A different kind of Baptist church
We like to say that Wilshire is "a different kind of Baptist church." We're Christian by conviction, Baptist by tradition and ecumenical in spirit.
Wilshire is an inclusive Christian community of believers who meet weekly for worship and spiritual growth. We're a safe place to wrestle with life's questions and find your role in the mission of God to the world. Our mission is to build a community of faith shaped by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We are affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
What does it mean to be "a different kind of Baptist church?" Here's what Senior Pastor George Mason says:
"We mean nothing mean toward other Baptist churches, but the differences in style, approach and missional focus are palpable. We take Baptist convictions seriously. We practice the priesthood of all believers by celebrating the leadership of members in worship, ministry and decision-making. We do not default to the pastor or staff by delegating the work of the church to the professionals."
"Worship is centered on God, not on ourselves. We don’t come to entertain or be entertained. We sing and pray and preach as though God is the primary audience, not a casual observer of our gathering. Good choral music, hymn-singing instead of bands and big screens, are only signs of higher values. Tradition matters. The vertical is more important than the horizontal."
"A mind is a terrible thing to waste, even in church. We want informed faith, not blind faith. We don’t just wave the Bible and quote it; we study it and listen to it and wrestle with it and with one another over it. Disagreements do not lead to divorce, only to a more lively fellowship."
"A woman’s place in the church is wherever she is gifted to serve. Gender is a difference to celebrate, not to discriminate.The battered, the bruised, the broken and the bitter are welcome, along with the last, the lost, the little and the least. The church is a haven of healing as much as a sanctuary of saints. Since God is always more interested in our future than our past, so are we."
"We are open to all and closed to none."
There's a place for you at Wilshire.