As Southern Baptists, we are guided by the Baptist Faith and Message. We may not hold to every idea in the document, but it helps as a guideline. http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
The church is not a building or a place, it’s a gathering of people seeking to bring honor to God. We believe the congregation should be focused on God as they come together and encourage each other in this way. Then as they break out into their individual lives, they should be focused on meeting the needs of those around them, which then again brings honor to God’s name.