This is an issue going on in the church I pastor at the present time. We're three years old, don't use "Baptist" as part of our name and don't belong to any particular Baptist organization. However, about two thirds of our congregation came from other Baptist churches, we baptize only professing believers by immersion, we run our church business by Baptist congregational polity and our statement of faith reflects doctrinal beliefs that are compatible with most Baptists. As pastor, I was ordained by a Baptist church, got my undergraduate degree at a Baptist college in PA with a double major in Behavioral Science and Biblical Studies, and graduated with an MDiv from a Baptist seminary. We are a congregation that values its independence and autonomy, and actually exists because politics in Southern Baptist circles encroached on that autonomy. Our mission contributions go to several different places, mostly Baptist. From what I've seen here on this board, there are a number of experts who can answer that question. What really makes a church "Baptist"?