Thank you for visiting us!
Bishop Designate Xavier L. & Lady Rinnita Thompson
Whether you’re visiting us for the first time, new to church, have been a Christian in the body of Christ for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome at Southern Missionary Baptist Church! It is our hope to take you on a journey where you can experience God, find family, discover where you fit in the body of Christ, and make a difference in the world.
Everything we do as a church is rooted in the infallible Word of God, with a Spirit of Excellence and filtered through our focus on building people to live a purpose-driven life through our five core values. Southern is a place where love is felt, lives are changed, and where the Holy Spirit leads. We continue to grow in grace through faith serving as one ministry in three locations.
To know Jesus and to make Him known. (Matthew 28:18-20)
To fulfill our God given purpose by evangelizing the lost, equipping the found and sharing the unconditional love of Christ.
Loving People, Making Disciples
OUR CORE VALUES
PRAYERFUL, PUNCTUAL, POLITE, PREPARED & PASSIONATE!
Consistent Communication With God
“And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
Respecting the Importance of Time
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Demonstrating Respect for Self and Others
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
In a State of Readiness to Do Our Duty
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared…”
(1 Peter 3:15)
Having a Heart for God and People
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord ad not for men”
WHO WE ARE
We are a community of faith with Baptist roots and a non-denominational fertilization that’s Loving People and Making Disciples. Love is the greatest gift of them all and with love, we inspire our congregation to elevate their thinking and continue to evolve to the next level of their lives. Without love, we don’t truly connect to the body of Christ and that connection is needed in order to create disciples for Jesus Christ. We believe that love is at the heart of all things because it helps us prioritize another’s well-being or happiness above our own. We choose to commit, respect, and care for others via the teaching of the word, giving back, and our various programs that are exclusive to Southern Missionary Baptist Church.
THE ASSIMILATION PROCESS
We believe that every member should discover where he or she fits in the local body of Christ. All members are encouraged to attend our Pastoral Bible Study to study together God’s word. Lastly, all members are encouraged to join a L.I.F.E. Group. Your attendance and participation is a deliberate act of faith and faithfulness. Each of these elements of Christian Education helps our members find their place in ministry and aids their understanding of how to appreciate and work with other people.
Our worship service is at the heart of our church’s ministry. This is the time we have set aside to worship and glorify God as a community. Our worship is designed for attendees to be in the presence of God and freely express their love and adoration to the Heavenly Father. Our worship includes elements that are both corporate and intimate, and meet the spiritual as well as the practical needs of worshippers. We encourage praising and worshipping the Father in spirit and truth through the lifting of hands, clapping, dancing, singing, shouting, praying and anointed preaching. We believe in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The sermons are biblically based, provocative, and relevant to the practice of our Christian faith in our daily lives. Preaching is oriented toward teaching.
WHAT TO WEAR
We focus on the heart more than on the outward appearance. When you come to our services, you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans and athletic shoes to as formal as suits and dresses. However, most people find themselves somewhere in the middle. We only ask that you wear clothing that keeps the focus off of self and on Jesus Christ.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes early in order to park, find your way into the worship center, and be prepared to worship.