OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What denomination is Heartland Church?
Heartland Church is a non-denominational church.
Where is Heartland located?
Covid-19 has brought about some unexpected, yet exciting, changes for Heartland. We are currently in the process of solidifying our move to Bensenville, IL. Heartland will be coordinating our grand opening with the Phase 5-RESTORE ILLINOIS reopening of our state. We will be posting the exact location details here as soon as they become available!
Does Heartland offer Children’s Church?
What can I expect when I attend a Heartland church service?
First of all, you can expect to feel at ease. There is no pressure at Heartland to be something you’re not and there is no pressure to give financially. We do not pass an offering at Heartland, we simply have an offering box available in a designated area.
Our weekly church begins each week with praise and worship. We then transition into a brief time of fellowship which includes a discussion question designed to help us get to know one another. This is followed by an expository teaching lesson that is presented that week. Next, we partake in the breaking of bread, or communion, every time we meet.
Here are the specific Scriptures that support why we do what we do during our weekly church service:
“Praising God” (Acts 2:47) is an important part of the gathering together of God’s people. Scripture tells us to enter into God’s presence with singing, praise and thanksgiving (Psalm 100:1-5)
Although the practice of taking communion at every gathering is not directly commanded in Scripture, there is strong evidence of this in Scripture. They “devoted themselves to the breaking of bread” (Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7)
A formal offering will never be taken, but the opportunity for giving will take the form of voluntary donations as people feel moved by God. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Teaching / Discussion
The central focus of any gathering will be “devotion to the Apostle’s teaching.” (Acts 2:42) The emphasis will be not only on teaching, but discussion if applicable (Deuteronomy 11:19), application (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and equipping for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Each service will include a time of prayer. Prayer is a foundational principal upon which the church is built. The believers in the early church devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 2:42). Believers are exhorted in Scripture to pray for ourselves (Philippians 4:6) and for one another (James 5:16). The goal is to become a family of believers (brothers and sisters in Christ). Believers in the early church got to know one another, so they could share one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), encourage one another, and build one another up.
What should I bring to a Heartland church service?
We are a discipleship-focused church so some find it helpful to bring along a Bible and a notebook. However, the YouVersion app we use allows for private note taking. Most people simply bring their phone or tablet!
Also, all of our weekly announcements and worship service Scripture references are provided in the YouVersion Bible.com app. Please be prepared to access the app throughout the worship service! For app download instructions please CLICK HERE.
What does Heartland's church government look like?
Heartland has a Board Of Directors which serves as Heartland’s Deacon Board. They strictly oversee Heartland’s ministries, financial accounting, and approve church expenditures.
In addition, Heartland believes the Bible calls for the plurality of Elders. Our Elders focus on the spiritual direction of the church and are responsible for shepherding, overseeing, leading, and caring for church members.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2
(Although this Scripture specifically refers to the role of Elders, Heartland Bible Church believes this universal principle can be applied to ministry leaders as well.)