ok, so I know they are a pretty old Protestant denomination, but I don't know more than that. he was part of an evangelical Christian club that I've since dropped. he kept talking about when he was "saved". he asked me when I was saved, and I responded with "Not sure, I'm still working that out."
he likes to talk with me because he says I'm one of the few people who are practicing Christians, and don't just carry the title.
this kid is the son of a Baptist pastor.
what exactly do Baptists believe?
So far there has been a lot of very good answers. I came from what can only be called a non-denominational baptist church, affiliated with CB Northwest aka Conservative Baptist.
One thing that is pushed is prayer, but not structured prayer, individually and as a group. That does not mean on occasion that prayers pop up written by others that they like an will use in situations. The prayers generally start Heavenly Father, I just want or we ask, etc. (Add need or want). To often the group prayers end up being a personal preaching moment by an individual to the group but as if they were speaking to God the Father in Jesus name.
Community and relationships within the church is highly emphasized, with the pastors and laity pushing to make coffee dates, etc. with those in the church. One thing we did was pushing being completely open and also very embracing of everyone that comes, get them quickly connected into the group, greeting at the door, passing out cookies, get them into a small group, etc. so they can feel like a part of the church and not an observer.
In this church, the range of doctrine was calvinist (all types) to arminian to a mixture of the two.
My wife is still part of the baptist church, as for me there is no turning back to being a baptist.
Personally, 20 minutes of songs, a few lines of prayer by the pastor and "worship leader" aka lead band member and a 45 minute speech of the pastors topical view did not seem like actual worship or beneficial. Essentially, they pushed becoming like Christ Jesus, but have no real idea how to get from point A to point B.