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 bodily again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15;
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s). As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:11, 18; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Inspired Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and are incredibly valuable to Him. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; John 3:16; 1 Peter 5:7; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8- 9; John 1:12; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Satan and all the other evil beings are real personalities in rebellion against God, and are seeking to deceive all mankind.
Matthew 4:10; Revelation 12:9
About The Church
The Church is the Body of Christ, composed of all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
About The Ordinances
Jesus commanded us to profess our commitment to Him through believer’s baptism and by sharing in communion.
Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
Once you’ve decided to commit your life to Jesus and become a Christ-follower, the Bible says the next step in your spiritual journey is to be baptized. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Three times each year we celebrate changed lives through the sacrament of baptism.
Child dedication at Heartland is available to parents as a ceremony of covenant between parents and God, on the behalf of the child. In many ways it is truly a “parent dedication” service as parents declare their commitment to raise their child in the Christian faith.
What’s The Point of Formal Church Membership?
Three Reasons for Church Membership
First, we believe that the concept of church membership is biblical. Although the actual term “church member” isn’t found in the Bible, we believe that the concept is implicit throughout the Scriptures. Believers in Christ have always identified themselves with a specific local church body and were challenged to become “owners” in the ministry rather than mere consumers.
Second, formal membership is valuable to the leaders of the church as they seek to fulfill their God-given task of pastoring. It’s also important to identify those who truly compose the community of Heartland, in order to know who can be counted on to build and sustain the ministries of the church.
Third, we believe that membership benefits the individual. Many believe that we are living in a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, therefore recognizable membership is a step of getting “out of the stands” and on to the field. When we take this step, we have the opportunity to participate in various ways as we publicly affirm our commitment to Christ and to a specific local church body. The leaders of a local church also have the opportunity to commit to praying for you and serving you in the name of Christ.
Ultimately, the moment you decide to commit your life to following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a “member” of the universal church that is made up of all who follow Him (1Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; Colossians 1:13-22). We would love for you to consider becoming a member of our local church family as well.
Steps Toward Membership at Heartland
We invite you to sign up for our Membership Seminar at the Event Registration Desk in the lobby or by calling the Church Office at (330) 725-1948. Our Membership Seminar is held three different times throughout the year.
After completing the Membership Seminar, anyone wishing to become a member of Heartland Community Church is invited to complete the Family Covenant and submit it to the Servant Leadership Team for consideration.
Do you have more questions about membership?
For more information, contact the church office at (330) 725-1948.