We believe every individual believer is free to access God and serve Him in his or her own way (within biblical lines). For this reason, Baptist churches are often very different from each other. Some are very traditional, others very radical, and others are somewhere in between. We have no prayer book, no bishops, and no hierarchies. We are committed to each church being free to shape its own style, language, and ministry. At the same time, there are many things we share in common. Baptist Churches have existed since 1609, and one of the primary reasons our movement developed as a distinctive group among other Protestant Churches is our strong and enduring commitment to the principle of religious liberty for all.