An Open Community
As Baptists, we come from a tradition of free-spirits and free-thinkers. We believe that everyone should be free to discover faith for themselves and that everyone should be free to express that faith authentically. As a community of faith, we come from different backgrounds, perspectives, and faith traditions. We celebrate our diversity because we believe the church is a place for you to come to ask questions, wrestle with life’s difficult problems, and grow in your faith with others.
We don’t require our members to sign or recite a creed or specific statement of faith. You won’t find a long list of things you can or can’t believe in. Following the earliest Christian confession of faith, we unite around the simple affirmation that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Of course, that does not mean that we endorse any and all beliefs. We do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive. We echo what has often been said throughout church history: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
This makes us a different kind of Baptist church than you may be used to elsewhere. That’s because our diverse church is Christian by tradition, Baptist by heritage, and ecumenical in outlook. We are united by three core beliefs:
- God loves everyone.
- Created in God’s image, everyone has gifts and abilities given by God.
- We can use those gifts to share God’s love with others and change the world.
If you’d like to learn more about our beliefs, come join us for worship or visit one of our small groups. It’s through the life of the church that you will get to know what we believe and value most.
Our Church Covenant: The Practices that Sustain Us
We believe that faith is not just about ideas, but the values and actions that form us. One of the best ways to learn about us is to read our Church Covenant. Since 1971, we have affirmed this covenant and committed to live out these values in their daily lives.
Vienna Baptist Church Covenant
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is called to live under His lordship and continue His ministry to the world.
We therefore covenant together as a local expression of His church:
To engage regularly in the worship of God, Bible study, and opportunities for growth in the Christian faith.
To live in Christian love and forgiveness in our families, congregation, and relations with all people.
To fulfill our Christian vocation through the stewardship of life and possessions, both within and beyond the congregation.
To proclaim the gospel through words and deeds to those whose lives our touch, and provide the resources necessary for others to do so throughout the world.
Click here to download a copy of the Church Covenant.