting in small and larger groups, in order to connect to one another and our larger community.
- What is Alpine Chapel’s Story?
Alpine Chapel ministers to the community of Telluride Colorado to locals, second homeowners, and visitors. We are located at 122 South Aspen Street. We have been in our current location since completion of our building in 2010 and we are debt free.Alpine Chapel began as a mission church from Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado during the mid 70s. Alpine Chapel was originally named The Telluride Baptist Church. The Church began worshipping at the Porterfield Stone building in town. The small congregation met in the upstairs of the Porterfield building, which they called “The Upper Room.” The Telluride Baptist Church changed locations several times during the first 20 years. We met at the school lunch room, music room, private homes, the Christian Fellowship building, and the Nugget Movie Theater. And from the Nugget Movie Theater we moved into our current space. In 1997, Telluride Baptist Church became independent, self-supporting from Rosemont Baptist Church and was officially named The Alpine Chapel of Telluride. We continue to have affiliation with Rosemont Baptist Church as friends. Our congregation grew and the desire and possibilities to have a home building to worship was pursued. Money was raised and then land was purchased in Mountain Village. Plans and models were made, going before the architectural design review committee. It was determined that Mountain Village did not want or need a church. No church building would be allowed to be built on the lot owned by Alpine Chapel. The Chapel land was sold and the money was put into savings. George Greenbanks architectural building and land in town was up for sale. With God’s help, we raised funds again. All members gave as best they could. The Second Home Fellowship financially challenged each other to meet the remaining balance and the challenge was met. The land was purchased in 2008 and our plans were approved by the town. We broke ground in 2009 and the church was complete in 2010. We are so thankful that God blessed us with this building to gather. The church building is currently being utilized for Sunday Worship, Children’s programs, and other church ministry and community events. We continue to thrive within our own church building. In April of 2018 Alpine Chapel welcomed our new senior pastor, Michael Craft.
- What is your senior pastor’s story?
Michael Craft has been a pastor since 1989, and is ordained with Calvary Chapel. Michael has a sincere passion for God, a passion for people, and a passion for creating a platform to bring the two together. He grew up as a pastor’s kid and spent his boyhood moving quite a bit. He met his wife, Kelli, in a college study group, where he fell madly in love. They married in August of 1990. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in pastoral studies/theology by attending schools in Southern California and Central Oregon. He was a crazy youth pastor for eight years and then took the Lead Pastor position of a small church just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Michael continued his education, working towards his Master’s degree, at a Messianic Jewish Institute in Kansas City where he learned to love, read and teach the Bible in new and transformative ways. The church he pastored grew to an average of 900-1,000 persons a weekend and began making a loud noise for the cause of Christ in the small suburb. He and his wife were at this church for 18 years (from July 1995 until August of 2013). Michael and Kelli moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in August of 2013, where Michael served on the staff of Calvary Worship Center for 4 years, as an Equipping Pastor; Overseeing missions, children’s ministries, youth, young adults, a satellite campus, benevolence, and the counseling department. Michael and Kelli have three sons (Conor, Kolten, and Caleb), two daughters (Michaela-Rayn and Merci), three daughters-in-law (Amy, Diana, and Jocelyn), one son-in-law (Jonah), two granddaughters (Lovely Joy Craft and Ember Craft), and two grandsons (Ki Truth Craft and Honor Sunrise Craft).
Michael loves to give hugs, ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle, go to the gym, watch old movies, scream during NFL football (Go Chiefs!), be with friends, ski in Telluride, ride mountain bikes, listen to classic Christian rock 70 and 80s rock, and smooth Jazz, grill outdoors, scarf sushi, hang out with each member of his incredible family, and much more. He has some Scripture tattoos, a ssssslight ssssslur, and uses the expressions “dude” and “awesome” way too much. And for those who know what it is… Michael is a “2” on the Enneagram test.
- How can I get connected?
While Sunday morning worship is important, if that’s your only involvement with church, it’ll be difficult (okay, impossible) to become connected to our community in a meaningful way.There are several avenues to getting involved, and in turn, building relationships with other people at Alpine Chapel. Please explore this website for other ways you can jump in and become a part of all that God is doing here. Special classes, Bible studies, and regular community outreach events are just a few of the ways. Of course, you can always talk with someone in leadership, but perhaps most importantly, to get started you can attend our D.N.A. classes (these are offered on the second and fourth Sunday of every month at 11:30am and are meant to help people Discover more about Alpine Chapel, Navigate their way to where God can minister to them and through them at Alpine Chapel, and then be Activated into authentic and exciting ministry opportunities).