FAQ

I'm handicapped and can't climb stairs, is your church handicapped accessible?

It sure is! Our handicapped parking lot is in the back of our worship center off of Concord Road. From the handicapped parking lot you can enter our worship center at the rear side doors. Handicapped accessible restrooms are also available. If you need a wheel chair just ask one of our greeters and one will be brought to you.

If I wanted to join South Venice Baptist Church would I have to be baptized again?

Well, that depends. As a Baptist church, we feel that believer's baptism by immersion is the most biblical method of baptism. The word baptize in the Bible actually means "to dip" or "to immerse". It appears that the baptisms described in the New Testament were by immersion and followed a commitment to trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. If you have publicly professed your faith in Jesus Christ through believer's baptism by immersion in a biblically based church, you will not need to be rebaptized. If you were baptized as a child or infant before you could make your own faith commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord, you would need to be baptized. If you've never publicly professed your faith in Christ through believer's baptism by immersion, you need to be baptized. We don't get hung up about where you were baptized, we just think it should be done through a biblically sound church. Remember, all of our members have been baptized, so to them and soon to you it will be an awesome way of taking the next step of obedience to Jesus Christ.

What does South Venice Baptist Church do in the area of hands-on missions? I'm looking for a church with a heart for missions, where's your church's heart?

We are a missional church, which mean that we have a heart for missions and act on our heart's love of Christ by seeking to meet the spiritual and physical needs of people for whom he died. We offer lots of opportunities to be involved in mission activites. To see a list of most of our mission activities, go to the Home page and click on Extras then click on Downloads, and there you will find a document to download called "The SVBC Mission Focus: 2012". You'll see that there are lots of mission and ministry opportunities all year long. You are invited to become a part of what God is doing through us!

What kind of Baptist Church is South Venice Baptist Church?

Our church, like all Baptist churches, is autonomous, independent, and free. We have chosen to affiliate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship nationally. We support the historical Baptist distinctives, purposes and goals of these groups through mission giving, serving in leadership roles, attending assemblies, and helping with CBF Global Mission mission sites. With our varied membership from different church backgrounds, and parts of the country, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's style of ministry just fit who we were.

What should I wear on Sunday morning?

Venice is a beach community and is pretty laid back when it comes to clothing. Most folks dress pretty casually, especially during the hot summer months. As a general rule, our folks come to church wearing comfortable cool clothing. As a matter of fact, Pastor Allan doesn't usually wear a coat or tie on Sunday mornings. Come comfortable and just be yourself with us as we worship the one who takes us just like we are!

What version of the Bible do you use at your church?

Glad you asked this question, because some people get overly concerned about using a particular translation. We believe that any translation of God's Word is usable. God will speak to sincere seachers of the truth with the help of the Holy Spirit through any translation. Our members use many differnt translations from the King James Version to the Message. The pastor usually reads from the New International Version, but may quote from different translations during the sermon.