What We Believe...
At Underwood Memorial Baptist, we uphold the right to freedom and diversity in belief. We unite under guiding principles rather than insisting upon rigid doctrinal conformity. We are progressive in our mission, and as a non-creedal church, we think it best that each person and each generation express their faith in ways that are relevant to themselves and to their community.
While we do not claim to be of one mind in all areas of belief, we share the following core values:
- We believe that every person is valuable to God and to God’s Kingdom just as they are, without regard to religious beliefs, background, age, race, culture, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This belief is manifested by our church being a place of welcome to all people.
- We believe in experiencing, celebrating and proclaiming the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ in what we do.
- We believe that evangelism is best accomplished by living a good and faithful life as an example of the Christian way of living.
- We believe that God has given every person spiritual gifts that are designed to be used for others.
- We believe that all members and associates of this congregation are ministers.
- We believe that relevant Biblical teaching, grounded in scholarship, transforms lives. Furthermore, it is every person’s right and duty to interpret scripture under the guidance of the Spirit, whether alone or in community with believers.
- We believe our worship must be diverse, vital, inspiring, alive and relevant to people’s lives.
- We believe that we are accountable only to God, not to other people, for our religious beliefs and practices.
- Following the American Baptist Tradition, we believe that each local congregation is an independent unit, democratically functioning in cooperation with other congregations and bodies.
- We believe in the separation of Church and State.
Our Constitution is below. Click here to open it in another window if needed