Month: February 2009

Shared Ministry

Shared Ministry

“Every Member is a Minister.”

(Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9)

We believe God has equipped every Christ-Follower with gifts and passions so they can become difference and disciple makers for Jesus Christ. We encourage everyone to use and develop their gifts and talents in service to their local church, community and world. We believe even leaders serve in community as a team of friends together.

Transformed Life

Transformed Life

“Living the Bible, Not Just Knowing the Bible.”

(Romans 8:29; 2 Cor. 5:17; 13:8; 1 John 2:6)

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to our world. Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, we must live and practice the life changing principles we discover. God gave us His Word in order to equip us and change us for His glory and our benefit.

Come now… what’s the point of knowing the Bible inside and out but not doing what it tells us? If I say I’m a follower of Jesus, then the litmus test of my claim is found in my actions: obedience to Him and His word. John 14:21 tells us that if “anyone loves me, he will obey my command.” What’s that command again?

Do I want a transformed life? You bet! My obedience factor is the main test of whether or not I love Jesus, not necessarily my level of Bible knowledge.

Intentional Evangelism

Intentional Evangelism

“Lost People Matter to God, So Lost People Matter to Us.”

(Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8)

God demonstrated the high value He places on people when he gave His very best, His Son, to provide the gift of salvation. We intentionally purpose to individually and corporately, locally and globally share the message of this good news in all our spheres of influence.

Intentional Evangelism simply involves a desire, a plan and an action to love others enough to share with them God’s love through Jesus. Evangelism is simply telling others the good news that “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” We tell with our words AND with our lives, love, friendship and helpfulness to others.

Relational Community

Relational Community

“Doing Life Together.”

(Psalm 68:6; Acts 2:42-48; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

We believe real authenticity is best described as openness with others about our strengths and weaknesses. Through hospitality and Productive Fellowship, we help people find their way from anonymity into authentic relationships where people do life together. Come and find your extended family in a church where NO ONE stands alone.

A Church is a Relational Community: one where people from all walks of life come together under the banner of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to worship Him together, serve Him together, love each other practically and deeply, spread His message and enjoy Him forever!

A great way to do that by the way is by having a good old campfire.

Happy Healthy Holy Household

Happy Healthy Holy Household

“Happy Healthy Holy Household”

(Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Matt 19:14; Ephesians 5:21-31)

Shouldn’t households grow Happy, Healthy and Holy together? We foresee this happening best in an environment that fosters and coaches men/husband/father in his role as the proactive spiritual leader of his household seeking to lead, love and train those under his authority to follow Christ. We’re talking about raising men up, honoring women, building solid marriages, training children in godliness.

So… what does this look like on an on-going basis? How does a church help a family wherever it’s at get to the place where each member of that family can say, “I have a happy, healthy and holy household” with sincerity?

Does this seem like a tall order to you? As a church leader, we sometimes look to programs to assist us in that because either:

1. We haven’t been discipled OURSELVES by our own dads and don’t know how to lead our families spiritually

2. We haven’t been discipled by our church leaders to the point where we are confident, competent and loving disciple-makers ourselves so WE can help families on a personal level.

3. We trust in programs way too much to provide results we think God wants.

4. We are too tired to make the effort (let’s admit it: sometimes I have even fallen into this category).

Are programs bad/evil? Not necessarily. They have their place. They can be a great asset and support to even the godliest of families. Remember the medieval saying, “Don’t throw out the Baby with the bathwater.” Use caution in starting or promoting programs which could possibly become the tail that wags the dog.

Want a Happy, healthy, holy household? Start with Deuteronomy 6.

Creative Bible Teaching

Creative Bible Teaching

“Revealing Truth in a Relevant and Meaningful Way.”

(Matt 13:34-35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 4:2)

God’s Word is central to our Message, so we strive to communicate the truth of the Bible through various means in order to bring clarity, passion, conviction and understanding to its hearers in order to embrace God’s perspective on life.

Church Core Values

Church Core Values

“Core values are the constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive the ministry.”
– Dr. Aubrey Malphurs in Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders

I planted a church. The church core values are CHRIST.

This is an acronym for:
Creative Bible Teaching
Happy Healthy Holy Household
Relational Community
Intentional Evangelism
Shared Ministry
Transformed Living

The following several posts will explain in more detail.