Agape Bible Fellowship Church is autonomous and maintains the right to govern its own affairs independent of any denominational control. However, the Bible teaches that local churches should seek voluntary fellowship with other doctrinally sound churches. This association is to provide help and encouragement while working together as the Lord directs. This is a voluntary association that in no way involves the surrender of the individual church's freedom or dependence on God.
Agape Bible Fellowship Church has chosen to affiliate itself with the Southern Baptist Convention through the Illinois Baptist State Association and the Chicago Metro Baptist Association. We continue this relationship, believing that it is God's will to do so. Fundamental to this affiliation is the understanding that the Southern Baptist Convention is a fellowship of autonomous, biblically sound churches that choose to work together to further God's Kingdom.
Voluntary contributions to local, state, national, and international mission’s projects maintain this affiliation. Support may also be provided by sending messengers to the associational, state, and annual convention for voting on doctrinal, ethical, and procedural positions. (Acts 15:2; 21:17-18; III John 10; Philippians 4:15, 18; I John 1:3; Ephesians 4:3-6)