1. Why do the ministers wear robes?
Woodland’s ministers wear robes in worship because the robe is a symbol of reverence, humility, and respect for Christian tradition.
2. What does it mean that Woodland is “a CBF church?”
Several years ago, Woodland chose to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention. Woodland is now affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the San Antonio Baptist Association.
3. How does Woodland serve the world?
At Woodland we try to put feet to our words by doing hands-on ministry. If you choose to join our church, you will have opportunities to go on a short-term mission trip to La Blanca, Guatemala, or Moldova, build a Habitat for Humanity House, or serve in some other tangible ministry. Every Woodland member is asked to fill out a ministry questionnaire that lists all of the opportunities for service.
4. What is the meaning of the statement, “Every Member a Minister?”
Every member is a minister and we help each member find his or her place in serving through one or more ministries of Woodland. The church’s ministers that are employed are called Staff Ministers. Those who volunteer for a ministry are called Volunteer Ministers. All work together as servants of our one leader, Christ Jesus. Woodland believes that God can call and use women, as well as men. WBC is committed to the freedom of the local church, under the authority of Jesus Christ to shape its own life and mission, call its own leadership, and ordain whom it perceives as gifted for ministry, male or female.
5. Who can participate in the Lord’s Supper?
We have the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of each month. Any person who is following Christ and would see the Lord’s Supper as a time of commitment and celebration is invited to participate.
6. Why does Woodland ordain women into the ministry?
Woodland believes that God can call and use women, as well as men. WBC is committed to the freedom of the local church, under the authority of Jesus Christ to shape its own life and mission, call its own leadership, and ordain whom it perceives as gifted for ministry, male or female.
7. How accessible are the ministers at Woodland?
Since Woodland is a relatively small church, you will get to know the ministerial staff if you want to. The ministers are committed to serving individuals, not just preaching and teaching. Feel free to call to set up an appointment if you’d like to talk privately with any of the staff.
8. Does Woodland believe that the Bible is the Word of God?
Yes. We have a high respect for biblical scholarship, Christian education, soul competency, and the privileges and responsibilities of individual interpretation in Jesus Christ.
9. Do I have to be baptized or re-baptized to join Woodland?
If you have been baptized in another church, we do not require that you be re-baptized to become a member of Woodland. If you have not been baptized, we encourage you to do so as a symbol of your faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism at Woodland is an outward symbol of an inward commitment.
10. Do I have to walk the aisle at the close of the service to become a member?
We encourage you to make that decision public so our church can greet and welcome you. However, if you would rather not do that, you may meet with the pastor privately about joining Woodland.
11. Why should I actually join the church? Why not just attend?
Joining a church is an act of commitment. When you join Woodland, you are making a statement of faith: You will accept the responsibilities and privileges of being a part of a faith community. Once you join Woodland, you will not be pressured to do anything, but you will become a part of our community.
12. What happens after I join Woodland?
You will be placed in a care group. You will be given a new member’s packet. But most of all, you will be welcomed into our family of faith!