OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What denomination is Heartland Church?
Heartland Church is a non-denominational church.
Where is Heartland located?
Heartland is located at Medinah Baptist Church, 900 Foster Ave, Medinah, IL. Please follow the parking lot signs to be directed to our worship service.
Does Heartland offer Children’s Church?
Yes. Heartland offers Children’s Church during our worship service for children aged infant to 5th grade.
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 a 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 informal discussion surrounding the 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 (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 most people find it helpful to bring along a Bible (you can also use your mobile device!) and a notebook.
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.
Why does Heartland only meet on Saturday and not Sunday?
Great question! We have definitely considered meeting on Sundays, however, we have found that a Saturday evening Worship Service works better for us for a few reasons. First, it is very difficult to find rental property for a church service on a Sunday morning without a considerable amount of set-up and tear-down. In addition, we often encourage our church family to take a time of rest and Sabbath. Meeting on Saturday evenings allow many of our families to have a quiet day of relaxation or a wonderful day of family fun! Lastly, some of our church family members are in “recovery” and offering church on an evening when people are at high-risk for relapse has been quite beneficial to their sobriety 🙂
What does Heartland's church government look like?
Guard the Heart Ministries has a Board Of Directors which serves as Heartland’s Deacon Board. They strictly oversee Heartland’s 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.)
What is your affiliation with Guard the Heart Ministries?
Heartland Bible Church is a subsidiary of Guard the Heart Ministries, Inc.
Guard the Heart Ministries, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) organization with an established Board of Directors. This Board of Directors oversees all the financial accounting of Heartland Bible Church.
(Heartland Bible Church believes all churches should have qualified Elders to oversee the spiritual direction of the church.)