OUR STORY"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42
If Jesus started a church today, what would it look like?
We believe His church would be:
While preparing a message on the book of Acts, Pastor Rod was moved to start doing church a new way…actually an old way…the way it was originally done.
He realized that most people come to church for a few basic reasons. They want to commune with God. They want to learn about Him. They want to fellowship and connect with other believers. As they grow, they want to serve and learn to use their spiritual gifts.
With a master’s degree in Christian Leadership and a master’s degree in Education (along with over 30 years of experience as a high school science teacher), Pastor Rod realized that sitting in an audience is not the optimal way for most people to learn. Generally, students have always done better when they are interacting and engaged in a discussion.
People don’t connect with one another sitting shoulder to shoulder…they connect when they are interacting face to face.
People aren’t equipped by watching and listening…they are equipped by doing.
If learning about God and connecting with other believers are the reasons people come to church, then perhaps church should be be a lot less formal and a lot more personal. Is it possible to format church in such a way that there can be dialogue, questions, discussion, and a lot of interaction? We believe it is possible IF you’re willing to ‘think outside the box’.
It was for these reasons that Heartland Bible Church was birthed.
Heartland Bible Church is a discipleship-focused church that encourages each person to have an authentic relationship with God and with others. Our church takes a hands-on approach to ministry. And we watch champions emerge.
This is our story and why we’ve come to do church with a radically new (but actually old) way of thinking!
(Heartland Bible Church is a subsidiary of Guard the Heart Ministries, Inc. For more information please visit: www.GuardtheHeart.com)