Duplicating Servants (Mark 3:13-19; 2 Timothy 2:2)
We are committed to have every worker in the church duplicate themselves by recruiting and training other reliable people. The goal of the training is to produce people who are better than oneself. When this happens people work themselves out of a job and are freed up to carry on other vital functions. Also, the new servant of God is taught how to produce other workers who help the ministry progress forward in the years to come.
Empowering Christians (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Christians in our church are released to do ministry, establish organization, troubleshoot problems, and creatively accomplish the purpose of their ministry. Pastors and leaders are like coaches who are there to prepare the players (Christians) for the game (ministry). This means pastors are not to play the game for them or with them, but they are to be in support of them as they fulfill God’s call and gifting in their lives.
Functional Structures (Exodus 18:13-23)
Our organizational meetings and leadership structure is established in such a way that promotes an ongoing multiplication of ministry and leaders. Also, it makes possible for ministries to grow rather than be controlled by a spiritual hierarchy that stunts growth. The results will be that we have less committee meetings and more ministry activities and relationship building. The actual organization and troubleshooting is done by those working or leading a particular ministry.
Gift-Oriented Ministries (1 Corinthians 12)
Our pastors are committed in helping leaders and members discover their gifts and release them to use their gifts in area of ministry that fits them best. When believers do church ministry on a consistent basis according to gifting, they tend to operate more on God’s strength than their own because the Holy Spirit empowers what He has uniquely gifted people for.
Need Serving Small Groups (Acts 2:46; 5:42)
Our fellowship is committed to having many types of small groups that meet various needs of different types of people. Also, these groups allow members to bring up issues and questions that are immediate personal concerns. There is more accountability and opportunity for quality relationships.
Inspiring Worship Services (Acts 2:42-47)
Our worship gatherings are filled with the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. When this happens, God will have a powerful effect upon people’s lives and the way our worship service is conducted. Also, people won’t come to church out of duty, but out of joy and a sense of privilege to be in the presence of God and be touched by Him.
Loving Relationships (1 Corinthians 13)
We want to be a fellowship that shows our love by practical means such as: being patient, encouraging, meek, prayerful, hospitable, communicative, forgiving, and sharing of material resources with each other. When we do this, non-Christians are encouraged to believe, and Christians in the fellowship are built up and give thanks to God!
Need Serving Evangelism (Luke 4:18,19)
Although not everyone is called to the office of an evangelist, we are all called to love non-Christians by serving them, meeting their felt needs (physical, emotional, spiritual), and most importantly, calling them to repent and believe in Christ’s work as sufficient for our salvation. In the process of meeting their need(s), we see to it that they understand the gospel and are encouraged to make contact with a local Bible-centered church.
Passionate Spirituality (Revelation 3:14-22)
Members in our fellowship are “One Fire for Jesus” due to a life of consistent dependency and intimacy with Him. Intimacy and dependency is developed through personal and corporate prayer, Bible intake, meditation, fellowship, praise and active obedience to His Word and Spirit.
Sound Teaching (2 Timothy 2:15; 4:1-5)
Our Bible teachers are committed to interpreting the Bible as correctly as possible by considering the historical and biblical context, purpose for the book, grammar and thought structure. When we do this, we believe our application of the Bible will be more accurate and thus lead to a more proper lifestyle and thinking. Sound doctrine was important to Jesus Christ and the apostles, so it must be important to us.