Our mission is to reflect the life and story of Jesus Christ by sharing his love and message with all people.

Thank you for visiting our website and getting to know us! We are located in the heart of Springfield, directly across from Missouri State University on the corner of Grand and National. The heart of UHBC has always been to serve and minister to the community. We believe that Jesus told his followers to love God, love others, and make disciples, and we strive to do that on a daily basis. 

If you're new to the Ozarks or looking for a church home, we think you'll find friendly people here to welcome you, so come join us!


Our Core Values

Active Caring We value compassion for hurting people that is expressed in action, not just words.
Worship We value worship that is heartfelt as we honor the living God.
Freedom We value the Baptist heritage of freedom expressed in the priesthood of the believer, the autonomy of the local church, and the separation of church and state.
Diversity of Thought We value the variety of views and perspectives that enriches our life together.
Learning We value education and the growth that takes place as we learn.
Authentic Witness We value the sharing of our faith that is done with respect for individuals and that is consistent with the lives we lead.
Missions We value both the local and global missions, and we express that value with prayers, learning, giving, and going.
Women in leadership — We elect men and women to vocational Christian ministry, as deacons, and in other leadership roles.


How to Join Our Church

Statement of Faith — Any person may be received who makes a public statement of faith in Jesus Christ and a willingness to be baptized.                                                                                                                                                                                   Baptism — Any person may be received by baptism after making a public statement of faith.
Letter — Any person may be received on a letter of commendation from any church of like faith and order.
Watchcare — A member of any Christian church may be received under watchcare upon a personal request while retaining membership in another church. Persons coming under watchcare have all the privileges of the fellowship except voting and holding office. Students or other short-term residents may do this if they do not wish to separate from their home church.

Please feel free to call on any of the staff pastors to receive additional information. You may call the church office at (417) 862-0789 for an appointment with our ministry staff or email us at uhbc@uhbc.org.



Affiliations

These partners help us accomplish our mission locally and around the world. 


American Baptist Churches USA
American Baptist Churches are missional congregations that nurture devoted disciples of Jesus Christ who live their lives in mission and ministry for the healing of the world through the love of God. ABC focuses on creating a community of faith where people of every race, nationality and culture gather as one in worship, service and work.


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network comprised of individuals and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. The diverse community includes partners all over the globe, and the fellowship supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith to action. With a deep respect for freedom, diversity and equality, the CBF encourages autonomy while inviting collaboration. 


Council of Churches of the Ozarks
The mission of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks is to improve the quality of life in the region through compassionate service and outreach to the most vulnerable by working together in the name of Jesus Christ. More than seventy member churches in the greater Springfield community work as partners and share in advancing the CCO mission. Each outreach service is understood to be both an expression of the CCO mission and an extension of the mission of each member church, and is a vehicle for advancing the common good.


Greene County Baptist Association
The Greene County Baptist Association is made up of more than 100 congregations located primarily in Greene County, Missouri. Their purpose is to glorify God, bless churches and build God's Kingdom. The diverse group is made up of city, suburban, rural and ethnic congregations. The Greene County Baptist Association glorifies God by assisting its churches in fulfilling Christ's mission.

 

What We Believe

Declaration of Faith

When men and women of like mind and common ideals feel called upon to band themselves together to form a Christian fellowship, it should be done in the spirit of reverence, in good conscience, and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to the end that, working together, they may carry out the spirit of Christ’s “Great Commission”.  Such is the spirit and the aim of the University Heights Baptist Church.

To achieve our aims, we believe we must have a common faith.  We believe, too, that common honesty demands a declaration of our faith as we affirm our place alongside the Christian churches of this community.  In regard to OUR FAITH: --

WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as our Lord and only Saviour.  We believe that the just shall live by faith in Christ alone.  Not in sacraments, nor ordinances, nor rituals; not in creeds, nor conventions, nor even in churches, but in Christ alone is our salvation!

WE BELIEVE, with true Baptists of all times, that the New Testament is the sole guide for our faith and practice, interpreted under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  Allowance has always been for divergence of opinion and for sectional differences in customs and practices.

WE BELIEVE that each local Baptist Church is completely autonomous, or self-governing.  This belief is founded on the authority of the New Testament; therefore, our ordinances --- the Lord’s supper and Baptism and all matters of polity are left where Baptist founders placed them – to the decision of the local Baptist Church.

WE BELIEVE that we follow the injunction of the New Testament in regard to participation in the Lord’s Supper -- that each person “should examine himself” and determine in his own heart whether he is prepared to partake of the Lord’s Supper with his fellow Christians.  On this ground, we count it a matter of joyous Christian fellowship to join with all Christians in this sacred ordinance.

WE BELIEVE that immersion is New Testament baptism; that this ordinance has no saving power, but that it is a matter of Christian obedience, therefore, we receive into our fellowship those who, upon profession of faith, have been immersed.

WE BELIEVE that true Christian fellowship, for which we strive, is based on a shared faith in God and on the equality before God of all people regardless of race, nationality or gender and we strive to make this high concept real in our agreements and to help us overcome our differences.  True Christian fellowship implies an understanding of and cooperation with others to achieve worthy goals; thus we seek to present to the world a spirit of unity and good will which is essential to the effectiveness of our Christian witness.

In our worship, we exalt the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and lift Him up that all people may be drawn unto Him.  We dedicate our building, our equipment, and our ministry to be channels through which God’s Spirit may flow into the hearts of people.  We seek to be a great Church – great in the way Jesus taught – “He that would be greatest among you, let him be the servant of all.”

In simple faith, we face forward with Christ in our hearts as our hope of salvation and God’s Book in our hands as the light for our way.