Once upon a time, people gathered together in an atmosphere of genuine love for one another, where people were accepted unconditionally – regardless of ancestry, social status, or their personal situation. It was a time when people freely gave to each other according to need. Sometimes the need involved food or money. Most often, it involved simply caring and offering support. The scene was first century A.D., in the early years of Christianity. Here, at Heartland Community Church, our goal is to build a community that believes in and practices those same values.
In September 1996, a group of individuals from Parma Heights Baptist Church began meeting together with the purpose of starting a new kind of church in the fast-growing area of Medina County. It was designed to be a “church for the unchurched,” for individuals who “had given up on church, but not on God.” This new church would be a safe place for those who were “seeking” God. It would be a church where they could feel free to sit back and consider the claims of Christianity without feeling any pressure in any way.
Much work went into structuring this church, and after a year of prayerful planning, Heartland Community Church began public services on September 14, 1997. Heartland is a young church, ready to meet the demands of a new century. Our desire is to be culturally relevant as we work to meet the needs of our community. We invite you to join us as we travel along on this great adventure and have fun along the way!
Like Parma Heights, Heartland Community Church is part of the North American Baptist Conference. You can learn more about the NAB by visiting their website!
Why We Do What We Do: Our Purpose
At Heartland Community Church, our PURPOSE is to engage people in the process of FINDING and FOLLOWING Jesus while SHARING His love with our community and the world.
We enjoy sharing our lives with people in our “sphere of influence” and inviting them to journey with us as we take one step closer to Jesus (1 Thessalonians 2:8). We desire to build intentional relationships that will enable us to share not only the Gospel of God, but also what Jesus is doing in our lives.
We are intentionally teaching people how to be “Disciples Who Make Disciples” by modeling what living life in the Kingdom of God looks like (Ephesians 4:11-13). One of the methods we use is forming smaller groups of people dedicated to pursuing intentional, relational discipleship.
We are empowering people to share the love of Jesus by using their gifts and abilities to serve others, and extend the Kingdom of God in our community and throughout the world (Mark 10:45 and James 1:27). We use many different methods to make this happen, including short-term mission trips, local outreaches, food drives and strategic missional partnerships with ministries and organizations that share values similar to ours.
We Are a Sending Church
We look ahead and see a world in need of love. It is our responsibility to share the love of Jesus with others, so in response they are able to be sent into the world to share that love as well. We believe God is actively seeking to reach others and is helping us train, encourage and support teams and individuals to be sent where God is calling them.
We see people being transformed by Jesus as they get connected to God’s Story and begin living that out in community. Life Groups, Connect Groups, Support Groups and Ministry Teams are the primary vehicles we use to facilitate this process.
We see people from all walks of life being recruited, trained and empowered to become the leaders God created them to be. We believe this will result in volunteer leaders (All Leader Training), interns and residents using their leadership gifts at Heartland and in our community, leaders developed through The Emerging Leadership Incubator, and ultimately The Center for Transformational Leadership being designed, developed and built.
We see ourselves expanding our partnerships with effective Local and Global Missions Partners who will enable us to share the love of Jesus even more effectively. We believe this will result in God’s Kingdom expanding exponentially by meeting the spiritual and practical needs of the people He loves so deeply.
We see a debt-free future that allows us to fulfill the mission God’s given us even more effectively! Our Generosity Team is working on helping our congregation realize this dream through programs like FPU, The Legacy Journey, and Personal Financial Coaching initiatives.
We Believe These Things
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and is God in the flesh. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. Jesus arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return bodil