Thank you for visiting HPClife.com. Highland Park Church is a church that
strives to meet you right where you are. Whether you are just curious about
church and God or you are a committed follower of Christ, you are welcome here.
Christ reached out to people of all ages and backgrounds and at Highland Park
Church we desire to do the same. We are a body of believers committed to
CONNNECTING with God; CONNECTING people; and CONNECTING the world to Christ.
This is the purpose behind everything we do.
What denomination are you?
Officially, Highland Park Church is
Highland Park Baptist Church. We are associated with the Southern Baptist
Convention through our giving to the cooperative program and our participation
in missions through the International Missions Board and the North American
Missions Board. Like all Southern Baptist Churches, we are not under the control
of any outside board or organization. But we recognize that we can accomplish
more cooperatively than we ever could as individual churches especially in the
area of missions. Highland Park is proud of our long heritage and association
with Southern Baptist.
Around 2008 we started identifying ourselves as Highland Park Church verses
Highland Park Baptist Church. There were several reasons for this shift.
- It is just shorter and
easier to say. As a matter of
fact most of our people refer to
us as HP. Once someone new sent
an email asking if HP stood for
“His People” or “His Purpose”.
We explained that it stood for
Highland Park (which is the name
associated with the area of town
where our current building is
- Our guest repeatedly
told us that our worship style
was not what they expected due
to their experience with other
“Baptist” churches. We found
that for one reason or another;
many of the people we were
trying to reach had negative
reactions to the word Baptist.
Others had certain expectations
of our church simply because we
were a Southern Baptist Church.
In an effort to eliminate every
barrier keeping us from reaching
unchurched people; we simple
began referring to ourselves as
Highland Park Church in the
- In recent years there have
been several divisive issues
among Southern Baptist and some
controversial resolutions made
at the national convention that
were broadcast in the national
media. In many of these cases,
we may have agreed with the
statements but not the way they
were communicated or the level
of focus the Southern Baptist
Convention was dedicating to
them. As a church, our mission
is to connect with people who do
not have a relationship with
Jesus and earn the right to
introduce them to Him. It seemed
counter productive to constantly
explain why other Baptist were
publicly boycotting or lobbying
against so many things. Many of
our people stopped using the
word Baptist to distance us from
these unimportant arguments so
that we could focus on the
important work of reaching
We are not ashamed or embarrassed to be associated with Southern Baptist. On
the contrary, we are proud of the Southern Baptist commitment to reach the world
for Christ. (It connects with our own mission!) The doctrine we believe and
teach is still the same as what other Southern Baptist Churches around the world
would say they agree with and teach themselves. All of our official legal
documents and the front of our building still read Highland Park Baptist Church.
We just tend to operate day to day with the name HP or Highland Park Church for
the reasons listed above. But our association with Southern Baptist and their
efforts to reach the world with the message of Christ is NOT a secret nor do we
want it to be.