Our vision is to be a church community that is not just winning people to faith but is also nurturing the spiritual growth of all believers in all phases of their lives—as singles and couples, children and teenagers, mothers and fathers and grandparents. We envision every believer being discipled and discipling others to become people who love the Lord with heart, mind, soul, and strength, and who are inspired to share Christ’s love with those who do not yet know Him. And from this intentional discipleship we will see believers growing into people who worship God with their whole being, obey God’s word joyfully and wholeheartedly, share life with the family of believers, and give generously of their time, talent, and treasure.
Mature disciples will learn to direct their natural talents and spiritual gifts into accomplishing the Great Commission out of love for God and others. This is the high purpose to which God has called every believer. Helping individuals accomplish this purpose is how we will work together as a local body of Christ.
We envision individuals rather than the corporate church being the primary ministers in areas such as caring for the poor, sharing the gospel with the lost, helping marriages in crisis, training parents to disciple their children, making meals for the sick, babysitting for a family in need, taking care of the church building, and everything in-between.
Mature disciples should do the work of ministry with whatever gifts and talents God has given them (1 Corinthians 12), wherever God has placed them in life (1 Corinthians 7:17). It does not matter if a Christian is a pastor or a plumber, an administrator or an artist–God has a purpose and a ministry for every believer.
There are three places of ministry for every individual:
Family. Scripture is clear that husbands, wives, parents, and children have a calling to minister to each other (Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Titus 1:6, 2:3-5). The complimentary relationship of the husband and wife is designed to glorify God and illustrate Christ’s relationship with the church while providing the optimal environment for parents to disciple their children.
Body. The church is pictured in Scripture as a body (1 Corinthians 12). Although a body has many parts, it is one body, whose head is Christ. God has designed each part of the body to depend upon the others. He has given spiritual gifts to every believer so that they might serve one another and be served in order that the whole body might grow into maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). Thus, mature disciples will identify and use their spiritual gifts to serve the church body and allow others in the church to minister to them.
World. God has placed each individual into a sphere that goes beyond the family and the church. Mature disciples will view their place in the world as a field of ministry. They will constantly look for opportunities to use their time, talent, and treasure to serve others and share the gospel in the marketplace, in their neighborhoods and communities, and around the world. As individuals are equipped by the church, we see them living lives marked by evangelism, shining the light of Christ into every endeavor of life for the glory of God.