Frequently Asked Questions

Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions. Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.  If you’d like to submit a question or comment, Click Here!

What is a Church Plant?

The term “Church Plant” refers to a new church that is being started or “planted” in a new area under the sponsorship of a “mother” church.  Just as a newborn needs a mother to provide care, guidance, and oversight, our new church has been “birthed” in Shorewood through the sacrifice and leadership of First Baptist Church of Woodridge, IL along with the cooperation of dozens of other like-minded churches.  First Baptist of Woodridge served as our “mother church” as our new church was getting established.  On February 23, 2014 our church officially chartered as an autonomous local church.

What’s in the name Baptist?

This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice; the church should be autonomous or self-governing; the believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God; every Christian has equal access to God personally; God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church—baptism and the Lord’s Table; each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ; the separation of church and state is biblical; the believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation; there are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons. For a more detailed account of our beliefs with supporting Scriptures please refer to our Beliefs, Click Here!

What does it mean to be an independent church?

As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 12,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.

How can I be involved in ministry?

There is much room for ministry involvement at Shorewood Baptist.  If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other ministry opportunity, an appointment must be set with the Pastor. For some ministries, church membership and a waiting period would be required.

What is required for membership?

To become a member of Shorewood Baptist Church an appointment must be made with the pastor to hear your testimony.  You must first be saved and then baptized in a church of like-faith and practice and agree to our membership covenant.  You may be asked to complete a one-on-one discipleship course prior to membership.  During a Sunday evening service, you will be presented to the church to hear your salvation testimony and be received into membership by vote.

How are the finances of the church handled?

Annually, our church votes on the budget that is prepared by the leadership team. Throughout the year our trustees meet with our pastor to review financial matters. Monthly financial reports are made available to the church at the end of every month.

What is the church’s approach to financial giving?

We have never practiced high-pressure techniques or fund-raising schemes. Rather, we choose to annually preach and teach what God’s Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that teaching is between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.