Thanks for your interest in Woodland! We are a Baptist community of faith in North San Antonio where you, your faith, your questions, and your fears are welcome. We have two worship services each week: a relaxed, smaller service at 9:00 am in Maresh Fellowship Hall, and a rich, warm service led by the choir at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. In both services, expect to sit next to a smiling face, sing some great hymns, hear a challenging, thoughtful sermon, and pray alongside our church family.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Woodland’s ministers wear robes in worship because the robe is a symbol of reverence, humility, and respect for Christian tradition.
Several years ago, Woodland chose to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention. Woodland is now affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), including the CBF of Texas, and Fellowship Southwest.
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 Laredo, Mexico, or Macedonia. You may help build a Habitat for Humanity House, cook with a team for the San Antonio Rescue Mission, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. We have a high respect for biblical scholarship, Christian education, soul competency, and the privileges and responsibilities of individual interpretation in Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A Letter from our Pastor
WHY JOIN A CHURCH?
Join a church to experience the fullness of life. Church is a place to experience all that life has to offer—celebration of births, the journey from childhood to adulthood, marriage, service, commitment, celebration of holidays, and much more. Of course, church is also a place for healing and wholeness. Communities of faith gather around each other to carry each other through the loss of loved ones, divorce, addiction, grief, etc.
If your life seems to lack the depth you are looking for or maybe you want to find a group of friends to share life with, church is a place to experience the fullness of life God has to offer us. We experience this through serving God by caring for the vulnerable among us. We experience the fullness of life each week worshiping God together, reading the bible together, and sharing meals around the same table.
There are many great churches to choose from in San Antonio. My hope is that you find a supportive community of faith to call home. I hope Woodland can be that place for you.
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH IS WOODLAND?
This is a good question to ask any of our members. I’m sure they all might have a different answer for you. We are a caring, committed community of faith trying to share and explore the Spirit of Christ. We have a number of missions and ministry partners. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, including CBF of Texas and Fellowship Southwest. We are a different kind of baptist church. We are committed to having open minds and open hearts as we try to serve our community and follow Christ more closely.
WHAT WILL EVERYONE ELSE BE WEARING?
You’ll see a wide range of dress from weekend casual to business formal. We want you to be comfortable and authentic to who you are.
WHERE DO I FIT IN HERE?
We want to help you discern your gifts and strengths so that you can use them to serve the Kingdom of God.
There are plenty of opportunities to at Woodland to worship, learn, and serve. I am confident there is a connection place for you here to use your gifts and strengths. But, this is a place not just to serve, it is a place to belong. We hope you will feel a part of the Woodland family of grace from the moment you walk through the door.
Grace and peace to you!
We welcome people to become members in the following ways:
- By your profession of faith in Christ, followed by baptism by immersion.
- By transfer of your membership from another church.
- By giving your statement of a prior conversion experience and baptism by immersion.
- By affiliation, as a Christian from another denomination not desiring re-baptism.
Our pastor would love to meet with you if you have any questions about membership. Joining is as simple as coming to the front of the sanctuary on Sunday morning during the hymn of response. The pastor will welcome you, ask you to fill out an information card, and introduce you to the congregation.